Management of Intellectual Property

MSc ( 9 months Full-time / 2 years Part-time )

Overview

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Intellectual Property Law has become an interdisciplinary field comprised of law, engineering, medical science, economics, and numerous other fields. The MSc in Management of Intellectual Property explores the foundations of this area of law with relation to patents, trade marks and the other core areas within this field.

This Masters of Science is primarily aimed at science and engineering graduates who wish to pursue a career as patent or trade mark attorneys, though it is also open to graduates from all academic backgrounds who wish to study Intellectual Property (IP) at postgraduate level.

There is continued need for expertise in intellectual property law and management in industry, commerce and the innovative and creative industries, and this MSc gives you the opportunity to study IP to a high level. The programme offers a professional stream (for science and technology graduates), and a business stream, available to graduates from all fields looking to expand their knowledge of the application and management of IP.

Professional stream

The professional stream is directed towards graduates (primarily sciences and other technical industries, but also from all other backgrounds) seeking qualification as patent and trade mark attorneys.

Business stream

Students on the business stream will gain profound knowledge of the law and its operation with a view to working in areas such as the press and media, the entertainment industry, the internet and software industries, or the luxury goods industries. Further sectors where knowledge in Intellectual Property and related areas is seen as a particular advantage include governments, international organisations, universities or non-governmental institutions.

This programme will:

  • Give you a choice of two streams to suit your background; a professional stream for science and engineering graduates, and a business stream for graduates of other disciplines.
  • Offer science and engineering graduates the opportunity to gain professional exemptions from Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA).

 

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Why study your MSc in Management of Intellectual Property at Queen Mary?

The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

  • Many of our internationally recognised staff teaching Intellectual Property are advisers to international organisations such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO),  the European Patent Office (EPO), the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the European Commission.
  • The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary was the first institution in the UK to introduce specialised Intellectual Property courses in trade marks and patents and remains one of the leading centres for teaching and research in the field of IP.
  • The Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) runs regular research discussions, seminars and annual events. Queen Mary is a centre of excellence for Intellectual Property. QMIPRI was one of the founding members of the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN) and continues play an active role.

Traineeships

Intellectual Property Law students at QMUL are able to apply for a 12-month paid traineeship at the OHIM or EPO under the Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship programme.

You will have access to facilities and equipment, including the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room.

As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.

In addition, Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including: Lexis, Nexis, Westlaw, Justis, Eur-lex, Hein-Online, Business Source Complete, Index to Legal Periodicals, International Court of Justice Reports, Kluwer Arbitration, Oxford Scholarship Online (Law), Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases, UK Statute law database and United Nations Treaty Collection.

In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, you will be able to access the well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Institute, located at Russell Square, a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is one of the major law libraries worldwide. You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.

Structure

MSc Management of Intellectual Property is available to study full-time for one year or part-time over two years. Classes usually start in September with examinations in May or June. Your classes will usually be held at Queen Mary’s Charterhouse Square, West Smithfield and Lincoln’s Inn Fields campuses.

There is an initial Fundamentals of Law and Professional Ethics intensive study period and examination, which takes place two weeks after the start of the programme, and then you select your course stream.

Full-time

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Part-time

Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.
Compulsory modules for both streams:

  • IPLM127 Study project (45 credits)
  • IPLC134 Fundamentals of Law and Professional Ethics (15 credits)
  • IPLM131 Overview of Competition Law (0 credit study only module – year 2 for part time students)

All students require 180 credits in total.

Professional stream students have core modules plus one free choice 15 credit module. In addition to this, professional stream students also sit two additional papers to gain exemption from the foundation papers of CIPA and ITMA, both papers must be passed to gain the exemption for either institution.
Business stream students have a free choice of 120 credits.

Modules:

Modules which run annually:

  • IPLM146 Designs and Copyright Law (Compulsory for Professional stream)
  • IPLM041 The Law of Patents I and II (Compulsory for Professional stream)
  • IPLM044 Trade Mark Law I and II (Compulsory for Professional Stream)
  • IPLM127 Study Project (Compulsory Module for all students)
  • IPLM140 Introduction to Patent Law
  • IPLC134 Fundamentals of Law and Professional Ethics (Compulsory Module for all students)

Modules which may run but cannot be guaranteed (subject to numbers):

  • IPLM147 Intellectual Property in Food, Biotechnology and Agriculture
  • IPLM148 Intellectual Property in the United States.

Elective modules available to MSc students from the LLM programme are as follows (subject to their being available space and the module running in the current academic year):

For more information:

Read about postgraduate study at the School of Law and Intellectual Property research.

Contact:

Sharon Watson
MSc and Certificate Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8098
Email: pglaw-reception@qmul.ac.uk

    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    For the Professional stream, you will require a minimum 2.2 honours degree in natural or medical sciences or engineering. Graduate degrees in mathematics, computer sciences or economics will be considered, but you must show that a considerable amount of your previous study covered the areas of science and technology.

    For the Business stream, graduates are welcome from any background, with a minimum 2:2 in your first degree.

