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Space law is evolving at the frontiers of legal research, and at staff at Northumbria are among the UK’s foremost authorities on the subject. As nations grapple with the enormity of the task of regulating infinite space, legal professionals in the sector require vision, advanced skills in policy negotiations and applied scientific understanding.

As part of Northumbria’s innovative and flexible LLM Law framework, the Space Law specialism has been designed to meet the needs of legal practitioners, as well as other professionals working in the space and aeronautical fields who may benefit from a deeper contextual understanding.

It is not necessary to have an undergraduate law qualification and there are no jurisdictional restrictions, so you will be part of a diverse and intellectually stimulating cohort. You will learn from each other’s experiences in a relaxed and collaborative environment.

Northumbria Law School is one of the largest law school in the UK, and houses academics with an international reputation for research in Space Law. You will benefit from our strong links with the North East legal community, and learn from staff who continue to undertake high profile work in legal practice. 

Engaging in the LLM Law’s specialist areas of contemporary and innovative legal study, within an established postgraduate legal qualification, provides you with a remarkable opportunity to enhance your career.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year Full Time

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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You will study alongside a diverse cohort of LLM Law framework students, and have the flexibility to choose modules which inspire you and support your career aspirations. 

You will study ‘Space, Cyber & Telecoms: Global Context’ in your first semester, a module giving you an insight into the broad area of law in which your specialism sits. Alongside that you will study Research for Advanced Legal Studies, which will equip you with the skills you need to thrive on the course, and Intellectual Property, to gain an understanding of some of the commercial issues that will arise in space.

In the second semester you will study the specialist module on Space Law. This will provide you with an in depth understanding of the legal regulation of space activity and is led by an academic with an international reputation for research in this field. You will also study modules on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and the Law and Cyber Law, both of which have significant applications in space activity. In the third semester you will undertake a dissertation on an area of Space Law that you want to explore in detail. 

You will learn through lectures, seminars and group work, all supported by advanced TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning). You will have access to our eLearning platform Blackboard, where you can re-watch all Panopto-recorded lectures and read workshop presentation slides at your own pace. You may even be able to undertake your dissertation from home – in the UK or internationally – through the Blackboard Collaborate function. 

Your assessment throughout will be coursework-based, with no exams. 

Please note that to graduate with your specialist bracketed award you must undertake at least two taught modules within that specialism, and base your final research project on a topic in that area. It will be possible to switch specialism after the first semester if your contextual module was relevant to your new choice. If you don’t meet these conditions, you will graduate with an LLM Law. 

Academic Excellence at Northumbria Law School

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The teaching staff at Northumbria Law School have a remarkable international reputation. They are carrying out cutting-edge research in established and emerging areas of law, and many are respected practitioners as well as theorists. 

Lecturers on this course have expertise and experience in the areas of international treaties, space law, and Artificial Intelligence; knowledge that you can draw on for your LLM project. 

Christopher J. Newman, BA(Hons), PhD is Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University and is an expert on space law and policy issues. He has appeared numerous times in the media to discuss aspects of space law, read a recent article here.

Teaching Staff / Profiles

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Northumbria Law School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. You will be based in our award-winning City Campus East building, which houses our mock courtroom and Student Law Office as well as an array of lecture theatres, classrooms and a dedicated postgraduate study area.

It is also home to our specialist Law Practice Library, which contains practitioner materials as well as a wide variety of journals, databases, and law reports. The range and depth of resources reflects our position as the largest law school in the North East region.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK, and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

Facilities

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You will be immersed in research-rich learning from the outset of your studies. The lecturers who lead each specialism are at the forefront of research in that area, and will take every opportunity to engage you in their ongoing work.

You will also develop your own skills as a researcher, learning to critically reflect on your own and others’ work, challenge your own thinking, and justify your own work in the context of wider theories and practice.

The Legal Research Project in semester three is your opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of legal research on a topic you’re truly passionate about, guided by a tutor with relevant expertise. It may take the form of a dissertation but may equally be work-based or practical in nature, and will allow you to contribute to the creation of new knowledge within Space Law. 

Research / Northumbria Law School

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You will graduate from this course with independence of thought, boundless curiosity and a talent for collaboration – traits valued by every employer. 

If you already have a qualifying UK law degree, this course will help you to enhance your CV with a specialism so that you stand out when competing for training contracts. 

If you are joining us from another legal jurisdiction you will be able to apply your specialist skills and knowledge in your home country, contributing to local priorities for growth in relevant areas. For students from countries that follow the Bologna Process and require two year of postgraduate study, it will be possible to study the LLM framework twice, choosing a different specialism each time. You will qualify for an alumni discount on the second year.

Students who have qualifications or careers in related areas such as engineering will acquire valuable contextual understanding that helps them stand out among their peers. 

This course is also an excellent route to PhD study if you are seeking an academic career within the field of law.

Book an Open Day / Experience Space Law

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Space Law at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in either law, a relevant social science based discipline, or a relevant non-law degree.

Relevant professional qualifications or suitable work experience will also 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: £7,995

Full EU Fee: £7,995

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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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.

