Data protection law underwent a fundamental reform in May 2018, the date on which the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force. This new law has significantly changed what data protection law is and how it applies. GDPR imposes new penalties and liabilities on data controllers and processors who fail to comply with its provisions.
The Professional Certificate in Data Protection, a 10 ECTS award at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications was designed in consultation with the office of the Data Protection Commissioner. It provides Data Protection Officers and Compliance Officers with the expert knowledge of data protection and is the only accredited qualification at this level. Participants will learn through an applied approach and develop specialist skills and competence to support and advise their organisation in managing and mitigating data protection related reputational, compliance and financial risks.
The programme is delivered on a part-time basis across one semester. It comprises of one module, Data Protection Policy and Procedures and forms part of the MSc in Compliance. Students who successfully complete the certificate are exempt from this module if they subsequently decide to apply for the MSc in Compliance.