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Trade Mark Law and Practice

Postgraduate Certificate ( 1 year Part-time )


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Applications are now open for 2018 entry and will close late July 2018.

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The Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice is a requirement for those wishing to qualify as Trade Mark Attorneys but it is also open to students who want to get a good understanding of national, European, and international trade mark law at an advanced level. The Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice programme has been specifically designed in close co-operation with the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) and IPReg for the trainee agent.

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This programme starts in mid-September and initially runs as a two-week intensive course, followed by ten two-day sessions between October and April and exams during the summer exam period (late April to early June annually).

This programme will:


  • Feature the involvement of trade mark and patent practitioners.
  • Give you a solid basis for further specialisation in trade mark law.
  • Give you the necessary legal knowledge, whilst you work, enhancing your practical skills.


Why study your Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice 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. The Postgraduate Law Centre is based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.



You will have access to facilities and equipment at 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 and also offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases. Queen Mary provides free access to 84 law databases including: LexisNexis, Westlaw, Justis, Eur-lex, Hein-Online, Business Source Complete, Index to Legal Periodicals, International Court of Justice Reports, Kluwer Arbitration, Lawtel, Oxford Scholarship Online (Law), Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases, UK Statute law database and the United Nations Treaty Collection.

In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, postgraduate students are 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 structure

This programme starts in September and runs as a two week intensive course, followed by ten two-day sessions between October and April and exams during the summer exam period. You will begin your study of the programme with an intensive two-week induction period of full-time teaching on Foundations of law for trade mark practice, introductory elements of the Designs and copyright law and Trade mark law and practice A modules. These will be conducted in mid-September.

You will then proceed to study the remainder of the Trade mark law and practice A module, Designs and copyright law modules, and Trade mark law and practice B between October and April.


Compulsory modules: 

The Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice programme consists of four compulsory 15-credit modules:


  • Foundations of law for trade mark practice
  • Trade mark law and practice A
  • Trade mark law and practice B
  • Designs and copyright law


Provisional Schedule - Intensive two week period and study sessions


  • Intensive first two weeks: 18 - 29 September 2017
  • Formal Enrolment date: 18 September 2017
  • Additional module teaching: 25 September 2017 – 31 March 2018

Study Sessions (All Friday/Saturday)

Study sessions are currently scheduled to run on the following dates:

  • Study session 1: 13 - 14 October 2017
  • Study session 2: 27 - 28 October 2017
  • Study session 3: 10 - 11 November 2017
  • Study session 4: 24 - 25 November 2017
  • Study session 5: 8 - 9 December 2017
  • Study session 6: 12 - 13 January 2018
  • Study session 7: 2 - 3 February 2018
  • Study session 8: 16 - 17 February 2018
  • Study session 9: 2 - 3 March 2018
  • Study session 10: 16 - 17 March 2018.

For more information:

Sharon Watson
MSc and Certificate Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8098

    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    You are required to have a minimum 2.2 honours degree.

    Non-native English speaking applicants for either stream will be required to demonstrate a proficiency in the English language (IELTS or equivalent).

    If you are being sponsered you must submit a letter from your sponsor confirming this with a contact for the account the invoices need to be sent to.

    For those with experience but no undergraduate degree

    For those with substantial experience working directly within the Trade Mark field (minimum five years as a trade mark administrator or similar) but no undergraduate degree, we offer an exam only route enabling those who pass the examinations to continue on to the advanced ITMA programme run by other IPReg approved institutions. Those who undertake this route would not receive the PG Certificate, but would receive the same exemptions with regard to ITMA Foundation Status for the examinations taken. To apply for this route you will be required to  provide two references from senior Trade Mark staff within your institution, one of which must be an ITMA member, who can confirm your experience.

    Part Qualified Through the Old JEB System?

    If your have undertaken some, but not all, of the old JEB foundation examinations you can pass the remaining exams by undertaking specific modules on this programme. Please email Sharon Watson at for more information.

    International applicants:

    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 of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.

    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 you require, please contact the Admissions Office.

    Learning and teaching

    Teaching is by lecturers and practitioners within the field of IP. We take pride in the close relationship we have with the profession and their support of the programme will give you a highly specialised programme to enhance your skills.

    Independent Study:

    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; and revising for examinations.
    The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with any reading lists and revision materials given. 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 you hone your skills within the workplace.


    You will be assessed by examination. Closed book examinations operate for all modules. You will take three-hour and 15-minute papers for each full core option


    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2018/19 Academic Year
    Part time £6,950

    Tuition fees for International students

    2018/19 Academic Year
    Part time £6,950


    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.

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

    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:

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717


    Eleanor Merrett, UK

    Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice 2010-11

    Trade Mark Assistant, London

    “The route to qualifying as a Trade Mark Attorney has recently changed and the Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice at Queen Mary is now the first step towards a formal qualification. I was part of the first group of students to take the certificate course at Queen Mary. The course is part-time so that students can work at the same time as studying, with the idea being that students gain practical skills in the office at the same time as gaining the necessary legal knowledge at Queen Mary. I had been working in private practice for about a year before embarking on the course. The lectures set out all of the areas of law necessary for practice in detail, including an overview of English law, copyright and designs as well as detailed coverage of trade mark law. The course was run by a mixture of academics and practitioners which was useful as it helped to put the subject matter into context and gave an idea of how the law fits in with day-to-day practice. The classes were relatively small so there was always an opportunity to ask questions or discuss particularly topical issues in greater detail. It was a challenge to balance a full-time job with a demanding course, but I feel that the knowledge I have gained from the course will stand me in good stead for my future career. The next step for me is to complete the practice course run by Nottingham Law School and gain the necessary professional experience to qualify. I currently work as a trade mark assistant in London.”

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