Taught course

Intellectual Property, Innovation and the Creative Economy

University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in law or other subject with at least 50% of the credits in law.

If you do not have a prior degree with at least 50% in law are advised to apply for the MSc Intellectual Property, Innovation and the Creative Economy.

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 and prior formal qualifications in law (such as an LLB or equivalent).
  • 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 be by written assignment. You will also undertake a law dissertation which is in opportunity for you to develop research relevant to your personal interests. 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 LLM by submitting a dissertation.

Core courses

  • Copyright in the digital environment
  • Information law and data management
  • Introduction to the creative economy: Law, technology & culture
  • Trademarks and brands.

Optional courses may include

  • Economics of innovation
  • 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 take on specialist legal work in media and internet law or to use your acquired knowledge in the creative economy to work in policy or regulatory research and consulting roles.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time £15,000
International students
Full time £15,000
Please see the list of scholarship opportunities available.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 - 36 months
full time
12 months


part time
6 - 12 months
full time
3 months


full time
6 months
part time
12 - 24 months

Course contact details

Sukhpreet Singh