School of Law and Government

European Master in Law, Data and Artificial Intelligence

Course Code:
DC625
Course Type:
Postgraduate
NFQ Level:
Delivery Modes
Full-Time
Duration
2 Years
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Where there’s digital transformation, there’s data. Right across the globe, companies and organisations in all sectors are battling to stay on top of digital acceleration and managing data associated with technological advancement.

The new European Master in Law, Data and Artificial Intelligence (EMILDAI) is a unique course offering that aims to bridge this gap for businesses and institutions that now require experts to legally, ethically and safely process data, in particular in the context of the use of Artificial Intelligence systems. 

This master’s degree offers a unique mix of law and computing modules in a highly internationalised learning environment creating experts in data protection, governance, cyber security, law and ethics of AI. Students also benefit from multilingual learning related to English and one other European language (French or Spanish). This combination of skills is highly sought after by international organisations, tech companies, the legal sector and European and global institutions.

Industry and partner support

The European Master in Law, Data and Artificial Intelligence (EMILDAI) is an international interdisciplinary programme offered by four Partner Universities, supported by three Research Associate Partners, and involving more than 70 public and private organisations in the delivery of work placements, seminars, thematic weeks and summer schools. EMILDAI is funded by the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master programme of the European Union.

This master’s degree has been developed as a response to the legal, technical and ethical challenges of digitisation. It aims to educate the leaders who will achieve the goals of the EU Digital Compass. 

Study abroad and work placements

The European Master in Law, Data and Artificial Intelligence (EMILDAI) comprises a two-year fully integrated study curriculum, including:

  • up to three mobility periods 
  • work placements 
  • language courses 
  • summer schools 
  • networking opportunities

Two study streams

This fully interdisciplinary programme is divided into two study streams, Law and Computing, and offers two areas of specialisation, Data Governance and Cybersecurity. 

International student experience

This master’s degree aims to attract excellent students worldwide, thanks to the offer of an internationally recognised joint degree, monthly scholarships, world-class support services, and by paying due attention to fostering equality, diversity and inclusion with regard to all students, in particular those with fewer opportunities. EMILDAI promotes research-led teaching and staff mobility in order to support collaborative research, funding bids, and establish a network of excellence in the field of law, data and AI. The programme offers a vibrant teaching and learning environment, ultimately enhancing the level of internationalisation and competitiveness of the partner universities.

The four partner universities delivering the EMILDAI programme are:

 

The European Master in Law, Data and Artificial Intelligence (EMILDAI) offers a highly integrated, multilingual and interdisciplinary curriculum, which is articulated into two years (120 ECTS). EMILDAI students will receive a joint master’s degree awarded by the partner universities they attend (joint degree ‘per track’). Students are required to know at least two languages: either English and French or English and Spanish.

Students are divided into two Study Streams: Law and Computing, depending on the student’s disciplinary background and professional experience. 

Year 1 aims to offer students a comprehensive introduction to the core themes related to law, data and AI. Students of both streams will spend semester 1 and 2 at DCU completing an ‘Introduction to Law, Data and AI’.

Year 2 aims to provide students with a specialisation in the fields of data governance, cybersecurity and AI law and ethics.

Law Stream students will specialise in either:

  • data governance at Avignon Université (Study Track A, taught in French) 
  • or cybersecurity at Universidad de León (Study Track B, taught in Spanish) in semester 3, 
  • In semester 4 (taught in English), Track A and B, will gain an in-depth understanding of AI Law and Ethics at Università di Pisa

Computing Stream students will spend both semester 3 and 4 specialising in either: 

See link to EMILDAI website for explanation of the Law and Computing streams

 

Life on DCU Campus

DCU has three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School. Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

Campus life

Among the student facilities in DCU are a sports complex with a 25 metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. 

In 2018, a purpose-built state-of-the-art new student centre - The U - was opened. This centre serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500 and is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

 

The European Master in Law, Data and Artificial Intelligence (EMILDAI) will attract both recent undergraduates and those already established in their careers. The knowledge and skills you acquire through this programme are highly sought by law firms, tech companies, the compliance sector, research organisations and across multiple government departments.

Graduates seek work in a variety of government departments, including national data protection authorities, health authorities, ministries, military corps and universities. Others may gravitate toward the private sector as many large firms, working across a range of services, continue to expand their privacy, data protection, AI and cybersecurity teams. These include, but are not limited to, financial services companies, law and accountancy firms and consultancy firms.

Potential Careers

  • Legal professional offering expertise in privacy and on GDPR
  • Data protection officer
  • Privacy engineer
  • Professional advisor on data governance and best practice models
  • IT consultant
  • Researcher
  • Compliance professional
  • Data Analyst 
  • AI specialist
  • Cybersecurity expert

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

All entry requirements should be met at the time of the application

 

All EMILDAI students should possess 1) a relevant degree and 2) an appropriate language proficiency level in English and either French or Spanish. If you have doubt on any of the following please visit the programme website www.emildai.eu or contact us at info-emildai@dcu.ie.

