Intellectual Property Law has become an interdisciplinary field comprised of law, engineering, medical science, economics, and numerous other fields. The MSc in Management of Intellectual Property explores the foundations of this area of law with relation to patents, trade marks and the other core areas within this field.

This Masters of Science is primarily aimed at science and engineering graduates who wish to pursue a career as patent or trade mark attorneys, though it is also open to graduates from all academic backgrounds who wish to study Intellectual Property (IP) at postgraduate level.

There is continued need for expertise in intellectual property law and management in industry, commerce and the innovative and creative industries, and this MSc gives you the opportunity to study IP to a high level. The programme offers a professional stream (for science and technology graduates), and a business stream, available to graduates from all fields looking to expand their knowledge of the application and management of IP.

Study Details:

MSc ( 9 months Full-time / 2 years Part-time )

Module Details:


Modules which run annually:

  • IPLM033 The law of copyright and design I (Compulsory for Professional stream)
  • IPLM041 The law of patents I and II (Compulsory for Professional stream)
  • IPLM044 Trade mark law I and II (Compulsory for Professional Stream
  • IPLM027 Study Project (Core Module for all students)
  • IPLM039 Media law
  • IPLM043 Trade mark law I
  • IPLM040 The law of patents I
  • IPLM028 Basic Principles of English Law.

Modules which may run but cannot be guaranteed (subject to numbers):

  • The law of competition I
  • Intellectual property in food, biotechnology and agriculture
  • Intellectual property in the United States.
  • Interactive Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law
  • The Law of Geographical Indications
  • Interactive Entertainment Law: Contracts and Regulation
  • Licensing Intellectual Property
  • EU Copyright Law.

Programme Funding

The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.


Home/EU: Full time £8,200 International: Full time £13,350

Entry Requirements

For the Professional stream, you will require a minimum 2.2 honours degree in natural or medical sciences or engineering. Graduate degrees in mathematics, computer sciences or economics will be considered, but you must show that a considerable amount of your previous study covered the areas of science and technology.

For the Business stream, graduates are welcome from any background, with a minimum 2:2 in your first degree.

Non-native English speaking applicants for either stream will be required to demonstrate a proficiency in the English language (IELTS or equivalent).

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