Privacy and Data Protection Law (948M3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

In this module, you examine the importance of privacy and data protection law, tracing its origins in international and European law.

You study its institutions, structure and enforcement challenges in the new technological age.

Particular attention is placed on the paradigmatic shifts taking place with respect to risk-based regulation, privacy by design and privacy certification, and the scope of new rights such as a right to be forgotten, a right to data portability and a right to explanation for algorithmic decision-making.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.