This course provides knowledge of the law and policies that underpin international intellectual property together with practical applications.


In the new knowledge-dependent economy, intellectual property is the critical mass that drives innovations and technologies. Participants will understand the extent to which international intellectual property law has been harmonised via international trade agreement signed in Marrakesh in 1994 (TRIPS Agreement) and the extent to which international intellectual property law has impacted national intellectual property laws in the United Kingdom, European Union and the United States.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201819/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-16046

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About this course

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Intellectual property law is an integral element and backbone of the knowledge economy that thrives on new innovations. It is a key commercial law subject that will introduce participants to the international legal framework for the protection of artistic and technological creations.

The aims of the course are to:

  • Provide knowledge of the law and policies that underpin international intellectual property.
  • Detail international intellectual property treaties and conventions and their impacts of domestic laws in the United Kingdom and the European Union.
  • Identify the significance and practical applications of international intellectual property law.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Know about the history, politics and policy of international intellectual property.
  • Know about the regional and international treaties and conventions on international intellectual property.
  • Appreciate the development rationale for intellectual property protection.
  • Be able to apply the knowledge of international intellectual property rights and policy in practice.
  • Be able to conduct independent academic research on issues pertaining to international intellectual property.

Content includes:

International copyright treaties, conventions and associated case law.
International patents treaties, conventions and associated case law.
International trademark treaties, conventions and associated case law.

Linked programmes

LLM International Commercial Law and ADR, PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development


100% Coursework - Written assignment.


The course requires attendance on Monday afternoons from 1.15pm to 3.15pm for six weeks starting Monday 28 January 2019.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class lower degree (2.2) in law or other relevant cognate degree with an element of law or other relevant modules.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 28 January 2019
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 28 January 2019

Fees and funding

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Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:


Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at


Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk


Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680

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