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UK, EU & US Copyright Law MA / PG Dip

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** Applications for the PGDip are made via our experienced distance learning partner, Informa Connect. For additional information and enquiries, find Informa's website link and email address in the Contact Us box below. Applications for the MA are made direct to King's, once the PGDip is achieved, via apply.kcl.ac.uk. ** Our distance-learning UK, EU & US Copyright Law course 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. This programme is generally studied by professionals alongside their full time work commitments.

Key benefits

  • Gives an in-depth insight into the general principles and practice of copyright law.
  • Written by leading academics and professional experts in the field.
  • Can be studied anywhere in the world.
  • Weekend seminars led by course directors.
  • Hard copy study material with online additional support, traditional one-year cohort.
  • Established programme with an enviable reputation in the sector and exceptional ratings by students. In the 2019 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 97% of students at the Centre of European Law agreed with the statement: Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course.
  • MA can be started within two years of finishing the Diploma.
  • Guidance through application process from Informa Connect.
Corinne

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.

Corinne, UK, EU & US Copyright Law

Our course is designed for practising lawyers, regulators and senior level copyright professionals in the entertainment and publishing industry. 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. The UK, EU & US Copyright Law MA is only open to students who have successfully completed the UK, EU & US Copyright Law Postgraduate Diploma. Students on the MA course are required to write a dissertation under supervision. Study time The estimated time commitment for Year 1 (PGDip) is 260 hours of self study plus 48 hours teaching at the weekend seminars. Further time is needed in April for the coursework and May for examination preparation. Students are expected to manage their time independently. The MA requires at least 110 hours of self-directed study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. Material The Postgraduate Diploma programme is structured into four modules comprising 12 units. The units are designed to be largely self-contained, but recommended and further reading will be suggested. Some of the further reading suggestions may not be readily available online, either at King's library or elsewhere, so students may have to source recommended reading themselves. Units A unit will comprise text, copies of relevant Regulations, Commission Decisions and Notices, Judgments of the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Practical examples, questions and model answers will test your knowledge as you progress. Extra time must be set aside in April and May to complete the coursework and to prepare for the written examination in May KEATS (King's E-learning and Teaching Service) 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. This programme is designed as a traditional paper-based distance learning course that is supported by additional online resources and facilities. Students are required to engage with the online platform during their studies. Units will be uploaded in a pdf format on their despatch date. The programme specific website also offers students the opportunity to interact with each other, post questions for the programme director and view any other information relevant to the course. Support throughout your studies Organisational and administrative support is readily available through the Distance Learning Organiser at Informa Connect and the Senior Programme Officer at King's College London. However this programme is designed and delivered in a format that requires the student to study independently. Although academic staff will be available via the programme website for student queries, they do not tutor on a one-to-one basis. Students who enter this programme need to be aware of the commitment required to study this challenging and rewarding programme. We also recommend that you have put arrangements in place to allocate sufficient time for studying alongside your professional and other commitments. The distance learning programme offers much freedom to suit professionals, therefore students need to bring self-discipline and self-motivation to be successful. Seminars There will be three intensive weekend seminars. (The format of the seminars will depend on social distancing measures at the time). Authors and Tutors will revise study material and lecture for three full days. Seminars are recorded to view for those students who cannot attend the seminars. It is strongly recommended that students benefit from these intensive revision sessions.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

This course is distance-learning delivered via printed course materials and a dedicated website. The PG Dip also features three residential weekends of intensive study in London.

Study time

The estimated time commitment for Year 1 (PGDip) is 260 hours of self study plus 48 hours teaching at the weekend seminars. Further time is needed in April for the coursework and May for examination preparation. Students are expected to manage their time independently.

The MA requires at least 110 hours of self-directed study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    Postgraduate Diploma

    You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

    MA

    You are assessed by the marking of your dissertation (100%).

    The follow-up MA is open to students who complete the Diploma at Merit level. It involves the research for and writing of a dissertation under supervision. You are expected to spend at least 110 hours engaged in self-directed study.

    Normally students are required to start with the MA programme within 2 years of finishing the PG Diploma programme.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take: • Postgraduate Diploma – modules totalling 120 credits. • MA – modules totalling 180 credits.

    Postgraduate Diploma You are required to take:

    International and UK Copyright Law I (30 credits)
    UK Copyright Law II (30 credits)
    US Copyright Law and French & German Authors’ Rights Law (30 credits)
    EU Copyright Law (30 credits)

    MA You are required to take:

    Dissertation (60 Credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Completing this rigorous course will 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. Course graduates are mostly professionals who enjoy specialisation and promotion in their existing workplace or new employment destinations.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: PG Dip: £7,350 (2022/23) MA: £3,675 per year (2022/23)*

    International:

    Full time: PG Dip: £7,350 (2022/23) MA: £3,675 per year (2022/23)*

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

    Deposit

    Only MA students are required to pay a deposit. This is £1000 to be paid at the point of accepting the offer of a place of study.  

    PG Diploma students are invoiced by Informa Connect.  

