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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

LLM Intellectual Property Law

Programme code:LLM-LAW/IPLFUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:DR. CESAR RAMIREZ-MONTES Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

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


Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Programme specification:

The LLM in Intellectual Property Law is an advanced, interdisciplinary postgraduate course designed to provide international and comparative perspectives on intellectual property law and policy.

Structured with a blend of compulsory and optional modules, the programme allows you to tailor your studies to your specific interests while ensuring a solid foundation in intellectual property law. Compulsory modules in Postgraduate Legal Research Skills, Trade Marks, Geographical Indications, Designs and Trade Secrets, Patent Law and Copyright Law enable you to develop legal research and writing skills, culminating in an independent piece of research on your chosen topic, the Dissertation. Optional modules offer a further range of specialisations, including trade, competition, cyber, and tax law. This modular structure provides you with the flexibility to pursue specific areas of interest within the realm of intellectual property law.

A distinctive feature of this programme is its commitment to the principles of the new Leeds Curriculum. It emphasises research-led teaching, ensuring that you engage with the latest scholarship and debates. The curriculum also promotes a breadth of learning, providing you with a holistic understanding of the subject matter. Contents are regularly updated to reflect the evolving nature of domestic and international legal landscapes, preparing you to address current and emerging challenges in your professional career. Professional development is a key focus, with the programme equipping you with the skills necessary for your future careers.

While primarily delivered through in-person lectures and seminars, the programme also utilises digital technologies to enrich the learning experience. This combination allows for an inclusive, engaging, and flexible environment, accommodating diverse learning styles and needs.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will have achieved a comprehensive understanding of the laws regulating intellectual property, including its application to real-world and hypothetical scenarios. You will be able to critically evaluate legal rules and policies, undertake independent research, and effectively articulate your arguments. In addition to these subject-specific outcomes, the programme also develops transferable skills such as critical thinking, time management, and advanced communication abilities, which are indispensable in professional settings.

In summary, the LLM in Intellectual Property Law programme combines legal and academic learning with the development of key research and professional skills. It provides you with a unique opportunity to delve into the complexities of intellectual law, thereby preparing you to gather relevant skills to pursue careers in academia, legal practice, or industry.

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following 120 credits of compulsory modules

LAW5662MPostgraduate Legal Research Skills15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5686MTrade Marks, Geographical Indications, Designs and Trade Secrets15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5697MPatent Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5698MCopyright Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5780MDissertation60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:
Candidates should study 30 credits in semester 1 and 30 credits in semester 2.

Semester 1
Basket 1: Select 2 modules

NOTE: If LAW5613M (30 Credits) is chosen, this counts as one 15 credit option from Basket 1 AND one 15 credit option from Basket 2. To achieve a credit balance, candidates studying this module are required to choose 1 additional module from Basket 1 AND then only one module from Basket 2.

LAW5613MInternational Tax Law and Policy30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LAW5655MWorld Trade Organisation Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5692MContemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5694MContemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Health, Food and Biotechnology15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Semester 2
Basket 2: Select 2 modules

NOTE: If LAW5613M (30 Credits) was chosen in Basket 1, choose only one module from Basket 2.

LAW5222MIntercultural Business and Organisational Communication15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5334MCyberlaw: Regulation of Cyberspace15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5445MInternational Competition Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5687MIntellectual Property Management15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5688MDigital Environment: Law, Technologies & Human Rights15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5952MCentral Issues in Arbitration15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 02/05/2024 12:16:16


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