This programme aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of substantive intellectual property law in its European and international context and to equip you with the theoretical framework necessary to analyse critically the intellectual property law regime. It also aims to encourage students to develop research skills in intellectual property law. It is a self-contained twelve month programme for those whose training in legal techniques has equipped them to proceed directly to the study of postgraduate level subjects within the scope of the programme. Its focus is on UK law and policy within a European, International and comparative context. It provides a thorough grounding in substantive intellectual property law and the economic, social and theoretical basis of the subject.
The LL.M in Intellectual Property Law has three compulsory course units, in the core topics of the programme. The compulsory course units are Trade Mark Law & Policy; Patent Law & Policy; and Copyright Law & Policy. These compulsory course units constitute 75 credits of the 120 taught credits required for the programme.
In addition to these core areas, you will be required to study other course units, selected from a range of options, that either cover specialist or peripheral areas of intellectual property law or that complement the study of intellectual property. Optional course units to a total value of 45 credits must be selected (individual course units are of 15 or 30 credits value).
Course units available in any given year will not be confirmed until perhaps May or June preceding the start of the academic year. However, the LL.M in Intellectual Property Law will typically offer optional course units in Industrial DesignLaw; International Aspects of Intellectual Property Law;Unfair Competition Law; and Globalisation, Brands & Business Organisation.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.