LLM Intellectual Property Law (Intellectual Property Office)

This is a specialist postgraduate degree course that has been designed in partnership with, and exclusively for the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and only suitably qualified IPO members of staff are eligible to apply for this course with organisational approval.

Students will explore a range of legal subjects within the field of intellectual property law including – patent law, trademark law, copyright and design law, and information technology law.


Reasons to Study Law with USW

From first-rate facilities supported by the latest state-of-art software to opportunities to provide members of the public and businesses with legal advice in our specialist legal and financial advice clinic, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider studying law at the University of South Wales.

Highlights include:

  • Opportunities for you to put your knowledge into practice through our Legal and Financial Advice Clinic by providing advice, delivering client care and engaging with the profession.
  • We work with a range of national law firms to provide placement opportunities. These include Hugh James, Eversheds, Capital Law, Clarks Legal, Geldards, NewLaw, Howells and many more.
  • You will be taught by leading experts who will use the latest innovative ‘SIMple software’ teaching tools and virtual learning environments to share their knowledge and expertise.
  • We go the extra mile to support graduate employability; you will be offered the opportunity to get involved in initiatives such as our very own leadership academy, industry-led guest lectures and employability conferences.
  • Legal research at the University is recognised nationally and internationally and our expertise directly influence your learning experience ensuring it is current and relevant.

For further details and more reasons why you should choose to study Law at the University of South Wales, please visit our Why Study Law page.


2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 3 Years September Treforest 7
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 3 Years September Treforest 7
  • Patent law
  • Trademark law
  • Copyright and Design Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Contractual and Tortious Obligations
  • Legal Sources and Systems
  • European Law


Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, a work related dissertation research project and specialist guest speakers.

Research-informed teaching

Law lecturers engage in a variety of research activities which result in the presentation of papers at conferences, the publication of journal articles and textbooks. All our areas of research feed directly into your studies, so you will benefit from a cutting-edge curriculum that is taught by staff who are at the forefront of their subject area. For further details on law-related research, please visit our pages on law research.


Each module is assessed by one piece of coursework under the University of South Wales Assessment tariff. During the LLM dissertation stage, you will complete a 20,000-word dissertation under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Only staff from the Intellectual Property Office are eligible to apply for this course, which is run at the Intellectual Property Office in Newport.

However, if you are interested in studying Intellectual Property at Masters level, and you are not an employee of the IPO, please view our LLM Intellectual Property Law course delivered at Treforest.

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Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

The discipline of law and the knowledge and skills it offers present a number of different career paths. These include legal practice and various positions in industry, local and central government, banking or finance.

Intellectual Property Law regulates the creation, use and exploitation of mental or creative work and encompasses areas such as copyright, patents, designs and trademarks. Every aspect of modern life involves intellectual property, whether it is a formal research and development facility, a modern university involved in research or simply a flash of inspiration.

The LLM Property Law provides a distinctive, thought-provoking and practical course for people interested in or already working in this area of the law. You will study the principal areas of intellectual property law, namely patents, trademarks, copyright and designs, and the specialist area of information technology law, all of which have an impact on a number of intellectual property rights.

This award will enable you to establish a career in environments that deal with issues surrounding intellectual and industrial property. The LLM qualification would enhance the knowledge and skills of those already employed in the industry and will also be of benefit to practising academics and lawyers who want to specialise in the field.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.