LLM Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual property is an exciting and increasingly important area of law, particularly internationally and EU-wide. The course offers students the opportunity to explore intellectual property law in both the UK and EU contexts, together with the links to competition law and sport.
About LLM Intellectual Property
You will explore the internationally important area of Intellectual Property Law and learn how intellectual property rights impinge on many commercial areas.
Why choose this course?
- Explore Intellectual Property Law in UK and EU contexts.
- Learn how intellectual property rights impinge on many commercial areas and study the links to competition law and sport.
- Learn from expert teaching staff such as Janice Denoncourt, an experienced practitioner and author of core textbooks who has been sponsored by the European Patent Office.
- Complement your study of Intellectual Property Law with two modules from other LLM subject areas.
- Choose to study full-time or part-time.
- Attend an International Summer School and explore Law in a European context.
- Scholarships are available.
- Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.
You will study six taught modules followed by a dissertation.
- Competition and IP Law in the EU
- Intellectual Property
- IP Public Health Medical Innovation
- Data Protection and Privacy
Plus two modules of your choice from other LLM subject areas, excluding Oil, Gas and Mining Law.
You will start your dissertation after completing these modules.
In each case modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.
The dissertation is 18,000 to 20,000 words and is researched and written independently under the guidance of an expert academic.
How do I study?
The academic year for the LLM courses is split into three parts: two ten-week terms (Term One runs from the beginning of the academic year until the Christmas vacation, Term Two between Christmas and Easter) and the summer period.
Full-time students – who complete the course over one academic year – study three modules in each term and complete the dissertation over the summer.
Part-time students – who complete the course over two academic years – study three modules across Terms One and Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.
On the full-time and part-time modes modules are taught throughout the week. Depending on your timetable you may be expected to attend on more than one day. Modules may exceptionally be rescheduled due to course needs.
Seminars are led by academics but will usually require you to carry out extensive guided preparatory work and will often involve short presentations or other contributions.
You will need a good degree in Law (minimum 2.2) or, an honours degree in another discipline plus either the CPE (Common Professional Examination) or GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) conversion qualification.
Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.
English language requirements
International students need to demonstrate they have sufficient knowledge of written and spoken English before starting the course. We usually require one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.
- An equivalent English language qualification.
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