Taught course

LLM in Computer and Communications Law (September start)( Distance learning 6 years Part-time )

Queen Mary, University of London · School of Law

Entry requirements

You should apply for this course through Informa. An upper second class honours degree in law (or with law as a major element) at a British university or the equivalent in other universities. Equivalent professional qualifications and experience are accepted at the discretion of the Programme Director. If you are unsure if you are suitable for the programme please contact Informa so that we can advise you. All applicants should apply through Informa, not through Queen Mary University of London. Apply now via the online application form on the Informa website. Informa work with Queen Mary to promote and recruit to our Distance Learning programmes in Computer and Communications Law. For application or course enquiries queries please contact Informa.

Months of entry


Course content

The LLM in Computer and Communications Law by Distance Learning programme is one of a suite of online learning programmes that can lead to the award of a Queen Mary University of London, Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or LLM in Computer and Communications Law.

The programme draws on our established teaching and research expertise in IT law, e-commerce law, communications law, computer law and media law.

Law as a subject is particularly suitable for online learning in that it is primarily text-based, so delivery of teaching materials is not restricted by bandwidth limitations. Most of the relevant materials for computer and communications law are available in digital format from databases such as Lexis and Westlaw to which you gain access through your Queen Mary student account.

Your e-learning experience is enhanced by tutorials using discussion boards, blog postings and live chat for class discussions and question and answer sessions. We have designed the course to allow as much interaction and feedback between students and tutors as possible. Your understanding will be deepened by discussing your reading with fellow students and your course tutor and carrying out short tasks related to the course. We also use audio and audio-visual presentations. Completion of the LLM takes from two to six years, part-time and is tailored for the needs of busy practitioners or other lawyers who would like to obtain specialist knowledge in the computer and communications law field.

This programme will:

  • Give you expertise in the legal regimes governing the supply and use of computer and communications technology.
  • Examine the complex issues concerning national and international law and policy relating to computer and communications technology.
  • Analyse how computer and communications technology has affected the application of traditional legal principles.
  • Enable you to apply your learning, knowledge, skills and expertise to your work straight away and help to further your career.
  • Allow you to decide how far you wish to take your study.

You can study Computer and Communications Law to Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or LLM level, by distance learning.

You will need to gain 180 credits for the LLM, which can be completed as follows:

  • six taught modules (may include the optional research seminar paper/presentation) as well as three 10,000-word dissertations, (or one 20,000-word dissertation in addition to one 10,000-word dissertation), or
  • eight taught modules (may include the optional research seminar paper/presentation) as well as two 10,000-word dissertations, (or, with approval, one 20,000-word dissertation)

Modules and Dissertations

The year is divided into three four-month terms, with a selection of modules and dissertations being offered each term.

  • Taught modules (15 credits)
    • Each module requires around seven and a half hours of work a week over one term. Each module will consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam
  • Dissertations – topic of your own choice
    • 10000 dissertations (30 credits) – taken over two consecutive terms
    • 20000 dissertation (60 credits) – taken over four consecutive terms
  • Research seminar paper/presentation (optional) (15 credits) (January – May)
    • This involves a 30 minute presentation at the residential weekend on a topic of your choice agreed with your supervisor followed by the submission of a 5000 word essay during the May – August term.

During each term a selection of three to four modules from the list below will be offered. Modules are usually offered on a two year cycle. The terms are as follows:

  • Autumn Session: From the beginning of September until December
  • Spring Session: Beginning of January until April
  • Summer Session: Beginning of May until August


Information for international students

Tuition fees for Home and EU students 2014 entry DL £11,300 Tuition fees for International students 2014 entry DL £11,300 Funding Distance learning students are not eligible for Queen Mary funding.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Susan Sullivan
+44 (0)20 7017 5906
+44 (0)20 7882 6044