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Course summary

Taught by academics from our renowned Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM), the syllabus for this course has been developed with input from intellectual property practitioners from some of the UK’s leading companies and practices. Why study Intellectual Property at BU?

  • Developed in collaboration with The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys for students considering a career in law firms, national, regional or international governmental organisations and the industry
  • Understand national, regional and international IP frameworks along with contemporary issues relating to IP and new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D printing
  • Benefit from CIPPM’s membership of the Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme, allowing you to apply for a 12-month paid traineeship at the EUIPO or the EPO
  • Complete particular units to qualify with a PGCert Intellectual Property, providing full exemptions from foundation level examinations for qualification as a patent or trade mark attorney in the UK (IPReg/CIPA/CITMA)
  • Tailor your degree to suit your interests or career aspirations through a range of option units
  • Graduate ready to enter a range of potential careers including Associate Directors, In -House counsels, the judiciary, and Associate or Senior Lawyer in IP in international law firms.
Course accreditation The Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) are the independent regulatory body for patent and trade mark attorneys and are responsible for setting the education and training requirements for qualification as a patent attorney and a trade mark attorney. Study options
  • Blended study: 5 months. Attendance at BU for three weekends, supported by e-activities between weekends and a final exam.
  • Online study: 5 months. Attendance online including recorded lectures with live Q&A sessions, e-activities and a final exam.


PG Cert: Core units - Copyright and Trademarks, Patents and Design. Option (choose one) - International IP Practice (Patent Attorney Route) OR International IP Practice (Trade Mark Attorney Route)

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Institute of Patent Agents
  • Trade Mark Attorneys, Institute of

Entry requirements

Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject or appropriate training and/or experience.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in speaking, listening and reading.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5217 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5217 Year 1
Scotland £5217 Year 1
Wales £5217 Year 1
Channel Islands £5217 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £5217 Year 1
EU £5217 Year 1
International £5217 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Intellectual Property at Bournemouth University - UCAS