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Intellectual Property Law

LLM ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )

Overview

Application deadline

Applications are expected to close 31 July 2017 (this date is subject to change).

The LLM in Intellectual Property Law programme allows you to study introductory and advanced intellectual property (IP) and technology law and to scrutinise the policies affecting intellectual property and technology law under the guidance of leading scholars in the field. You will be able to study a wide range of topics from the protection of inventions, products, trade marks, creative works and designs to the global policy surrounding the law.

Your fellow students will come from the UK and more than 80 other countries, each able to draw on prior academic and in many cases professional experiences from different jurisdictions to enrich discussion and debate in class.

Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI)

The Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) is an internationally renowned research institution in intellectual property law and related areas of commercial law. QMIPRI hosts a number of events each year, including the annual Herchel Smith Intellectual Property Lecture, as well as a programme of seminars and IP research cafes.

 

Traineeships

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.
 

Why study your LLM in Intellectual Property Law 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.

  • There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
  • We have dedicated law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.
  • Many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
  • We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed to improve your writing and research in law skills.
  • You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join our extensive alumni network.




















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Facilities

 


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. You will also have access to the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre at the Mile End campus.

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.

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
  • 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.

 

Structure

The Master of Laws (LLM) is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

Each of the LLM programmes follows a common format: you will take 135 credits worth of taught modules which may be assessed by essays or examinations (see module overviews for full assessment details and dates) and thereafter you work on a 15,000-word dissertation worth 45 credits (submitted mid August). You are required to balance your taught modules equally across the two teaching semesters – a full explanation of this process will be available during induction and before module selection.

What differs from programme to programme is the range of modules that you are required to choose from. If you wish to take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic you should apply for the Master of Laws.

 

Induction and choosing your modules

We run a comprehensive two-week induction period that includes an overview of the programme and advice on module selection as well as a range of other vital information sessions. You do not have to select your modules until you have had the opportunity to listen and learn about them in greater detail during induction. More detail of the induction programme will be made available online by early September each year.

 

 

LLM Year Planner


The LLM Year Planner gives you an idea of the structure of the programme and key periods for assessment and exams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full-time

 

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.

 

Part-time

 

The part-time LLM is essentially aimed at legal practitioners working full-time in the UK. You will attend the same modules and follow the same teaching timetable as full-time students.

The part-time programme is, however, spread over two academic years.

In year one, you will normally complete 90 credits of taught modules. In year two, you will normally take a further 45 credits of taught modules and submit the compulsory 15,000-word dissertation (45 credits). This can of course be changed if necessary, as the dissertation can actually be done in either year. However we would always advise part-time students to take 90 credits of taught modules in their first year if they are timetabled in a convenient slot.

Although not recommended, it is possible for part-time students, who are having difficulties in finding taught modules that fit in with their work timetable, to submit two dissertations – one per year. This would then enable you to take one taught module per year.

For more information:

Visit the School of Law website.
 

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

If you can't find the information you are looking for on these pages, take a look at our LLM Frequently Asked Questions.

Modules:

 

To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Intellectual Property Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM modules.

All modules are 22.5 credits unless otherwise stated.

Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.

The updated module list below represents the result of our ongoing modularisation of the LLM which is intended to offer students greater flexibility and choice of module options.

 

Entry requirements

Application deadline

Applications are expected to close 31 July 2017 (this date is subject to change).

Law graduates

The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

Non-law graduates

Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.
 
In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.
 
A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.

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.

How to apply - one LLM programme only

You may only apply for one of the School of Law’s LLM London programmes at a time. This restriction does not include the LLM Law and Economics programme or the LLM in Paris programme,  which you may still apply for. You are permitted to apply for a maximum of two Queen Mary taught postgraduate programmes, so you may still apply for a further non-LLM London programme should you wish.

If you apply for one of the LLM London programmes, then later decide you would prefer to attend a different LLM specialism, please contact the Admissions Office Law Team at lawpgadm@qmul.ac.uk - prior to enrolment - to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.

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 and group exercises as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have a team of advisers to support you, including the LLM and Research Directors, your dissertation supervisor and tutors and your module convenors.


Where will my lectures and seminars be held?


