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MScPart-time2 yearsSeptemberGBP 9450 per yearGBP 15000 per year

About Management of Intellectual Property, MSc - at Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

The MSc Intellectual Property is designed for those wishing to specialise in intellectual property law, specifically for those wishing to become a patent or trade mark attorney. The programme is taught by lecturers from both academia and practice. Students receive a profound education covering the core IP disciplines - patent, trade mark, and design and copyright law - with a focus on UK law but including a strong European and international perspective.

The programme is accredited by IPReg.

  • Internationally recognised staff who are advisers to international organisations such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the European Commission
  • Opportunity to gain a 12-month paid traineeship at the OHIM or EPO under the Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship programme
  • Be a part of Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI), which runs regular research discussions, seminars and annual events

Intellectual Property Law is an interdisciplinary field. This MSc explores the foundations of intellectual property law with relation to patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and more under domestic law as well as under international and European laws.

The core modules cover the basic elements of each of the most relevant IP rights (patents, trade marks, designs, copyright), such as how rights are obtained, how they are infringed, defended and/or licensed. You will acquire knowledge with regard to preconditions for protection, the scope of exclusive rights, and specific exceptions and defences to infringement. Each module will also introduce you to the international and European legal framework governing specific rights, for example as regards international conventions (such as the European Patent Convention) or EU trade mark and design rights. In addition, the programme features a unique module introducing you to the IP system in the United States.

You will acquire practical insight into the commercial aspects and day-to-day business of being a patent and trade mark attorney or litigator, while developing a strong understanding of the academic knowledge needed to apply the law. 

You'll also have the opportunity to gain foundation level accreditation with the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg), Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and the Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys (CITMA).

You'll gain an advanced and in-depth knowledge of intellectual property law and management with regard to all aspects of business and legal practice.

In addition, you have the opportunity to apply for a one year paid internship under the Pan-European SEAL program either with the EUIPO or the EPO.

We are also offering the Herchel Smith Scholarship of two Full tuition fee waivers.

Structure

This MSC programme commences in early September and is taught over two semesters. 

There will be a one week programme induction, followed by one week intensive course covering the Fundamentals of English law and Professional Ethics. This is taught Monday -Thursday usually with two classes per day.

All modules on this programme are compulsory including a compulsory research component (study project).

Foundations of law and professional ethics; patent law; trade mark law; design and copyright law; intellectual property in the U.S.; competition law; and a specialist study project with group elements.

Students who take and successfully pass the foundational exam papers in Trade Mark Law, Patent Law and Copyright Law, as well as the Foundational Law & Ethics course, will gain exemption from the foundation exams of the IPReg related professional courses, provided they pass the MSc.

Learn more about Management of Intellectual Property, MSc - at Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

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Notes about fees for this course

Full-time study

September 2024 | 1 year

Conditional deposit

Home: Not applicable

Overseas: £2000
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Part-time study

September 2024 | 2 years

The course fee is charged per annum for 2 years. Note that fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis - see details on our tuition fees page.

Conditional deposit

Home: Not applicable

Overseas: £2000
Information about deposits

Queen Mary alumni can get a £1000, 10% or 20% discount on their fees depending on the programme of study. Find out more about the Alumni Loyalty Award

Entry requirements

UK

Degree requirements

A 2:2 or above at undergraduate level

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Fees, Funding and Scholarships at Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

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