LLM in Intellectual Property Law
Preparing for your studies at Edinburgh Law School
The IP programme includes courses that cover substantive intellectual property law, the place and role of intellectual property within a domestic, regional and international context, and also the social, economic, ethical, cultural and commercial contexts within which intellectual property exists. As such, there is no one single source of reading that covers the range of our courses. However, if you have never studied Intellectual Property before then you are encouraged to use the reading list below in preparation of your studies at Edinburgh Law School.
Texts on Intellectual Property Law
- WIPO Intellectual Property Handbook, available here
- P Drahos, ‘The Universality of Intellectual Property Rights: Origins and Development’  available here
- A Brown, S Kheria, J Cornwell, and M Iliadica Contemporary Intellectual Property: Law and Policy, Oxford University Press, 5th edition, 2019 (this core textbook is used on two of our core courses and you can familiarise yourself with it, if you wish)
All of our courses are highly topical, and we will be examining many and varied contemporary issues. You are invited to keep yourself up to date with developments in the IP field. You might want to familiarise yourself with the following websites:
- World Intellectual Property Organization
- World Trade Organization
- UK Intellectual Property Office
- European Commission, Intellectual Property
Texts on Legal Skills
Each year the programme welcomes students from the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and also other parts of the world. The programme also welcomes candidates with a legal background as well as non-law students with relevant studies and experience.
If you have a law degree from outside the United Kingdom, or if you have a non-law background, or if English is not your first language, then you must do some introductory reading before you arrive in Edinburgh so that you can make the most of your studies from the very beginning.
In particular, we recommend that you familiarise yourself with basic legal knowledge expected of law students in the UK, by reading at least one of the following books:
- Legal Skills, Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski, Oxford University Press, 7th edition, 2019 (A clear and concise introduction – recommended)
- Legal Method, Ian McLeod, Palgrave Macmillan Law Masters, 9th edition, 2013 (A comprehensive introduction – recommended)
- Learning Legal Rules: A Student’s Guide to Legal Method and Reasoning, James Holland and Julian Webb, Oxford University Press, 10th edition, 2019 (A comprehensive introduction – recommended)
- Glanville Williams: Learning the Law, ATH Smith, Sweet & Maxwell, 17th edition, 2020 (A clear and concise introduction)
- An Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning, Steven J. Burton, Aspen Publishers, 3rd edition, 2007 (A basic and clear introduction)
This will give you a good understanding of the sources of law, legal method and reasoning and other legal concepts and will provide you with the requisite starting point from which to commence your legal studies at Edinburgh. These resources will also help you familiarise with relevant terminology, if English is not your mother tongue.
If you have the time, then you could also look at any of the following specialist books on legal research methods and writing dissertations in law:
- Research Methods in Law, Dawn Watkins and Mandy Burton, Routledge, 2nd edition, 2017.
- Research Methods for Law, Mike McConville and Wing Hong Chui, Edinburgh University Press, 2nd edition, 2017.
- Writing Law Dissertations: An introduction and guide to the conduct of Legal Research, Michael Salter and Julie Mason, Pearson, 2007.
Texts on Studying at Masters Level
There are a number of Study skills books that you could also consider looking at, depending on your own skillset and needs:
- Cite them right: The essential referencing guide, R Pears and G Shields, Palgrave Macmillan, 11th edition, 2019 (recommended)
- The Study Skills Handbook, S Cottrell, Palgrave Macmillan, 5th edition, 2019
- Becoming a Master Student, David B. Ellis, Cengage Learning, 16th edition, 2015
- Critical Thinking Skills, Stella Cottrell, Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition, 2017 (recommended)
- Critical Thinking and Persuasive Writing for Postgraduates, Louise Katz, Palgrave Macmillan, 1st edition, 2018
Planning your programme
The programme will consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.
Full programme details, including core and optional courses is available on the University Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study website.
These courses are for the 2022/23 academic year. Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances or lack of demand for particular courses, we may not be able to run all courses as advertised come September.
What is happening in Intellectual Property Law at Edinburgh?
Teaching and research in Intellectual Property Law at Edinburgh Law School has been and continues to be linked to the activities of the prestigious SCRIPT Centre, previously sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and thereafter, a part of a pioneering initiative to support the growth of the UK’s vital creative industries and arts sector: The Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe). The Centre’s research focus is on the synergetic relationship between law, technologies, commerce and society in the widest possible sense. The SCRIPT community is a vibrant mix of academics, students and researchers and there is much to take advantage of during your studies.
The SCRIPT Centre has an online open access journal, SCRIPT-ed, which is run by post graduate students at the School of Law. Each year, many students from the LLM in Intellectual Property Law choose to participate in the running of the journal.
We also have many strong links with other institutions, both in the UK and worldwide and always have an active programme of events and speakers from across the globe.
The SCRIPT Centre has an active student-led Twitter stream and you can follow it @SCRIPTCentre for regular updates about the Centre’s research activities as well as latest news in IP, Media and Technology law.
To find out more about the Postgraduate Community at Edinburgh Law School visit our community pages.