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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    32 months part-time

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    03 October 2019

Programme description

This programme aims to equip you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of intellectual property (IP) law and policy within a domestic (UK), regional (European) and international context.

The courses offered on the programme cover substantive law on all of the major IP rights including copyright, trademarks, patents, designs, confidentiality and trade secrets. The courses also address global IP policy-making and the framework of international treaties that govern IP law, IP and human rights, legal aspects of commercialising and enforcing IP and competition law perspectives. Where relevant, the potential impacts and consequences of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (Brexit) are also considered.

Online learning

Our online learning programmes are delivered entirely online via a virtual learning environment. Learning and teaching happen ‘asynchronously’. This means that you have the flexibility to log in at times and in places convenient to you, contribute your views and respond to others, and still maintain a sense of community with your fellow students across time zones.

Find out about studying online with Edinburgh Law School

Programme structure

To be awarded LLM Intellectual Property Law you must successfully complete six courses, four of which must be IP law courses, and a 10,000-word dissertation during your chosen duration of study.

During your studies you will also have the opportunity to study up to two courses from different subject areas such as information technology law, medical law or international commercial law.

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 Learning) (LLM) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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