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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Start Date

    January, September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

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  • Last Updated

    11 November 2019

The digital era has increased opportunities for graduates who speak more than one language and have intellectual property law qualifications. If you are a law graduate, practising lawyer or a business professional this course has been designed to equip you with the expertise in IP law and technology that international organisations and law firms now look for.

Your studies will cover both legal and commercial areas of expertise, giving you a well-rounded qualification. Furthermore, your tutors and lecturers have significant practical experience and good connections with industry.

By taking this specialised course covering IP law across national borders, you will enhance your prospects for a career in this highly valued area.

Course detail & modules

If you are a law graduate, a practising lawyer or a business professional from anywhere in the world and you wish to develop specialist legal and commercial expertise in intellectual property law and technology, this LLM in intellectual property could give you the skills you need.

You will study the most important components of international intellectual property law, such as copyright, patents and trademarks, and how these forms of intellectual property are protected in the digital age. You will look at the European and international aspects of patent law, as well as legal questions associated with new technologies, multimedia and cyberspace.

In addition to these specialised topics, you will examine international commercial law and related subjects. This will help to put IP into the context of modern international business relations.

Your teaching staff are highly qualified and have current experience of international legal practice. Their expertise will inform your studies and help you to identify a relevant topic, which supports your professional goals, for your dissertation.

Furthermore, you will have access to an on-site courtroom with laptops and video equipment for judges/advocates, which is ideal for student mooting competitions.

Our Student Law Society is highly active and will provide valuable networking opportunities in addition to social events.

Teaching time

For full time study, you will have on average four hours of teaching time each week. In addition, you will complete a 15,000-word dissertation, which will be supported by a module dedicated to research methodologies and tools.

Compulsory modules

Intellectual Property Law in the Digital Economy

You will engage specific intellectual property issues related to the digital environment, including protection of computer software, privacy and digital rights management. Throughout the teaching you will learn how to identify, understand and evaluate these legal issues in an international context.

Commercial Intellectual Property Law

This module will give you in-depth knowledge of major aspects of intellectual property, such as trademarks, copyrights and patents. Particular emphasis will be placed on the analysis of intellectual property issues relating to commercial transactions.

International Arbitration

You will gain the knowledge and skills related to the law and practice of international arbitration. You will benefit from the combination of instruction on theoretical and practical aspects of arbitration procedure and will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a range of simulated transactions and a moot court session.  

International Commercial and Shipping Law

You will be introduced to key concepts of shipping and maritime law and to mechanisms available for resolution of commercial disputes. It will also explore the principles of insurance and EU law, as well as laws of other common law and civil law jurisdictions.

Research Methodology

You will develop and complete a research proposal to ensure you are fully prepared to move to the research and writing of the dissertation. 

Dissertation for LLM International Studies in Intellectual Property Law

Your dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the mastery of a particular subject area, by completing an extended piece of self-managed research. Your dissertation will develop and test your ability to conceptualise, appraise and critically evaluate a significant topic relating to the legal issues surrounding international property.

International Commercial Litigation

On this module you will examine the practical and theoretical issues in international private transactions. You will pay particular attention to the traditional commercial sale and finance of such transactions, while also incorporating principles of intellectual property law, the knowledge of which is essential in modern international business.

Study & career progression

Organisations that focus on international practice will have particular need for your skills and knowledge. Once you graduate, you will be able to seek employment opportunities with firms specialising in:

  • investments
  •  law
  • consultancy
  • accounting

Practising legal professionals can use their qualification along with the skills and knowledge they have gained on the course to progress in their chosen field. On completing this course successfully, you can choose to continue your studies and progress on to doctoral study.

How to apply

You can apply online at any time by following the link below.

Our application form will ask you for some information about:

  • what you want to study
  • your previous qualifications or experience
  • your references 
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Visit the International Studies in Intellectual Property Law - LLM page on the University of West London website for more details!





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