12-15 months full-time
16-27 months with placement full-time
24-27 months part-time
27-36 months with placement part-time
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The Brunel Intellectual Property Law LLM is designed for graduates wishing to gain specialist knowledge in the fast-growing discipline of intellectual property law.
Our programme, one of the most comprehensive of its kind in the UK, will give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of intellectual property and the opportunity to develop specialised skills through our wide range of elective modules covering both policy and practical technology-related issues.
You can choose to study 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time (both start in September) or study 15 months full-time or 27 months part-time (both start in January).
As the use of the Internet and other cross-border communications and commercial technologies expands at pace, employers are on the look-out for candidates with the skills and know-how to keep up with complex and evolving legislation at an international level. Your International Intellectual Property LLM will do just that and make you a preferred prospect by law firms and businesses.
The Intellectual Property Law LLM is accredited by the statutory regulator Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg).
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Your Intellectual Property LLM consists of compulsory and optional modules and a 15,000 word dissertation on a legal topic of your choice.
Full-time students should complete four modules per term, excluding the dissertation. Part-time students should complete two modules per term, excluding the dissertation.
This course can be studied 12-15 months full-time, 16-27 months with placement full-time, 24-27 months part-time or 27-36 months with placement part-time, starting in January. Or this course can be studied 12-15 months full-time, 16-27 months with placement full-time, 24-27 months part-time or 27-36 months with placement part-time, starting in September.
This course has a placement year option. Find out more about work placements available.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel
The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.
You will leave Brunel with a firm grounding in Intellectual Property law and with solid legal knowledge, allowing you to be flexible in your future choices. While you’ll have the foundation to pursue an academic career, you will also be well equipped to get into the specialist area of Intellectually Property as a practitioner or adviser at national or international levels.
Our students in recent years went on to pursue careers in range of high-profile organisations such as White and Case LLP, Trade Mark Wizards, European Parliament, ECDC- Ocean Accelerator Inc. and Patent and Trademark Clinic (PTC).
Brand new work placements and internships: You can now gain valuable work experience while studying postgraduate law at Brunel. New optional work placements (12 months) and internships (6-12 weeks) are available from September 2021 on this course.
Other related disciplines and qualifications.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.
£1,385 placement year
More information on any additional course-related costs.
Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.
Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2022/23 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.
See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.
Brunel Law School is research driven and was ranked 14th in the UK for REF Intensity in Law in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). Through their research, our lecturers are at the forefront of domestic and international legal scholarship, which means your education will be innovative, inspiring and truly up-to-date.
Your International Intellectual Property Law LLM modules will be delivered through seminars, with two hours of teaching per module a week alongside your own self-directed study. Optional modules have class sizes of 10-12 students, and compulsory modules have class sizes of around 25 on average.
You’ll also learn through:
You will receive your timetable in advance of the course starting. Part-time study is based on a full-time timetable, with one less module per semester.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
All modules are assessed by written essay and examination. Each assessment is worth 50% of the overall mark.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.