International Intellectual Property Law LLM
About the course
The Brunel International Intellectual Property Law LLM (available full-time and part-time) is one of the most comprehensive programmes in the UK in the field of intellectual property.
The programme provides students with extensive knowledge on the fundamentals of intellectual property, as well as the opportunity to develop specialised skills through a wide range of elective modules, covering both policy and practical technology-related issues.
Intellectual property, especially at international level, is a fast-growing area of law largely due to the impact of technology. The widespread use of the Internet and other cross-border communications and commercial technologies has led to a comprehensive and complex legislative framework at international level (WTO, WIPO, EU). With the undisputed relevance of intellectual property in innovation and access to knowledge, the demand for structured study of the area has increased.
The LLM in International Intellectual Property Law keeps ahead of the 'curve' in thinking in this area, due to our highly active Intellectual Property research centre, which in addition to providing direction and support to students’ study, regularly hosts seminars and workshops, as well as international conferences.
The programme is available full-time:
- September (12 months)
- January (15 months, due to dissertation submission requirements)
And also part-time:
- September (24 months)
- January (27 months, due to dissertation submission requirements)
- You will develop an expertise in the corpus and complexities of intellectual property law.
- You will acquire critical and analytical skills in the complex field of intellectual property law.
- You will be able to produce original research, apply knowledge and demonstrate practical and critical understanding
- You will gain valuable professional skills required to develop a successful career.
- You will be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the legislative framework at international level (WTO, WIPO, EU).
This Master's course is designed for graduates from anywhere in the world who wish to develop a specialist knowledge on intellectual property law and related areas.
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The LLM consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
- Philosophical Foundations of IP 1
- International Intellectual Property Law 1
- Patent Law and Practice 1
- Trade Marks and Allied Rights 1
- EU Competition Law 2
- Privacy and Data Protection 2
- Media Law and Regulation 1 or 2
- Internet Law I - Substantive Legal Issues 2
- Patent Law and Practice 2 (if not taken as a compulsory module)
- Trade Marks and Allied Rights 2 (if not taken as a compulsory module)
- Internet Law II - Resolving Internet-related Legal Issues and Disputes 1 or 2
- International Commercial Litigation 1 or 2
- Copyright, Design and Allied Rights 1 or 2
- Managing Intellectual Property 1 or 2
Term I and II
- EU Intellectual Property Law 2
* The superscript 1 or 2 indicates which year of study each module will normally take place in for part-time students.
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and what you will learn on the course.
Intellectual Property Law at Brunel University is a well-established area of teaching and research. It is highly rated for the quality of its staff publications, research projects and teaching standard.
Lecturers at the International Intellectual Property Law LLM include academics and practitioners with recognised expertise in all areas of intellectual property law.
Flexible start times and learning options
The course is available in full-time and part-time mode, with start dates in September and January. Students gain greater flexibility with this programme because Brunel Law School offers smaller 15 credit modules, which provides its students a range of options to tailor study and provide additional flexibility in study arrangements.
Research and Research Centres
The Law School benefits from active research centres, including the Centre for Intellectual Property, Internet & Media (IPIM) which regularly host research seminars and workshops, as well as international conferences.
The Law School is equally particularly proud of its various events that are offered on Intellectual Property, there is a diverse programme which supports the learning of our students and LLM students will be expected to actively participate.
At Brunel Law School we believe that an active research community is important in providing postgraduate with the latest thinking in human rights. In the last REF – a peer review process widely seen by institutions and academics as a core element in improving the quality of academic work – 51% of our Law research was rated as internationally excellent or world leading, meaning you’ll be sharing a classroom with some of the best academics in their fields.
The Law School offers students numerous opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities, including a Reading Group, a Law Film society, mooting and debating societies, research workshops, and study visits. All students are expected to play a leading role in participating in these activities.
The Law School offers an elaborate scheme of research and writing skills sessions designed to facilitate students’ learning and to equip them with appropriate transferable skills.
Some of the modules in this programme also integrate skills training, for example on how to answer essay questions, make use of electronic legal databases and cite legal authorities.
Students benefit from the University’s award winning Professional Development Centre which offers specialist workshops, interview skills, and one-to-one advice sessions to help prepare graduates for their chosen career.
Teaching and Assessment
The faculty places great emphasis on the creation of a unique learning experience.
In addition to attending seminars and preparing coursework and exams, students will also learn by participating in research centre activities and research trips, contributing to newsletters, making oral presentations, attending law film screenings as well as participating in debating events and reading group sessions. On average there are 16 hours of teaching per credit module, delivered through a combination of teaching methods.
This is a challenging programme that is at the forefront of thinking in International Intellectual Property Law. It is taught by leading academics with a wide range of expertise in internet law, copyright, patents and competition law including:
Please note that lecturers may vary from year to year.
For each module you will be assessed twice, first by way of a written essay and then by way of a "seen" or "pre-release" examination, where the question paper is released a short time before the day of the exam.
Each assessment is worth 50% of the overall mark.
The International Intellectual Property Law LLM programme is suitable for students who are looking for career opportunities in the specialist area of Intellectual Property as a practioner or advisor at national or international level, as well as for students interested in pursuing an academic career.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Fees for 2016/7 entry
£9,400 full-time; £4,700 part-time
£15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time
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UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Criteria 2016/7
- A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Law.
- Other related disciplines and qualifications will be considered and in such cases assessed on an individual basis by the Postgraduate Director and an interview may be required.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.