This course will deal with legal and theoretical aspects of copyright and information law.


This course will deal with legal and theoretical aspects of copyright and information law. It will also explore the inherent tensions between normative protection and access systems for copyright and informational right, in the era of the Internet, big data, copyright expansionism and data commodification.

Copyright law protects original literary, artistic, and dramatic and musical works etc. whilst information law protects and regulates access to critical information of personal and commercial nature. The course offers an exceptional opportunity for the study of the two specialist areas of law, while highlighting the differences, overlaps and the symbiotic relationship between copyright and information law.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201819/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-16046

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Copyright law confers exclusive but limited monopoly right on authors or proprietors of creative works that range from literary, artistic, musical, to sound recordings. Information law deals with the protection of, and access to information, which could be personal or commercial in nature.

With regards to the copyright element of the course, the following topics shall be discussed in depth: conceptual and historical analyses of copyright; rationale for copyright protection; categories of copyright works: literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, sound recordings, broadcast, film, etc.; originality and copyright; database protection; copyright protection for computer programs; the scope of copyright monopoly and limitations; digital copyright and technological protection measures; copyright infringement, remedies, and defences; copyright and human rights; collecting society and copyright licencing systems; creative commons licence and alternatives to copyright.

With regards to the information law element of the course, the following topics shall be discussed in depth: normative concept of information; types of information; protectable information; information as data; big data and information commodification; personal data protection; confidential information; trade secret; and access to information.

Overall, the course will examine the symbiotic relationship between copyright and informational rights, within the contexts of the multiple normative systems that define, protect, frame and delimit access to copyright and information.

This course should be of interest to legal practitioners; data protection officers/managers; information officers; and people working in the creative and communication industry such as television, radio, social media, art, designs, fashion, etc.

Linked programmes

PgDip Intellectual Property Law and Practice PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development


100% Coursework - Written Assignment (5000 words).


This course can be attended weekly on Saturdays during the 12 week semester (dates and times to be confirmed) or fully online without any on-campus attendance requirements.

Entry requirements

Any undergraduate degree.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 29 September 2018
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses(choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 29 September 2018

Fees and funding

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England, Scotland & Wales:

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Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk


Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

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