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Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law

Brunel University London, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

January 2023

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Total Course Fee

USD 8,159

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  • 8 Months
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Certificate
The Brunel Intellectual Property Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) is a unique, part-time programme with two separate routes designed for trainee patent attorneys with STEM degrees or for trainee trade mark attorneys.
  • It is also suitable for people wishing to pursue a more general career in intellectual property law and practice.
  • The PGCert is accredited with IPREG and provides two separate routes of Foundation Level Qualification (Patents) and a Foundation Level Qualification (Trade Marks). Candidates may undertake either one or the other as part of the PgCert programme or combine the two FLQs in Patents and Trade Marks as part of an LLM in Intellectual Property.
  • In addition, Intellectual Property PgCert alumni have the option to upgrade to an LLM in Intellectual Property should they choose to re-enrol as returning students within the first five years after their graduation from Brunel.

You will get a comprehensive overview of the theoretical, practical and management aspects of intellectual property, at both national and international levels, with a solid grounding in:

  • The basic rules and principles of intellectual property law as well as the nature and scope of these rights 
  • The procedures for the granting and recognition of these rights 
  • The mechanisms for the enforcement of these rights 
  • patents, copyrights, trademarks and contract resolution
  • The course is suitable for law graduates and those with backgrounds in the sciences, technology, engineering and business. Non-graduates currently working in the area of intellectual property are also considered. No prior legal knowledge is required, as you will be introduced to the essential legal principles throughout the course. As this is a part-time, you can remain in full-time employment while you study. UK employers currently sponsor over 80% of students taking the course.
  • The programme runs from the end of September to the end of March and is delivered on Wednesdays from 1pm to 5pm and will take 8 months to complete. It is also possible to start the course in January and complete in a year.
  • As innovation in technology, medicine and business methods advance, employers are looking for candidates with the skill and knowledge to keep up with the complexities of intellectual property law. Your Brunel Intellectual Property PGCert will do just that and make you a preferred prospect by law firms and businesses.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2023
  • September 2023

UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in Law, Sciences, Engineering, Technology and Humanities (i.e. Psychology; Sociology).
  • Other related disciplines and qualifications, in conjunction with patents and intellectual property work experience, will be considered.

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min 20 in all)
  • The Intellectual Property Law PgCert consists entirely of compulsory modules which are delivered on-line.
  • This course can be studied 8 months part-time, starting in September. Or this course can be studied 1 year part-time, starting in January.

Year 1

  • LX5642 - Copyright, Design and Allied Rights
  • LX5643 - Patent Law and Practice
  • LX5644 - Trade Marks and Allied Rights
  • LX5645 - Managing Intellectual Property
  • UK 
  • £3,580 part-time 
  • Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.
  • Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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