Intellectual Property Law is becoming increasingly important in our knowledge-based society that focuses on innovation and information. Economic progress depends on the possibility to legally protect, and develop, intellectual assets.
The Master Programme in Intellectual Property Law from Uppsala University has a general objective of providing a deep understanding of major issues covering international and EU intellectual property law, and in particular copyright, patents, designs and trademarks. This is an area that has grown both in importance and complexity as reflected in the increased focus on intellectual property protection and its value as a corporate asset. On top of that, over the years IP law has become increasingly interdisciplinary having key interfaces with market, competition, contract and tort law.
This programme is designed for those of you who wish to deepen your understanding of intellectual property law, whether you are qualified, practicing lawyers who wish to improve your knowledge of this area of law, students who wish to proceed into post-graduate education to further your specialisation, or persons who work in areas influenced by IP law and are interested in the area.
As intellectual property law plays a central role in the knowledge-based economy which characterises the innovation and information society, there is a great demand from the market for lawyers with special competence in IP law. The programme gives you a competitive edge on the employment market.
The objective of the programme is the provision of a qualitative and competitive education and students should be able to present advanced competence in IP law. On successful completion of the programme students can proceed to a career in several different areas such as research and education, governmental agencies, law firms and patent offices, international companies and in the judiciary.
The programme leads to a Master of Laws (60 credits) LLM with Legal Science as the main field of study.
The Master Programme in Intellectual Property Law encompasses a total of 60 credits.
The programme is divided into three modules:
You must take a compulsory 7,5 credit course (module 1), which is a general course focusing on the fundamentals of EU intellectual property law.
Thereafter, you specialise in specific areas of EU intellectual property law by three courses in trademark law, copyright and patent law worth 7.5 credits each (module 2).
The final component of the programme teaches you legal scientific methods and you will write a thesis worth 30 credits. You should decide the subject of the thesis on your own in dialogue with a teacher responsible for a given area, who will also serve as supervisor.
You can apply until:
For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.
Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.
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Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.
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