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 Graduate Certificate in Data Protection (Law and Computing) is an interdisciplinary programme run jointly by the School of Law and Government and the School of Computing with the collaboration of the Association of Data Protection Officers (ADPO), a special interest society within the Irish Computer Society (ICS). The aim of the programme is to combine the University’s expertise in law and computing and the materials provided by the ADPO/ICS to provide students with advanced expertise in the technological and legal aspects of data protection and privacy law.
The course consists of 3 modules, 10 ECTS credits each: one law focused module, one computing focused module and one module very practical in nature delivered by the School of Computing, but with quite an interdisciplinary approach. This latter module encompasses material provided by the Association of Data Protection Officers (ADPO), a special interest society within the Irish Computer Society (ICS). It also encompasses a practical project that students need to complete throughout the whole year.
Project 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.
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There are significant demands from the public and private sector and professional external stakeholders for Data Protection Officers and participants on this course will have the skill set required to fill these positions. It will also provide people working in the relevant sector the opportunity to upskill for either their current position or for promotion.
Applicants must have an Irish or UK Honours undergraduate degree (H2.2 or above) or equivalent in Computer Science, Computing, Computer applications or a related discipline. Candidates with significant experience in the software development sector in addition to an Honours primary degree in some other discipline, may also be considered for entry. Prior professional qualifications and experience may be decisive in admission. For example the ICS certified Data Protection Practitioner will be accepted for entry.