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UK, EU & US Copyright Law MA, PgDip

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Our UK, EU & US Copyright Law programme will introduce you to the main International Copyright Conventions. It deals with a wide range of rights (e.g. literary, dramatic, artistic works), as well as covering infringement and remedies, and looks at the challenges presented by 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 


Further details

Course contact for further information

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


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law



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Our programme is designed for practising lawyers, regulators, academics and those with a specific need for knowledge of EU Copyright and related law. It will provide you with 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.

Alongside the paper-based programme materials, you will be able to view and download your materials from a website specifically designed for this programme. Modules will be uploaded in pdf format on their despatch date. The website also offers you the opportunity to interact with other students and view any other information relevant to the course.

The UK, EU & US Copyright Law MA is only open to students who have successfully completed the UK, US & Copyright Law Postgraduate Diploma, and students on the Ma arm are required to write a dissertation under supervision.

Further literature

Please visit the Centre of European Law webpage here.

Course format and assessment

PG Dip students can expect 48 hours of lectures, seminars and feedback across three residential weekends and 220 hours of self-study. You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations; 55 per cent of the course will be assessed by examination and 45 per cent are assessed by coursework.

The MA course requires at least 110 hours of self-directed study. You will be assessed by marking of your dissertation.


Year 1

Required Modules

PG Dip:

  • UK Copyright Law I (40 Credits)
  • UK Copyright Law II & US Copyright Law (40 Credits)
  • French & German Copyright Law and EU and International Copyright Law (40 Credits)



  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules

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 2017 (late applications are considered for the PG Diploma if places are available, but not after 15th October 2017 for receipt of complete applications).

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: n/a
  • Full time overseas fees: n/a
  • Part time UK fees: £6000 p.a. (2017/18)* (PgDip); £3,300 p.a. (2017/18)* (MA)
  • Part time overseas fees: £6000 p.a. (2017/18)* (PgDip); £3,300 p.a. (2017/18)* (MA)

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

This programme is attended by lawyers, senior licensing officers, rights executives and trade mark specialists and will enable them to progress in their career path.

Career destinations

Completing this rigorous programme will you give you a competitive edge in the job market. With its practical approach you can apply your expertise immediately to your work environment. You will also have opportunities to network with professionals in your area from all over the world. Programme graduates are mostly professionals who enjoy specialisation and promotion in their existing workplace or new employment destinations. Graduates from this programme typically work  as Senior Licensing Officers, Business Affairs Executives, Contracts Managers, Rights Executives, Trade Mark Specialists in

  • Law firms in London, Brussels and worldwide
  • Public sector legal departments
  • Corporate sector legal advisors
  • Publishing
  • Private legal practice


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