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Technology Law LLM

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time.
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

  • 100% of NTU's research submitted to the Law Unit of Assessment was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of research impact (REF 2021).

Technology Law is an exciting and increasingly important area of law, particularly internationally and EU-wide. On this course you'll have opportunities to explore disruptive technologies and develop an in depth knowledge of the main regulatory approaches, theories and controversies regarding blockchain and cryptoassets technologies.

About LLM Technology Law

You will explore the internationally important area of Intellectual Property Law and learn how intellectual property rights impinge on many commercial areas.

Why choose this course?

  • Explore the theories and legal frameworks underpinning policy in international technology law and other areas of legal study
  • Choose to study full-time, part-time or distance learning.
  • Attend an International Summer School and explore Law in a European context.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes. Contact us for details.
  • 94.4% of our Nottingham Law School postgraduates are in work or further study within 15 months of finishing their degrees (of those available for work or study, latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-18).

Nottingham Law School

The School is one of the largest university law schools in the UK, enjoying a national and international reputation for delivering high quality education and training across a broad range of academic and professional courses. It has strong ties with many leading law firms both locally and nationally.

What you’ll study

The LLM Technology Law offers the opportunity to gain critical, in-depth understanding of theories and legal frameworks underpinning policy in international technology law and other areas of legal study.

You will study six taught modules followed by a dissertation.

Core module

Regulation of Emerging Technologies, Cryptoassets and Blockchain

The module will enable the development of in depth knowledge and critical insights to support the development of a sophisticated and critical understanding of the main regulatory approaches, theories and controversies regarding blockchain and cryptoassets technologies.

Optional modules

Artificial Intelligence: Legal Aspects

This module will consider the potential of artificial intelligence alongside its risks, using a thematic approach.  It will enable the development of high-level knowledge and critical insights to support the development of a sophisticated and critical understanding of  the theories, ethics and principles that underlie artificial intelligence usage in different contexts, and the main regulatory approaches, theories and controversies regarding artificial intelligence.

Fundamentals of Intellectual Property

This module aims to introduce students to a critical and detailed understanding of intellectual property rights within UK regulatory framework whilst introducing some elements of comparative law by looking also at EU IP law. It aims to provide an overview of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) looking at the fundamentals of copyright, patents, designs and trade marks.  The modules seeks to contextualise IPRs in terms of their economic and commercial utility whilst examining some of the issues that are posed on the path to commercialisation.

Global Innovation and Intellectual Property

This module critically develops the key issues underpinning innovation and the discipline of patent law, including their application in UK and internationally, often in a public health and sustainable development context.

Contemporary Issues in Technology and IP Law

This module aims to develop students’ understanding of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) with a focus on technology and how IPRs interact with some of the key technological themes of modern times.  It aims to develop an awareness of some of the issues which IPRs face but also issues which they can solve.  The modules seeks to ask students to consider whether IPRs are always suitable or whether there are better options and why this might be the case.

Global Data Governance, Technology and Corporate Responsibility

The module introduces key legal theory as applied to Global Data Governance and Technology.

International Competition Law

This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the role and significance of competition law and its contribution to building a sustainable global economy.  It is about the legal regulation of market power to protect the interests of consumers in the context of increasing global trade and integration.  It examines laws regulating the behaviour of businesses aimed at protecting competition in markets and the effective enforcement of those laws.

  • You can select up to five modules from any subject area. We do advise you to select modules from the above options if possible.

Dissertation

You will start your dissertation after completing these modules.

The dissertation is an extended piece of academic work, independently researched and written. You will be supported in your work by one-to-one supervision from a tutor expert in the chosen field. Subject to academic suitability and the availability of an appropriately expert tutor, you may select your own area of study for the dissertation phase of the course.

Please note modules run subject to sufficient student numbers.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Pilar Guerra

The postgraduate community in Nottingham is even better than I thought it would be.

