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Media and Entertainment Law - LLM

Why study this course?

Develop your academic knowledge and awareness of issues in media and entertainment law, and increase your understanding of the legal dimension to activities taking place in the media and entertainment fields and the extent to which they might give rise to legal issues. This distance learning programme is taught in partnership with Informa and was created in response to the growing demand for legal education in the media sector and specifically the areas of media and entertainment contracts, sports law, intellectual property rights, and advertising law and data protection.

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This internationally recognised qualification has been developed for those who wish to acquire expertise in media and entertainment law. This is a rapidly growing area of law including intellectual property, contracts, and defamation as these relate to media, including social media, and to areas such as advertising, music and sports law.

Taught in partnership with Informa via their online learning platform, this distance learning course has been designed specifically for those working in, or wishing to enter the media and entertainment fields; or for those with, or without legal backgrounds who wish to broaden their expertise and to understand better the legal issues arising in these areas. It therefore welcomes applicants from both legal and non-legal backgrounds who have the potential to benefit from the programme and includes an introductory module to English law designed to assist those with no prior legal training.

Due to current and varied issues ranging from the way print media is regulated, to the ever increasing problems now facing companies over the misuse of social media, this course aims to bring a structure to the way the media and entertainment world is constantly trying to coexist with the law. The law can be deemed to play catch up with society and one reason for this is due to the expansion of technological developments within the industry; examples of this can be seen with issues such as cybercrime and WikiLeaks which this course will be investigating. The course is designed to merge commercial practical components and the theoretical understanding of the way these two industries work.

The purpose of the course is to enable you to:

  • develop an in-depth and practical understanding of media and entertainment law
  • understand the principles and practice of media and entertainment law and the changing commercial contexts in which these operate
  • analyse issues in media and entertainment from a legal perspective
  • apply relevant law to help resolve issues that arise in media and entertainment practice
  • utilise mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods to help secure settlements

As well as deepening your understanding of the law our focus throughout the programme is on the practical application of the law. The programme benefits from tutors with strong relevant backgrounds in the academic world and in legal practice with a number practising as barristers or solicitors.


The assessment includes a reaserch project and a dissertation alongside other projects.

To apply for this course you will need to have completed the PGDip Media and Entertainment Law course.

The LLM ‘Topup’ by distance learning involves taking one research based module and completing a 15,000 word dissertation.

Successful completion of this course will highlight your legal skills in the specific context of media, entertainment and sports. The LLM will enable you to gain a professional advantage in media/entertainment industries, where legal skills are becoming more and more vital. 

How to apply

To apply for this course, please contact our partner Informa at once you have completed your postgraduate diploma.

When to apply

Please apply for this course as soon as you complete the postgraduate diploma.

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