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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 KNect365 Learning who will guide you through the application process. KNect365 deliver this programme in conjunction with King's.

Our classic distance learning UK, EU & US Copyright Law Postgraduate Diploma/MA 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. 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 speak directly to the programme convener on +44 (0) 20 7848 1768.

Programme information can be printed here.


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.

  • Established programme with an enviable reputation in the sector and exceptional ratings by students.

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

Course contact for further information

You can speak directly to the programme convener on +44 (0) 20 7848 1768 or send an email enquiry to diplomastudent@kcl.ac.uk

 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law

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Course detail

Description

The programme aims to provide you with an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of the general principles of copyright law, mainly focusing on the
law in the United Kingdom, the principles of United States copyright law and the major ‘copyright’ Directives of the European Union. The programme is delivered by distance learning with three intensiveresidential weekend seminars in London. 

The UK, EU & US Copyright Law MA is only open to students who have successfully completed the UK, US & Copyright Law Postgraduate Diploma.

Further literature

You can view the full syllabus and the authors of the 13 study units here.

Course format and assessment

Material 
The PG Diploma programme is structured into three modules of 13 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 KNect365 Learning and the Programme Convener 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.

Seminars
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. 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.

Assessment 
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%+).

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%. 

 

Structure

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)

 

MA

  • 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 KNect365 Learning

  • 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

 

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 of 1 September 2020 has closed. 

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 of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. 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.

 

Application closing date

1 September 2020 for PG Diplomas and MA

 

PG Diplomas only: Later applications will be considered, but only if the full application documents are submitted by 15 October 2020. 

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/EU fees: MA: £3,330 per year (2020//21); PG Dip; £6,660 (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: MA: £3,330 per year (2020//21); PG Dip; £6,660 (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: n/a
  • Part time overseas fees: n/a

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

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 KNect365.  

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.

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. It aims to provide you with an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of the general principles of copyright law, mainly focusing on the law in the United Kingdom, the principles of United States copyright law and the major 'copyright' Directives of the European Union. 

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

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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