Intellectual Property Law LLM
Year of entry 2023
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- On campus
- 12 months full time
- Entry requirements
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons)
Full entry requirements
- English language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
- UK fees
- £11,500 (total)
- International fees
- £24,000 (total)
This course offers a detailed insight into law, management and policy relating to patents, copyright, trademarks and other intellectual property rights.
It provides international and comparative perspectives that cover not only traditional intellectual property issues like industrial property, artistic works and brands, but emerging areas of policy including the digital economy and biotechnology.
This programme reflects the growing importance of international developments in intellectual property and confronts growing controversies such as the relationships between intellectual property and human rights norms, access to knowledge, new technologies and economic development.
You’ll explore the international norms and institutions relating to intellectual property such as the World Trade Organisation’s TRIPS Agreement, and consider the wider social and economic implications of intellectual property for health, culture, education, technology, innovation and economic development.
You’ll benefit from the expertise of leading academics in a stimulating research environment. Our research groups include:
- Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education (CIRLE)
- Centre for Business Law and Practice (CBLP)
- Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS)
- Centre for Law & Social Justice(LSJ)
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The compulsory modules studied will give you an 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 about how business acquires and deploys intellectual property rights.
These compulsory modules 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.
You’ll also benefit from our optional Support in Academic and Personal Development programme. This runs alongside your taught academic programme in semester one and is specifically designed to complement the School’s induction activities and ongoing academic skills support for students. The programme may include wellbeing activities, careers talks, assessment query sessions as well as additional language support for non-native English speakers.
The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a mixture of related subjects of interest to you.
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
|Postgraduate Legal Research Skills||15|
|Trade Marks, Geographical Indications, Designs and Trade Secrets||15|
Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
You will also choose 60 credits from the below:
|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
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will 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 programme – 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.
You’ll be assessed using a variety of methods but for most modules, you’ll be required to write an essay at the end of each module. You’ll also be expected to write a final dissertation.
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in law. Applicants with good degrees in other subjects will be considered.
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. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
International – Due to an exceptionally high number of applications and the competition for places, we’ve brought forward the application deadline for international applicants to Friday 19 May 2023.
UK – Friday 18 August 2023
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.
University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023
This course is taught by
School of Law Postgraduate Admissions Office
UK: £11,500 (total)
International: £24,000 (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 about additional costs.
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.
This programme, 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 from academia, to 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 service as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.
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 with us.
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. The Careers Centre offers one-to-one appointments, advice on starting your own business, careers events, mentoring schemes and support with your CV, applications and interviews.