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LLM Intellectual Property Law

Course Description

Course description
This course aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of substantive intellectual property law in its European and international context and to equip you with the theoretical framework necessary to analyse critically the intellectual property law regime. It also aims to encourage students to develop research skills in intellectual property law. It is a self-contained twelve month course for those whose training in legal techniques has equipped them to proceed directly to the study of postgraduate level subjects within the scope of the programme. Its focus is on UK law and policy within a European, International and comparative context. It provides a thorough grounding in substantive intellectual property law and the economic, social and theoretical basis of the subject.

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 on The School of Law website.
The course 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).

The LL.M in Intellectual Property Law has three core course units: Trade Mark Law & Policy ; Patent Law & Policy ; and Copyright Law & Policy . These core course units constitute 75 credits of the 120 taught credits required for the course.
In addition to these core areas, you will be required to study other course units, selected from a range of options, that either cover specialist or peripheral areas of intellectual property law or that complement the study of intellectual property

English language
Students whose first language is not English are required to hold one of the following English language qualifications:
- IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other sub categories;
- TOEFL (Internet-Based Test): minimum overall score of 100, with 25 in Writing and 22 in all other sub categories;
- Cambridge Proficiency: minimum grade of C;
- Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories.

Visit the LLM Intellectual Property Law page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Student Profiles

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.

Application Procedure

For further information on our bursaries see the Alumni Loyalty Bursary page http://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/fees/postgraduate-taught/alumni-bursary-scheme/For further information on our scholarships see the Scholarships for postgraduate Law students page

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1, or equivalent, in law

Course Fees

LLM (full-time) UK/EU students (per annum): £6,500 International students (per annum): £14,500

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