LW7039 -

Intellectual Property (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will develop a critical understanding of UK and European Law governing intellectual property rights. You will examine intellectual property rights in a variety of international and domestic contexts. You will look at both common law and statutory rules. This detailed content of the module includes the following topics: (1) the nature of IP rights, (2) copyright and related rights, (3) Trademarks, (4) Designs, (5) Patents, (6) Confidentiality. These topics will all be discussed within both a theoretical context and also in respect of practical scenarios that are drawn from work-based practice.

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LW7088 -

Research for Advanced Legal Studies (Core,20 Credits)

This module offers a critical introduction to legal research methods. It is designed to ensure that you will be able to confidently embark on legal research on your Masters programme whatever your academic background or jurisdiction. Your lectures are designed to refresh and develop your understanding of legal research techniques, referencing and evaluating sources. In your workshops you will be provided with opportunities to undertake and obtain feedback upon a series of legal research and writing tasks, thus enabling you to develop critical understanding of what it meant by effective legal research, and how you yourself can become an effective legal researcher.

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LW7089 -

Legal Research Project (LLM Framework) (Core,60 Credits)

In this module you will draw on your skills and knowledge acquired from the taught elements of the LLM branch specialism and will develop and refine these in the context of a self-chosen area of independent specialist study. You will develop; (1) your understanding and use of legal research techniques, (2) An ability to critically analyse and evaluate legal data, (3) the ability to handle complex legal material systematically and creatively including material at the forefront of the field of study, (4) a conceptual understanding of the research topic, (5) skill at showing a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current legal issues, (6) the ability to communicate legal information, arguments and conclusions within accepted academic conventions.

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LW7097 -

Cyber, Space and Telecommunications: The Global Context (Core,20 Credits)

This module provides an introduction to the global nature of three distinct but interwoven areas of the space, cyber and telecommunications industries. The dominant consideration in all three of these environments are economic although they all have significant military dimensions. The three areas are all, in some way, contingent or connected to each other. They are also both dependent on and drivers of new technological and engineering advances. This module will provide an understanding of the fundamental ways in which they are regulated, coupled with an appreciation of the key themes that emerge in their on-going development.
The module covers the following areas:
1. Shared themes in the Cyber, Space and Telecoms global industry.
2. An introduction to the military applications of Cyber, Space and Telecoms.
3. Threats to Space and telecoms from asymmetric cyber-attacks.
4. The role of space and telecoms in global navigation industry.
5. The changing face of Broadcasting in the new space, cyber and telecoms era.
6. Role of the ITU (i) Regulation of Telecoms.
7. Role of the ITU (ii) Regulating Space and the Internet.
8. Technology shaping the law: New developments in Cyber, Space and Telecoms.

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LW7098 -

Cyber Law (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will develop a critical understanding of the law relating to the Internet. You will acquire the knowledge and understanding of the following: the general principles of cyber law, the technological fundamentals of the Internet of Things, the features of contracts regarding smart devices or negotiated by them, the legal regimes that consumers can use to bring a complaint regarding faulty smart devices, the privacy and security risks in the Internet of Things, the impact of new technologies on some traditional tort principles, the implications of these new technologies for patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyright.

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LW7101 -

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and the Law (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn to critically evaluate the development of the law relating to the operation of autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and robotics. As these systems become more ubiquitous, legal frameworks which cater for human decision-making, will come under increasing scrutiny as human interaction is replaced by autonomous decision making based on machine learning. Areas you will study include: Conceptualising Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, Machine Learning and a new legal paradigm, The Ethical Challenges posed by Artificial Intelligence, Legal informatics and the robot lawyer, The Internet Economy and AI, Regulating Autonomous systems in transport (i) Self Driving Vehicles, Regulating Autonomous systems in transport (ii) Drones & Autonomous, Regulating Autonomous systems in transport (iii) Autonomous ships and sea transport, The Rise of Killer Robots: the regulation of autonomous weapons systems, Space-based AI systems.

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LW7102 -

The Law of Outer Space (Core,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with a detailed understanding of the way in which space exploration is governed on a national and international level. The module will examine the governance of traditional space activity: the development of satellite communications, military activity in space, the use of interplanetary probes to gain scientific data and also human spaceflight. You will also evaluate legal responses to the challenges posed by new developments such as space tourism, space mining and the increased environmental strain on the space environment.
The issues that will be explored include: Introducing International Space Law; The Outer Space Treaty & follow up treaties, Astropolitics, International Relations and Policy in Space, The Institutions of Space Administration, Environmental Space Law, The Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, Planetary Protection, Astronauts and Space Travellers and Tourism, Space Mining, National Space Legislation, Military Space Activity.
You will be encouraged to immerse yourself in the space environment and formative assessment will be by means of preparing blog posts for the module tutor’s blog The Legal Spaceman. There are also external blogs which encourage student submissions. There will be guest lectures by experts in the field of space exploration. Study on this module is predicated on an interest in wider issues surrounding space exploration. No prior knowledge of space law will be required. An awareness of international law will be useful but is not essential. This module complements other subjects offered at this stage in your programme and will also provide you with policy and international relations perspectives.

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