Law - Data Protection Law & Governance

ProfDip Data Protection Law & Governance
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 20)

The programme is co-ordinated by Dr TJ McIntyre of Sutherland School of Law with teaching from eminent industry specialists.

Graduates of this programme will enhance their competence by adding relevant knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to Data Protection and Governance. The programme will use teaching, learning and assessment approaches such as small group teaching, academic writing and summative examination assessments.

The programme will be delivered through two hour lectures each week over two trimesters - the first tranche will take place from January to April on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. The first lecture will take place on Wednesday 19 January 2022.

The second tranche of lectures will take place from September to December 2022 on Wednesday evenings at 6pm.

The Diploma has been designed to meet the training needs that have developed since the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force. The GDPR has meant that significant new data protection obligations have been imposed on Irish organisations. As a result, a wide range of organisations must now appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) with an appropriate level of expertise in data protection law and practice. Organisations not required to appoint DPOs are still obliged to carry out a range of new tasks such as Data Protection Impact Assessments and will benefit from training their staff in this area. This Diploma is designed to meet the training needs of Data Protection Officers and others involved in the compliance role in organisations and the legal community involved in this area.

Who should apply?
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Data Protection and Privacy: National and International Perspectives LAW41270
Data Protection Governance LAW41790

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

Prof Dip in Data Protection Law & Governance Jan PT (B720)
Duration 9 Months Attend Part Time
Deadline Closed

What is the Application Procedure?
Applicants should take careful note of the following:

The on-line Applications for the Diploma will open in September. Go to to make an application. Remember to keep a note of your login and password as you will need to return to the application.

Official references must be submitted as proof of work experience by all applicants.

Official Transcripts must be submitted as proof of examination results, where relevant, except in the case of UCD students. Students of UCD applying for the Diploma do not need to supply Transcripts but should submit relevant professional references.

The personal statement is an important component of the application. It should contain information demonstrating your capability to undertake the course successfully. Thus, you should detail your relevant professional and practical experience.

Applicants must nominate two academic referees unless the applicant has been in employment for more than two years, in which case one of the named referees must be an employer. Applicants are required to submit the name, position held, postal address, email address and contact number for the two academic referees.


9 months part-time.

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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