The Master's Programme in Intellectual Property Law is the only Master's programme in Sweden designed for law graduates that delves into the regulation of intellectual property. With rapid technological advancements and ever increasing legal developments, this programme will enable you to stay ahead of the crowd, whether you wish to progress as an e-commerce entrepreneur, patent attorney, trademark specialist or the chief legal officer of a company.
Why this programme?
The Master's Programme in Intellectual Property Law has a general objective of providing a deep understanding of major issues covering international and EU intellectual property law, and in particular copyright, patents, designs and trademarks. This is an area that has grown both in importance and complexity as reflected in the increased focus on intellectual property protection and its value as a corporate asset. On top of that, over the years intellectual property law has become increasingly interdisciplinary having key interfaces with market, competition, contract and tort law.
Intellectual Property Law is becoming increasingly important in our knowledge-based society that focuses on innovation and information. Economic progress depends on the possibility to legally protect, and develop, intellectual assets.
During the programme you can expect:
a programme that is unique in Sweden.
a strong group of teachers and researchers in IP Law who will all be involved in your education.
You will also be studying at Sweden's oldest university and at a faculty that has a history spanning more than 500 years.
Student profile This programme is designed for those of you who wants to deepen your understanding of intellectual property law.
You might be a qualified, practicing lawyer who is interested in inproving your knowledge of this area of law or a law student who wishes to proceed into postgraduate education to further your specialisation.
You might also be someone who works in areas influenced by intellectual property law and is interested in the area.
The programme leads to a Master of Laws (60 credits) LLM with Legal Science as the main field of study.
The programme is divided into three modules. You must take four compulsory 7.5 credit courses. The first is a general course focusing on the fundamentals of EU intellectual property law (module 1). Thereafter, you specialise in specific areas of EU intellectual property law by three courses in trademark law, copyright and patent law worth 7.5 credits each (module 2).
The final component of the programme teaches you legal scientific methods and you will write a thesis worth 30 credits. You should decide the subject of the thesis on your own in dialogue with a teacher responsible for a given area, who will also serve as supervisor.
Courses within the programme
Module 1: Advanced Intellectual Property Law (7.5 credits):
International Conventions and Treaties
Contracting Intellectual Property
Competition Law and Parallel Importation
Module 2: Specialisation: three courses á 7.5 credits:
Advanced Trademark Law
Copyright Protection in the Digital Society
Patent Law and Pharmaceuticals
Module 3: Legal scientific methods and independent work (30 credits)
Teaching is mainly conducted in the form of seminars and lectures. Attendance at seminars is, in principle, compulsory however some absence can be accepted. Absence may not exceed 20% of the teaching time. The language of instruction is English.
As a student of the Master's Programme in Intellectual Property Law you are expected to prepare for seminars and actively participate in discussions. Shorter writing exercises are also part of the curriculum.
The programme director is Professor Sanna Wolk.
Faculty and research Many of the faculty members are leading or active members of networks and working groups within the EU and participate in high-level international research projects. Regular contact is also maintained with researchers from other national universities and colleges as well as with colleagues from other disciplines and with the business world. Research in Uppsala is not only pursued in the traditional legal topics but also in a number of newer special fields, of which many are at the highest level both in and outside Sweden.
As intellectual property law plays a central role in the knowledge-based economy which characterises our society, there is a great demand for lawyers with special competence in the area.
On successful completion of the programme you can proceed to a career in several different areas, such as research and education, governmental agencies, law firms and patent offices, international companies and in the judiciary. Our graduates work at, for example, at IPR courts, Law firms and international organisations. Job titles include judge, lawyer and negotiator.
Career support When you are about to finish your studies and want to start planning for your next step in life, you are welcome to UU Careers for support and guidance. You are also welcome to a variety of career activities and events all through your stay at Uppsala University. Of course, the services are free of charge. Learn more about UU career support.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be Law or Legal Science. Also required is 15 credits in intellectual property law, or equivalent, documented knowledge.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies;
a statement of purpose; and
two letters of recommendation.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.