Teaching is based at the School of Law's postgraduate centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields (nearest Underground station: Holborn). Depending on the courses you take, you may also have classes at the Mile End Campus (nearest Underground stations: Mile End and Stepney Green) or the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (nearest Underground stations: Russell Square, Euston and Euston Square) or Charterhouse Square (nearest underground station: Barbican).

The sample LLM teaching timetable will give you some idea of the different locations used for teaching. This is a sample only and venues and times/days can change from year to year. The LLM teaching timetable is given to students during the induction period (after enrolment).

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; 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.

Assessment


You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in the three taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 15,000-word dissertation.


Dissertation


You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000-words.


Teachers contributing to this programme include:


Fees

Tuition fees

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.

Funding

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
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

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

Graduate Employment

Profiles

Maura Migliore, Italy

LLM in Intellectual Property Law, CCLS Scholarship Winner 2014-15, 

Soon after my qualification as an Italian lawyer, I came to London for work experience in an international City law firm. This experience helped me to realise that I really needed a strong specialisation to be competitive in the labour market and successful as a lawyer, either in-house or in a law firm. As a lawyer coming from abroad, I tried to decide out how I could shape my expertise in the international legal sector. A masters in law from a high ranked university appeared to be the best solution.

Although I had no previous knowledge or experience in Intellectual Property law, I was extremely interested in it and in its implications for technological innovations. For this reason I applied to Queen Mary University of London. I felt that the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (its postgraduate School of Law) would be particularly strong in Intellectual Property because of its impressive wide range of taught subjects in that area (in addition to other “clues” such as the presence of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute). My feeling has been fully confirmed from the first day of my LL.M.

One of the aspects which has impressed me the most is that from the very first day academics and staff do their best to make students feel at ease. Very soon students get involved in a vibrant and lively environment where professors convey real passion for their subjects and promote stimulating debates regarding current legal issues. Students are treated as a resource both for their different nationalities and for their diverse backgrounds. Not only are the academics very empathetic and supportive (they are always happy to give suggestions and answer queries) but they also encourage students to participate in the academic environment as much actively as possible.

The aspect of my LL.M. which I am enjoying most is that Queen Mary offers plenty of opportunities for development and networking which go well beyond the ordinary lectures. These opportunities include internal and external seminars, various events organised by institutions and associations (such as BLACA, the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association), students’ involvement in the QM Intellectual Property Journal, qLegal (by which students provide pro bono legal advice to tech start-ups), moot courts, various forms of collaboration such as being astudent representative, and involvement in the annual congress of EIPIN (European Intellectual Property Institutions Network).

This environment is stretching my skills far beyond what I was expecting. It is providing me with a better understanding of my possibilities and it is definitively enriching me both as a person and as a future professional.


Jihan Williams, Crown Counsel, St Kitts and Nevis

Jihan Williams

Chevening Scholar 2013-14, LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Owing to the historical and legal connection between my home country, St Kitts and Nevis, and the United Kingdom, I knew I wanted to pursue my masters in the heart of England. I have spent my life living and learning in the Caribbean (I studied at the University of the West Indies in Barbados and the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica) and wanted a different and more multinational perspective for my Master's. Of all the schools I researched, Queen Mary topped my list mainly because of its programme flexibility which allows you to choose modules from the most diverse and contemporary list of offerings that I came across. Even within my chosen area of Intellectual Property Law, QMUL's flexibility gave me the option to choose and mix modules that generally explored IP concepts or those that allow you to delve deeply into specific areas such as IP and medicine, the creative industries, trade, media, e-commerce, etc.

The professional backgrounds of the lecturers are also extremely impressive and their practical knowledge is evident in their teaching. They are also very approachable and responsive to students' needs and the same can be said about the support staff. Someone is always available and willing to help you. Working as an attorney for the Government of St Kitts and Nevis, it was important for me to tailor my LLM according to the specific needs of my country and my personal interests to ensure that my professional contributions on completion of LLM could be informed, relevant and immediate. I am further convinced that my experience at QMUL will be valuable due to the regular and varied opportunities for students to develop outside of academics through career and personal development, community involvement and volunteering and social interaction. Plus the city of London itself offers a myriad of opportunities for adventure, exploration, culture and entertainment no matter your taste or budget! As a proponent of holistic development and enriched experiences, I know that QMUL was the right choice for me. I am and will remain grateful to the UK Government and QMUL for the grant of scholarships which have afforded me this opportunity to develop in such a way that will redound to benefits to me, my country, the wider Caribbean and hopefully, the world.


