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 5pm.  The first lecture will take place on Wednesday 20 January 2021.

The second tranche of lectures will take place from September to December 2021 on Thursday evenings at 6pm.

The term will start in January with weekly online lectures. Should guidelines change in terms of face to face teaching, alternative teaching options may be offered but all classes will also be remotely available.

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.

Curricular information is subject to change


Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The fee for 2021/22  is €4105

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 www.ucd.ie/apply 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.