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London Metropolitan University: Media Law

Institution London Metropolitan University
Department Guildhall School of Business and Law
Telephone 020 7133 4202
Study type Taught


Why study this course?

This course has been designed to address the growing demand for practitioners in the media sector who want to understand legal issues surrounding the industry such as copyright law, advertising law, media ethics, privacy and data protection.

You’ll learn remotely, giving you the freedom to study from wherever you are in the world. You can choose to study this subject as a LLM (Master of Laws), postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate.

More about this course

These courses have been designed specifically for people wanting to specialise in media law and practice. They are suitable if you have either a legal background, or if you have a media background and want to learn about the legal issues affecting the industry.

You’ll cover topics such as intellectual property, how social media works with the law, advertising law and data protection. You’ll also explore the ethical questions relating to media law, such as freedom of speech, the right to privacy and the meaning of ‘public interest’.

By merging commercial practice with theoretical understanding, we will guide you through an in-depth understanding of the legal issues that govern the media industry. The course will open your eyes to the misuse of social media, the issues relating to extra-territorial cybercrime such as WikiLeaks, as well as the regulations surrounding print and digital media.

Our courses focus on the practical application of media law so that you are able to apply relevant law to resolve issues in this area, mediate or employ alternative dispute resolution methods to help secure settlements.

We ensure that your tutors and lecturers have strong relevant backgrounds in both the academic world and in legal practice with experience as barristers or solicitors.

These are distance-learning courses, so you’re able to study from anywhere around the world.

It's also possible for you to study a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate version of this course. These qualifications do not hold the same academic weighting as a Master of Laws degree (LLM), but are still beneficial for people already working in the industry. If you would like to know more about the PG Diploma and PG Certificate versions, please scroll to the ‘Other qualifications’ section of this page. As part of the LLM dissertation, you’ll be able to research and critically analyse an area of media law that you find interesting. The dissertation module is only available to LLM students.


If you choose to study the LLM, you’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework essays, experiential projects and portfolio work, followed by a research dissertation or experiential work-based learning project.

If you choose to study the PG Dip or PG Cert, you’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework essays, experiential projects and portfolio work.


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