Taught course

Intellectual Property Law

Brunel University, London · Politics, History and the Brunel Law School

Entry requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in sciences, engineering, technology, humanities and law. Other related disciplines and qualifications will be considered with Patents and Intellectual Property work experience on an individual basis and applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property is designed for trainee patent attorneys and others working within, or embarking on, a career in intellectual property law and practice. This part-time programme provides a comprehensive overview of theoretical, practical and management aspects of intellectual property.

The course is suitable for both law graduates and those with backgrounds in the sciences, technology, engineering and business. Non-graduates who currently work with intellectual property are also considered. No prior legal knowledge is required, as you will be introduced to essential legal principles as the course progresses.

The course is accredited by the statutory regulator Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. Upon successful completion of the Intellectual Property Postgraduate Certificate, students who wish to qualify as Patent Attorney in the UK receive exemptions from the foundation level papers set by the qualifying examinations agencies (see more details in Special Features ).

The programme starts at the end of September and goes through to March and it is delivered on Wednesdays from 1pm to 5pm.

This is a unique programme designed by the Law School to support Law Firms and the IP industry. The part-time nature of the course makes it possible to gain valuable knowledge of intellectual property law whilst in full-time employment. UK employers sponsor over 80% of students taking the course.


  • The programme will provide students with essential knowledge about the theoretical rationales and policy arguments for the recognition of intellectual property rights.
  • It will explain the basic principles of Intellectual Property Law and the nature and scope of these rights. It will also explore the procedures, both national and supranational, for the granting and recognition of the rights, and mechanisms for enforcement as well as defences against enforcement.

Information for international students

English language requirements IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas) Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores) BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas) Visit our dedicated webpages for International students http://www.brunel.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
£3,135 p/t
International students
£5,135 p/t

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

Qualification and course duration


part time
9 months

Course contact details

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