Certificate in Intellectual Property Crime and Illicit Trade (Distance Learning) (Cert)

the United Kingdom

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How long you will study
20 Weeks

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How you will study
part-time, distance

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About Certificate in Intellectual Property Crime and Illicit Trade (Distance Learning) at University of Portsmouth


On this course, which is unavailable anywhere else, you'll gain a practical and academic understanding of intellectual property (IP) crime and illicit trade.

You'll explore IP rights, different types of crime and the range of offenders. You'll study theories which explain why people commit these crimes and learn about their damaging social and economic impacts. You'll also examine protection and enforcement strategies.

The credits earned on this course are academically recognised and can contribute towards full degree courses.

What you'll experience

On this short course you'll:

  • Gain an understanding of IP rights and the international legal framework
  • Appreciate the extent and impact of IP crime and illicit trade
  • Explore IP crimes and offenders, methods of policing the crimes, and strategies for the protection and enforcement of IP rights
  • Develop the skills you need in academic reading, writing, referencing, presentation and analytical thinking
  • Be able to share your learning and experiences with peers to help you develop your professional practices

How you're assessed

Your final marks will be based on two quizzes and two essays or reports (one quiz and one essay or report for each module).

What's included

Included in your course fee:

  • Provision of a named module coordinator to access support and guidance when you need it
  • Online live tutorials
  • Two modules of written materials with guided and interactive activities
  • Provision of an Online Interactive Reading list ensuring a speedy delivery of reading material
  • Access to a growing library of e-books and e-journals in IP crime & illicit trade, criminology and criminal justice
  • Free dispatch of books and offprints of journal articles to UK distance learning students when they're not available online
  • A student card for the duration of the course
  • After successful completion of the course, you'll be entitled to a transcript of studies and a University Certificate. The credits gained from this course are a pathway to further university education and can contribute towards attaining a full degree.


This course is delivered through distance learning, with written learning materials, live online tutorials, an online interactive reading list, learning resources and web based communication and peer learning available to you.

The University of Portsmouth uses the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment, so you'll be able to have access to a tutor and other students wherever you are.

Topics you will cover include:

  • Explaining IP, IP crime and illicit trade
  • The extent and impacts of the crimes
  • Offenders and theoretical explanations for their criminality
  • Policing, protection and enforcement
  • Academic skills covering reading, writing, presenting, reflection, and analytical thinking

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  • The awardCertHow you will studyPart-time, DistanceHow long you will study20 weeks
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Entry requirements

Access to this course is open to all individuals subject to the approval of the course leader. The course is delivered in English, so applicants are expected to be proficient in English to IELTS band 6.0.

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