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UK, EU and US Copyright Law

This page outlines key information about the PG Diploma in UK, EU & US Copyright Law. For the full programme information please visit the relevant page on our online prospectus.


Applications for the Diploma are now considered for entry 2020. Please note that applications should be submitted  through Informa, please apply here

"The King’s comparative copyright diploma came highly recommended by a number of lawyers I’ve worked with over the years in the media industry and it didn’t disappoint. I’ve walked away with a better understanding of how US copyright law compares to EU and UK copyright law. This is exactly what I was looking for from a professional and academic perspective, plus I’ve received a diploma from a great university and met some fabulous people along the way, too."

Pg Diploma student and MA student 2016/7 and 2017/8


For five consecutive years this Diploma/MA received on overall satisfaction rate of 100% from the students in the PTESPostgraduate Taught Experience Survey  

Professor Tanya Aplin introduces the programme:


YEAR ONE (Postgraduate Diploma)

Mode of attendance: Distance learning, study material in hard copy with additional online support and resources. the programme is completed in one academic year.

This programme is studied by professionals alongside full time work commitments. The estimated time commitment is 260 hours of self study plus 48 hours teaching at the weekend seminars. Further time is needed during April for completion of coursework and preparation for the written examination.

Tuition fee for 2020/21 (PG Diploma)
£6600 (VAT exempt) for the course units, marking of assignments, examination and three weekend seminars. Fees do not include hotel accommodation or travel.  Fees do not include overseas examination arrangements if requested (King's fee and fee of overseas venue). It is essential to have or to purchase a copy of Christie and Gare (eds), Blackstone's Statutes on Intellectual Property, (OUP, latest edition). 

Application deadline
1 September 2020 (late applications are considered for the PG Diploma if places are available, but not after 15 October 2020 for receipt of complete applications). 


Please note that King's College London does not permit concurrent registration. So if you are already registered as a student at a different institution or at King's College London you cannot study this programme at the same time.

For the Postgraduate Diploma please apply through our partner Informa Connect.

Apply online here.

Programme Authors/Tutors and Syllabus (Modules and Units)

There will be three intensive residential seminars held in central London. These will be held in November/ December 2020, in February 2021 and in March/April 2021. (The 2020 autumn seminar will be replaced by online activities, format tbc; the format of the 2021 spring seminars will be subject to social distancing measures).  Authors and tutors will lecture and revise study material for two full days at each weekend.

Students will be required to submit three 2000 word assignments towards the end of April 2021. In May 2021 there will be 3-hour written examination. Overseas students can make arrangements to sit the examination in their country. This will require an additional fee. (At the time of writing, May 2020, it is expected that the examination format will be a sit-down 3-hour examination, but the examination can take a different format if required by social distancing measures in 2021)

The Centre of European Law does not offer any funding for its programmes, but please consult King's postgraduate funding database for funding opportunities.

Applications for the PG Diploma 
Applicants apply online through the Informa Connect portal. 

Initial telephone enquiries to Informa Connect on  +44 (0) 20 7017 4483 or at King's College London on +44 (0) 7848 1768.

You can also send an email to the Centre of European Law on


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.  These meetings can be conducted by telephone, by email or in person. 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 12000-15000 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 2020/21) 
£3330 (Vat exempt).

A fee deposit of £1000 is required at the point of accepting the offer. (If your studies are sponsored you can accept the offer without paying the deposit of £1000.  Please upload your sponsor letter when accepting and notify the admission colleagues.) The remaining fees will be collected in two instalments by the Finance Department at King's College London. The first 50% is due upon online enrolment, the remaining 50% is due by 31 January 2021.  By default the student will be invoiced for the total amount. If you are sponsored by a third party, please ensure this information is logged during online enrolment. 


Application deadline 28 August 2020 (strictly)

Applications for the Masters programme

Please read 'How to apply for the MA' carefully before you submit your online application.

Once you have read the essential tips in 'How to apply for the MA'  you can 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.

All MA applicants will have an interview to discuss their research proposal. The programme directors will schedule a 10-15 minute interview with each MA applicant. The aim is to ensure applicants have a well defined research question before they start on the programme. The interview is part of the admission process and will have to take place before an offer can be made.

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 2020/21, you can apply for the MA in academic years 2021/22, 2022/23 and 2023/24. Please apply in the year that you wish to enrol, ie if you wish to study in 2021/22 please apply in 2021 before the deadline published.

The Centre of European Law does not offer any funding for its programmes, but please consult King's postgraduate funding database for funding opportunities.

For further information
Centre of European Law, King's College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS, UK, Tel +44(0) 20 7848 2387,

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