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UK, EU and US Copyright Law

Postgraduate Diploma and MA

This page outlines comprehensive information about the PG Diploma in UK, EU and US Copyright Law. However, if you would like to speak directly to the programme convener, at the Centre of European Law, please ring Andrea Cordwell James on +44 (0) 20 7848 1768


Programme Director
Dr Tanya Aplin, Professor in Intellectual Property Law, King's College London

Professor Aplin is programme leader for the LLM in Intellectual Property Law and Information Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law. She is also the School's Vice Dean for Research.

Please see Professor Aplin's research profile here.

In 2017 and 2015 Professor Aplin received the Graduate School Supervisory Excellence Award at King's College London.


In the last three years this Diploma/MA received on overall satisfaction rate of 100% from the students in the PTESPostgraduate Taught Experience Survey 


Mode of attendance
Distance learning, part time

Video - Professor Tanya Aplin introduces the programme

YEAR ONE (Postgraduate Diploma)

Tuition fee for 2017/18 (PG Diploma)
£6,000 (VAT exempt) for the course units, marking of assignments, examination and three weekend seminars. Fees do not include hotel accommodation or travel. Fees are payable before the commencement of the course. The first unit will not be sent out until the fee has been paid. It is essential to have or to purchase a copy of Christie and Gare (eds), Blackstone's Statutes on Intellectual Property, (OUP, latest edition). Additional fees may occur if you choose to buy books for further reading if these are not available in either hard copy or digital format at the library.

Application deadline
1 September 2017 (late applications are considered for the PG Diploma if places are available, but not after 15 October 2017 for receipt of complete applications). Applications both in paper format and online through INFORMA are now open.

Online application        Brochure

Entry requirments
For entry requirements to the PG Diploma please see General Information.

Please note that King's College London does not permit concurrent registration. So if you are already registered as a student at a different institution or at King's College London you cannot study this programme at the same time.

This is a thirteen unit programme commencing in October 2017. It will extend over eight months leading to a written examination in May 2018. The first unit is due to be sent out on the first Monday in October 2017 and subsequent units will then be issued every two weeks until April 2018 with a four-week break over Christmas.

Programme Authors/Tutors and Syllabus (Modules and Units)

The PG Diploma programme is structured into three modules of 13 units. Each unit comes in the form of hard copy print and as a pdf file via the programme website. Apart from units 2, 3 and 4; these units will be covered by a textbook that will be sent to you with your materials: T. Aplin and J. Davis, Intellectual Property Law 2nd ed (OUP, 2016). The units are designed to be largely self-contained, but recommended and further reading will be suggested. Some of the further reading suggestions may not be readily available online, either at King's library or elsewhere, so students may have to source recommended reading themselves. A unit will comprise text, copies of relevant Regulations, Commission Decisions and Notices, Judgments of the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, practical examples, questions and model answers to test your knowledge as you progress. It is anticipated that each unit will require a student to spend approximately twenty hours' study plus questions and further reading and completion of the assignments. Units are normally sent by post. Overseas students will receive their material by air courier.

Alongside the paper based programme material students will also be able to view and download their material from a website specifically designed for their programme. This programme is designed as a traditional paper based distance learning course that is supported by additional online resources and facilities. Students are required to engage with the online platform during their studies.  Units will be uploaded in a pdf format on their despatch date. The programme specific website also offers students the opportunity to interact with each other and view any other information relevant to the course.

Support throughout your studies
Organisational and administrative support is readily available through the Distance Learning Organiser at Informa and the Programme Administrator at King's College London. However this programme is designed and delivered in a format that requires the student to study independently. Although academic staff will be available via the programme website for student queries, they do not normally tutor on a one-to-one basis. Students who enter this programme need to be aware of the commitment required to study this challenging and rewarding programme. We also recommend that you have put arrangements in place to allocate sufficient time for studying alongside your professional and other commitments.

There will be three intensive residential seminars held in central London. These will be held in November/ December 2017, in February 2018 and in April 2018. Authors and Tutors will revise study material and lecture for two full days.

Students will be required to submit three 2000 word assignments during the first year. Together these assignments constitute 30% of the final overall mark for the Postgraduate Diploma.

The three-hour written examination will take place during May 2018 either at King's College London or a different venue in London. Arrangements can be made to sit the exam overseas. This arrangement carries a fee by King's College London and the invigilating institution. Successful candidates will obtain the Postgraduate Diploma in UK, EU and US Copyright Law. Results are graded into Pass (50-59%), Merit (60-69%) and Distinction (70%+).

The Centre of European Law does not offer any funding for its programmes, but please consult King's postgraduate funding database for funding opportunities.

Applications for the PG Diploma (please apply via Informa, not to King's)
Applicants can apply online through Informa's portal or complete the application pages from this brochure. Early application is advisable as numbers are limited, but we will consider late applications if places are still available. Please note that no application can be considered until all supporting documentation has been received.

Paper applications for the PG Diploma should be sent to:

Informa Professional Academy,
Knect House
30-32 Mortimer Street
London W1W 7RE, UK
Initial enquiries please ring Informa on +44 (0) 20 7551 9087

YEAR TWO (Masters)

Students who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma may apply for the Masters programme in their field. Students will be allocated to a suitable supervisor who they may contact throughout the academic year. Contact time is expected to be around 3-4 meetings a year.  These meetings can be conducted by telephone, by email or in person. A project plan of about 1500 words will be submitted at the beginning of the programme. Upon approval of the project plan by the relevant supervisor, the student will be able to commence the dissertation. Draft dissertations will have to be submitted normally 4-5 months before the submission date of the final dissertation. The 12000-15000 word dissertation will be due for submission by a specified date which will be no later than the last week of September following commencement of the final year of study.

The MA is a challenging programme and should only be commenced if you think you can commit to the research and writing of the dissertation within one year. It is not normally acceptable to defer the dissertation due to reasons of work commitments. There is little interaction with other students, so you should be suited to studying on your own.

Tuition Fee (MA component starting in 2017/18) 
£3300 (Vat exempt).

Fees will be collected in two instalments by the Finance Department at King's College London. The first 50% is due upon online enrolment, the remaining 50% is due by 31 January 2018.  By default the student will be invoiced for the total amount. If you are sponsored by a third party, please send a letter by email attachment to with full details of who should receive the invoice and, if applicable, what percentage of the invoice is paid by your sponsor. There is also an option to upload your sponsor letter during the online application process.

Application deadline 1 September 2017 (strictly)

Applications for the Masters programme

Please read 'How to apply for the MA' carefully before you submit your online application.

Once you have read the essential tips in 'How to apply for the MA'  you can apply online here.

Your application must contain the personal statement and a brief outline of your proposed dissertation. This outline is primarily needed at this stage to ascertain that your chosen field of research lies within the subject area and that a suitable supervisor will be available to you. Generally students submit a 100-word-paragraph.

We do not need a new reference for this application.

Normally students are required to start with the MA programme within 2 years of finishing the PG Diploma programme, ie if you finish in academic year 2016/17, you can apply for the MA in academic years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20. Please apply in the year that you wish to enrol, ie if you wish to study in 2018/19 please apply in 2018 before the deadline of 1 September 2018.

The Centre of European Law does not offer any funding for its programmes, but please consult King's postgraduate funding database for funding opportunities.


For further information
Centre of European Law, King's College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS, UK, Tel +44(0) 20 7848 2387,

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