LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice

Course Overview

It is estimated that 70% of a typical company’s value today lies in its intangible assets. This programme focuses on the intangible or ‘hidden’ assets and explores how companies can manage them in an effective commercial manner. The Programme will not only have an appeal to the aspiring practicing lawyer looking for a high level career in an international law firm or multinational company but also for legal advisers to small/medium sized enterprises.

Key Features

Why pursue your LLM at Swansea

  • A thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching and research, which provides an exceptional student experience, as evidenced by our PTES results.
  • A professional but friendly environment with pastoral support and free English language classes which attracts students from all over the world.
  • Lectures  delivered by outstanding academics at the forefront of scholarship in their areas of expertise, which they combine with skilled and innovative teaching.
  • Exemption from level 2 education requirements of CIArb membership allowing you to apply to be awarded the level of Member of the Institute or MCIArb., if you successfully complete the International Commercial Arbitration module.
  • Extra-curricular activities such as mooting and summer schools abroad.
  • Our employability initiatives and close links with the legal practice bear fruit as Swansea LLM alumni are particularly well placed in the job market all over the world.
  • For further information please see the LLM Brochure (pdf)


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


The LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice degree is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts:  Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits.

Following the successful completion of the taught modules, students proceed to Part II, which is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects). At least one of the LLM Research Projects must be written in the area of the Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions. The LLM Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period and are designed to enable LLM students to develop their research skills.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice is a 2:2 honours degree (or above) or cognate discipline. Candidates with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above as described here.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test and the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component). For a full list of the Acceptable English Language tests, please visit the University Acceptable English Language tests website.

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 and track your application at each stage of the process and print off a copy of your decision letter.

For further information on how to apply by email or post, please see: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/how/

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLM Full-time £6,850 £15,000
LLM Part-time £3,450 £7,500
LLM Part-time £2,300 £5,000

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: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

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

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching is conducted in small classes and our students always find an opportunity to participate in discussions and put their views across.  Teaching in LLM modules is supported by the use of our Blackboard virtual learning environment, which facilitates online teaching and learning. Through Blackboard, students have access to course materials, handouts, and lecture notes, as well as shared areas for group work, online discussions, and exchanging ideas with fellow students. 

All LLM modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with an equal weighting of 50% normally given to each component in the final total assessment.

Careers & Employability

Employability has always been on the top of our agenda. To that end we organise a number of initiatives for enhancing our LLM students’ employability. These include:

  • Tailor-made employability advice by two dedicated Employability Officers
  • A series of guest lectures delivered who give our LLM students an insight of the practice.
  • The unique opportunity to get involved in mooting,.
  • Close links with the legal practice and various elements of the shipping and business sectors.
  • The annual LLM Careers Fair, which gives the opportunity to our students to meet and discuss their future aspirations with representatives from an array of local and international law firms.
  • Networking events and visits to leading enterprises within the City of London with a view to enhancing our students’ practical understanding of shipping and insurance practice.

For further information on the Employability initiatives, please visit the LLM Employability website.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

Swansea Excels in PTES

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) provides an invaluable opportunity to taught master students to express their views with regard to their taught master experience on an annual basis. The result of this year's PTES was extremely favourable for LLM programmes delivered by the Department of Shipping and Trade Law at Swansea. In particular,

  • The overall satisfaction rating for the LLM degrees was 96%, a figure that we think few if any commercial LLM courses in Britain, or even the US, can match. In fact, this is a figure which is 12 % higher than the UK sector average.
  • a very high figure of 92% of our students said that they were “very satisfied” with the quality of our teaching provision (8 % higher than the sector average).
  • A number of things particularly stood out: “contact time” (the time we were happy to spend teaching, advising and generally talking to our students); “academic enhancement” (students' feeling that their course had left them well-qualified to take on the world and compete with the best in it); and challenge (the fact that we engaged with our students and encouraged them to probe and question everything they heard, including from us).
  • 90 % of our students indicated that the LLM course had helped them to enhance their research ability – the average figure for the UK as a whole being a noticeably lower 70%.


Professor Baris Soyer  (Taught Masters Admissions Tutor)

Tel: +44 (0)1792 295125

Email: LLM@swansea.ac.uk

Dr Theodora Nikaki  (Taught Masters Admissions Tutor)

Tel: +44 (0)1792 513516

Email: LLM@swansea.ac.uk

Meet our Students

Jianya Xu (China)

Jianya Xu

Jianya obtained her LLM in Intellectual Property Law and Commercial Practice in Swansea University in 2014. She is working for Zhejiang T&C Law firm, the top law firm in Zhejiang Province in China, as an IP lawyer. Her practice focuses on copyright matters, especially related to films and television, music and other works. She also is interested in cultural exchange and IP cooperation between UK and China. In the course of her LLM at Swansea, Jianya worked towards establishing a formal relationship between Zhejiang T&C and Capital Law in Cardiff.