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

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

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies. You will need to have access to an unannotated copy of the latest edition of Blackstone's Statutes on Intellectual Property
    • Library fees and fines 
    • Binding of dissertations and postal or courier costs for despatch to London (MA)
    • Personal photocopies 
    • Stationery 
    • Travel and accommodation for exams if taken in London or overseas examination fees if requested (PG Dip)
    • Travel and accommodation for weekend seminars (PG Dip)  
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    Our course is designed for practising lawyers, regulators and senior level copyright professionals in the entertainment and publishing industry. 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. The UK, EU & US Copyright Law MA is only open to students who have successfully completed the UK, EU & US Copyright Law Postgraduate Diploma. Students on the MA course are required to write a dissertation under supervision. Study time The estimated time commitment for Year 1 (PGDip) is 260 hours of self study plus 48 hours teaching at the weekend seminars. Further time is needed in April for the coursework and May for examination preparation. Students are expected to manage their time independently. The MA requires at least 110 hours of self-directed study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. Material The Postgraduate Diploma programme is structured into four modules comprising 12 units. The units are designed to be largely self-contained, but recommended and further reading will be suggested. Some of the further reading suggestions may not be readily available online, either at King's library or elsewhere, so students may have to source recommended reading themselves. Units A unit will comprise text, copies of relevant Regulations, Commission Decisions and Notices, Judgments of the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Practical examples, questions and model answers will test your knowledge as you progress. Extra time must be set aside in April and May to complete the coursework and to prepare for the written examination in May KEATS (King's E-learning and Teaching Service) 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. This programme is designed as a traditional paper-based distance learning course that is supported by additional online resources and facilities. Students are required to engage with the online platform during their studies. Units will be uploaded in a pdf format on their despatch date. The programme specific website also offers students the opportunity to interact with each other, post questions for the programme director and view any other information relevant to the course. Support throughout your studies Organisational and administrative support is readily available through the Distance Learning Organiser at Informa Connect and the Senior Programme Officer at King's College London. However this programme is designed and delivered in a format that requires the student to study independently. Although academic staff will be available via the programme website for student queries, they do not tutor on a one-to-one basis. Students who enter this programme need to be aware of the commitment required to study this challenging and rewarding programme. We also recommend that you have put arrangements in place to allocate sufficient time for studying alongside your professional and other commitments. The distance learning programme offers much freedom to suit professionals, therefore students need to bring self-discipline and self-motivation to be successful. Seminars There will be three intensive weekend seminars. (The format of the seminars will depend on social distancing measures at the time). Authors and Tutors will revise study material and lecture for three full days. Seminars are recorded to view for those students who cannot attend the seminars. It is strongly recommended that students benefit from these intensive revision sessions.

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    This course is distance-learning delivered via printed course materials and a dedicated website. The PG Dip also features three residential weekends of intensive study in London.

    Study time

    The estimated time commitment for Year 1 (PGDip) is 260 hours of self study plus 48 hours teaching at the weekend seminars. Further time is needed in April for the coursework and May for examination preparation. Students are expected to manage their time independently.

    The MA requires at least 110 hours of self-directed study.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      Postgraduate Diploma

      You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

      MA

      You are assessed by the marking of your dissertation (100%).

      The follow-up MA is open to students who complete the Diploma at Merit level. It involves the research for and writing of a dissertation under supervision. You are expected to spend at least 110 hours engaged in self-directed study.

      Normally students are required to start with the MA programme within 2 years of finishing the PG Diploma programme.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take: • Postgraduate Diploma – modules totalling 120 credits. • MA – modules totalling 180 credits.

      Postgraduate Diploma You are required to take:

      International and UK Copyright Law I (30 credits)
      UK Copyright Law II (30 credits)
      US Copyright Law and French & German Authors’ Rights Law (30 credits)
      EU Copyright Law (30 credits)

      MA You are required to take:

      Dissertation (60 Credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Completing this rigorous course will 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. Course graduates are mostly professionals who enjoy specialisation and promotion in their existing workplace or new employment destinations.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: PG Dip: £7,350 (2022/23) MA: £3,675 per year (2022/23)*

      International:

      Full time: PG Dip: £7,350 (2022/23) MA: £3,675 per year (2022/23)*

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

      Deposit

      Only MA students are required to pay a deposit. This is £1000 to be paid at the point of accepting the offer of a place of study.  

      PG Diploma students are invoiced by Informa Connect.  

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

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

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies. You will need to have access to an unannotated copy of the latest edition of Blackstone's Statutes on Intellectual Property
      • Library fees and fines 
      • Binding of dissertations and postal or courier costs for despatch to London (MA)
      • Personal photocopies 
      • Stationery 
      • Travel and accommodation for exams if taken in London or overseas examination fees if requested (PG Dip)
      • Travel and accommodation for weekend seminars (PG Dip)  
      • Graduation costs

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      Postgraduate Diploma: 21 September 2022. Later applications will be considered, but only if full application documents are submitted. The final date a late application can be accepted is 12 October 2022. However, in order to start the programme on time, it is strongly advised you submit your full application by 21 September 2022.

      Please note: For the Postgraduate Diploma (first year), students apply via our experienced Distance Learning partner, Informa Connect, who deliver the Diploma programme in conjunction with King’s. Informa will guide you through the application process.

      MA: Students apply direct to King's on completion of the Postgraduate Diploma.

      Our first application deadline for the MA is on Friday 25 March 2022 (23:59, UK time).

      After this date, the programme will close at any point once it is full. If there are places still available, the programme will remain open until the final application deadline on Friday 26 August 2022 (23:59, UK time).

      We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King’s.

      Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline listed and we are unable to process any further offers because places are filled before the final application deadlines.

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      - If you have questions about the application process, please email Informa Connect via the link below. - For specific questions about the programme content, please email the King's team via the second link below. - Explore more and apply via the Informa Copyright Law website linked to below.

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