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 need further information please contact the Centre on +44 (0) 20 7848 1768.
Dr Tanya Aplin, Professor in Intellectual Property Law, King's College London
Mode of attendance
Distance learning, part time
YEAR ONE (Postgraduate Diploma)
Tuition fee for 2014/15 (PG Diploma)
£5,300 (VAT exempt) for the course units, marking of assignments, examination and two weekend seminars. A nominal charge of £250 (VAT exempt) for materials sent by air courier. 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.
1 September 2014 (late applications are considered for the PG Diploma if places are available, but not after 15 October 2014 for receipt of complete applications). Applications both in paper format and online through INFORMA are now open.
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For entry requirements to the PG Diploma please see General Information.
This is a thirteen unit programme commencing in October 2014. It will extend over eight months leading to a written examination in May 2015. The first unit is due to be sent out on the first Monday in October 2014 and subsequent units will then be issued every two weeks until April 2015 with a four-week break over Christmas.
Programme Authors/Tutors and Syllabus
The PG 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, 2013). The units are designed to be largely self-contained, but recommended and further reading will be suggested. A unit will comprise text, copies of relevant Regulations, Commission Decisions and Notices, Judgments of the Court of First Instance and the European Court of Justice, 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. If students are worried about the postal service in the country where they are based, then units can be sent by air courier for which there will be an additional, one-off nominal charge.
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. Modules will be uploaded in a pdf format on their despatch date. This 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.
Those wishing to take the examination will be eligible to attend three weekend seminars in London. These will be held in November/ December 2014, in February 2015 and in April 2015.
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 2015 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%+).
Applications for the PG Diploma
Applicants can apply online through Informa's portal or complete the application form attached to the Informa brochure (brochure from 2013/14, to be updated soon) . 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
Applications for the PG Diploma should be sent to:
Informa Professional Academy,
149 Tottenham Court Road
London W1T 7AD, UK
Fax +44 (0) 20 7017 5858, email@example.com
Initial enquiries please ring Adam Hayward+44 (0) 207 017 5906
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. 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 12 000-15 000 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 2014/15)
£2950 (Vat exempt)
Application deadline 1 September 2014 (strictly)
Applications for the Masters programme
Please 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 2013/14, you can apply for the MA in academic years 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17.
Please read 'How to apply for the MA' carefully before you submit your online application.
For further information
Centre of European Law, King's College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS, UK, Tel +44(0) 20 7848 2387, Fax +44 (0) 20 7848 2443, firstname.lastname@example.org