Law - Data Protection & Privacy Law

The growth of the digital economy has resulted in personal data processing becoming a global industry of enormous value. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect in May 2018, aims to protect EU privacy rights and harmonise data protection law across the EU. The GDPR changes the way in which personal data must be collected, stored and processed. Given that personal data is used so widely, the GDPR impacts upon a vast number of sectors and data privacy has become an important concern for businesses, internet users, lawyers and public bodies.

The MA in Data Protection and Privacy Law is an interdisciplinary degree run jointly by the School of Law and Government and the School of Computing. The aim of the programme is to combine the University's expertise in law and computing to provide students with advanced expertise in the technological and legal aspects of data protection and privacy law.


To facilitate both interdisciplinarity and specialisation, the MA will be divided into two streams: law and computing. Entrance on to either the law or computing stream will be dependent upon existing education. All students will complete 4 core modules which will offer a mix of law and computing and will be accessible to all admitted students. For example, the core law modules will be accessible to students from a non-legal background and the core computing modules will be accessible to students from a non-computing background.

Students on the law stream will complete a law focused research module, a law dissertation, the core modules common to both streams and pick two optional modules. Students on the computing stream will complete a computing focused research module, a computing practicum, the core modules common to both streams and pick two optional modules. In addition to providing a comprehensive grounding in both areas, the MA will allow students, through the research dissertation or practicum, in addition to the optional modules, to achieve a higher level of expertise in either computing or law.

Programme Aims and Objectives

•Provide students with a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the legal and technological issues at the forefront of data privacy.

•Enable graduates to be highly competitive in a field which has a high demand for well qualified graduates.

•Provide students with a unique interdisciplinary education.


•a young and innovative university with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research (consistently rated in the 'Top 50 under 50' by the QS World University Rankings).

•High-level expertise in both law and computing

•an English-speaking, European university engaged with Europe and the broader world, in an English-speaking country similarly engaged and committed.

•small class sizes with a diverse student body.

Why Do This Programme?

•This MA will give students the legal and technical knowledge necessary to become experts in data privacy.

•This degree, given its interdisciplinary nature, is the only programme of its kind in Ireland and will give graduates a high-level qualification in a rapidly expanding field with significant employment opportunities across multiple sectors.

•The knowledge gained through this programme will place graduates in a unique position for careers with law firms, tech companies, as data protection officers or as advisors on data governance, both nationally and internationally.

•The masters will also provide students with an opportunity to expand and enhance their academic training and critical thinking by taking specialized modules delivered by subject experts and by honing their research, analytical, writing and presentation skills.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Commencement of Programme
The programme commences in September 2020.

Post Course Info


•The legal profession as specialised experts in privacy and the GDPR.

•Technology and data–driven sectors such as prospective data protection officers for businesses or advisors on data governance and best practice models.

•Privacy experts in one of the many tech companies operating in Ireland.

•Public bodies such as the Data Protection Commission.

•Academic or research career in an expanding field.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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