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Intellectual Property Law Postgraduate Certificate

Intellectual Property Law Postgraduate Certificate

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Intellectual Property

Course type


Course Summary


The Brunel Intellectual Property Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) is a unique, part-time programme designed for trainee patent attorneys and people wishing to pursue a career in intellectual property law and practice.

The PGCert is accredited with IPREG and exempts candidates with STEM degrees from all Foundation subjects they are required to undertake towards their qualification as UK Patent attorney. In addition Intellectual Property PgCert alumni have the option to upgrade to an LLM in Intellectual Property should they choose to re-enrol as returning students within the first five years after their graduation from Brunel.

You will get a comprehensive overview of the theoretical, practical and management aspects of intellectual property, at both national and international levels, with a solid grounding in:

the basic rules and principles of intellectual property law as well as the nature and scope of these rights
the procedures for the granting and recognition of these rights
the mechanisms for the enforcement of these rights
patents, copyrights, trademarks and contract resolution

The course is suitable for law graduates and those with backgrounds in the sciences, technology, engineering and business. Non-graduates currently working in the area of intellectual property are also considered. No prior legal knowledge is required, as you will be introduced to the essential legal principles throughout the course. As this is a part-time, you can remain in full-time employment while you study. UK employers currently sponsor over 80% of students taking the course.

The programme runs from the end of September to the end of March and is delivered on Wednesdays from 1pm to 5pm and will take 8 months to complete. It is also possible to start the course in January and complete in a year.

As innovation in technology, medicine and business methods advance, employers are looking for candidates with the skill and knowledge to keep up with the complexities of intellectual property law. Your Brunel Intellectual Property PGCert will do just that and make you a preferred prospect by law firms and businesses.

Careers and your future

You will leave Brunel with a firm grounding in Intellectual Property Law. After you graduate you will be well equipped to get into the specialist area of Intellectual Property as a practitioner or adviser at national or international level or as a lawyer, patent or trademark attorney, IP portfolio manager, IP examiner, or IP paralegal.

Different course options

Part time | Brunel University London | 1 year | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date



This module aims to provide you with essential knowledge about UK copyright law and trade mark law in the context of EU and international obligations. It seeks to explain the rationale of copyright and industrial design, nature and scope of such rights, procedures, both national and supranational, for the granting and recognition of the rights, and mechanisms for enforcement as well as defences against enforcement.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in Law, Sciences, Engineering, Technology and Humanities (i.e. Psychology; Sociology). Other related disciplines and qualifications, in conjunction with patents and intellectual property work experience, will be considered.