Any comparisons across time are sometimes unrealistic but it is also stated that if a smart phone of today could be sent back in time by no more than 20 years, it would have been the most powerful computer in the world.
Alongside the development of processing capabilities, the last 4 decades have seen increasing integration between the computer and telecommunications networks. Much is said today about cloud computing. Increasingly, it is a matter of little importance whether data or processing capabilities are located on one's own computers or can be accessed remotely as and when needed.
As well as becoming an integral component of IT systems, the telecommunications industry has itself been subject to seismic changes. In a very short period of time, driven largely by the emergence of mobile telephony, we have moved from a position where the status quo was a public sector monopoly to today's fiercely competitive markets. At the mobile level, competing networks exist, whilst for fixed line communications, even though there may be limited competition at network level, competition does exist in relation to the provision of communication services.
All of these developments possess very significant legal implications and the key purpose of the LLM course is to give you a comprehensive introduction to the challenges that developments in the information technology and telecommunications sectors pose for the law and as to the manner in which legal systems are responding.
The teaching focus on the course will be on developments in the UK and the European Union but one of the fascinating aspects of the topic is that all countries are having to deal with the same issues and, in the era of globalization, there is political and economic pressure to arrive at global solutions.
Liability in the Information Society
Intellectual Property Law
Telecommunications Policy and Regulation
Access to Public Sector Information
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.
Finding funding for postgraduate study in the UK is more difficult than for undergraduate study, as it is not customary for the government to provide assistance in the form of loans. International students should investigate funding opportunities in their home country.