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    For practising lawyers, regulators, academics or if you have a specific need for knowledge in this area. Modules: UK Copyright Law I; UK Copyright Law II & US Copyright Law; French & German Copyright Law; EU & International Copyright Law.

    KEY BENEFITS
    * Gives an in-depth insight into the general principles and practice of copyright law.
    * Programme materials written by experts in the field.
    * Can be studied anywhere in the world by distance learning.
    * Located in the heart of legal London

    PURPOSE
    For practising lawyers, regulators, academics and those with a specific need for knowledge of EU Copyright and related law. To provide a general understanding of the substantive rules of EU law concerning copyright and related matters and the relation between domestic copyright protection and EU law.

    DESCRIPTION
    The following topics are included in the syllabus (not every topic will be offered each year):

    * The law of copyright in the general context of intellectual property.
    * General introduction to the principles of copyright law both in copyright and continental systems.
    * Copyright in its national, regional and international context (including Copyright Conventions and the TRIPS Agreement).
    * The work of the European Commission in its Copyright Harmonisation Programme.
    * The subject matter of copyright and related rights.
    * Authorship and ownership (including the position regarding employees).
    * Duration of copyright; exclusive rights.
    * Infringement.
    * Parallel imports.
    * Civil and criminal remedies.
    * Dealings with copyright.
    * Moral rights.
    * Performers' rights.
    * Copyright and designs.
    * Copyright, competition and Community law.
    * UK and US law in detail and French and German law in outline.
    * Research methods.

    Location
    * Distance learning with two/three weekend seminars in central London

    STRUCTURE OVERVIEW
    Core programme content

    Module 1

    * Historical Background and General Principles;
    * UK Copyright Law;
    * Subject Matter;
    * Protection Criteria;
    * Economic Rights.

    Module 2

    * Limitations and Exceptions;
    * Infringement;
    * United States Copyright Law;
    * Limitations and Exceptions.

    Module 3

    * General Outline of French and German Laws on Author's Rights and Related Rights;
    * Law of the European Union;
    * Rental/Lending and Related Rights Directive;
    * Computer Programme Directive;
    * Current Issues and International Harmonisation.

    FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
    Compulsory assignments and examination for the Postgraduate Diploma. MA: dissertation.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Program requirements

    Applicants must normally hold a degree in law or in a related discipline, of a good second class honours standard (or equivalent in the case of degrees differently graded), or be a qualified barrister or solicitor. Applications from candidates who have achieved a comparable academic level through past studies and where previous study, work or experience has made the applicant a suitable candidate for admission may also be considered. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 80 (Grade A) TOEFL paper-based test score : 630 TOEFL iBT® test: 109 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    Self-funded.

    Accreditation

    CPD accredited by Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

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