On this course you will usually 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.
- Principles of International Law, International Organisations, and the World Trade Organisation: This unit has two aims: to give you a sound grounding in the principles underpinning international law and, building on this knowledge, to examine the World Trade Organisation as a prime example of an international organisation.
Option units (choose two)*
- Corporate Law - Theory & Practice: Examining key issues in contemporary corporate law, this unit will allow you to evaluate corporate law issues from key theoretical and practical perspectives.
- International Dispute Resolution: Cross-border and inter-state relations raise complex issues involving the law of more than one country. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) offers an alternative way of resolving disputes other than litigation. You'll be introduced to key concepts, forms and procedures of ADR and discuss its development and merits compared to litigation. This relates to international commercial and public international law disputes.
- International Cyber Law & Governance: Understanding the principles of internet law (including human rights, criminal, international and copyright laws) has become indispensable for professionals aiming for a career in the digital economy. Here' you'll gain a thorough grounding and critical appreciation of online policy, regulatory scope for online activities and strategic impact on business decisions.
- Contemporary issues: Work-based learning: This unit will enable you to focus on contemporary issues within an organisation. Following a briefing you will be expected to undertake independent research and collaborate with other postgraduate students, to critique and evaluate contemporary issues and solutions.
Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.
Option units (choose three)*
- Patents and designs: Understand the legal regimes governing patents and designs. This unit will update your knowledge of the law and apply legislation and judicial decisions to situations that may arise in the workplace. You will learn to use knowledge of prevailing patents and designs law to maximum advantage.
- Copyright and trademarks: Achieve a systematic understanding of the legal regimes governing copyright and trademarks. This unit will update your knowledge of UK, European and International law, and allow you to independently apply legislation and judicial decisions to novel situations that may arise in a commercial context.
- International intellectual property practice (Patent Attorney route) and international intellectual property practice (Trade Mark Attorney route): These two units share a common syllabus, focusing on national and international procedure in respect of securing and defending patent and trade mark rights. The patent route will have an additional taught component on patent drafting. The trade mark route includes an additional focus on competition related provisions. Both units are taught by leading practitioners.
- International intellectual property Rights: Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are implicated in most aspects of international commerce. Through integrating intellectual property standards into the WTO framework with the 1994 Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement, intellectual property laws have been substantially and controversially harmonised. This unit evaluates the consequences of globalising intellectual property laws.
- Contemporary Issues: Work-based Learning: This unit will enable you to focus on contemporary issues within an organisation. Following a briefing you will be expected to undertake independent research and collaborate with other postgraduate students, to critique and evaluate contemporary issues and solutions.
Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year. The following units include mandatory e-acitvities; Copyright & Trade Marks, Patents & Designs and International Intellectual Property Practice.
- Dissertation: An opportunity to conduct research on an area of law associated with the knowledge and skills you've gained. You'll develop critical thinking skills, evaluate new and existing research and strengthen your conceptual understanding of law. This unit promotes self-managed learning by asking you to complete a significant piece of work.
*Not all units may be offered each year.
Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.
Download the programme specification for Intellectual Property LLM (Word doc).
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
Background and experience
For Intellectual Property we are looking for applicants who:
- Have a background in a law-related discipline or demonstrate a passion for intellectual property
- Can evaluate legal situations and contribute to group discussions and debates
- Are self-motivated and competent in managing their own study and workload.
We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their applications. There are no interviews or additional selection activities. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. For more information, take a look at our post graduate how to apply pages.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:
- A Bachelors Honours degree at 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.
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.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.
Some of our Intellectual Property graduates are now undertaking roles such as:
- Associate Director
- Judges Assistant
- Patent Associate
- Senior Lawyer.
Some of the companies that our Intellectual Property graduates are now working for are:
- Axis Associates International Co.Ltd
- Court of Justice
- Spoor & Fisher
Industries worked in
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Masters, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.