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UK, EU & US Copyright Law MA, PgDip



This programme introduces the main International Copyright Conventions in the field. It deals with a wide reach of rights (literary, dramatic, artistic etc works) as well as performers’ rights and publishers’ rights. It will further cover infringement and remedies, and will look at the challenges presented by the international communication through satellite and the internet.

Key benefits

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

  • Programme materials written by leading academics and professional experts in the field.

  • Can be studied anywhere in the world.

  • Weekend seminars led by programme directors.

  • Hard copy study material with online additional support, traditional one year cohort.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Two years for MA, one year for Postgraduate Diploma PT (both part time, distance learning). October to May for the Diploma plus subsequent October to September for the MA.

Study mode Distance Learning, Part-time

Credit value MA 180, PgDip 120 / ECTS: MA 90, PgDip 60. Progression to MA only if PgDip is passed successfully.

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

Course intake Approximately 30.

Course leaders

Professor Tanya Aplin 


Course contact for further information

You can speak directly to the programme convener on +44 (0) 20 7848 1768.


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law



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. Please visit the Centre of European Law webpage for further information and links. All MA applicants who have already completed the Diploma apply directly to King's.

We aim to turn around applications within four weeks.

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants are required to submit a short personal statement and one professional or, if you are a recent graduate, one academic reference.

Application closing date

1 September 2016 (late applications are considered for the PG Diploma if places are available, but not after 15 October 2016 for receipt of complete applications). Note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


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.

Alongside the paper based programme material students will be able to view and download their material from a website specifically designed for their programme. Modules will be uploaded in 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.

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.

Further literature

Please visit the Centre of European Law webpage here.

Course format and assessment

The Diploma consists of three modules at 40 credits each. All three modules need to be passed in order to be awarded the Diploma. The Postgraduate Diploma is assessed by three compulsory assignments and one three-hour written examination in May.

The follow up MA is open to students who complete the Diploma sucessfully. It involves the research for and writing of a 12000-15000 word dissertation.


  • Module 1: UK Copyright Law I

    • Historical Background, International Context and General Principles;
    • Copyright Subject Matter;
    • Protection of Criteria, Beneficiaries of Protection
    • Economic Rights/Moral Rights

    Module 2: UK Copyright Law II & US Copyright Law

    • Limitations and Exceptions; Exercise of Rights, Control of the Exercise of Copyright
    • Infringement, Remedies, Penalties and Enforcement, Additional Legislative Features
    • United States Copyright Law; General Overview, Basis of Protection,
    • Limitations and Exceptions.

    Module 3: French & German Copyright Law and EU and International Copyright Law

    • General Outline of French and German Laws on Author's Rights and Related Rights;
    • Law of the European Union and Copyright
    • 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


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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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