Anna Caruso, Italy

Anna Caruso

School of Law Scholarship Winner 2013-14, LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Prior to entering the LLM programme at Queen Mary, I graduated from the University of Milan, where during the last year of Law school I undertook an internship in a well-established Italian law firm. There I frequently faced Intellectual Property litigation issues and consequently developed my interest in this area. I decided that the best way to obtain a specialised education was with an LLM and with this goal in mind I applied to a number of LLM programmes, including the one offered by Queen Mary.

The variety and range of modules offered and the reputation as a leading UK institution in IP law made Queen Mary my first choice. I was thrilled to learn that not only had I received an offer of place but that also my Scholarship application had been successful. I am very grateful to Queen Mary for the opportunity to focus 100% on my studies, without having to worry about financial issues.

So far I am truly enjoying studying at Queen Mary. My modules are interesting and challenging. In particular, I really appreciate the opportunity to participate in a number of seminars on IP law organised by Queen Mary with no additional cost. Another positive aspect is that all lecturers are very friendly and supportive, always willing to give useful feedback on a variety of issues.

After the completion of my LLM I wish to secure a training contract in a law firm here in London. I am really enjoying London and I hope to learn as much as I can from this highly multicultural city.


Kaoru Kanai, Japan

Karou Kanai

LLM in Intellectual Property Law, 2011-12 

School of Law Scholarship Winner

Before I came to Queen Mary, I worked for a Japanese automobile company as an intellectual property (IP) specialist. I was fortunate to meet a lot of people in the world through work, in particular for negotiations of IP transactions, and I gradually came to desire to develop my global perspective and my expertise in IP laws more broadly.

I chose Queen Mary almost without any hesitation because Queen Mary had a high reputation especially in IP law and had the wide range of very attractive modules for me, which covered subjects closely related to my work  and becoming increasingly important to global business operations.

I very much enjoyed studying at Queen Mary. The lecturers gave us high-quality and interesting classes which I miss already. They are quite eminent and busy scholars, however, they are friendly to us and supportive for our research and future careers. I think that London is a good place to study and live. I could have opportunities to meet practitioners and to attend a number of seminars related to my research.

In addition, going to museums and theatres for little pastime is quite easy. Moreover, the students were multinational,  thus discussions and chatting with my classmates and friends were very stimulating and enjoyable for me. After the completion of the LLM course, I am going to return to work in Japan in the IP field. I think that the knowledge and experiences acquired  in London could be applied in my future career. I really appreciate that Queen Mary gave me such great experiences and granted me the scholarship.


Gonzalo Manuel Bleda Navarro, Spain

Navarro

LLM in Intellectual Property Law 2011-12 Scholarship Winner

Before I came to Queen Mary, I was working in an international law firm in Spain. I decided to do an LLM because I believe that postgraduate studies are a good manner to specialize in a field of law. In my case, I wanted to go deeper into the study of intellectual property and technology law.  I chose Queen Mary because of the good reputation of the centre and its professors attracted me to the University. In addition, Queen Mary has a lot of different modules to choose regarding my specialization. All my teachers are supportive, giving helpful feedback, solving the questions asked by the students and bringing real discussion about the latest law developments and research.  To be a postgraduate student in London is a great experience. This is a multicultural city with lot of different things to do, for instance I have gone to social meetings with my fellow students, and I have attended seminars and conferences in my specialized area of the law.


Atif Bhatti, Germany

LLM in Intellectual Property Law 2010-11
School of Law Scholarship Winner

After qualifying as a lawyer in Germany I worked for an international law firm in patent litigation. However I always wanted to deepen my knowledge in international intellectual property. At Queen Mary I found the right program. With the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI), Queen Mary has the perfect ability to offer a LLM in Intellectual Property. I found the amount of specialised courses in IP exceptionally attractive, especially compared to similar programs at other institutions. QMIPRI is one of the leading institutions in IP Law. I was really honoured when Queen Mary offered me a scholarship to study for a LLM in IP. But also without this scholarship I would have chosen Queen Mary to study at.

