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LLM Intellectual Property

Taught by academics from our renowned Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM), the syllabus for this course has been developed with input from intellectual property practitioners from some of the UK’s leading companies and practices.

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

Why study LLM Intellectual Property at BU?

  • Developed in collaboration with The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys for students considering a career in law firms, national, regional or international governmental organisations and the industry
  • Understand national, regional and international IP frameworks along with contemporary issues relating to IP and new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D printing 
  • Benefit from CIPPM’s membership of the Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme, allowing you to apply for a 12-month paid traineeship at the EUIPO or the EPO
  • Complete particular units to qualify with a PGCert Intellectual Property, providing full exemptions from foundation level examinations for qualification as a patent or trade mark attorney in the UK (IPReg/CIPA/CITMA) 
  • Tailor your degree to suit your interests or career aspirations through a range of option units  
  • Graduate ready to enter a range of potential careers including Associate Directors, In -House counsels, the judiciary, and Associate or Senior Lawyer in IP in international law firms. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Course accreditation

The Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) are the independent regulatory body for patent and trade mark attorneys and are responsible for setting the education and training requirements for qualification as a patent attorney and a trade mark attorney.

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Key information

Next start date:

January 2022, September 2022, January 2023, September 2023

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus and Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time (September start); 16 months full-time or 27 months part-time (January start)

Accreditations:

Intellectual Property Regulation Board

Entry requirements:

A Bachelor Honours Degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

In order to achieve full exemptions from the foundation level examinations for qualification as a patent attorney or trade mark attorney in the UK (IPReg/CIPA/CITMA), you must successfully complete the following units:

Both Copyright & Trademarks and Patents & Designs AND either International IP Practice (Patent Attorney Route) OR International IP Practice (Trade Mark Attorney Route).

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Your application

Entry requirements

Careers

Opportunities such as a 12-month paid traineeship European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) or the European Patent Office (EPO) make this course a great option to prepare you for a legal career.

Graduates from the course have gone on to work for the likes of Axis Associates International Co. Ltd, the Court of Justice, Spoor & Fisher, and UPTX among many others.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. 

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Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

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