This course will explore the underlying laws and policy that underpin use of the Internet as a medium of communication.


The main rationale for Internet Law and Policy is to introduce participants to the law and policy that underpin the emerging issues inherent in the use of the Internet as a medium of communication. Topics include the origin and history of the Internet; the technical and infrastructural foundations of the Internet; Internet governance systems; online data protection & privacy; online surveillance; online anonymity; cyber-bullying, online revenge-porn; cyber-crimes; electronic mails; property rights in electronic mails; unsolicited commercial electronic mails; network neutrality; electronic commerce; copyright protection for online digital contents and database; jurisdictional issues and enforcement of foreign judgments.

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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The Internet is a critical medium of information communication, with unique socio-legal challenges. This course will explore the underlying laws and policy response to these challenges, which include individual privacy; anonymity; identity-theft; unsolicited commercial electronic mail; copyright in digital contents; employees' social-media rights and responsible use of employers' computing systems; protection of domain names for businesses and individuals; online reputation and online surveillance systems.

This course is aimed at professionals, businesses and individuals for whom the Internet is an integral part of daily operations. Lecture and seminar sessions will deal with practical issues that range from online protection of business names or trademarks; digital copyright protection; dealing with unsolicited commercial electronic mails; responsible use of electronic email systems and social media by employees; online identity theft; online surveillance; anonymity online; revenge porn; online frauds, 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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Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

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Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at


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

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680

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