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Media and Entertainment Law - PG Dip

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 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 has been 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.

Assessment

The course will be assessed entirely by coursework. The introductory module will be assessed by a multiple choice test; a case analysis test and a statute analysis test. The core modules will be assessed by two pieces of coursework which will each consist of a series of short-answer questions and a case study totalling 2,500 words per piece. The specialist module will be assessed by a piece of coursework of 4,000 words in length.

You will be required to have:

  • an undergraduate degree at 2.2 or above in law or a related qualification from a UK or EU university, or equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas university
  • a minimum of 6.5 IELTS with 6.0 in all components is also required from EU and international students or equivalent

The course is taught by the self-study of a comprehensive module manual and with students encouraged to read from specified case law and legal journals. There's a logical progression through a complex syllabus and you're given the opportunity to discuss theoretical issues as well as practical problem solving. You are supported in undertaking online research using electronic law databases and are encouraged to use online legal resources on a regular basis.

The course team will respond to student queries left on the forum promptly and will ensure that you feel well supported and engaged throughout your studies. The course modules will be accessed through the online learning platform that will contain handbooks, lecture notes, web links, a discussion forum, study skills materials and assessment criteria. You'll also receive a daily round-up of activity from the forum. The course is assessed entirely through coursework which will be submitted through the online learning platform. The course modules will be released at a rate of one per month.

The postgraduate diploma programme is 12 months long and comprises an introductory module, eight compulsory core modules and two specialist modules (of which you choose to study one). Each of the core modules gives a thorough grounding in the core components of media and entertainment law whilst referring to aspects and important points of law from all of the other modules, so bringing together all the subject areas that comprise media and entertainment law.

Each module includes:

  • your core study material together with a series of short thought provoking questions through which you can assess your understanding of each module
  • a self-assessment problem question which will help you to develop your skills of reasoning, argument and critical judgement

The introductory module
This module will introduce you to key concepts that are necessary for an understanding of the modules that follow.

The core modules
Once you have studied the introductory module you will proceed to study the eight core modules which comprise the compulsory element of the course. You will then be ready to:

  • follow the written material provided
  • test your understanding of the material by responding to questions in the text
  • attempt the self-assessment problem question that accompanies the material

The specialist modules
Once the core modules have been completed, you will study your specialist module, allowing you to tailor the course to your specific needs.

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

You may also choose to carry your credits on to an LLM course. The LLM ‘Top up’ by distance learning involves taking an additional module in legal research methods and the writing of a 15,000 word dissertation. Successful completion of these components will give you an LLM in Media and Entertainment Law by distance learning and is exclusively for students who have completed the postgraduate diploma.

How to apply

Applications for this course are processed via our partner Informa Professional Academy.

When you apply, you will need to submit proof of your prior qualifications, a personal statement outlining why you wish to follow the course, a written reference in support of your application and a copy of your passport page.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are the course.

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