Joshuanne Amachie

The Students’ Union is really modern and appealing and has a lot to offer students. The library is great as it is full of electronic resources that help massively in research.

Chigozirim Victoria Onyeagbako

What I enjoy the most about my course is the practicability, the transfer of knowledge and direction from lecturers to students… lectures are highly interactive and as a result engages students which in return makes for assimilation of topics contained in courses.

How you’re taught

The academic year for the LLM courses is split into three parts: two ten-week terms (Term One runs from the beginning of the academic year until the Christmas vacation, Term Two between Christmas and Easter) and the summer period.

Full-time students – who complete the course over one academic year – study three modules in each term and complete the dissertation over the summer.

Part-time students – who complete the course over two academic years – study three modules across Terms One and Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.

On the full-time and part-time modes modules are taught throughout the week. Depending on your timetable you may be expected to attend on more than one day. Modules may exceptionally be rescheduled due to course needs.

Seminars are led by academics but will usually require you to carry out extensive guided preparatory work and will often involve short presentations or other contributions.

Assessment

In each case modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.

Your dissertation will be assessed through a research based written assignment of 12,000 words. The topic that you choose for your dissertation should be relevant to the course specialism and the chosen title will be subject to approval by the Course Leader.

Additionally, you will complete a reflective report consisting of pre-set questions, each with a maximum word count attributed to it; approximately 250 words, i.e. 1000 words in total. Your reflective report will be assessed by way of competence or non-competence.

Expert Teaching Staff

Our courses are taught by academics with significant subject expertise. The School’s vocational focus and strong links with the legal profession mean that many of our academic staff members have extensive practical experience. The courses also have a strong research base. Our academic staff actively research and publish, and many are recognised as being among the leading experts in their fields.

Research Expertise

We have a number of internationally recognised experts in a wide range of legal areas. We also have an Intellectual Property Research Group.

Research informed teaching

By daring to think differently our research is tackling real-world issues. The subjects you will study with us are informed by our research so you can be sure your knowledge will be cutting-edge in your field. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) - the UK's system for assessing the quality and impact of research in universities - we’re proud that 100% of NTU's Law submission was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

Staff Profiles

Janice Denoncourt

Associate Professor

Nottingham Law School

Associate Professor Dr Janice Denoncourt Intellectual Property, Finance and Corporate Governance (2018) Routledge Taylor Francis

Alexandra Kastrinou

Head of Department

Nottingham Law School

Alexandra Kastrinou is the Head of Department for the Postgraduate Portfolio at Nottingham Law School, NTU. encompassing the Legal Practice Course, the Barristers Training Course, the Postgraduate Diploma in Law

Careers and employability

Your future career

Career development is an integral part of the programme and our careers team run a series of workshops where you can identify methods and strategies to enable you to pursue your career goals.

Due to the School's excellent reputation within the legal profession, our graduates are highly sought-after and recognised for the depth and relevance of their knowledge.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Practitioners can study individual modules from the LLM programme for CPD awards.

Nottingham Law School offers a suite of practice-based practitioner programmes specifically designed to meet the personal development needs of legal practitioners. We offer courses that qualify for CPD with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, in-house training and bespoke programmes. These courses are highly flexible and can be delivered throughout the year both nationally and internationally.

While this course does not currently offer placements we do encourage our students to pursue placement opportunities.

Find out about the opportunities available through our pro bono and University volunteering schemes.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From social media addiction to sustainable farming, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A good law degree, 2.2 or above.
  • Applicants whose first degree is not Law will be required to provide evidence of commitment to the LLM subject that they wish to study.
  • Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our courses page.

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Home fees for 2023 entry

Study route Home fees
One year (full-time) £8,200
Two years (part-time) £4,100

Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

International / EU fees for 2023 entry

Study route International / EU fees
One year (full-time) £16,800
Two years (part-time) £8,400

Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page

Postgraduate research

If you’re applying for postgraduate research please visit our Research pages for information about our research areas and how to make your application.

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Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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