Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Data Protection Law and Information Governance

The programme recognises the relationship between information governance and security and the legislation governing data protection and allows students to study two interrelated modules from within the School of Law and the iSchool. The programme has been specifically designed with the proposals of the draft EU Data Protection Regulation in mind and in particular the dedicated Data Protection Officer. It will therefore be of direct relevance to professionals working as data protection officers, information rights practitioners, information managers and information governance managers and those charged with records management, data security, data handling and issues of data sharing. The programme will provide a university validated award in this emerging profession and a stepping stone for further academic and professional development in this area. Organisations will also benefit from this programme because it will provide an opportunity for learners to embed their knowledge into their professional practice via appropriately tailored assessments. Students will be expected to undertake critical evaluation of the law and information governance and security in the context of their own/chosen organisation. This approach distinguishes the programme from the existing CPD type learning, providing added value to employees and employers. As well as its immediate relevance to professionals and organisations dealing with sensitive or financial information, such as the NHS, Department of Works and Pensions, the police, local authorities and banks, the programme will also be of interest to other professionals in both the public and private sectors who face the increasing challenges of effectively managing the quantity and quality of personal data to maximize efficiencies and business opportunities whilst ensuring compliance with data protection legislation. This award is designed to promote professional and personal development, intended to benefit both the learner and their employing organisation. The programme will provide the tools for meeting new data protection challenges imposed under EU legislation changes. In addition it will look at ways of leveraging information opportunities. The School of Law already offers a LLM in Information Rights Law & Practice and is actively involved in research and consultancy in the field of data protection and information sharing. The iSchool, in the Faculty of Engineering & Environment, is widely recognised for its innovative distance and work-based learning programmes in information and records management and for its related research.

Entry requirements

Applicants need not have a law or information management qualification but should normally possess one of the following: a good honours degree; a comparable professional qualification.

Candidates with other qualifications and relevant professional experience may apply and will be judged individually on merit. Applicants for whom English is not their first language should have attained a score of 6.5 IELTS or equivalent.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Distance learning - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Online/Distance learning

Key information

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0191 227 4444