OverviewIntellectual Property Law has become an interdisciplinary field comprised of law, engineering, medical science, economics, and numerous other fields. The MSc in Management of Intellectual Property explores the foundations of this area of law with relation to patents, trade marks and the other core areas within this field.
This Masters of Science is primarily aimed at science and engineering graduates who wish to pursue a career as patent or trade mark attorneys, though it is also open to graduates from all academic backgrounds who wish to study Intellectual Property (IP) at postgraduate level.
There is continued need for expertise in intellectual property law and management in industry, commerce and the innovative and creative industries, and this MSc gives you the opportunity to study IP to a high level. The programme offers a professional stream (for science and technology graduates), and a business stream, available to graduates from all fields looking to expand their knowledge of the application and management of IP.
Professional streamThe professional stream is directed towards graduates (primarily sciences and other technical industries, but also from all other backgrounds) seeking qualification as patent and trade mark attorneys.
Business streamStudents on the business stream will gain profound knowledge of the law and its operation with a view to working in areas such as the press and media, the entertainment industry, the internet and software industries, or the luxury goods industries. Further sectors where knowledge in Intellectual Property and related areas is seen as a particular advantage include governments, international organisations, universities or non-governmental institutions.
This programme will:
- Give you a choice of two streams to suit your background; a professional stream for science and engineering graduates, and a business stream for graduates of other disciplines.
- Offer science and engineering graduates the opportunity to gain professional exemptions from Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA).
Why study your MSc in Management of Intellectual Property at Queen Mary?
The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
- Many of our internationally recognised staff teaching Intellectual Property are advisers to international organisations such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the European Commission.
- The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary was the first institution in the UK to introduce specialised Intellectual Property courses in trade marks and patents and remains one of the leading centres for teaching and research in the field of IP.
- The Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) runs regular research discussions, seminars and annual events. Queen Mary is a centre of excellence for Intellectual Property. QMIPRI was one of the founding members of the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN) and continues play an active role.
Intellectual Property Law students at QMUL are able to apply for a 12-month paid traineeship at the OHIM or EPO under the Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship programme.
You will have access to facilities and equipment, including the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room.
As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.
In addition, Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including: Lexis, Nexis, Westlaw, Justis, Eur-lex, Hein-Online, Business Source Complete, Index to Legal Periodicals, International Court of Justice Reports, Kluwer Arbitration, Oxford Scholarship Online (Law), Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases, UK Statute law database and United Nations Treaty Collection.
In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, you will be able to access the well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Institute, located at Russell Square, a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is one of the major law libraries worldwide. You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.
Programme structureMSc Management of Intellectual Property is available to study full-time for one year or part-time over two years. Classes usually start in September with examinations in May or June. Your classes will be held at Queen Mary’s Charterhouse Square and Lincoln’s Inn Fields campuses.
There is an initial basic English law examination, which takes place two weeks after the start of the programme, and then you select your course stream.
Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.
Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.
- Study project (45 credits)
- Basic principles of English law, evidence and practice (non-credit bearing but all students must pass this module at the start of the programme)
Professional stream students have core modules plus one free choice half module of 22.5 credits. In addition to this, professional stream students also sit two additional papers to gain exemption from the foundation papers of CIPA and ITMA, both papers must be passed to gain the exemption for either institution.
Business stream students have a free choice of 135 credits (three full modules or six half modules, or a combination of the two.)
All students are required to study the core subject units: Patent law, Copyright and designs law, Law of trade marks and unfair competition, Competition law, and Basic principles of English law, evidence and practice in term one. Occasional additional second semester options may be available.
Read the full module descriptions.
- The law of copyright and design I (Compulsory for Professional stream)
- The law of patents I and II (Compulsory for Professional stream)
- Trade mark law I and II (Compulsory for Professional Stream)
- The law of competition I
- Competition law and licensing I and II
- The law of copyright and design I and II (not running 2014-15)
- Information technology law
- Intellectual property transactions
- Licensing practice
- Media law
- The law of patents I
- Trade mark law I
- Intellectual property in food, biotechnology and agriculture
- Intellectual property in the United States
For more information:Read about postgraduate study at the School of Law and Intellectual Property research.
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Entry requirementsFor the Professional stream, you will require a minimum 2.2 honours degree in natural or medical sciences or engineering. Graduate degrees in mathematics, computer sciences or economics will be considered, but you must show that a considerable amount of your previous study covered the areas of science and technology.
For the Business stream, graduates are welcome from any background, with a minimum 2:2 in your first degree.
Non-native English speaking applicants for either stream will be required to demonstrate a proficiency in the English language (IELTS or equivalent).
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details on our English language entry requirements.
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
Learning and teaching
Learning and Teaching:
As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
You will be assessed by examination and dissertation. You will take a three-hour and 15-minute paper for each full core option, (for example Copyright and designs law I and II) and a two-hour and 15-minute paper for each half option, (if half options are run).
