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Data Protection

Who is this programme for?

There has been a significant increase in the complexity and volume of the regulation underpinning compliance in the area of data protection. As well as a thorough understanding of the regulatory and legislative framework, professional practice in the area of data protection requires judgements and decisions to be made for many scenarios.

The primary motivation underpinning the Professional Certificate in Data Protection is to provide a learning opportunity for compliance and related professions to develop the necessary skills to ensure that their organisations meet their current and future responsibilities in relation to data protection. The programme has been designed in consultation with the office of the Data Protection Commissioner.

How you will benefit

This programme will support your personal and professional development.

It will enable you to:
•Interpret contemporary legislation in the specific areas of data protection

•Use contemporary theories and practical evidence to design a data protection framework within your organisation

•Design, complete and report on major data protection projects which may be required to enhance your firm’s positioning within the sector

•Justify the rationale behind recommendations in relation to data protection

•Maintain, develop and apply contemporary professional best practice and use academic literature to contribute to a personal ethos of life-long learning and self-improvement

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the programme are a:

•Honours degree (H2.2 minimum) in a business or a legal discipline.

•Those who do not hold a degree, but have exceptional professional experience in the area of data protection are eligible to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Professional body membership

You must be a current member of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland, or become a member, to register for this programme. Membership is currently €150 per year.


Four months part-time

Lectures are held on a part-time basis

Further enquiries

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Or call us : +353 (0)1 6116500

Subjects taught


You will study one module:
•Data Protection Policy and Procedures (NFQ Level 9, 10 ECTS)


Professional designation

Members who complete the Professional Certificate in Data Protection, and who commit to completing Continuing Professional Development hours, will be entitled to use the designation CDPO – Certified Data Protection Officer.


When you successfully complete this programme, you will be awarded the Professional Certificate in Data Protection from UCD (at postgraduate degree level 9).

The Professional Certificate in Data Protection forms part of the MSc in Compliance.

Assessment method

Assessment is a combination of continuous assessment and end of semester exams.

The pass mark is 40% in line with UCD academic policy.

Course fee

The programme fees are €1,450.

Part-funding may be available for eligible applicants through Summit Finuas Network.

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Enrolment and start dates

•February 2017 intake:

Lectures are held on a part-time basis across one semester (from early February 2017 to May 2017).

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