Data Protection Law and Information Governance




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.

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.    

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

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 

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 then you can move towards an LLM (Master of Laws) qualification. The certificate exempts you from study of the first three modules on the Pg Dip/LLM in Information Rights Law and Practice. 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.    

See course page for information.

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