    Non-native English speaking applicants for either stream will be required to demonstrate a proficiency in the English language (IELTS or equivalent).

    International applicants:


    Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details on our English language entry requirements.

    If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

    If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.

    Learning and teaching

    Learning and Teaching:

    As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

     

    Independent Study:

    For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

    The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

    Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

     

     

     

     

    Assessment


    You will be assessed by examination and dissertation. You will take a three-hour and 15-minute paper for each full core option, (for example Copyright and designs law I and II) and a two-hour and 15-minute paper for each half option, (if half options are run).

    Closed book examinations operate for all programmes. Students intending to be Patent Attorneys are offered the chance to undertake additional special papers, (Professional Stream only). Those who opt to undertake these exams gain exemption from the CIPA Joint Examination Board foundation-level exams and also gain a pass in the additional Certificate of Intellectual Property Law.

     

     

     

     

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    Fees

    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Full time £9,950
    Part time £5,000

    Tuition fees for International students

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Full time £16,950
    Part time £8,500

    Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

    This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.

    Funding

    School of Law scholarships

    The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year.

    Profiles

    Charlotte Duly

    MSc in Management of Intellectual Property

    "Queen Mary, University of London provided the ideal venue; close to central London and easy to get to. Queen Mary offered a fairly niche course that I decided to embark on after completely changing my career direction. Queen Mary's reputation in relation to this course is excellent so I wouldn't have considered any other university.

    The course was intensive but well planned and thoroughly enjoyable and set me on my way to a career that I love (and one that I had not considered prior to embarking on the MSc at Queen Mary). I am currently an Assistant Trade Mark Attorney working in London at Boult Wade Tennant and I passed my exams in November 07."


    Charlotte Duly

    MSc in Management of Intellectual Property

    "Queen Mary, University of London provided the ideal venue; close to central London and easy to get to. Queen Mary offered a fairly niche course that I decided to embark on after completely changing my career direction. Queen Mary's reputation in relation to this course is excellent so I wouldn't have considered any other university.

    The course was intensive but well planned and thoroughly enjoyable and set me on my way to a career that I love (and one that I had not considered prior to embarking on the MSc at Queen Mary). I am currently an Assistant Trade Mark Attorney working in London at Boult Wade Tennant and I passed my exams in November 07."


    Deborah Sewagudde, UK

    MSc Management of Intellectual Property 2010-11

    GSK Prize Winner

    “I made the decision to pursue a career in Intellectual Property shortly before I completed the BSc in Biochemistry from Imperial College. After graduating in 2008, I applied for trainee patent attorney roles for two years without much success! Then, following speculative emails and informal visits to London IP firms, I decided to do the MSc in Management of IP at Queen Mary. It was one of the best decisions I ever made! The course provides a crash course in the basic principles of law, and a well-structured and detailed look at IP and how this fits into the general commercial setting. The legal professionals and guest speakers whom lecture on the course are second to none in their respective fields and may even be your future employers. Maintaining contact with them will literally do wonders for your IP career; be it for an internship or a job recommendation. The reputation of the course itself is enough to give you a push through the door. The Barbican location of the campus is brilliant; down the road from Holborn (so you can literally walk to a CIPA event or to an IP firm at lunch and drop in your job application).

    You get the added benefit of the MSc IP mailing list, through which you get to hear about the latest IP jobs, particularly those that are not even advertised. I have only just graduated and am still going through the job application/interview process but even then, am thoroughly enjoying it as I understand what I am doing and I have a newfound appreciation for IP in general.”


    Marie Jansson, Sweden

    MSc Management of Intellectual Property

    "After completing a BEng in Biochemical Engineering in London, I knew that lab work was not for me. In my final year of the course, I had taken a law elective and for the first time in years found something I was enthusiastic about. I decided to convert to law but was reluctant give up on my scientific background. So after my law conversion course, I looked for a masters specialising in Intellectual Property and found that Queen Mary offered the most highly-rated and specialised course.

    Management of Intellectual Property provides a brilliant introduction to Patents, Trademarks, Copyright and their interrelation with Competition Law. The structure and detailed nature of the course gives a great overall picture of IP. In large part due to the course, I am currently qualifying as a solicitor and patent attorney at a dynamic young firm called Ipulse. The course was incredibly useful for me as it demonstrated how I could couple my scientific background with law and provided confirmation that my future lay in Intellectual Property."

    Watch Marie's profile video to hear more about her experience at Queen Mary.


    Marie Jansson, Sweden

    MSc Management of Intellectual Property

    "After completing a BEng in Biochemical Engineering in London, I knew that lab work was not for me. In my final year of the course, I had taken a law elective and for the first time in years found something I was enthusiastic about. I decided to convert to law but was reluctant give up on my scientific background. So after my law conversion course, I looked for a masters specialising in Intellectual Property and found that Queen Mary offered the most highly-rated and specialised course.

    Management of Intellectual Property provides a brilliant introduction to Patents, Trademarks, Copyright and their interrelation with Competition Law. The structure and detailed nature of the course gives a great overall picture of IP. In large part due to the course, I am currently qualifying as a solicitor and patent attorney at a dynamic young firm called Ipulse. The course was incredibly useful for me as it demonstrated how I could couple my scientific background with law and provided confirmation that my future lay in Intellectual Property."

