Master of Laws in Information and Communication Technology Laws (eLLM in ICT)

The Open University Of Tanzania

Program Description

Master of Laws in Information and Communication Technology Laws (eLLM in ICT)

The Open University Of Tanzania

The LLM in Information Communication Technology is a re-branded form of the LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications (LLM IT&T) that had been on offer at OUT since 2009. The course is offered in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the UK Telecommunications Academy (UKTA). The course is taught and assessed by professors from OUT and the UK, maintaining the same standards in quality assurance, as the accredited programme being offered by UK Universities.

The course is open to law and other professions graduate with interest in taking on a specialization in Information Technology and Telecommunications law. The course is conducted in modular form.

Programme Overview

Candidates selecting this programme to undertake a unique opportunity - to study the legal implications surrounding Information Communication Technology on the world's longest established postgraduate masters (LLM) course in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law. As the international nature of the student body demonstrates, Information Communication Technology law is of wide interest and significant importance. The master’s degree in Information Technology Law encourages students to consider legal initiatives both at European and International levels as well as within their own jurisdictions. Students examine a diverse range of key themes including information security, privacy, intellectual property, telecommunications, e-commerce, internet governance and access to public information. These may be now be undertaken by attendance at the Open University of Tanzania.

Whether for academic, personal or professional development, the LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law is an ideal choice for law graduates, lawyers and IT specialists seeking to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge to formulate and apply the law in the information society.

There are 3 potential exit points from the masters. Assuming satisfactory performance, it is possible to change between these so that, for example, a student who initially registers for the certificate may opt to continue studying for the diploma or masters qualification. Likewise, a student originally registered for the masters may be transferred to the certificate or diploma stream.

Full-time LLM and students are required to complete four courses from those listed – two courses per semester. For those candidates seeking the award of LLM in Information Communication Technology Law, a 20 000 word dissertation on a topic of your own choice is required. A flexible two-course Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is also available.

Aims of the Programme

The LLM programme aims to produce highly skilled, independent and adaptable graduates with a solid knowledge of the basic principles of law, who are equipped for employment both in the legal profession and other fields of endeavor. The programme reflects the emphasis on "useful learning" which is at the heart of the mission of the University. The modular programme guarantees that all students achieve the requisite benchmark standards but also offers considerable flexibility which allows students to select a curriculum which meets their own needs. The programme also ensures that knowledge and skills are developed progressively through the course of the degree.


  • To develop a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the principles, nature, and development of legal aspects of information technology and Telecommunications from jurisdictions.
  • To develop in students intellectual rigor, independence of mind, and the ability to think critically and constructively.
  • To develop in students a range of generic transferable skills which they can use in a wide range of settings.
  • To produce graduates who are confident, responsible and reflective and who are equipped to develop their potential throughout their careers.

Eligibility for Admission

Candidates holding the following qualifications will be eligible for admission to the LLM ICT Programme:

A holder of honors Degree in Law or a Pass Degree with PGDL


Holder of honors Non-Law Degree from recognized university/institution with at least working experience relevant to the course

Programme Design

Each student of Master of Laws in Information Communication Technology (LLM -ICT) will be required to study the Minimum of 72 credits (18 Units) which (6Courses plus a Dissertation). Each Unit is equivalent to 40 one hour lectures or 4 credits. Delivery will be in blended mode; Moodle and Face to Face Executive classes.

Students will be given an assignment and shall be required to work on it and to submit the given Assignment (in a 6,000 words essay) back for assessment within three weeks after the end of each course.

Students pursuing the LLM (ICT) Programme shall have another six months to work on a dissertation project.

After the end, each Course students will be given another three weeks to work on an assignment.

Course Code Course Name Units Credits
OLW 651 Legal Aspects of Information Security 2 8
OLW 652 Legal Management of Contracts for IT 2 8
OLW 653 Telecommunications Policy & Regulation 2 8
OLW 654 Intellectual Property law for IT 2 8
OLW 655 Legal Implications of eCommerce 2 8
OLW 656 Telecommunications Law 2 8
OLW 600 Legal Research Methodology 0 0
OLW 659 Dissertation 6 24

Program Mode of Delivery

The Programme will be delivered through lectures, on each Course and shall be conducted in Dar es Salaam or any other selected venue in Tanzania. The 40 Hr Lectures will be completed within one working week.

Learner support strategies

Use of ICT, Lectures notes, with online links to relevant reading, Database of the Information Technology Law URLs with search Engines, discussion lists, Students home pages, a link to the Butterworth site (This site contains links to the cases and statutes discussed during the course), the OUT Library and Cases decided by the High Court Commercial Division and Fair Competition Commission.

Programme Duration

The entire Programme shall be completed within two years for the award of the LLM ICT.

Final Award/Graduation Requirements

The minimum pass mark for any course shall be the grade “B” or 50%

  1. Candidates, who successfully complete the required units/courses including the Dissertation, shall qualify upon approval by Senate, for the award of the LLM in Information Communication Technology Law.
  2. Candidates who complete at least four courses, but are unable to submit a dissertation, or fail in the dissertation, shall be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Communication Technology Law.
  3. Candidates who complete at least two courses but wish to leave the programme shall be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Information Communication Technology Law.

Cost & Fees

Non Tuition Fees

Application fee 30,000 30 30
Registration fee 50,000 100 100
ID processing 20,000 20 20
Student Organization fee (paid annually) 20,000 20 20
Quality assurance fee (paid annually) 20,000 20 40
Coursework Examination fee per paper 20,000 40 60
Plagiarism fee 20,000 20 20

Tution Fee per Unit for Taught Masters Programmes

Blended mode 220,000 100 200
Facilitation fee 50 50
Dissertation fee 220,000 100 200

Note: Facilitation is meant to cater for taxes, levies, postage cost, courier services, and phone call charges.This fee is also paid by Tanzanians residing outside Tanzania.

Other Recommended Direct Student Cost For Masters by Coursework/Dissertation Students

Research/Field Costs & Consultations 1,500,000 1,000
Books 300,000 300
Stationery 100,000 100
Dissertation production 300,000 300
TOTAL 2,200,000 1,700
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 20, 2018
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