Media and Entertainment Law - PG Dip

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Why study this course?

Our course is ideal if you want to enhance and improve your legal career in the media and entertainment fields, it would also suit those with no prior legal training but want to start a career in this field. You’ll be supported by our introductory module to English law, giving you the right foundation to continue confidently onto the rest of the course.

You’ll increase your legal understanding of activities taking place in the media and entertainment fields and learn how to resolve the different legal issues that can arise.

We teach our distance-learning programme in partnership with IBC Academy through the online learning platform Informa. By signing up to the course you'll take advantage of the growing number of legal roles in the media sector. Specifically, this covers the areas of media and entertainment contracts, sports law, intellectual property rights and advertising law and data protection.

More about this course

Our internationally-recognised postgraduate diploma has been designed to become an expert in media and entertainment law. This is rapidly growing area of law covers intellectual property, contracts and defamation related to media. This will also include social media, advertising, music and sports law.

Course outline

Our course gives you a complete understanding of how the media and entertainment world is adapting to changes in the law. This includes the current way in which print media is regulated and the ever-increasing challenges companies face over their misuse of social media.

We’ll also teach you about other modern issues such as the increase in cybercrime and more specific developments like WikiLeaks. You’ll investigate these as an example of how the law is keeping up with technological advancements in media and entertainment.
You’ll progress logically through the syllabus we give you, discuss the theoretical issues and take part in problem solving exercises.

By studying our course, you’ll be able to:

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

As you can see, our course will thoroughly ground your understanding and practical application of the law, within media and entertainment.

Specialist resources

You’ll undertake online research using electronic law databases and online legal resources. We also encourage you to read from specific case law and legal journals. Our course team will quickly respond to any queries you post on the forum, ensuring you feel well supported and engaged throughout your studies.

You can also use the online learning platform to access the course modules. This will include handbooks, lecture notes, web links, a discussion forum, study skills materials and assessment criteria.

Expert tutors and practising solicitors

You’ll be studying under tutors from highly trained and relevant backgrounds in the academic world and legal practice. A selection of these tutors are practising as barristers or solicitors, meaning you can draw upon them for further insights into the world of media and entertainment law.


You’ll be assessed entirely by coursework which is submitted through the online learning platform.

The introductory module will be assessed by a multiple choice test; a case analysis test and a statute analysis test.

Your 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.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

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

Modular structure

The modular structure is subject to change over time.

Our self-study postgraduate diploma programme is 12 months long. Following the module manual, you’ll study an introduction module, eight core modules and two specialist modules (of which you can choose one to study). These modules are released at a rate of one per month.

Each core module gives you a grounding in the core components of media and entertainment law. The modules connect and refer back to each other, so you’ll learn how all the subject areas in media and entertainment law fit together.

Each module includes:

  • your core study material including a series of short, thought-provoking questions you’ll use to assess your understanding of the module
  • a self-assessment problem question which will stimulate the development of your skills of reasoning, argument and critical judgement

The introductory module

This module introduces you to the key concepts that you must understand before continuing onto the other modules.

The core modules

These eight core modules are compulsory. In each module, you will:

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

The specialist modules

After completing the core modules you can study one specialist module. This allows you to tailor the course to your specific needs.

After the course

Successful completion of our postgraduate diploma will give you the legal skills needed to work in media, entertainment and sports; giving you professional advantage in these industries.

You may also choose to carry your credits from this course on to our Media and Entertainment LLM course. The distance-learning LLM involves an additional module in legal research methods and the writing of a 15,000 word dissertation.

Moving to one campus 

If you're starting your course in September 2018 or January 2019 your teaching location will change in summer 2019 when students studying at our Moorgate campus move to our campus in Islington.

At our Islington campus you'll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and a wide range of social spaces.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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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