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 allows you to develop an expertise in international and EU intellectual property law. Over the years IP law has become increasingly interdisciplinary, having key interfaces with competition, contract, tort, and human rights law. It is fundamental for our knowledge-based society which focuses on innovation and information, because economic, technological and cultural progress depend on the possibility to legally protect, develop, and exploit intellectual assets.
Successful completion of the programme leads to a competitive degree in a legal area that has grown both in importance and complexity as reflected in the increased focus on intellectual property protection regionally and internationally, and its acknowledged value as a cultural and corporate asset.
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 students who wish to develop their understanding of intellectual property law.
You might be a qualified, practicing lawyer who is interested in improving 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 core EU intellectual property law areas by studying respectively copyright law, patent law, and trademark law, worth 7.5 credits each (Module 2).
The final component of the programme teaches you legal scientific methods and you are expected to individually write a Master's thesis worth 30 credits. You decide the subject of the thesis on your own in dialogue with a teacher responsible for a given area who also serves as your 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: Copyright Protection in the Digital Society, 7.5 credits Patent Law and Pharmaceuticals, 7.5 credits Advanced Trademark Law, 7.5 credits
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 compulsory in principle, however some absence can be accepted. Absence may not exceed 20% of the teaching time. The language of instruction is English.
Students enrolled in the Master's Programme in Intellectual Property Law are expected to prepare for seminars in advance 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 that characterises our society, there is a great demand for lawyers with special competence in the area.
The pedagogical objective of the programme is to provide a competitive education. Successful completion of the programme confirms your advanced competence in intellectual property law and can help you proceed to a career in several different sectors, such as research and education, government, law firms and patent offices, international companies and the judiciary.
Career support During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.
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.
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