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University of Oxford: Intellectual Property

Institution University of Oxford
Department Law
Telephone +44 (0)1865 270059
Study type Taught


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This new programme builds on the foundations of the PGDip in Intellectual Property Law and Practice and provides in-depth research training, encompassing perspectives drawn from the fields of copyright, design, patents and trade marks.

In order to apply for this course you must have successfully completed the PGDip in Intellectual Property and Practice. Please consult the Entry Requirements for details of the level of achievement expected in the PGDip and further requirements that may apply if there has been a gap in study.

The programme provides a unique opportunity to reach a greater degree of theoretical content, exploring historical and comparative ways of approaching the study of intellectual property, driven by the research and expertise of Oxford academics. Teaching is undertaken in Oxford in intensive short periods and despite the part-time nature of the course, the degree has been designed to ensure that students may still enjoy the unique Oxford experience, including college life, small class sizes, tutorials and interaction with Oxford faculty and students.

Students select two of four taught option courses:

  • Comparative Copyright

  • Principles of Intellectual Property

  • Trade Marks and Brands

  • Incentivising Innovation

The remaining part of the year is dedicated to writing a dissertation that tests academic research skills and the ability to develop and maintain a detailed argument across an extended piece of writing. This not only provides more in depth research training, encompassing perspectives drawn from the fields of copyright, design, patents and trade marks but also demands a higher level of critical engagement. Students will be encouraged to view individual issues in particular areas in the broader context of the relationship between the state and the market, and deep dive into the technical aspects of a subject and their relationship with broad policy issues.

Led by academics from the Law Faculty and the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, the programme also draws on the assistance of eminent practitioners with a broad interest and wide knowledge of intellectual property law.


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