WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,301 /year
Applications Begin:1 April 2021
Final Award:Masters in Intellectual Property Law
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Law
Campus:Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

The field of Intellectual Property (IP) law reaches wide, and is dynamic. The nature of IP is best understood through a comparison with other, tangible, forms of property. With property such as land, a vehicle or a soccer ball, one has rights to the object itself.

In other words, your rights would be infringed if the object is damaged or destroyed. The position with IP is different. An example might be a patent for a pair of night vision binoculars.

The intellectual property rights of the patentee would not be infringed if the binoculars are destroyed. The reason for this is that it is the invention that is protected and not the binoculars. IP is, accordingly, that body of law that regulates the creation and utilisation of immaterial property, and the enforcement of resultant rights.

The objects of the various IP rights typically include patents, copyright, registered designs, and trademarks.

To properly understand all these issues, it is necessary to study both the legislation and the case law relating to a particular discipline on an advanced level. In the modern business world, it has become impossible to properly deal with commercial transactions without the necessary IP background.

This LLM aims to provide the student with the necessary tools to navigate the IP landscape, and to create awareness of pitfalls or opportunities that may present themselves. In fact, in given situations, the holder of an advanced degree in IP might be preferred for a specific task over someone that does not have such a qualification.

What will I be taught?
In the three coursework modules, you will be learning more of:
1. Trademark law (first semester): Trademark law involves a study of the fundamental principles as found in practice. In other words the nature of a mark, the concept of use, bars to registration, the issue of registrability, and infringement provisions. Where relevant, freedom of speech as encountered in other jurisdictions will be studied.
2. Copyright law (second semester): This module entails a study of the basic principles of copyright law, in particular the issue of originality, the rights of the copyright owner, exemptions from infringement, and infringement itself. Attention will also be given to internet law as it intersects with copyright or other areas of the law. This may include the liability of service providers, 3D printing, prominent cases on the subject and proposed legislation.
3. Patent law (first semester): This module is an advanced study of patent law, dealing with basic principles of patent registration and the exclusions from patentability, such as software. The issue of infringement and relevant remedies will be discussed in detail.
4. Dissertation: A dissertation of a limited nature must be completed on a topic taken from one of the three modules.


Course Modules:
1. Trade mark Law, Coursework, Semester One or Semester Two, 40 Credits
2. Copyright Law, Coursework, Semester One or Semester Two, 40 Credits
3. Patent Law, Coursework, Semester One or Semester Two, 40 Credits
4. Intellectual Property Law Master’s Minor Dissertation, Minor dissertation, Semester One or Semester Two, 60 Credits

Admission Requirements

In general, as a minimum admission requirement, students must have attained an average of 65% for the law subjects in their LLB degree.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African Students: $12
Application Fees for International Students: $12

Online Application
Please note the following:
– No application fee will be charged for online applications.
– If you have previously applied and have a UJ student number, please call the UJ Call Centre (011 559 4555) to ensure that your cell number and email address are captured on our student database. This will ensure that you receive a PIN number to complete the online application process.
An applicant must go to and select ‘Apply’.

Paper Application
Step 1: Select your qualification study choices 1 and 2. (Ensure you meet the admission requirements as set out in this prospectus.)
Step 2: Complete the academic application form with a payment of R200 for a paper application (no payment required for online application).
Step 3: Once you have submitted your application, please allow three weeks before checking on the status of your application. If your application meets the necessary requirements and there is space in your selected programme, you will be informed on whether your application has been successful or not. Please note that all official communication will be sent via email. You may also go to the UJ website to check your application status using your ID or student number.
It takes approximately 4 -6 weeks for an online application to be processed and 6 -8 weeks for paper based applications to be processed.
After the above mentioned time-frame you may check your application status using the following link:

International Students
International applicants follow the same application process as national applicants

Career Opportunities

An IP LLM could lead to a career as an:
– Advocate
– Attorney
– A legal adviser in government or in the private sector
– A position in a regulatory environment or a position in an international agency.

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Tuition Fees for South African Students: $2,301
Tuition Fees for International Students: $2,484

*The normal Tuition Fees for South African Students in the Faculty of Law ranges from R38,176 to R43,836

35% of the tuition fees need to be paid by April, and 100% by July.

All students must pay at least R3,870 before they begin their studies. Students residing on campus will need to pay at least R6,470.

*In addition to normal tuition fees, students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries and other African Countries pay a non-refundable ICT levy, registration fee plus non-refundable international levy of R2000.

*In addition to normal tuition fees, students from the rest of the world pay a non-refundable ICT levy, registration fee plus non-refundable international levy of R17000

International Levy Amount:
SADC & Africa – R2,000
Rest of the World – R17,000

ICT Levy – R430
Registration Fee – R610

The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For International Students:
***International Student Tuition Fees = Normal Tuition Fee (R38,176) + International Levy (R2,000) + ICT Levy (R430) +Registration Fee (R610) = R41,216
-An upfront payment of 30% of tuition fees should be paid at registration.
-35% of the tuition fees to be paid by 30 April.
-35% of the tuition fees to be paid by 31 July.
The University will offer a 5% discount should all fees be paid at registration.
Fees generally increase between 10 and 15 percent per year. Please contact the University in December to obtain the approved fees for the 2021 academic year.


The coordinator of the programme is Professor Wim Alberts, who has 20 years of practical experience. He will be assisted by other academics as well as practitioners.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Letlhokwa George Mpedi
Executive Dean Faculty of Law
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries
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