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 2013/14 (PG Diploma)
£5,100 (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 2013 (late applications are considered for the PG Diploma if places are available, but not after 15 October 2013 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 fourteen unit programme commencing in October 2013. It will extend over eight months leading to a written examination in May 2014. The first unit is due to be sent out on the first Monday in October 2013 and subsequent units will then be issued every two weeks until April 2014 with a four-week break over Christmas.
Programme Authors/Tutors and Syllabus
The PG programme is structured into three modules of 14 units. Each unit comes in the form of hard copy print and as a pdf file via the programme website. 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. Organisational and administrative support is readily available through the Distance Learning Organiser at Informa and the Programme Administrator at King's College London.
Those wishing to take the examination will be eligible to attend three weekend seminars in London. These will be held on 30 November/ 1 December 2013, 15/16 February 2014 and 12/13 April 2014.
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 2014 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. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Tuition Fee (MA component starting in 2013/14)
£ 2850 (Vat exempt)
Application deadline 1 September 2013 (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 2012/13, you can apply for the MA in academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.
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, email@example.com