The LLM in Intellectual Property Law will enable you to study the fundamental principles behind the laws of intellectual property. The programme aims to provide you with an advanced knowledge of substantive intellectual property law, and of the place and role of intellectual property within domestic, regional and international contexts.
The programme investigates a range of issues which underpin contemporary intellectual property law and therefore allows you to explore not just the legal dimensions of intellectual property law, but also a variety of social, ethical, cultural and commercial perspectives.
The programme spans:
* the laws of patents
* database protection
* breach of confidence
* passing off and related 'sui generis' rights
By the end of your studies you will have acquired a high level of knowledge in the field of intellectual property law, a sophisticated awareness of the problems in the area and of the differing approaches to their solution.
We are pleased to announce that we have added six new modules to our already wide range of Masters modules for 2012/13.
The LLM in Intellectual Property Law requires that you complete a total of six modules (120 credit points), four of which must be core modules, and complete a dissertation (60 credit points) over your chosen period of study. Please note the available choice of modules in any given year may change.
LLM Modules 2013/14
You must complete the four core Intellectual Property Law modules over your chosen period of study:
* Intellectual Property Law - Copyright and Related Rights (Core Module)
* International Intellectual Property Law (Core Module)
* Intellectual Property Law - Industrial Property (Core module)
* Managing Intellectual Property (Core module)
During your period of study you must also complete two modules from the list below:
* International Public Health Law and Security
* Information Technology Law
* Law and Medical Ethics - Fundamental Issues in Consent and Negligence
* Information: Control and Power
* Law and Medical Ethics - Start and End of Life Issues
* Biotechnology, Law and Society
* European Health Care Law
* Introduction to European Union Law
* Contract Law in Europe
* Dispute Resolution Methods
* Global Corporate Compliance: Case Studies in Law and Ethics
* Law of Climate Change
* Health Research and Commercialisation
Please note that the available choice of modules in any given year may change.
New modules for 2013/14
* Communications Law
* eCommerce Law (module information will be available towards the end of March 2013)
* European Competition and Innovation
* International Commercial Arbitration
* Principles of International Taxation
* International Sales Law and the Commodities Markets
* International and Comparative Corporate Governance Law
* International Oil and Gas and Law
To join one of our LLM programmes in law by online distance learning, you will generally need to have completed an undergraduate degree programme to a very high standard.
Your first degree does not have to be in the subject of Law, but it must be from a recognised higher education institution.
Other qualifications and professional experience will also be considered as part of your application.
If your first language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of your competence in written and spoken English.
Applicants with a law degree
If your first degree is in a legal subject you will need an 'excellent' award (equivalent to first class honours in the UK) or 'very good' award (equivalent to an upper second class honours in the UK).
Applicants with degrees in a subject other than law
If your first degree is in a subject other than law you will need an 'excellent' award (equivalent to first class honours in the UK) or 'very good' award (equivalent to an upper second class honours in the UK) in an area appropriate to the LLM programme you are interested in. These may include:
* Medicine and other medical practices
* Chemistry, biology or physics related sciences
* Design, media, marketing, journalism and other creative industry related subject areas
* Economics, accountancy and financial industry based subjects
* Computing science and other IT-related qualifications
* Social sciences and humanities based subject areas such as social policy or psychology
* Information management.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants with degrees from a country other than the UK
If your first degree is from a country other than the UK you must have at least one degree or other recognised qualification which has been completed over a minimum of three years to an "excellent" or "very good" standard.
Please contact us if you have any questions about whether your degree meets our entry requirements.
Other qualifications and professional experience
You are eligible to apply for our LLM programmes if you have a postgraduate qualification, such as an MA, an MSc, an MBA or a PhD.
Professional experience in appropriate areas is also considered as part of an application, although candidates, including qualified lawyers, will in almost every instance be expected to have reached the required academic levels.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, you will need to provide documentary evidence of competence in both written and spoken English.
English language tests
A number of tests are available and accepted by the University as evidence of competence in English. One of these is the IELTS English Language Test. At present, entry onto our postgraduate programmes in Law requires a minimum IELTS aggregate score of 7.0, with at least 6.5 scored in each section.
Tests must have been successfully completed no earlier than two years before the start date of the programme for which candidates are seeking admission.
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