Intellectual Property Law LLM

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
Duration
12 months full time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in Law
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
UK fees
£13,000 (Total)
International fees
£26,500 (Total)

Course overview

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This course offers a detailed insight into law, management and policy relating to patents, copyright, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights.

Providing both international and comparative perspectives, you’ll cover traditional intellectual property issues such as industrial property, artistic works and brands, and also emerging areas of policy including the digital economy and biotechnology.

The course reflects the growing importance of international developments in intellectual property and confronts growing controversies. These include the relationships between intellectual property and human rights norms, access to knowledge, new technologies and economic development.

Throughout the course we’ll encourage you to:

  • explore the international norms and institutions relating to intellectual property such as the World Trade Organisation’s TRIPS Agreement

  • consider the wider social and economic implications of intellectual property for health, culture, education, technology, innovation, and economic development

Research insight

You’ll benefit from the expertise of leading academics in a stimulating research environment. Our research groups include:

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Course details

Compulsory modules will give you the opportunity to:

  • study the key principles and features, rules and court decisions concerning patents, copyright and trademarks

  • examine the key cases that have shaped intellectual property rights law in the major legal jurisdictions

  • discover other rights such as designs and geographical indications

  • learn how businesses acquire and deploy intellectual property rights

They will also enable you to hone your legal research and writing skills, which you’ll be able to demonstrate in your dissertation – an independent piece of research on your chosen topic.

The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a mixture of related subjects of interest to you.

Our School-based Skills Team will help you to develop the key academic skills necessary to thrive on your course. Through one-to-one appointments, we offer individual skills development advice for your module assessments, dissertation and wider studies. Moreover, our workshop series offers training in key skills areas including critical thinking, researching, planning, time management and editing. These skills will help you both during your studies and in the workplace.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Intellectual Property Law LLM in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Postgraduate Legal Research Skills 15
Trade Marks, Geographical Indications, Designs and Trade Secrets 15
Patent Law 15
Copyright Law 15
Dissertation 60

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

You will also choose 60 credits from the below:

Module Name Credits
Intercultural Business and Organisational Communication 15
Cyberlaw: Regulation of Cyberspace 15
International E-Commerce Law 15
International Competition Law 15
Corporate Social Responsibility 15
International Tax Law and Policy 30
World Trade Organisation Law 15
Intellectual Property Management 15
Digital Environment: Law, Technologies & Human Rights 15
Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions 15
Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Health, Food and Biotechnology 15
Central Issues in Arbitration 15

Learning and teaching

At Leeds we use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies and develop the specialist skills that will become indispensable in your career.

These include a range of weekly seminars, lectures, online learning and workshops.

You’ll need to prepare for your seminars and lectures, undertaking any exercises that might be prescribed in advance. Independent study is integral to this course – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research and other critical skills.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

Assessment is undertaken by a variety of methods but typically involves the writing of an essay at the end of each module. We assess the dissertation through your submission of a written piece of work of up to 10,000 words.

Applying

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in law. Applicants with good degrees in other subjects will be considered.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Please note that meeting the entry requirements of this course doesn't guarantee an offer of a place.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read  Language for Law (6 weeks) and Language for Social Sciences and Arts: Law (10 weeks).

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Application deadlines

International – Friday 28 June 2024

UK – Friday 16 August 2024

If you intend to apply for funding, you should submit an application for a place on your chosen course at least one month before any specific scholarship deadline.

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you will need include:

  • original or certified copies of your transcripts
  • original or certified copies of your degree certificate
  • original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if English is not your first language).

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

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Fees

UK: £13,000 (Total)

International: £26,500 (Total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

The School of Law usually offers a number of scholarships each year.

Find out more on the School’s scholarships page.

Career opportunities

From day one, we encourage you to think beyond your time at Leeds and reflect on a meaningful career.

This course, which is also accessible to non-lawyers, provides essential knowledge and skills should you wish to embark upon a career in the legal professions, and in knowledge-intensive commercial sectors. These include the technology and creative industries as well as their representative organisations.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in a range of sectors and professions ranging from academia, law firms, charities and intellectual property specialists.

The degree will also attract employers in other occupations where an in-depth understanding of intellectual property is considered economically or strategically important. These include government services as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.

Careers support

The School of Law offers career and personal development support through the School’s dedicated Employability Officers. You can book one-to-one appointments with our Employability Officers throughout the year to discuss your career aspirations and get advice on how to make the most of your time at Leeds.

The School also arranges a number of community engagement (pro bono) and work experience opportunities, career development workshops, guest speaker events and careers fairs throughout the year. These opportunities will allow you to develop new skills, enhance your career prospects and network with prospective employers.

Find out more about how we support your career development.

In addition to the School-specific careers support, you will also have access to the University’s award-winning Careers Centre. It offers one-to-one appointments, advice on starting your own business, careers events, mentoring schemes and support with your CV, applications and interviews.

Find out more about the Careers Service