LLM International Studies in Intellectual Property Law

Course Overview

This program is designed to help students develop a specialist legal and commercial expertise in intellectual property law and technology (copyright, patents and trademarks, and how these forms of intellectual property are protected in the digital age). You will also study international commercial law and other subjects and be prepared for successful careers with multinationals, international law firms, regulatory bodies, and global organizations.


  • Commercial Intellectual Property Law 

    The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the application of intellectual property law in the commercial environment. The module examines the ways in which intellectual property rights are asserted, exchanged and protected both in theory and in practice. While covering a wide area of law in the field of intellectual property law, including trademarks, copyrights and patents, the module also gives a deep insight into new and dynamic issues such as sports and entertainment law. Stress will be laid on the practical implications of the rules of commercial law, such as the proper way of dealing with intellectual property in commercial contracts. While the focus is predominantly on UK law, examples drawn from other jurisdictions provide a setting for the analysis of theoretical and practical issues.

  • International Commercial and Shipping Law 

    This module is designed to provide the learners an essential knowledge on how an increasingly globalised economy requires commercial law to meet a variety of challenges, from the transactional to the regulatory to dispute resolution, and from shipping to finance to access to markets. The module is a study of the law of commerce from an international perspective. It will identify key characteristics of international contracts and trade in goods. The students will also be introduced to key concepts of shipping and maritime law and to mechanisms available for resolution of commercial disputes. It will also explore the principles of insurance and EU law. The module will also touch on the laws of other common law and civil law jurisdictions. This will give student a critical comparative law approach to international commercial law.

  • Intellectual Property in the Digital Economy 

    The aim of this module is to enable students to understand theory and practice of advanced intellectual property law issues related to the digital environment. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the emergent legal and technological framework for the protection of digital intellectual property, including software agreements, copyright in the digital age and intellectual property in the cyberspace. Students will develop skills and critical appreciation of intellectual property law in an international context. The course will enable students to embark on careers in the legal sector with an international dimension.

  • International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation 

    The International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation module provides students with knowledge and skills related to the law and practice of international commercial arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Students will benefit from the combination of instruction on theoretical and practical aspects of arbitration procedure, and will have the opportunity to develop their skills in a range of simulated transactions and a moot court session.

  • Research Methodology
  • Dissertation

Entry Criteria

  • A recognized law degree or professionals who have been admitted to the bar in a recognized jurisdiction.
  • Postgraduate (e.g. MBA) or professional qualifications (Chartered Accountants/ CIMA) with a minimum of two-years of work experience


12-15 months

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