LLM Intellectual Property Law
This course offers you a comprehensive programme on law, management and policy relating to patents, copyright, trademarks and other intellectual property rights.
It provides international and comparative perspectives that cover not only traditional intellectual property issues like industrial property, artistic works and brands, but emerging areas of policy including the digital economy and biotechnology.
This programme reflects the growing importance of international developments in intellectual property, and confronts growing controversies such as the relationships between intellectual property and human rights norms, access to knowledge, new technologies and economic development.
You’ll explore the international norms and institutions relating to intellectual property such as the World Trade Organisation’s TRIPS Agreement, and consider the wider social and economic implications of intellectual property for health, culture, education, technology, innovation and economic development.
You’ll benefit from the expertise of leading academics in a stimulating research environment. Our research groups include:
- Law & Emerging Technologies (LET) Research Group
- Centre for Business Law and Practice (CBLP)
- Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS)
- Centre for Law & Social Justice(LSJ)
The compulsory modules studied will give you an opportunity to:
- study the key principles and features, rules and court decisions concerning patents, copyright and trademarks
- examine the key cases that have shaped intellectual property rights law in the major legal jurisdictions
- discover other rights such as designs and geographical indications
- learn about how business acquires and deploys intellectual property rights.
These compulsory modules will also enable you to hone your legal research and writing skills, which you’ll be able to demonstrate in your dissertation – an independent piece of research on your chosen topic.
If you study with us, you’ll also benefit from our academic skills programme. This 10-week programme runs alongside your taught academic programme, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of home and international students in the School of Law. It allows you to refine and develop the academic and transferable skills to excel during your taught postgraduate programmes, as well as prepare for professional roles after graduation.
The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a mixture of related subjects of interest to you.
As a part-time student, you’ll take four compulsory modules in your first year and two optional modules. In your second year, you’ll carry out your dissertation and study two optional modules.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
As a full-time student, you’ll take five compulsory modules, including your dissertation, across your first and second semesters, and choose a further four optional modules.
|Compulsory modules||Optional modules|
|- Copyright Law|
- Patent Law
- Trademarks, Geographical Indications, Designs and Trade Secrets
- Postgraduate Legal Research Skills
|- Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Health, Food and Biotechnology|
- Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Genetic Resources, Traditional - Knowledge and Cultural Expressions
- Digital Environment: Law, Technologies and Human Rights
- Intellectual Property Management
- Cyberlaw: Regulation of Cyberspace
- International E-Commerce Law
- Corporate Social Responsibility
Learning and teaching
Our compulsory and optional modules are taught through a range of weekly seminars, lectures and workshops.
You’ll need to prepare for your seminars and lectures, undertaking any exercises that might be prescribed in advance. Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research and other critical skills.
You’ll be assessed using a variety of methods but for most modules you’ll be required to write an essay at the end of each module. You’ll also be expected to write a final dissertation.
This programme, which is also accessible to non-lawyers, will enable you to embark upon a career in the legal professions, and in knowledge-intensive commercial sectors. These include the technology and creative industries as well as their representative organisations.
The degree will attract employers in other occupations where in-depth understanding of intellectual property is considered economically or strategically important. These include government service as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
The School of Law offers career and personal development support through the School of Law Careers Advisor. The School also arranges career development workshops, seminars and one-to-one sessions for students on all postgraduate programmes.