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    Part time available

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    Attendance required on 3 weekends, supported by distance learning between weekends and one exam attendance

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  • Last Updated

    07 August 2019

This part-time course provides a development opportunity and will increase your prospects and employability by giving you practical skills and theoretical knowledge that firms and Intellectual Property departments, alike, are demanding.

It is designed to give a detailed overview of substantive intellectual property law. On successful completion of this course, you will obtain full exemptions from the foundation level examinations for qualification as a patent attorney or trade mark attorney in the UK (IPReg/CIPA/CITMA). Please indicate on your application form if you want to follow the patent attorney or trade mark attorney path.

You can complete this course whilst in full-time employment; more than 80% of our students are sponsored by their employers. If you do not have prior legal knowledge you will be supported by a range of online activities relating to foundational principles of law (such as English legal system, contract law and tort).

Course delivery

The course starts in January but the first weekend of attendance isn’t until February – you will have online work to complete from January. In addition, prior to the attendance days where you will attend lectures and workshops, which will be interspersed with master classes of visiting speakers, you will be expected to undertake preliminary readings and participate in online e-activities.

You’ll need to attend on three sets of attendance dates at Bournemouth University as well as for one exam. In between these attendance days, you'll be supported by online work. You'll be expected to devote on average about 12 hours per week to complete the course.


Graduates from our Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property are working in various roles, such as:

  • Commercial Manager
  • Intellectual Property Consultant
  • Patent Executive
  • Patent Attorney.

They have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations, including the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Institute of Trademarks Attorneys, Leanman Brown, Marks & Clerk, Schlich & Co.

Visit the PG Cert Intellectual Property page on the Bournemouth University website for more details!




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