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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 in the field of intellectual property law
  • Understand national, regional and international IP frameworks along with contemporary issues relating to IP and new technologies
  • Tailor your degree to suit your interests or career aspirations through a range of optional units
  • Have the option of undertaking certain units from the PGCert Intellectual Property course. N.B. The PGCert IP units (Copyright & Trade Marks or Patents & Design) are better suited for students who have spent time in practice or are currently in practice.
  • Graduate ready to enter a range of potential careers including Associate Directors, In -House counsel, the judiciary, and Associate or Senior Lawyer in IP in international law firms.
  • Benefit from the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM)’s membership of the Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme, allowing you to apply for a 12-month paid traineeship at the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) or the European Patent Office (EPO). Further details.
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.


Core units: International & Comparative Intellectual Property Law; Dissertation. Option units (choose four): Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Property Law; Principles of International Law & International Organisations; Corporate Law Theory & Practice; Regulation & Policy of International Commerce; International Cyber Law & Governance; Regulating Informational Interests; Copyright & Trademarks; Patents & Designs; International IP Practice (Patent Attorney Route) OR International IP Practice (Trade Mark Attorney Route); Intellectual Property & the Creative Industries

Professional bodies

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

  • Trade Mark Attorneys, Institute of

Entry requirements

A Bachelor Honours Degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9500 Year 1
Scotland £9500 Year 1
Wales £9500 Year 1
Channel Islands £9500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9500 Year 1
EU £16750 Year 1
International £16750 Year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £1,850. Visit Bournemouth University's website for full details.
Intellectual Property at Bournemouth University - UCAS