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Intellectual Property Law Postgraduate Certificate

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Mode of study

8 months part-time

1 year part-time



UK / EU £3,380 (part-time)

International £5,620 (part-time)

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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.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

The Intellectual Property Law PGCert consists entirely of compulsory modules.

This course can be studied 8 months part-time, starting in September. Or this course can be studied 1 year part-time, starting in January.

Year 1

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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.

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UK 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 on an individual basis, and applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding



£3,380 part-time


£5,620 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

Intellectual Property Law at Brunel University is at the forefront of scholarship in the discipline and highly rated for the quality of its staff publications, research projects and teaching standards.

Our tutors include academics and practitioners with recognised expertise in all areas of intellectual property law.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Each module will be assessed independently by way of a written examination or coursework.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.