Intellectual Property Law (M3076)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

The module covers aspects of the law of copyright, unregistered and registered trade marks, confidential information and patents. The module aims to introduce you to the principles of intellectual property law and its philosophical and economic justifications, but it will also encourage in-depth analysis of particular issues in the law and policy of intellectual property, such as internet 'piracy' and access to medicines in developing countries.

The focus of the module will be on UK law and policy, however reference will be made to EU and international law where relevant.


35%: Lecture
65%: Seminar


50%: Examination (Unseen examination)
50%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 49 hours of contact time and 251 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2017/18. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: