The LLM Intellectual Property Law will give you a thorough understanding of the law concerning intellectual property and patents in modern business.
Our intellectual property (IP) experts will take you through the economic, social and philosophical aspects of IP law development and encourage you to critically analyse the current legal framework. You will gain advanced knowledge in IP law and concomitant policy, and learn about national and international grant, enforcement and defence of intellectual property rights on a multi-jurisdictional basis.
With research expertise in important industry sectors such as life sciences, healthcare, communications and information technology, our teaching staff offer strong links to the wider IP profession. Contentious issues in intellectual property are connected to developments in high-tech sectors as well as the arts and popular culture, so the course has appeal to a wide range of backgrounds and IP-related careers.
Our award-winning careers service offers you all year round dedicated postgraduate support including employability sessions, and advice for those aspiring to a PhD and career in academia.
Teaching and learning
We use various teaching methods across the course to enable you to participate in debate and hone the analytical and reasoning skills vital to legal and business professionals.
Coursework and assessment
Most course units are assessed by standard methods - either one unseen written examination, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment. The assessment method of each individual course unit is listed in the course unit description.
This LLM has a compulsory research component, in which students have the option of choosing either to submit two research papers of 7,000-8,000 words each (and each of the value of 30 credits) or writing a 14,000 to 15,000 words dissertation (60 credits). If students choose the option of submitting two research papers, the first research paper must be within the area of a semester one course unit that you have chosen, and the second research paper must be within the area of a semester two course unit that you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two designed to improve students' legal writing and research skills. For specialised streams, dissertation topic must be within those streams while for general LLM dissertation topics must be within one of the elective units chosen by the student.
This master's course offers training for a professional career in IP law in a range of industries, such as life sciences, healthcare, communications and information technology sectors. It also allows the development of research skills for those wishing to pursue an academic career in IP law.
Scholarships for postgraduate Law students
No. of awards TBC
Alumni Loyalty Bursary Scheme £3,000 reduction on tuition fees for University of Manchester graduates Available to students who have received a first class honours degree and apply for master's study within three years of graduating Available for international, EU and home students who will study full-time, part-time or by distance learning For further information see the Alumni Loyalty Bursary page http://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/fees/postgraduate-taught/alumni-bursary-scheme/Scholarships for postgraduate Law students Full and partial scholarships to cover tuition fees (£6,500 full time home, £3,250 part time home, £14,500 international) paid for the 2015-16 academic year Available to applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study an LLM or MA by 30 June 2015, and have a first class honours degree in law or equivalent For further information see the Scholarships for postgraduate Law students page
Value of Scholarship(s)
Full and partial scholarships to cover tuition fees (£6,500 full time home, £3,250 part time home,
The School of Law offers a range of funding opportunities for students continuing their education with a taught postgraduate master's course.