The course is delivered over five months, with an extensive programme of online work and three block weekends taught in Bournemouth. The attendance dates are:
- 9-11 February 2017
- 9-11 March 2017
- 6-8 April 2017
- Exam 2-5pm on 2 June 2017
The course will develop your knowledge in the following areas:
- Patents & Designs: This unit will enable you to understand the legal regimes governing Patents and Designs. It will continue to 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 & Trademarks: During this unit you will develop a systematic understanding of the legal regimes governing Copyright and Trademarks. It will continue to update your knowledge of relevant UK, European and International law and it will also enable 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 (Trademark Attorney Route): There is a common syllabus over these two units, focusing on national and international procedure in respect of securing and defending patent and trademark rights. If you chose the patent route, you'll have an additional taught component on patent drafting. For the trademark route, you'll cover competition-related provisions. Both units are taught by leading practitioners.
The course starts in January but the first weekend of attendance isn't until the end of February - you will have distance learning study to complete from January. In addition, prior to the weekends (taught as lectures and workshops, interspersed with master classes of visiting speakers) you will be expected to undertake preliminary readings and participate in online e-activities.
You'll need to attend on three weekends - the dates will be advised when you start your course - as well as for one exam. In between these weekends, you'll be supported by distance learning. Successful completion forms part of the IPReg accreditation requirements.
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Download the programme specification for PG Cert Intellectual Property (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 & 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
- Can draw upon previous experience and expertise in order to fully contribute to this course.
You will also need to have excellent research skills and the ability to critically examine theory and practise surrounding the field of intellectual property. We encourage applications from hard-working individuals who are keen to enhance their career prospects in the legal and scientific professions.
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 on this course are:
- A UK Bachelor Honours degree 2:2 or above or equivalent
- A professional qualification or diploma recognised to be equivalent to an Honours degree
- Appropriate training and/or experience deemed to be equivalent to an Honours degree
We consider it a priority to ensure that those who have the talent and ability to study and learn with us are given the chance to do so. If you are an applicant with qualifications or credit from another university, previous relevant work experience or a combination of the two, we would welcome your application.
If there’s anything regarding this course that isn’t clear, please get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service.
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.
Graduates from our Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property are working in various roles, such as*:
- Commercial manager
- Intellectual property consultant
- Patent executive
- Patent attorney.
They have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations, including the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Institute of Trademarks Attorneys, Leanman Brown, Marks & Clerk, Schlich & Co.
The course carries 60 Master's-level credits, which can subsequently build up to a PG Diploma (120 credits) or LLM in Intellectual Property (180 credits). Find out more about postgraduate study at BU.
*All information shown has been taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) or BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.