Taught course

Management of Intellectual Property

Queen Mary, University of London · Centre for Commercial Law Studies - CCLS

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).

Months of entry


Course content


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).

Programme 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 be held at Queen Mary’s Charterhouse Square and Lincoln’s Inn Fields campuses.

There is an initial basic English law examination, which takes place two weeks after the start of the programme, and then you select your course stream.

Compulsory modules:

  • Study project (45 credits)
  • Basic principles of English law, evidence and practice (non-credit bearing but all students must pass this module at the start of the programme)

All students require 180 credits in total.

Professional stream students have core modules plus one free choice half module of 22.5 credits. 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 135 credits (three full modules or six half modules, or a combination of the two.)

All students are required to study the core subject units: Patent law, Copyright and designs law, Law of trade marks and unfair competition, Competition law, and Basic principles of English law, evidence and practice in term one. Occasional additional second semester options may be available.


Read the full module descriptions.

  • The law of copyright and design I (Compulsory for Professional stream)
  • The law of patents I and II (Compulsory for Professional stream)
  • Trade mark law I and II (Compulsory for Professional Stream)
  • The law of competition I
  • Competition law and licensing I and II
  • The law of copyright and design I and II (not running 2014-15)
  • Information technology law
  • Intellectual property transactions
  • Licensing practice
  • Media law
  • The law of patents I
  • Trade mark law I
  • Intellectual property in food, biotechnology and agriculture
  • Intellectual property in the United States

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2014 entry
Full time £8,0200

Tuition fees for International students

2014 entry
Full time £13,350


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

School of Law scholarships

The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Law
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+44 (0)20 7882 8101