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    Queen Mary has a long history of excellence in research and scholarship in intellectual property, spanning 35 years through the creation of the dedicated research institute – Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI), part of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

    At the time of establishing CCLS, Sir Roy Goode and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) began what is now a well-established relationship with CCLS, in the education of trainee patent attorneys and those seeking to enter the profession. Similarly over the years, CCLS has worked closely with the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA). This training continues today with programmes for patent and trade mark professionals that are among the most respected in the UK, attracting scholars from all over the world. CIPA has been an important part of QMIPRI’s research life as well, making significant contributions to the IP Archive at Queen Mary, which is one of the finest intellectual property collections in Europe.


    One year full-time, two years part-time.

    Programme description

    The MSc programme is aimed at those wishing to gain an understanding of the growing importance of intellectual property in the modern economy.

    The programme is available in 2 streams for those who wish to gain professional accreditation and those who simply wish to expand their knowledge of this fascinating area of law.

    Programme outline

    Professional stream students undertake a core selection of modules plus one free choice option; Business stream students have a wider selection of optional modules to choose from.

    Optional modules may include Information Technology Law; Intellectual Property Transactions; Media Law; Law of Patents I; and Intellectual Property in the United States.


    • Modules are examined by a variety of processes. For the professional stream this is mainly by standard examinations at the end of the semester or academic year.
    • Study Project (one year, various submitted materials relevant to management of an intellectual property portfolio, equivalent to 15,000 words).

    Entry requirements

    Minimum lower second class honours degree or equivalent – any discipline for Business Stream; any subject area for Professional Stream. Students undertaking the professional stream wishing to undertake a career within the patents field would usually have a degree in science or engineering, but any undergraduate degree subject area is accepted.

    Student Testimonial – Oliver Lam ; 2017 Graduate of MSc in Management of IP Law
    “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.”


    Students will have the opportunity to apply for a place on the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network. The network comprises, besides the CCLS at Queen Mary, IP institutes offering postgraduate education in IP in Alicante, Maastricht, Munich and Strasbourg. Two conferences are organised annually, covering specific areas of current interest in IP and students may receive a certificate for submission of a report prepared jointly with students from partner institutions. EIPIN is led by the MSc Programme Director, Professor Guido Westkamp.


    One semester full-time.

    Programme description

    This is a full-time, one-semester programme, which at present, runs from mid-September to mid-December, with exams taking place in January.

    The Certificate programme is an intensive 13-week programme designed exclusively for trainee patent attorneys. Trainees who successfully complete this programme will gain exemption from CIPA foundation level examinations. The objective of this programme is to provide the student with a broad, overall perspective of intellectual property law, so that later, in practice, he or she has a more balanced appreciation of the wider range of matters which modern intellectual property practice involves.

    Programme outline

    There is intensive coverage of the law and practice.

    The emphasis is primarily, but not exclusively, upon UK Law; thus, considerable attention is paid to the European Patent Convention and to EC law and to other regional arrangements and international conventions which affect the activities of the UK practitioner.


    Two-hour,15-minute papers for each subject, plus additional two hour Patent Law and Law of Trade Marks papers for exemption from the CIPA foundation level examinations. Closed book examinations operate for all modules.

    Entry requirements

    A minimum 2:2 honours degree in any subject area, with preferably at least six months’ experience and must either be currently employed or have previously been employed as a trainee patent or trade mark attorney (or within a similar role). Those wishing to become patent attorneys would usually be from a science or engineering background.

    The programme has been specifically designed in close cooperation with the CIPA and CITMA, for the trainee attorney who, preferably, has been in an IP related training position for six months to a year and has already had an opportunity of becoming familiar with some of the language, documentation and procedure of patent and/or trade marks.

    Further information

    Every year there are one or two MSc full and partial scholarships available, click below to visit Queen Mary University of London website for more details.

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