 

  1. Relevant degree:
    1. Computing stream students: Applicants must have a H2.2 Undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent qualification 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 in accordance with DCU’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.
    2. Law stream students: Applicants must have achieved a H2.1 Undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent qualification in law or other degree which includes law as a significant component. Candidates with significant experience in the legal and policy sector in addition to an Honours primary degree in some other discipline, may also be considered for entry in accordance with DCU’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy. In that case, students will have to satisfy the specific entry requirements established by the University of Pisa for students without a law degree.
  2. Language level:
    1. All students: International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.  More information about DCU's English language requirements can be found here.
    2. Data Governance Track (France): Applicants spending part of the second year at Avignon Université, who are non-native speakers of French, should demonstrate that they possess at least a level C1 CEFR French language proficiency certificate or proof of equivalent experience (e.g. a previous degree taught in French).
    3. Cybersecurity Track (Spain): Applicants spending part of the second year at the Universidad de León (Spain), who are non-native speakers of Spanish, should demonstrate that they possess an appropriate level of Spanish language proficiency (e.g. a Spanish language proficiency certificate or a previous degree taught in Spanish).

 

Scholarship opportunities:

The EMILDAI programme annually offers a series of Full Scholarships (covering Tuition Fees and offering a stipendium of €1400/month) and partial Fee Waivers. For more information please visit https://emildai.eu/admissions/scholarships-and-fee-waivers/

 

Qualification
EMLDAI

Fees

Full time

EU Status Fee
€8,606
Non EU Fee
€16,430

Next Steps

Make an Application

All Applicants must apply through DCU's Student Application Portal which is available here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application. Additional information is available on www.emildai.eu.

When starting your application, DCU will email you a single-use voucher to waive the application fee.  Please do not submit your application until you receive this voucher code.

 

Applicants will be required to provide the following information/documents:

  1. A scanned copy of your passport.
  2. Electronic copy of the diplomas and academic transcripts of your qualifying undergraduate degree (if the degree is not in English a certified translation in English will be required)
  3. If applicable, evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements. Please see http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml.
  4. Evidence of language competence in French or Spanish, depending on which Study Track you are applying to (please see below)
  5. A 500 – 750 word personal statement including: an explanation of why you wish to undertake the EMILDAI programme; an analysis of what in your record and experience makes you suitable for the EMILDAI programme; an illustration of the impact which you expect EMILDAI to have on your future careers
  6. Please upload a CV under the "Supplemental Items & Documents" section.
  7. Two reference letters (issued on official headed paper by an academic referee or a former employer, and including the referee's email address and signature).

 

Evidence of language competencies

 

English:

 

  1. If you are a native English speaker, you can tick the relevant box in the application portal and you will not need to submit any proof of language competence.
  2. If you have completed a degree through the medium of English, you can select this option in the drop-down menu on the application portal, and upload as a supplemental item a copy of your study certificate stating that the language of study was English.
  3. If you are not a native English speaker and you didn’t complete a degree in English, you must attach as a supplemental item to your application a language certificate awarded within two years prior to the start date of your DCU programme. Please see here the language certificates accepted by DCU.

 

French:

 

  1. If you are a native French speaker, you must upload a Microsoft Word document as a supplemental item to your application stating that your native language is French. This might be checked by academic reviewers through a language interview.
  2. If you have completed a degree through the medium of French, you must upload as a supplemental item to your application an original copy of your study certificate in French.
  3. If you are not a native French speaker and you didn’t complete a degree in French, you must attach as a supplemental item to your application a level C1 CEFR French language proficiency certificate including an assessment of writing, listening and speaking skills.

 

Spanish:

 

  1. If you are native Spanish speaker, you must upload a Microsoft Word document as a supplemental item to your application stating that your native language is Spanish. This might be checked by academic reviewers through a language interview.
  2. If you have completed a degree through the medium of Spanish, you must upload as a supplemental item to your application an original copy of your study certificate in Spanish.
  3. If you are not a native Spanish speaker and you didn’t complete a degree in Spanish, you must attach as a supplemental item to your application a Spanish language proficiency certificate including an assessment of writing, listening and speaking skills.

 

Application Key Dates

 

Applications for the 2022-23 edition have now closed. All applicants will receive an email confirming the result of their applications. Applications for the 2023-2024 edition will reopen in November.

 

Note: Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.

 

All entry requirements and supplementary documents must be provided at application to be considered for a place on this programme.   

 

Queries

Queries from EU and non-EU applicants should be directed to info-emildai@dcu.ie

 

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in September 2022.