LL.M. Intellectual Property

Bournemouth University

Application deadline: There is no formal deadline to apply but we encourage you to apply as soon as possible
Tuition fee:
  • £ 6,000 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 12,000 / Year (International)
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This course has been developed in collaboration with the Joint Education Board of The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA).

The LLM in Intellectual Property can be achieved through a year-long programme that has been developed for both UK and international students. This course is linked to the LLM International Commercial Law with which it shares several units.

The course is taught by academics of the renowned Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (Informa World Leaders Award in Education 2005), and enjoys a significant input from Intellectual Property practitioners from some of the UKs leading companies and practices.

As an LLM Intellectual Property student you will experience a unique blend of delivery and self-managed study over this one-year course. If you start in autumn, you and your fellow students will attend the university for approximately three to four days of contact study per week, studying three common units with colleagues on the LLM International Commercial Law .

During the spring term, you will be joined by professionals who are completing a PG Certificate in Intellectual Property over three block weekends (Thursdays to Saturdays). Many will have a background in industry and thus enhance your learning experience through their passion for IP practice. There will be an extensive programme of electronic learning, guest lectures, as well as an expectation that you attend relevant academic activities common with the course in International Commercial Law (such as preparatory research method seminars supporting your dissertation). There is an option to switch one of the blocked units to traditional delivery. This is recommended for international students not seeking full exemptions from the foundation level exams of the professional bodies CIPA/ITMA.

Although greater emphasis will be placed on self-managed, independent study during the spring term, you will have access to support and guidance from the academic team throughout the course. It is possible to start the course with the PG Certificate in the spring term, and then upgrade to an LLM during the following academic year.


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The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:

* A good Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent
* For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service if you are in doubt

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.

Preferred subjects
You should have familiarity with the law or thorough subject knowledge in a related discipline such as accounting, management or business. A background in the sciences is appropriate if you intend to progress into a career relating to patents.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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