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IT Ethics and Law (Online) University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development

Study the key legal issues in the IT industry, including the key concepts of the English legal system relevant to the IT and computing industries, intellectual property rights, computer crime, computer contracts and liability, privacy and data protection.


12 weeks

100% online


Course overview

You develop the skills to produce, evaluate and defend statements in the legal aspect of computing and IT.

You explore important ethical questions relating to the IT industry and develop your research, investigation and communication skills.

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Course details

What you study

• English legal system
• How laws are made and Law and justice
• EU Law, the HRA and Privacy 1
• Privacy 2 - the Data Protection Act
• Computer crime - the Computer Misuse Act
• Computer fraud and digital evidence
• IPR (1) - Can information be stolen and CDPA 1988
• IPR (2) - IP infringements and DEA 2010 and 2017
• Defamation and malicious communications
• Contracts, liability and negligence
• Computer ethics and professionalism
• Software accessibility, Equality Act, SENDA and US Section 508

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How you learn

You learn through our purpose-built, online environment.

You have access to a wealth of learning and are supported by expert staff in this field, and you work collaboratively to develop your technical skills and knowledge.

Content is provided in bite-size blocks utilising a range of tools, including:
• recorded keynotes
• video materials with associated activities
• readings and accompanying interactive exercises
• podcast/vodcast discussions and demonstrations
• discussion forums
• online case study analysis
• recordings of practical activities
• virtual classroom activities
• online supervision.

How you are assessed

You produce a report on a chosen issue within IT from a legal perspective. This topic should be an issue which is currently relevant in the media.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A UK undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate subject, or cyber and information security relevant knowledge and skills acquired through work experience.

This course is not recommended if you have already studied IT Law.



Career opportunities

The credits gained from completing this short course could be used towards further study on our MSc Cyber Security (Online) course, or the on-campus equivalent, MSc Cyber Security.

Salaries in cyber security can be substantial. An IT security analyst and admin at entry level can earn from £42,000 to around £55,000. With experience and career progression, you might earn between £60,000 to £78,000 as an IT security manager, and £75,000 to £90,000 as an IT security architect.

As a cryptographer in the data encryption field, salaries range from £50,000 all the way up to £80,000 in London. Regular monitoring and benchmarking is now a key focus for employers, so as a security auditor you could earn up to £60,000.



Learning platform

Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is the platform you use to access your online course


Teesside University online learning courses are delivered through the Brightspace Learning Environment.

Here are some of the benefits.

  • You can use it on your smartphone, tablet and computer.
  • And you can use it anytime, so that you can plan your learning to fit your own schedule.
  • It's easy to use and navigate.
  • Modules are set out by topics and themes. You can use the progress bar to understand where you are in your modules, and appreciate your achievements.
  • We support you to become familiar with your VLE, helping you to start learning quickly.
  • You get feedback, help and guidance from tutors throughout your course through the VLE, and you can ask questions at any time.
  • Our tutors use a live activity feed to keep you updated about your course.
  • You can create a student profile, collaborate with other students and take part in online discussion forums.

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Online learning

Online learning allows you to get a university-level qualification from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You'll have access to all of the world-class teaching and support that Teesside University has to offer, but all of your lectures, tutorials and assessments will take place online.

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University of the Year

Teesside University was named University of the Year at the Edufuturists Awards 2022.


2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 12 weeks
  • 100% online
  • Start date: January

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