Closed book examinations operate for all programmes. Students intending to be Patent Attorneys are offered the chance to undertake additional special papers, (Professional Stream only). Those who opt to undertake these exams gain exemption from the CIPA Joint Examination Board foundation-level exams and also gain a pass in the additional Certificate of Intellectual Property Law.
Teachers contributing to this programme include:
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
School of Law scholarships
The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Read more about funding a masters
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.
Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide (pdf).
Read more about funding a masters.
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Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Postgraduate Funding (pdf)
- Planning your budget and cutting costs (pdf)
- Part-time and vacation work (pdf)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
Deborah Sewagudde, UK
MSc Management of Intellectual Property 2010-11
GSK Prize Winner
“I made the decision to pursue a career in Intellectual Property shortly before I completed the BSc in Biochemistry from Imperial College. After graduating in 2008, I applied for trainee patent attorney roles for two years without much success! Then, following speculative emails and informal visits to London IP firms, I decided to do the MSc in Management of IP at Queen Mary. It was one of the best decisions I ever made! The course provides a crash course in the basic principles of law, and a well-structured and detailed look at IP and how this fits into the general commercial setting. The legal professionals and guest speakers whom lecture on the course are second to none in their respective fields and may even be your future employers. Maintaining contact with them will literally do wonders for your IP career; be it for an internship or a job recommendation. The reputation of the course itself is enough to give you a push through the door. The Barbican location of the campus is brilliant; down the road from Holborn (so you can literally walk to a CIPA event or to an IP firm at lunch and drop in your job application).
You get the added benefit of the MSc IP mailing list, through which you get to hear about the latest IP jobs, particularly those that are not even advertised. I have only just graduated and am still going through the job application/interview process but even then, am thoroughly enjoying it as I understand what I am doing and I have a newfound appreciation for IP in general.”
Nevin Jacob Koshy, India
MSc in Management of Intellectual Property 2009-10
'My presence in Queen Mary, University of London is one of the many things that I relish in my life. Ever since my graduation in 2007 as a biotech engineer from Calicut University, India, I wanted to do my specialization in Intellectual property (IP) law. After getting two years legal and research experience with Mahyco Research Centre, I decided to specialise by interest further in law (Intellectual property).
Queen Mary was always in my priority right from the beginning, along with two other universities. However, that priority became my choice because of the unique syllabus structure and the collaborations the college has with Chartered Institute of Patent Attorney (CIPA). In my knowledge, Queen Mary is the only college in United Kingdom that gives Masters in Management in Intellectual Property. The college has an excellent reputation in United Kingdom and especially among the patent attorney firms. As mentioned before, because of the collaborations that the department has with the CIPA, I become a partly-qualified patent attorney with the completion of the course. This unique advantage that one get from this course gives a head start when compared to others. The college and equally the department strive constantly for the welfare of the students. Our lectures are mostly conducted by barristers and solicitors who are working with reputed firms in IP, which inspires us on a daily basis and gives us an opportunity to discuss our career on a one-one.
Apart from the ‘must to do’ curricular activities, London is one of the most exciting and happening places one would ever imagine. You will never fall short of things to do (provided you have enough time to take a break from studies). The diverse culture you meet every day, the work experience you get, the feeling of being a student back again and the knowledge that you gain on a daily basis makes it worth the effort I had put into and of course without any say the work of divine providence.'
Marie Jansson, Sweden
MSc Management of Intellectual Property
"After completing a BEng in Biochemical Engineering in London, I knew that lab work was not for me. In my final year of the course, I had taken a law elective and for the first time in years found something I was enthusiastic about. I decided to convert to law but was reluctant give up on my scientific background. So after my law conversion course, I looked for a masters specialising in Intellectual Property and found that Queen Mary offered the most highly-rated and specialised course.
Management of Intellectual Property provides a brilliant introduction to Patents, Trademarks, Copyright and their interrelation with Competition Law. The structure and detailed nature of the course gives a great overall picture of IP. In large part due to the course, I am currently qualifying as a solicitor and patent attorney at a dynamic young firm called Ipulse. The course was incredibly useful for me as it demonstrated how I could couple my scientific background with law and provided confirmation that my future lay in Intellectual Property."
Watch Marie's profile video to hear more about her experience at Queen Mary.
MSc in Management of Intellectual Property
"Queen Mary, University of London provided the ideal venue; close to central London and easy to get to. Queen Mary offered a fairly niche course that I decided to embark on after completely changing my career direction. Queen Mary's reputation in relation to this course is excellent so I wouldn't have considered any other university.
The course was intensive but well planned and thoroughly enjoyable and set me on my way to a career that I love (and one that I had not considered prior to embarking on the MSc at Queen Mary). I am currently an Assistant Trade Mark Attorney working in London at Boult Wade Tennant and I passed my exams in November 07."