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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    2 - 3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

    Please visit website for more details

  • Last Updated

    07 November 2016

Course content

The LLM in Intellectual Property Law enables you to study the fundamental principles behind the laws of intellectual property.

The programme aims to provide you with an advanced knowledge of substantive intellectual property law, and of the place and role of intellectual property within domestic, regional and international contexts.

This programme enables you to develop a fully rounded understanding of intellectual property rights, their role in society and the impact of intellectual property (IP) on global economics and development.

The programme aims to equip students with an advanced knowledge and understanding of IP law within an international, European and domestic (UK) context.

The programme covers all the major IP rights, including copyright, designs, trade marks, and patents as well as confidentiality, passing off, database rights and other IP protection.

The programme also addresses global policy-making and the framework of international treaties that govern intellectual property law, as well as consideration of IP rights in their social, cultural and commercial contexts.

Please note that the one year and 20 month study durations for the LLM in Intellectual Property Law will not be available for entry in the 2017/18 academic year.

Online learning

Our distance learning programmes are delivered through eSCRIPT, our flexible online learning environment.

Through eSCRIPT you will access learning materials and interact with your tutor and fellow students. eSCRIPT is accessible through the internet from any computer. A fast connection is an advantage, but you do not need any special equipment, applications or plug-ins to use it.

We aim to provide challenging, research-led teaching with students benefiting from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of tutors and the results of innovative cross-cutting research of the highest quality.

Programme structure

You must complete a total of six courses (120 credit points), four of which must be core IP law courses, and complete a dissertation (60 credit points) over your chosen period of study.

Core courses offered in 2016/17:

  • European Competition and Innovation
  • Intellectual Property Law - Copyright and Related Rights
  • Intellectual Property Law - Industrial Property
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Legal Aspects of Managing Intellectual Property

Please note the available choice of courses in any given year may change.

Learning outcomes

The subjects of the degree are intended to equip you with both an advanced knowledge of substantive intellectual property law and of the place and role of intellectual property within a domestic, regional and international context, laying a foundation for a specialised dissertation.

By the end of your studies you will have acquired a high level of knowledge in the field of intellectual property law, a sophisticated awareness of the problems in the area and of the differing approaches to their solution.

Career opportunities

Graduates of our online distance learning programmes progress to a range of careers in law and related legal fields, including work in local and international firms, government legal departments, other public institutions, international organisations and in academia.

The programmes are also an ideal platform for advanced research.


Visit the Intellectual Property Law (Online Distance Learning) - LLM page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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