Intellectual Property: Copyright and Related Rights (M5076)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

You’ll examine aspects of:

  • copyright law
  • related rights
  • unregistered and registered designs.

You’ll be introduced to the principles of intellectual property law and its philosophical and economic justifications. You’ll also look at in-depth analysis of particular issues in the law and policy of intellectual property, such as internet 'piracy'.

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


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: