LLM International Commercial Law with Intellectual Property Law and Management

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Course duration: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time Course starts: September/January

BulbIntellectual property has a central role in the enhancement of creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and commercial growth in the modern economy. The first and only LLM in the UK offering Law and Management of Intellectual Property, the programme is delivered by the Law School and world renowned Henley Business School. This pathway is designed to respond to the emergent demand for professionals who have studied intellectual property to a high level. The programme is relevant to graduates wishing to acquire advanced knowledge on legal and business aspects of intellectual property. In addition to all of the benefits of our International Commercial Law programme undertaking this pathway will also provide you with the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge of core issues in intellectual property law and management. You will have access to a wide choice of modules offered by the School of Law, Arts and Communication Design and the renowned Henley Business School.

On completion of the LLM programme, students will be expected to be able to:

  • Have an advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of intellectual property law in a range of areas where this legal discipline plays an important role.
  • Understand, critically assess and provide practical solutions to problems of the type commonly encountered in intellectual property law.
  • Appreciate the international dimension of intellectual property law.
  • Identify key challenges for organizations involved in the production or distribution of cultural products and services, and analyse the various ways in which organizations have responded to these challenges in different commercial and cultural contexts.
  • Assess the importance of creativity as a means of enhancing organizational effectiveness.

The overarching aim of this LLM programme is to facilitate the recognition and appreciation by students of legal and business aspects of intellectual property. As well as specific knowledge of intellectual property law and the management of cultural organisations, students will acquire the intellectual and practical skills expected of students with a postgraduate qualification.

The programme will also develop students' practical transferable skills, including the ability to conduct independent research, both online and offline; time management, verbal and written communication, presenting and planning.

Programme content

The LLM programme consists of 180 credits. Within the LLM programme there are a taught element (140 credits) and a Project (40 credits). Within the taught element there are three core modules: LWMTAI Advanced Issues in International Commercial Law (20 credits), LWMTPS Project Skills (10 credits), and LWMTPR Project (40 credits). Students must take all the remaining credits (110) from the lists of pathway and optional modules. Projects (LWMTPR) must be written on a topic related to the chosen pathway.

A note for full-time January entrants: Please note that the Project submission date falls at the end of the Summer, whereas you will study some of your taught modules in the (subsequent) Autumn term. You may wish to bear that in mind when choosing a Project topic.

LLM International Commercial Law with Intellectual Property Law and Management

Compulsory modules

All modules from this group must be taken

Code Title Credits
LWMTPR Project 40
LWMTPS Project Skills 10
LWMTAI Advanced Issues in International Commercial Law 20

To qualify for LLM International Commercial Law with Intellectual Property Law and Management, in addition to the modules listed above students must take at least 30 credits from the list of modules below:

Code Title Credits
LWMTCC Copyright and Designs 20
LWMTTT Patents and Trademarks 10
LWMTII International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law 20
MMM087 Management in Creative and Cultural Organisations 20

The remaining credits will be taken from the list of optional modules from the School of Law, Arts and Communication Design, and ICMA/Henley Business School.

Part-time/modular arrangements

The programme can be taken part-time over two years.

Entry requirements

Please see general Postgraduate Entry Requirements for the School of Law but note that applications are particularly welcome from students holding undergraduate degrees in Business, Creative Industries, Art, Finance and Economics as well as in Law.

January Entry

LLM students can also commence the LLM in January. Students take modules in the spring term. They write the Project over the summer (May-September) and then take further modules in the following autumn term, graduating the following January.

To apply please see the following application form.


For further information please see: Postgraduate Fees and Funding at the School of Law.

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Career prospects

A wide range of industries are in need of IP professionals, such as, healthcare, communications and information technology sectors; law firms, entertainment and media companies, international organisations, government and non-governmental organisations. You also have the opportunity to progress into academia (subject to further study).

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