Postgraduate Certificate Intellectual Property

This part-time course provides a development opportunity and will increase your prospects and employability by giving you practical skills and theoretical knowledge that firms and Intellectual Property departments, alike, are demanding.

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Why study PG Cert Intellectual Property at BU?

  • Obtain full exemptions from the foundation level examinations for qualification as a patent attorney or trade mark attorney in the UK (IPReg/CIPA/CITMA) 
  • Have the option to follow the patent attorney or trade mark attorney path (please indicate on your application) 
  • You can complete this course whilst in full-time employment; more than 80% of our students are sponsored by their employers
  • If you do not have prior legal knowledge you will be supported by a range of online activities relating to foundational principles of law (such as the English legal system, contract law and tort). 

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.

Key information

Next start date:

January 2023


Blended Study: Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus and Online. Online Study: Online only


Blended study: 5 months. Attendance at BU for three weekends, supported by e-activities between weekends and a final exam. Online study: 5 months. Attendance online including recorded lectures with live Q&A sessions, e-activities and a final exam.


Intellectual Property Regulation Board

Entry requirements:

Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject or appropriate training and/or work experience. 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 minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

The course is delivered over five months, beginning January.

Download the programme specification (pdf 579kb)

Your application

Entry requirements


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.

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. 

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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