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Data Protection Law and Information Governance Postgraduate Certificate

Data Protection Law and Information Governance Postgraduate Certificate

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Data Protection Act

Course type


Course Summary

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. 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 advice upon both information governance and data protection.

Each taught module is assessed via written assignment. 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 PGDip/LLM in Information Rights Law and Practice.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date



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.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

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.