Institute of Brand and Innovation Law



The Institute of Brand and Innovation Law acts a focal point for the study of Intellectual Property Law at UCL. Members of IBIL teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


Find out about the IP courses which are available in the current academic year.

Undergraduate (LLB)

As an undergraduate at UCL Laws, you'll be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of how the law works and how it can be changed.

Intellectual Property Law is offered as a final year 30 credit module. Over the course of the module, you'll examine the law which governs the main IP rights, including patents, trade marks, copyright and trade secrets, and become acquainted with key principles and policy issues. Find out more information about undergraduate study here, and the IP Law module here.

Graduate (LLM)

On the Master of Laws (LLM) programme at UCL Laws, you’ll be joining a community of some of the brightest and most ambitious graduate students from all over the world. The LLM Programme includes a specialism in Intellectual Property Law. Current specialist modules on offer are set out below: 

Comparative Copyright and Design Law (30 credits)
The Law of Trade Marks and Brands (15 credits)
Patents and Trade Secrets (30 credits)
Competition Law and Intellectual Property Rights (15 credits).

Click here for further details of entry requirements, scholarships, and how to apply for the UCL LLM (including the flexible LLM). Students interested in completing the UCL LLM in Intellectual Property may like to contact the Laws Graduate Office at llm-admissions@ucl.ac.uk, or read what a former student has to say: here.

LLM Scholarships

Find out more about LLM scholarships here.


A PhD at UCL Laws will allow you to pursue original research and make a distinct and significant contribution to your field. Members of the Institute welcome approaches from those interested in conducting PhD research. We have particular expertise in:

  • Copyright law
  • Patent law
  • Trade mark law
  • Unfair competition
  • Breach of confidence/privacy
  • European aspects of intellectual property law
  • Comparative intellectual property law
  •  Intellectual property theory
  •  Cultural property
  •  Digital challenges to intellectual property law
  • The competition/intellectual property interface
  •  Interdisciplinarity, doctrinal, empirical and comparative methodologies

Click here for more information on how to apply to UCL Laws, and email phd-law@ucl.ac.uk with any queries.

PhD Scholarship for 2019/20

UCL Laws is offering two Faculty Widening Participation PhD Studentships. Closing date for applications is 4 July 2019, see here for more details.

PhD Scholarship for 2018/19

IBIL is offering a new scholarship in 2018/19. The scholarship will fund one PhD student to undertake research in the field of Intellectual Property, and will provide a stipend of £18,000 per year for 3 years. Fees at the Home/EU rate are covered (the scholarship is open to international students as well; if successful, an international student would receive a discount on the international fees equivalent to the value of the Home/EU fees, and would need to cover the difference with their own funds).

All applicants to the UCL Laws PhD Programme in the field of Intellectual Property will be considered for the scholarship. The applications period runs from September to November each year - to put yourself forward for the scholarship, simply submit an application to the programme by following the admissions instructions on the Laws Faculty website.