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UK, EU & US Copyright Law MA, PG Dip

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Please note: For the Postgraduate Diploma only (first year) you apply through Informa Connect who will guide you through the application process. Informa Connect deliver this programme in conjunction with King's.

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 studied by professionals alongside full time work commitments. The estimated time commitment is 240 hours of self study plus 32 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.

Please note that the optional MA (second year) is only available for application once the Postgraduate Diploma has been completed. 

At King's you can enquire about the programme by sending an email via diplomastudent@kcl.ac.uk to the Senior Programme Officer.


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.

Key information

Application status Open

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

Study mode Distance Learning

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 25.

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Further details

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At King's you can enquire about the programme by sending an email via diplomastudent@kcl.ac.uk to the Senior Programme Officer.

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law



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Course detail


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.

Further literature

You can view the full syllabus and the authors of the study units here.

Course format and assessment

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



Lectures, seminars and feedback



48 hours (three residential weekend seminars)

260+ hours



This course requires at least 110 hours of self-directed study. 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.



 PG Dip

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











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

Course accreditation

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

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


The PG Diploma programme is structured into three modules of 13 (tbc) units in total. 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 3rd ed (OUP, 2017). 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.

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. It is anticipated that each unit will require a student to spend approximately twenty hours' study plus further time for reading and completion of the assignments. Units are sent by air courier.

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.

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 an online activity, format to be confirmed; the format of the 2021 spring seminars will be subject to social distancing measures).Authors and Tutors will revise study material and lecture for two 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. 

Students will be required to submit three 2000 word assignments in April the first year. Together these assignments constitute 45% of the final overall mark for the Postgraduate Diploma.

The three-hour written examination will take place during May 2020 either at King's College London or a different venue in London. Arrangements can be made to sit the exam at a venue in your country. This arrangement carries a fee by King's College London and the invigilating institution. Successful candidates will obtain the Postgraduate Diploma in UK, EU and US Copyright Law. Results are graded into Pass (50-59%), Merit (60-69%) and Distinction (70%+).

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 follow-up MA is open to students who completed the Diploma.  It involves the research for and writing of a 12000 -15000 dissertation under supervision. You are expected to spend at least 110 hours engaged in self-directed study. You are assessed exclusively by your dissertation which needs to be passed with 50%. 


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take:
• PG Diploma - modules totalling 120 credits
• MA – modules totalling 180 credits (120 credits from the Pg Dipoma and 60 credits for the dissertation)
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
There are no optional modules for this programme.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Copyright Law Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1

Applicants must normally hold a 2:1 undergraduate degree 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.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

  • For the Postgraduate Diploma students apply through the portal at Informa Connect. 

  • All MA applicants need to have completed the Diploma. Please apply directly to King’s through the King's online application portal  apply.kcl.ac.uk
  • 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 aim to turn around applications within four weeks for the Diploma applications. MA applications are turned around in two weeks after the application deadline has closed. 


Start of the Pg Diploma 29th September 2021. Start of the MA 1 October 2021. 

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study Yes A certified copy of your official degree certificate. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
Reference Yes One professional or, if you are a recent graduate, one academic reference is required
Other Yes You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application. In addition you are asked to submit a certified copy of your passport page. English language proficiency test results if you are not a native English speaker. 

King’s College London and Informa Connect reserve the right to request certified copies of any documents provided in the event that clear copies are not received or to verify their authenticity.


Application closing date

PG Diplomas only: 1 September 2021 for PG Diplomas. Later applications will be considered, but only if the full application documents are submitted by 15 October 2021. 

MAs only: 28 August 2021 (strict deadlines)

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.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: PG Dip; £7,000 (2021//22); MA: £3,500 per year (2021//22)
  • Full time overseas fees: PG Dip; £7,000 (2021//22); MA: £3,500 per year (2021//22)
  • Part time Home fees: n/a
  • Part time overseas fees: n/a

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


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.

Additional costs/expenses

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

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies. It is essential for you to have an unannotated copy of Christie and Gare (eds), Blackstone's Statutes on Intellectual Property, (OUP, latest edition). 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Binding and courier costs for MA dissertations
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel and accommodation for the examination if taken in London
  • Overseas examination arrangements if requested (King's fee and fee of overseas venue)
  • Travel and accommodation for weekend seminars  
  • Graduation costs

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

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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

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.

Career 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
  • Entertainment industry
  • Private legal practice


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