LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice

Course Overview

It is estimated that 70% of a typical company’s value now lies in its intangible assets. This Master of Laws course focuses on intangible or ‘hidden’ assets and explores how companies can manage them in an effective commercial manner.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge which, when combined with our enhanced employability initiatives, can pave the way to a range of careers in this field.

Key Features

Study your LLM at Swansea and you’ll benefit from:

  • A thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching and research – 96% of students are very satisfied with Swansea’s LLM teaching quality and 97% stated that the academic support they received whilst completing their LLM was exceptional (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018)
  • An exceptional student experience – LLMs at Swansea University have an overall satisfaction rating of 98%- a figure which is much higher than UK average (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018)
  • A professional but friendly environment with excellent pastoral support
  • Free English classes, which attracts students from all over the world, ensuring a dynamic and diverse community
  • Innovative lectures delivered by academics at the forefront of scholarship in their field
  • Extra-curricular activities including mooting competitions and summer schools abroad
  • An excellent employability agenda – Swansea LLM programmes have close links with partners across the world, ensuring graduates are particularly well placed in the job market
  • Exemption from the level 2 requirements of CIArb membership, enabling you to apply for the level of Member of the Institute (MCIArb), on successful completion the International Commercial Arbitration module


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

LLM 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
LACM19Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions
Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules

None found.

LLM 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
LACM19Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions
Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
LA-M02ASemester 3 (Summer Taught)60LLM Research Projects


This Master of Laws programme is modular, with students needed to accumulate 180 credits to graduate.

The programme is divide in to two parts:

  • Part 1 consists of four modules, each weighted at 30 credits

Following successful completion of the taught modules, students may proceed to part 2:

  • The second part of this LLM consists of two research projects
  • At least one of these projects must be written on the subject of the Law of Intellectual Assets Management and Transactions
  • The projects are customarily researched and written up over the summer period and are designed to enable students to develop their research skills

We offer a wide range of full modules (taught from September till May/June)- It is compulsory for students on this LLM programme to study Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions. Students will be required to take 3 modules from the following list: International Intellectual Property Law; International Corporate Law and Governance; E-Commerce; Competition Law; International Commercial Arbitration; Ship and Other Mobile Assets Finance Law


Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice is a 2:2 honours degree, ideally in a cognate discipline. Candidates with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply.We welcome applications from students from around the world and require evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) and TOEFL (with a score of at least 88 and at least Listening: 21, Reading: 22, Speaking: 23, Writing: 21).

Free English language classes are available which are designed to assist you in improving your critical legal thinking and writing.

How To Apply

Apply online where you will be able to track your application at each stage of the process and print off your decision letter.

For further information on how to apply by email or post, please see our How to Apply page

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLM Full-time £7,300 £15,450
LLM Part-time £3,650 £7,750
LLM Part-time £2,450 £5,150

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students may incur additional costs during the course of the programme, which are not covered by tuition fees. These can include, but are not limited to: stationery, books, printing, thesis binding and photocopying costs.

Fees and Funding

Loans, bursaries and alternative sources of funding may be available. See our Fees and Funding page for more information.

Teaching & Assessment

Students are taught in small classes to encourage active discussion. Teaching is supported by the use of our Blackboard virtual learning environment, which facilitates online learning. This also gives students access to course materials and shared areas for group work and discussion.

All LLM modules are assessed using a combination of coursework and examination, with each carrying an equal weighting of 50%.

Careers & Employability

Enhancing our students’ employability is a key priority. In order to do this, we organise a number of initiatives for LLM students:

  • Personal employability advice from dedicated Employability Officers
  • A series of guest lectures to give a students an insight into practice in the field
  • Mooting competitions
  • The annual LLM careers fair, which gives students the opportunity to meet representatives from local and international law firms
  • Networking events and visits to leading practices within the City of London

For further information, please visit our LLM Employability webpage or our student destinations webpage.


Professor B. Soyer  (Taught Masters Admissions Tutor)

Tel: +44 (0)1792 295125

Email: LLM@swansea.ac.uk


Meet our Student, Jianya

Jianya Xu (China)

Jianya Xu

Jianya obtained her LLM in Intellectual Property Law and Commercial Practice at Swansea University. During her studies, she worked towards establishing a formal relationship between Zhejiang T&C and Capital Law in Cardiff.

She now works as an IP lawyer for the Zhejiang T&C Law firm, the top law firm in the Zhejiang Province in China. Her practice focuses on copyright matters, especially related to films and television, music and other works.