University of Edinburgh

LLM in Intellectual Property Law


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Intellectual Property is everywhere today. The global use of intellectual property has been on the rise in the last decade and it is now an important concern in both developed and developing economies. Intellectual Property protection has increasingly been associated with the aims of promoting economic growth, innovation, and creativity. One the one hand, IP- intensive industries are seen to make a significant contribution to GDP and national employment and bring other socio-economic benefits. On the other, tensions remain between Intellectual property rights and the development of information and communication technologies, access to medicines and education, and the right to freedom of expression and the right to privacy, to name a few.  
This master’s programme in Intellectual Property Law is designed to equip students with an advanced knowledge and understanding of intellectual property law and policy within a domestic (UK), regional (European) and international setting. 
The programme provides an exposure to a broad range of perspectives on Intellectual Property law, practice, and policy. It covers substantive law on all major intellectual property rights, including copyright, trade marks, designs, patents, and common law protection of intellectual property rights. It also examines these rights within the international intellectual property treaty framework and system. The programme also assesses the place and role of these rights by investigating a range of topical issues, which underpin contemporary intellectual property law and policy.
At Edinburgh, we take an interdisciplinary approach and the LLM in IP Law will offer you the opportunity to examine intellectual property not just in its legal but also social, economic, ethical, cultural and commercial contexts. The programme also offers opportunities to examine intellectual property from a competition law perspective.
The programme is a valuable asset for those intending to enter legal practice and specialise in intellectual property law; seeking to work in areas such as the creative industries, cultural industries, manufacturing industries, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, computing, information and communication technologies, etc. with a focus on intellectual property; intending to take up a policymaking role in relation to knowledge-intensive sectors; or who are looking to undertake further postgraduate study in the area of intellectual property law or pursue a research or academic career.
You will study a total of 180 credits, which consists of a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits and 120 credits of taught courses that may include the following topics: Intellectual Property Law 1: Copyright and related rights; International Intellectual Property System; Intellectual Property and Human Rights; Intellectual Property Law 2: Industrial Property; Intellectual Property Law, Innovation and Creativity.


The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Law School is an Internationally recognised Higher Education institution accredited to provide advanced education. It should be noted that a postgraduate masters degree in Law from the University of Edinburgh does not qualify for entry into the Scottish (or other country's) Legal Practice. Advice from your local Bar Association or Law Society should be sought if you wish to pursue legal practice in your country of domicile.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Out State Tuition (per year): The tuition fee for International students on this programme for 2017 entry is £19,300 USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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