The courses that are offered at QMIPRI are very well presented and lecturers put a lot of effort into these courses. Studying within a diverse group of students from 90 different nations and jurisdictions made the courses and discussions really interesting to me. Most of the lectures are accompanied by tutorials where certain topics will be studied within a small group of students. Moreover certain seminars were offered throughout the year with well-known guest speakers. One of my personal highlights was the participation at the 12th EIPIN conference in Strasbourg and Alicante where I had the honour to represent Queen Mary. EIPIN is the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network, an association of 4 leading intellectual property institutes within Europe.

After the completion of my LLM I will return to work as a solicitor in intellectual property. I look back on very exciting and inspiring year in London where I made new friends for life.


Taras Kulbaba, Ukraine

Kulbaba

LLM in Intellectual Property Law 2008-2009

Prior to entering the LLM programme at Queen Mary, University of London, I had graduated from the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University and had received a Master's degree in International Private Law with honours. During the last year of my master's programme in Ukraine I commenced practising law with one of the leading Ukrainian law firms. With the intent to obtain more specialised education in the area of Intellectual Property Law, I applied to a number of UK law schools, including Queen Mary.

Finally I chose Queen Mary among all the offers I had received, as the School of Law at Queen Mary was of the highest quality. Some of these IP courses are exclusively provided by Queen Mary only. Moreover, most of the IP academic staff are world-known specialists in their respective areas.

By participating in numerous inter-university projects and networks, Queen Mary provides its students with the possibility to participate in interesting events all year round.

I really enjoyed the LLM in Intellectual Property Law programme and have drawn from it as much as I could by auditing a number of courses in addition to those I took exams in.

After completion of the LLM course with Queen Mary I joined PETOSEVIC providing services in the area of Intellectual Property in more than 30 jurisdictions. I have a position as an Associate in the Belgian office in Brussels.


Marcus Goffe, Jamaica

Goffe

LLM Intellectual Property Law

"I am a Jamaican Attorney-at-Law. I obtained my Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree at the University of the West Indies. Subsequently I worked for seven years at the Jamaican Civil and Criminal Bar and as In-house Counsel to a multimedia company in Jamaica.

I decided to pursue my Masters of Laws (LLM) degree in Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary, University of London, because I was looking for a focused intellectual property law programme which would expose me to international intellectual property law. This I found in the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI), with its specialized lecturers and tutors from various academic and national backgrounds and its high reputation for scholarly research in that area.

Studying at QMIPRI proved for me the right choice, as the new Postgraduate Facility at Lincoln's Inn Fields put me in the heart of legal London, providing the small, focused, postgraduate environment that is crucial to academic excellence. The lecturers are all approachable and knowledgeable in comparative and international intellectual property law and my particular interest in indigenous and traditional people's cultural rights was aptly satisfied by a brand new course, "Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources", the first of its kind to be offered in any LLM programme in London. I was therefore able to receive exemplary supervision of my dissertation on the subject.

In addition to scheduled classes, QMIPRI has fortnightly public seminars on various aspects of intellectual property law, allowing for the interaction and sharing of knowledge between students, academics and practitioners from wider London, the United Kingdom and the world. This all makes for a very healthy and stimulating educational experience which anyone really interested in studying intellectual property law in depth will profoundly appreciate. Having studied at QM, I now feel armed with the requisite research and analytical skills to take on the challenges of a grueling career in intellectual property law wherever."


Adeel Amjad, Pakistan

Amjad

LLM Intellectual Property Law 2008-2009

"Before studying at Queen Mary, University of the London, I did my bachelors in Law from Pakistan. I was offered a scholarship by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan for further studies in the field of law. My aim of getting Higher Education could not become a reality without choosing one of the most respected institutions of modern era. Queen Mary gets an edge over the other law schools due to variety in its modules, high academic standards, research expertise and competitive atmosphere in classes.

I am doing LLM in Intellectual Property Law. The variety of subjects offered by Queen Mary in the field of Intellectual Property is huge. The course is devised in a manner that it covers both the classical as well as modern aspects of Intellectual Property Law. Furthermore, each and every aspect of a topic is covered with reference to different law systems of the world. The tutorials and revision classes add further grace to the teaching system.

In the end, it is also important to mention the Herschel Smith Series of IP Seminars. It has been a wonderful experience to attend different seminars that covered variety of issues of modern era.
After doing my LLM, I plan to go for PhD in Intellectual Property Law and my preference would definitely be Queen Mary, University of London."


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