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LLM in Legal Practice (Intellectual Property)

  • January 2017, July 2017
  • 1 year standard (You must complete this programme within 5 years to receive your LLM.)
  • £1,500 per module (dissertation £2,500) or
  • £8,500 full prepayment

For more information about our instalment plans or funding options, please fill in the enquiry form on the right.

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Develop your understanding of the essential elements of legal theory and modern business strategy with an online LLM in Legal Practice (Intellectual Property) from The University of Law, the UK's longest-established specialist provider of legal education.

This internationally recognised Master of Laws (LLM) programme has been developed by experienced legal practitioners, and equips law graduates and professionals like you with the tools needed to take your career to the next level. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge to future employers through a dissertation on an area of contemporary legal practice from your chosen specialist pathway.

Studying this online master's programme with The University of Law and InterActive gives you the freedom to access your programme content and online learning resources from any location worldwide, including professionally produced video lectures, real-life case studies, and dedicated tutor support.

Learning Outcomes

Your programme will focus on the following learning outcomes:

  • Drafting professional-standard legal and commercial documentation.
  • Conducting legal research.
  • Legal writing and the presentation of research findings.
  • Research and reflection on current developments within the law.
  • Analysis of the law and application to a range of commercial problems to determine client-focused solutions.
  • Development of a portfolio to demonstrate the law in practice.

Course fees

The total course fees for this LLM programme are £8,500.

If you would like to pay for each module separately, the fees are £2,500 for the dissertation and £1,500 for each individual module. You must successfully complete all programme modules, including the Research Methods module, before beginning your dissertation.


To earn the full LLM qualification you will need to earn 180 UK credits. These credits are broken down into four modules worth 30 UK credits each, followed by a dissertation worth a total of 60 UK credits. The programme structure allows you to gain the required credits over a maximum period of up to five years.

Online delivery is optimised to give you unlimited access to high quality education within the context of a contemporary professional environment. Once enrolled, you will benefit from the following:

  • 24/7 access to programme content and learning activities
  • Online multi-media resources including HD video lectures and case studies drawn from real-life scenarios
  • Personalised tutor support, guidance, and feedback
  • The final unit of each module comprising a 3,000 to 5,000-word written assignment
  • A vibrant global community of students and the opportunity to expand your professional network

Having successfully completed the programme you will receive an accredited Master of Laws degree from The University of Law.

The LLM in Legal Practice (Intellectual Property) syllabus addresses various competency areas including distinguishing different types of right, registration of rights, and enforcement of infringement of rights, looking in particular at intellectual property rights protection and infringement within the globalised business arena.

The programme has 180 UK credits in total.

  • Core Modules (30 UK credits each)
    • Professional Practice Research Methods
    • International Intellectual Property Practice
  • Choose two elective modules (30 UK credits each)
    • International Competition / Anti-Trust Practice
    • International Dispute Resolution Practice
    • International Joint Ventures
    • International Commercial Law and Practice
  • Practice-Focused Dissertation (60 UK credits)

The minimum qualification for admission to the online LLM in Legal Practice (Intellectual Property) is a UK bachelor’s degree in any subject at 2.2 or above, or an equivalent qualification. However, alternative legal, vocational, or professional qualifications and/or experience may be taken into account.

If you are an international student whose first language is not English, you will be required to pass the IELTS test with a score of 6.5 in each of the four heads. The University also accepts the equivalent score in other recognised English-language tests.

Student Loans Company Postgraduate Loans Schemeread more

The Student Loans Company are launching a new form of support that will be available to postgraduate students from September 2016 onwards. Students will need to meet the personal and course eligibility to qualify for this support. Please note that some of the courses running at the University of Law will not qualify for this support in September 2016.

Loan highlights
  • Loan of up to £10,000 for FT study (£5000 per annum for a PT course up to a maximum of two years).
  • Not means tested so the loan amount awarded is not dependant on current earnings.
  • Once in a lifetime loan that will only be awarded once to an Individual person.
  • The loan is a contribution towards overall costs (not earmarked for fees or living costs).
  • Loan funds are paid directly to the student in 3 instalments per academic year (payments at start of academic year (AY) then usually at the end of January and April).
  • Repayment only required once the student starts earning over £21,000 per annum.
  • Interest rate is RPI plus 3 - currently 3.9%.
Eligibility for loan programme
  • Student must be under 60 years of age
  • Student cannot be in default of previous SLC loans or deemed unfit to receive the loan. 
  • Student must be attending an eligible course at an eligible institution. Masters courses must be at least a year in length. (Currently our LPC, BPTC and GDL programs do not meet this criteria as they are classed as professional development programmes.)
  • If the student is attending a part time or distance learning course; these courses are eligible for support as long as the student studies at least 50% of the full time content in the first year.
  • The Student must be a UK national that is resident in England or an EU national resident in England to attend a PG course. UK nationals resident in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland are not eligible for this loan.
  • The candidate must not already have an equivalent or higher qualification (This includes Ma/LLM, MSc, or doctorate). 

Students can apply for this loan online from early summer 2016. As more details are released about this programme we will update our information, so please do keep checking these funding pages.

Student Finance England (SFE)read more

Online students studying with The University of Law who reside in the UK are able to access a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England (SFE). We recommend that you apply early for SFE support to ensure that your funding is in place at the start of your programme of study.

For more information about eligibility or to apply for SFE funding, please contact Student Finance on 0300 100 0607.

Once your loan has been confirmed, SFE will send you a Financial Notification letter showing that you have been approved for a tuition fee loan for your programme of choice.

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