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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

LLM Intellectual Property Law

Programme code:LLM-LAW/IPLFUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof Graham Dutfield Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good second class honours or equivalent (i.e. alternative academic qualifications and/or relevant professional experience). A previous degree in law is desirable, but not essential.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:


Examination board through which the programme will be considered:


Programme specification:

The programme will offer international and comparative perspectives on intellectual property law and policy. It will examine the evolving impact of intellectual property on the international stage, especially in respect of trade, economics, politics, development and culture. As such, it is by necessity interdisciplinary. However, interdisciplinarity will not be at the expense of legal rigour as is appropriate and to be expected from a programme offered by a university law school.

- Demonstrate in-depth specialist knowledge of the key principles, rationales and functions of intellectual property law and their shifting nature
- Exhibit competence in articulating this knowledge
- Comprehend the international architecture of the international intellectual property regime
- Understand how intellectual property law is made at the international level and the political and diplomatic challenges faced by governments and stakeholders
- Exhibit competence in the exercise of subject-specific and more general intellectual abilities
- Evaluate current issues, controversies and research in the discipline
- Formulate evidence-based points of view concerning complex issues in IP law and policy and defend these views
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of techniques applicable to their own research, advanced scholarship or area of specific interest within the broader discipline.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

LAW5662MPostgraduate Legal Research Skills15 creditsSemester 1
LAW5686MTrade Marks, Geographical Indications, Designs and Trade Secrets15 creditsSemester 1
LAW5697MPatent Law15 creditsSemester 1
LAW5698MCopyright Law15 creditsSemester 2
LAW5780MDissertation60 credits1 Jan to 31 Oct

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

LAW5334MCyberlaw: Regulation of Cyberspace15 creditsSemester 1
LAW5338MInternational E-Commerce Law15 creditsSemester 2
LAW5445MInternational Competition Law15 creditsSemester 2
LAW5655MWorld Trade Organisation Law15 creditsSemester 1
LAW5687MIntellectual Property Management15 creditsSemester 2
LAW5688MDigital Environment: Law, Technologies & Human Rights15 creditsSemester 2
LAW5692MContemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions15 creditsSemester 2
LAW5694MContemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Health, Food and Biotechnology15 creditsSemester 1
LAW5952MCentral Issues in Arbitration15 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 11/09/2019


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