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Typically information governance/security and law have been taught as distinct subjects in different discipline areas. In recognition of the relationship that exists between information governance/information security and the protection of personal data this programme brings together these subjects in one multi-disciplinary qualification.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Data Protection Law and Information Governance is a distance learning course that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of professionals already working in data protection and/or information governance.

You will study three modules. The first of these, the legal research module, will develop your ability to undertake legal research and to present your research findings appropriately. In the second module you will develop your understanding of information governance and security principles that underpin the management of an organisation’s information assets. The third module will focus upon data protection law and practice.

The programme will not only provide you with valuable knowledge of current law and proposed developments to the law and to the principles of information governance, it will also enhance your ability to advise upon both information governance and data protection. The research, writing and presentation skills you will develop will also be of use to you in your working environment. Unlike typical CPD type learning this programme will challenge you to undertake critical evaluation of the law and to consider the application of information governance and security to your own/a chosen organisation.

Typically information governance/security and law have been taught as distinct subjects in different discipline areas. In recognition of the relationship that exists between information governance/information security and the protection of personal data this programme brings together these subjects in one multi-disciplinary qualification.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Data Protection Law and Information Governance is a distance learning course that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of professionals already working in data protection and/or information governance.

You will study three modules. The first of these, the legal research module, will develop your ability to undertake legal research and to present your research findings appropriately. In the second module you will develop your understanding of information governance and security principles that underpin the management of an organisation’s information assets. The third module will focus upon data protection law and practice.

The programme will not only provide you with valuable knowledge of current law and proposed developments to the law and to the principles of information governance, it will also enhance your ability to advise upon both information governance and data protection. The research, writing and presentation skills you will develop will also be of use to you in your working environment. Unlike typical CPD type learning this programme will challenge you to undertake critical evaluation of the law and to consider the application of information governance and security to your own/a chosen organisation.

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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This course is primarily delivered online to provide flexibility and the ability for you to study at times convenient to you.

We believe, however, that opportunities to engage with your tutors and with fellow students are an important part of your learning experience. On two of the modules you will be offered the opportunity to meet your tutors and attend lectures or workshops at the University at an optional study day. All of the content will be available online should you not be able to attend. On the third module you will be encouraged to engage with your tutor and with fellow students via the module discussion board.

Each taught module is assessed via written assignment. On the legal research module you will work in a group with other postgraduate students to undertake the research, writing and review of that assignment. On the data protection module and the information governance module you will submit an individual written assignment at the end of each module. As part of the assessment process you will be expected to undertake a critical evaluation of the law, and to consider information governance and security in your own or another chosen organisation.

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This programme is delivered jointly by academics within Northumbria Law School and the iSchool, in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment.

Northumbria Law School is actively involved in research and consultancy in the field of data protection, information sharing, freedom of information and privacy law. The iSchool, which delivers the information governance and security module, is widely recognised for its innovative distance and work-based learning programmes in information and records management and for its related research.

This course is delivered by a team of solicitors and academics with extensive experience in data protection and information governance, who are actively researching the area. In addition our team also boast memberships to key professional bodies, in addition to editing industry publications such as the Records Management Journal.

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Your course will be delivered online using the latest innovative software.

Learning materials such as module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides, recorded lectures and electronic reading lists will be available via our highly accessible e-learning platform, Blackboard. You can also access student support and other key University systems through your personal account.

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Research Rich learning (RRL) is embedded across the programme, reflecting the pervasive research culture of the law school.

Your student journey commences with the Legal Research module. This module will help you to gain a clear awareness and understanding of appropriate legal research methods and legal sources and how to cite those sources. In your subsequent modules your tutors will expose you to a range of academic literature covering substantive data protection law and relevant information governance and data security frameworks and principles. You will also develop your legal research skills further as your tutors encourage you to discuss, evaluate and critically examine relevant principles and frameworks and as you undertake your own research in order to complete your module assignments.

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It is envisaged that most students who study this programme will already be employed within the data protection/information governance fields.

It recognises that the introduction of a new data protection regulation will result in significant challenges for professionals working in the data protection field, and seeks to help you to develop the skills and knowledge which you will need to do your job professionally notwithstanding the changing legislation framework.

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This course provides academic recognition of your knowledge of data protection and information governance law and your ability to apply that knowledge to practice.

It also provides a strong foundation for further study. Should you decide upon completion of the programme that you wish to further develop your knowledge of information rights law or information governance/security then Northumbria Law School and the Faculty of Engineering and Environment both offer masters programmes in these fields. This programme provides you with a stepping stone towards study a Masters in Law (an LLM). Successful completion of this programme exempts you from study of the first three modules on the Pg Dip/LLM in Information Rights Law and Practice.

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This programme will be of direct relevance to you if you are employed as a dedicated Data Protection Officer but equally if you are employed in some other related occupation involving information governance, records management, data security, data handling and/or data sharing.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, or a relevant professional qualification.

Applicants without these qualifications but with relevant experience will 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

Full UK Fee: £2,330

Full EU Fee: £2,330

Full International Fee: £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 two of the three modules on this course that would give rise to travel and accommodation costs. (The study days are not compulsory).

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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.

KC7046 -

Information Governance and Security (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the information governance and security principles that underpin the management of an organisation’s information assets. You will critically analyse the key concepts, theories, standards and frameworks of information governance and security, including risk management. This will enable you to evaluate an organisation’s current approach to information governance and security and to advise on the design and implementation of an appropriate strategy for managing an organisation’s information assets to meet legal, regulatory, organisational and/or societal needs for information governance and security. Topics include:
• Key concepts and principles of information governance and security
• Information governance, security, risk and business continuity frameworks and standards
• Legislative and regulatory frameworks
• Strategies, policy and procedures
• Risk management and business continuity
• Embedding information governance and security (incl. roles, responsibilities and culture)

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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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