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UK, EU & US Copyright Law MA, PG Dip



For practising lawyers, regulators, academics or if you have a specific need for knowledge in this area. Modules: UK Copyright Law I; UK Copyright Law II & US Copyright Law; French & German Copyright Law; EU & International Copyright Law.

Key benefits

  • Gives an in-depth insight into the general principles and practice of copyright law.

  • Programme materials written by experts in the field.

  • Can be studied anywhere in the world by distance learning.

  • Located in the heart of legal London.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Two years for MA, one year for PG Diploma PT (distance learning), September to September.

Study mode Distance Learning

Credit value MA 180, PgDip 120 / ECTS: MA 90, PgDip 60

Programme accreditations CPD accredited by Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

Course intake Approximately 50.

Course leaders Professor Tanya Aplin

Course contact for further information

Centre of European Law, The Dickson Poon School of Law tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2387 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 2443

Course contact email

Awarding institution King's College London


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Applicants must normally hold a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in law or  a related discipline, or be a qualified barrister or solicitor. 

Applications from candidates who have achieved a comparable academic level through past studies and where previous study, work or experience has made the applicant a suitable candidate for admission may also be considered.

Application procedure

All students apply through Informa for the Diploma, not through King's College London. The application form is attached to the web page accessible via the "apply here" link above.

We aim to turn around applications within four weeks.

Personal statement and supporting information

Personal statement and reference.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


The following topics are included in the syllabus (not every topic will be offered each year): 

  • The law of copyright in the general context of intellectual property.

  • General introduction to the principles of copyright law both in copyright and continental systems.

  • Copyright in its national, regional and international context (including Copyright Conventions and the TRIPS Agreement).

  • The work of the European Commission in its Copyright Harmonisation Programme.

  • The subject matter of copyright and related rights.

  • Authorship and ownership (including the position regarding employees).

  • Duration of copyright; exclusive rights.

  • Infringement.

  • Parallel imports.

  • Civil and criminal remedies.

  • Dealings with copyright.

  • Moral rights.

  • Performers' rights.

  • Copyright and designs.

  • Copyright, competition and Community law.

  • UK and US law in detail and French and German law in outline.

  • Research methods.

Course purpose

For practising lawyers, regulators, academics and those with a specific need for knowledge of EU Copyright and related law. To provide a general understanding of the substantive rules of EU law concerning copyright and related matters and the relation between domestic copyright protection and EU law.

Course format and assessment

Compulsory assignments and examination for the Postgraduate Diploma. MA: dissertation.


  • Required Modules

    Module 1

    • Historical Background, International Background and General Principles;

    • UK Copyright Law;

    • Copyright Subject Matter;

    • Protection Criteria, Beneficiaries of Protection

    • Economic Rights, Moral Rights

    Module 2

    • Limitations and Exceptions;

    • Infringement;

    • United States Copyright Law;

    • Limitations and Exceptions.

    Module 3

    • General Outline of French and German Laws on Author's Rights and Related Rights;

    • Law of the European Union;

    • Rental/Lending and Related Rights Directive;

    • Computer Programme Directive;

    • Current Issues and International Harmonisation.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU


Full time tuition fees - Overseas


Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£3,150 p.a. (2016/17)* (MA), £5,750 p.a. (2016/17)* (PGDip)

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£3,150 p.a. (2016/17)* (MA) , £5,750 p.a. (2016/17)* (PGDip)

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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