    Watch Marie's profile video to hear more about her experience at Queen Mary.


    Nevin Jacob Koshy, India

    MSc in Management of Intellectual Property 2009-10

    'My presence in Queen Mary, University of London is one of the many things that I relish in my life. Ever since my graduation in 2007 as a biotech engineer from Calicut University, India, I wanted to do my specialization in Intellectual property (IP) law. After getting two years legal and research experience with Mahyco Research Centre, I decided to specialise by interest further in law (Intellectual property).

    Queen Mary was always in my priority right from the beginning, along with two other universities. However, that priority became my choice because of the unique syllabus structure and the collaborations the college has with Chartered Institute of Patent Attorney (CIPA). In my knowledge, Queen Mary is the only college in United Kingdom that gives Masters in Management in Intellectual Property. The college has an excellent reputation in United Kingdom and especially among the patent attorney firms. As mentioned before, because of the collaborations that the department has with the CIPA, I become a partly-qualified patent attorney with the completion of the course. This unique advantage that one get from this course gives a head start when compared to others. The college and equally the department strive constantly for the welfare of the students. Our lectures are mostly conducted by barristers and solicitors who are working with reputed firms in IP, which inspires us on a daily basis and gives us an opportunity to discuss our career on a one-one.

    Apart from the ‘must to do’ curricular activities, London is one of the most exciting and happening places one would ever imagine. You will never fall short of things to do (provided you have enough time to take a break from studies). The diverse culture you meet every day, the work experience you get, the feeling of being a student back again and the knowledge that you gain on a daily basis makes it worth the effort I had put into and of course without any say the work of divine providence.'


    Nevin Jacob Koshy, India

    MSc in Management of Intellectual Property 2009-10

    'My presence in Queen Mary, University of London is one of the many things that I relish in my life. Ever since my graduation in 2007 as a biotech engineer from Calicut University, India, I wanted to do my specialization in Intellectual property (IP) law. After getting two years legal and research experience with Mahyco Research Centre, I decided to specialise by interest further in law (Intellectual property).

    Queen Mary was always in my priority right from the beginning, along with two other universities. However, that priority became my choice because of the unique syllabus structure and the collaborations the college has with Chartered Institute of Patent Attorney (CIPA). In my knowledge, Queen Mary is the only college in United Kingdom that gives Masters in Management in Intellectual Property. The college has an excellent reputation in United Kingdom and especially among the patent attorney firms. As mentioned before, because of the collaborations that the department has with the CIPA, I become a partly-qualified patent attorney with the completion of the course. This unique advantage that one get from this course gives a head start when compared to others. The college and equally the department strive constantly for the welfare of the students. Our lectures are mostly conducted by barristers and solicitors who are working with reputed firms in IP, which inspires us on a daily basis and gives us an opportunity to discuss our career on a one-one.

    Apart from the ‘must to do’ curricular activities, London is one of the most exciting and happening places one would ever imagine. You will never fall short of things to do (provided you have enough time to take a break from studies). The diverse culture you meet every day, the work experience you get, the feeling of being a student back again and the knowledge that you gain on a daily basis makes it worth the effort I had put into and of course without any say the work of divine providence.'


    Oliver Lam

    2017 Graduate of MSc in Management of IP Law

    Oliver is currently a Technical Assistant at Kilburn & Strode LLP, specialising in drafting and prosecuting patents in the field of life sciences. He is working towards qualifying as both a Chartered UK Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney. Prior to his studies at Queen Mary University of London, Oliver worked for the global biopharmaceutical firm UCB. Whilst at UCB, Oliver played a key role in patient-focused research to discover new therapeutic antibodies.

    “I chose to study the MSc Management of Intellectual Property course at Queen Mary in order to build practical knowledge of patents and other related forms of IP. The course was highly regarded and recommended to me by several IP professionals. One of the most attractive features of the course was the opportunity to sit the CIPA and CITMA professional qualifications, in addition to those required for the MSc. The lecturers were first class and made for an extremely insightful and interesting course.”

    During his studies at Queen Mary, Oliver received various awards including the Herchel Smith Scholarship, the GSK Prize for highest mark in Patents, Director’s Prize for Best in Trade Marks and the Director’s prize for best overall candidate. For his individual study project, Oliver chose to review the European Patent Office’s view on the patentability of monoclonal antibodies for which he was awarded a Distinction. The group project task enabled him to gain practical experience in evaluating a patent portfolio, with an emphasis on assessing the substantive patentability requirements in both the UK and in Europe.

    One of the highlights of the course for Oliver was his participation in the CCLS mentoring programme. This gave him the unique opportunity to meet regularly with an experienced mentor in his field of study. As part of this programme, Oliver was able to develop his professional network and benefited from the expertise of his mentor to help complement his studies. Oliver also took advantage of the numerous other career development opportunities including attending seminars, an internship at Calleja Consulting, career workshops and networking events.


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