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This distance learning course is the first postgraduate qualification designed to unravel the complexities of information rights.

Information Rights has developed as a profession in its own right in recent years, particularly since the introduction of landmark Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Environmental Information legislation. This course is designed to meet the distinct needs of those working in the area, where a detailed knowledge of the relevant legislation and an ability to apply it in practice is essential.

The linked structure of the course gives you maximum flexibility in your studies. The PG Cert is the first stage award; you can either exit at this stage or progress to the PG Dip and LLM. This course is not eligible for the postgraduate government loan.

This distance learning course is the first postgraduate qualification designed to unravel the complexities of information rights.

Information Rights has developed as a profession in its own right in recent years, particularly since the introduction of landmark Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Environmental Information legislation. This course is designed to meet the distinct needs of those working in the area, where a detailed knowledge of the relevant legislation and an ability to apply it in practice is essential.

The linked structure of the course gives you maximum flexibility in your studies. The PG Cert is the first stage award; you can either exit at this stage or progress to the PG Dip and LLM. This course is not eligible for the postgraduate government loan.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year distance learning

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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As a distance learning course, the key principle of your postgraduate provision is that of reflective practice, placing you at the centre of the learning process. You will be provided with detailed learning materials for each taught module via the eLearning portal site.

The course is taught from a practical viewpoint, enabling you to understand and apply the relevant law. Assessment, both formative and summative, forms an integral part of the learning experience. Formative assessment includes self-test questions, group discussion, informal peer assessment and non-assessed exercises. The main summative assessment method is individual assignment to encourage a deep learning and a critical approach to learning.

An online early “surgery” session with your course leader gives you the opportunity to discuss expectations, explore issues and provide guidance in terms of assignment submissions and extenuating circumstances.

Book an Open Day / Experience Information Rights Law and Practice

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Information Rights Law and Practice at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

You will learn from inspirational academics with a genuine passion for their subject and extensive professional experience, through modules shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

Staff interests include domestic violence, privacy, human rights (particularly the rights of children) and data protection; the unauthorised disclosure of official documents and whistleblowing; and Environmental Information.

Our academics balance teaching, research and working with external organisations. Team responsibilities include membership of the Gender Sexuality and Law Research Interest Group, membership of the steering group for the Legal Education and Professional Skills (LEAPS) Research Interest Group, and editorial responsibility for a number of leading law journals.

The course is delivered by Northumbria Law School, three times winners of the prestigious “Best Law School” accolade, awarded by the Attorney General’s Student Pro Bono Awards.

Book an Open Day / Experience Information Rights Law and Practice

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Information Rights Law and Practice at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Technology Enhanced Learning (‘TEL’) is an integral part of this innovative distance learning course. The eLearning portal provides access to detailed learning materials including lecture materials, study notes, discussion boards, virtual classrooms, self-evaluative tasks and opportunities to engage with your tutor and fellow students.

We offer optional study days in the Law School to help distance learning students get the best out of the course. Panopto software will be used to record teaching activity taking place on study days and the footage will be made available online.

Book an Open Day / Experience Information Rights Law and Practice

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Information Rights Law and Practice at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Research is embedded throughout the course, and you will encounter all quadrants of research rich learning: research-tutored, research-led, research-based, and research-orientated. Starting with Legal Research, you will be exposed to a variety of research-informed experiences within subject modules.

Law School research focuses on the areas of Law and Society, Legal Education and Professional Skills, and the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies. These internationally recognised groups act as a focus for research activity across the Law School, and their work feeds into taught courses to ensure the course content is informed by research developments in the sector.

Book an Open Day / Experience Information Rights Law and Practice

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Information Rights Law and Practice at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Information Rights Law and Practice has been designed for practitioners specifically charged with processing information and for other professionals working in environments where information is held, including central and local government, health, education and commerce.

The PG Cert will enable you to understand and apply your knowledge within your career, and offers career development by improving your academic profile.

You also have access to specialist careers support within the Law School, including employer engagement sessions.

Book an Open Day / Experience Information Rights Law and Practice

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Our graduates are equipped with expert knowledge and theory in their chosen field along with critical, analytical, research and wider transferable skills.

The course aims to ensure your development of legal knowledge, legal application and critical analysis and to equip you with the professional and reflective skills necessary for practice, whatever your profession.

The curriculum will enable you to apply legal skills to common problems you are likely to experience in practice, provide you with skills necessary to reflect upon and develop policies relevant to you own workplace.

The nature of the course means that, on completion, the majority of graduates progress to the Postgraduate Diploma.

Book an Open Day / Experience Information Rights Law and Practice

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Information Rights Law and Practice at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

Ideally suited to practitioners, this course will suit those specifically charged with processing information, and those working in environments where information is held, including central and local government, health, education and commerce. It is open to students who hold an appropriate degree or a comparable professional qualification and those without a degree but who have suitable work experience.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in Law, or an honours degree with law modules.
Relevant professional qualifications or suitable experience will also be considered.

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry
 
English Language requirements
 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK Fee per stage/award: £2,330

EU Fee per stage/award: £2,330

International Fee per stage/award: £2,330

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Whilst books are made available via the University Library, students may wish to purchase key texts. One text per module is recommended for purchase throughout this course. There is one study day, held in Northumbria University, associated with each of the three modules on this course that would give rise to travel and accommodation costs. (The study days are not compulsory).

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

LW7002 -

Data Protection (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will develop a critical understanding of the laws relating to data protection in the UK and Europe. You will examine the development of data protection law in England and Europe, the provisions of the Data Protection Act, the EU Directive on Data Protection and the Data Protection Regulation which is due to replace it. The module will take a critical look at the legal framework that governs data protection and privacy. This module covers the following topics:

1. The history and development of data protection law.
2. Key definitions within the legislation and how they have been interpreted and applied.
3. The Data Protection Principles which govern legal regulation and practice.
4. The rights which are created by the Act and Directive, who they are granted to and how they might be enforced.
5. The obligations which are imposed on organisations over how they process personal data.
6. How the exemptions in the Act apply to domestic law.
7. How Notification arrangements work and how the data protection regime is enforced, in particular looking at the powers of the Information Commissioner.
8. Changes introduced by the draft Data Protection Regulation.

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LW7003 -

Legal Research (Core,20 Credits)

This module seeks to prepare you for the legal research you will be undertaking on your postgraduate programme. This will ensure that you have an appropriate understanding and awareness of appropriate research methods with a particular focus upon: seeking and obtaining legal research sources, recording that data to an appropriate academic standard including issues of referencing and plagiarism, along with effective communication of research methods for example in written essays and oral presentations. The module focuses on the development of skills in three keys areas: problem identification and analysis, information gathering and presentation of results.

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LW7016 -

Foundations of information Rights (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will develop a critical understanding of the laws relating to information rights in the UK and Europe. You will examine the development of information rights law in England and how the different regimes interact with each other. The module will take a critical look at the legal framework that governs information rights, the Data Protection Act and Directive, the new regulation, the Freedom of Information Act, the Environmental Information Regulations and their European and International elements.

This module covers the following topics:

1. The history and development of information rights in England
2. Who is subject to the regimes
3. What information os covered by the regimes
4. What rights and obligations are created by the regimes
5. What exemptions or exceptions apply, how they operate and how the regimes interact with one another
6. How the law treats incapable adults and children in this area
7. A brief look at information rights in other jurisdictions
8. How the regimes are enforced

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Any Questions?

Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

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