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Intellectual Property Law

Brunel University London
London, Great Britain
On campus
 1065 Points
2 Years

Program Description

The Brunel Intellectual Property Law LLM is designed for graduates wishing to gain specialist knowledge in the fast-growing discipline of intellectual property law.

Our programme, one of the most comprehensive of its kind in the UK, will give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of intellectual property and the opportunity to develop specialised skills through our wide range of elective modules covering both policy and practical technology-related issues.

Entry Requirements

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Course Content

Your Intellectual Property LLM consists of compulsory and optional modules and a 15,000 word dissertation on a legal topic of your choice.

Part-time students should complete two modules per term, excluding the dissertation.


Teaching and Learning

Brunel Law School is research driven and was ranked 14th in the UK for REF Intensity in Law in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). Through their research, our lecturers are at the forefront of domestic and international legal scholarship, which means your education will be innovative, inspiring and truly up-to-date.

Your International Intellectual Property Law LLM modules will be delivered through seminars, with two hours of teaching per module a week alongside your own self-directed study. Optional modules have class sizes of 10-12 students, and compulsory modules have class sizes of around 25 on average.

You’ll also learn through:

  • research centre activities and research trips
  • contributing to newsletters
  • making oral presentations
  • attending law film screenings
  • participating in debating events and reading group sessions

You will receive your timetable in advance of the course starting.

Part-time study is based on a full-time timetable, with one less module per semester.




A 15,000 word assignment to enable you to acquire a well-developed knowledge and understanding of an area of law within the scope of your programme and to improve skills in legal research and writing.

International Intellectual Property Law

This module will focus on the international developments in Intellectual Property law. You will review the policy implications of the globalisation of intellectual property rights. This will include the study of WIPO treaties and the TRIPs Agreement as well as bilateral and multi-lateral agreements (such as ACTA).

Philosophical Foundations of IP

This module will focus on the theoretical framework and rationale of IP rights.

Patent Law and Practice

This module aims to provide you with essential knowledge about UK patent and industrial design law in the context of EU and international obligations. It seeks to explain the, rationale of ‘industrial property’, nature and scope of patent rights, procedures, both national and supranational, for the granting and recognition of the rights, and mechanisms for enforcement as well as defences against enforcement.

Trade Marks and Allied Rights

This module will prepare you for the challenges they will face when they enter practice as it will cover all major practical knowledge needed in a competitive International IP industry.

They will learn to obtain law and procedures for protection for Trademarks (incl. UK, CTM, Madrid Protocol and foreign registrations), explore the construction and granting of licensing agreements for various IP rights, and develop knowledge strategies and options available when threatened with litigation, particularly when instigated on a supranational basis.


While you’ll have the foundation to pursue an academic career, you will also be well equipped to get into the specialist area of Intellectually Property as a practitioner or adviser at national or international levels.


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