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The Institute of Brand and Innovation Law acts a focal point for the study of IP Law at UCL. Co-directors teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and supervise PhD researchers.

Studying IP Law at UCL Laws 

Two former students, who studied at IP law at UCL in 2019/2020, share their thoughts on their IP studies.

Roni, William

Roni Fass (pictured above, left) won the IBIL LLB Prize for best performance in Intellectual Property Law. She particularly valued Professor Sir Robin Jacob’s contributions to the undergraduate IP classes. ‘This truly brought the module to life, provided historical context to the topics we were learning, and made the lectures all the more fascinating and engaging. To have had the opportunity to engage with a renowned legal academic and judge in the field of intellectual property was truly an honour, and I am immensely grateful to have been provided with the opportunity to do so by UCL Laws.’ Since leaving UCL, she has been completing the Legal Practice Course and will take up a training contract at Ashurst LLP in 2022. 

Former LLM student, William Vaudry (pictured above, right), was awarded the 8 New Square LLM Prize for Excellence in Comparative Copyright Law. He is currently working as a research assistant at the Law Commission before commencing a training contract with Allen & Overy LLP in 2022. What William said he valued most about his LLM experience was the 'quality of the teaching', describing the copyright classes as ‘fast-paced and fascinating' and the trade mark classes as 'informative and a huge amount of fun.' He also noted that the 'research skills that I developed during my LLM - particularly in the course of writing my independent research essay - gave me an excellent foundation for my current role.’

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 for 2021/2022 are: 

The Law of Copyright and Designs (22.5 credits)
The Law of Trade Marks and Brands (22.5 credits)
The Law of Patents (45 credits)
Competition Law, Regulation and the Intangible Economy (45 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.

LLM Scholarships

Find out more about LLM scholarships here.

PhD

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:

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

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

PhD IP Scholarship for 2020/21

IBIL is offering a scholarship in 2020/21. 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. For more information about how to apply, see the UCL Laws Faculty website.

IBIL would like to thank its sponsors for their generosity, which has made this scholarship possible. Details of IBIL's sponsors can be found here.

PhD Copyright 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 IP 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.