Data, Ethics and Law, 5 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Autumn 2023, 33%, Campus

    Start date: 28 August 2023

    End date: 30 October 2023

    Application deadline: 17 April 2023

    Application code: UU-11011 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits in science and engineering (maximum 240 credits)

    Registration: 28 July 2023 – 4 September 2023

Entry requirements: 140 credits including 75 credits in mathematics and computer science of which at least 15 credits in computer science. Alternatively 45hp in the Master's Programme in Language Technology (HSP2M). Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,083

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,083

About the course

The widespread use of digital data in society in combination with very powerful tools for its analysis leads to a number of ethical issues. The discipline of data science also raises several legal issues. You should develop the skill of identifying the relevant legal regulation.

How can we make a legal analysis about whether different tools in data science comply with the legislation? What are the differences and overlapping between the protection of personal data and the protection of personal privacy? How is intellectual property protected, e.g. how do you legally protect a machine learning tool? How has data science as a whole affected the development of legislation and why, namely, what interests have become important to protect because of the new possibilities to process data? How do you balance the interests of the different actors? And, how do you solve liability issues?

The course introduces relevant ethical theories and provides a background in legal aspects.

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Department of Information Technology

hus 10, Lägerhyddsvägen 1

Box 337, 751 05 UPPSALA


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