Taught course

Intellectual Property, Innovation and the Creative Economy

University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in any subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a pioneering online programme offered by CREATe at the University of Glasgow. It is intended for people working in sectors where digital rights and obligations are a key concern. Successful leadership in the digital creative economy requires linking complex legal provisions (such as copyright, trademarks, data protection and privacy) to economic analysis and strategic thinking about markets and regulation.

Why this programme

  • The programme was developed by CREATe a leading copyright and IP research institute in the UK based at the University of Glasgow.
  • Our online learning platform comprises cutting-edge learning tools and resources, populated with real-world research and case studies drawn from today’s creative industry challenges.
  • The online structure of programme is designed to be compatible with work, and suitable for employer sponsorship and support from professional development schemes. The programme can be completed over 1, 2 or 3 years and can be studied on a modular basis.
  • The programme requires previous professional engagement but no prior formal qualifications in law or economics.
  • You will be able to take part in recorded lectures and events with renowned visiting speakers which take place throughout the year at CREATe.
  • You will have the opportunity to network with peers from across the creative industries, policy, and technology sectors.
  • On successful completion of the programme, you will have a detailed understanding of digital rights and obligations that enables strategic decisions and policy making.

Programme structure

This programme is taught online. You will take four core and two optional courses. Courses will last eight weeks and consist of online lecture materials, readings and independent weekly activities. Assessment for each course will either be by exam or written assignment.

You will also undertake a research project, which may take the form of a Work-Based Learning (WBL) project or a dissertation. The work-based project is an opportunity for you to develop research relevant to your personal interests and work. You can choose to enrol on the PgCert (three courses) or the PgDip (six courses) and later decide to carry your credits to the full MSc by submitting a dissertation.

Core courses

  • Copyright in the digital environment
  • Economics of innovation
  • Introduction to the creative economy: Law, technology & culture
  • Trademarks and brands.

Optional courses may include

  • Information law and data management
  • Participation, communities and users
  • Regulation, policy and the creative economy
  • Strategic management in the creative economy.

Intellectual Property, Innovation & the Creative Economy – Course descriptions

Career prospects

This programme is ideal for those with interest in the media or creative fields, who wish to augment their practical skills with expertise in intellectual property management. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be well equipped to work in production and managerial roles in media organisations, or to use your acquired knowledge in the creative economy to work in policy or regulatory research and consulting roles.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 - 36 months
full time
12 months


part time
12 - 24 months
full time
6 months


part time
6 - 12 months
full time
3 months

Course contact details

Dr Sukhpreet Singh