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QUT course code LW53
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start month 2019 February
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact Faculty of Law
CRICOS code 067376C
  • Academic
  • Biotechnology Business/Investment Analyst
  • Computer Scientist
  • Crown Law Officer
  • Designer
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Inventor
  • Medical Engineer
  • Patent Lawyer
  • Pharmaceutical Research Scientist
  • Plant Biotechnologist
  • Scientist
  • Software Engineer
  • Trademark Lawyer


The WIPO-QUT Master of Laws in Intellectual Property is offered jointly by the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and QUT Faculty of Law. This innovative course has been developed in partnership with WIPO Worldwide Academy and with support from IP Australia, to be the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.

The course is designed to meet the needs of current and aspiring intellectual property (IP) professionals from law and non-law backgrounds.

Download a printable course flyer (PDF file, 702.9 KB)

Why choose this course?

This course is ideal for professionals from the public and private sectors, junior academics, and generally those seeking to develop or expand their expertise in intellectual property law as well as for those seeking to practice as a patent and/or trade marks attorney. The course is:

  • focused on the practices and principles of IP law in national, regional and international contexts
  • taught by internationally renowned IP professors and industry experts
  • delivered face-to-face in intensive mode in a semester-style learning environment and with professional networking
  • based on advanced knowledge and training of IP law, practice, principles and policy in the eight core subject areas with practical case studies


  • class-size is limited to maximize learning and facilitate interaction with other students and the faculty.

Real-world learning

This masters course provides:

  • practical research and abilities to develop innovative solutions to new situations arising in the field of intellectual property
  • study visit to IP Australia and the Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra
  • study visits to IP-savvy private and public enterprises to provide practical insight into the workings of IP in the real world
  • practical, real-world applications, with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region
  • knowledge of International Conventions and Treaties including the role of WIPO and WTO in addressing IP in global challenges such as climate change, food security and publicsecurity, public health and trade-related matter.

Distinguished IP experts are drawn from WIPO, IP Australia, WTO, KIPO, industry, patent and trade marks practice and academia. In addition to the WIPO and IP Australia experts, the lecturing staff includes QUT’s internationally renowned faculty members (Professors Kamal Puri, Stephen Corones, Matthew Rimmer and Terry Hutchinson) and legal and industry professionals Anna Sharpe, Philip Mendes, Sean Mullen (Qld Government), Tom Joyce (UQ), Dr Ann Cahill (UTS), Dr Heajoon Yim (KIPO), Tony Taubman (WTO), Michelle Healy, Counsellor (WTO), among others. In addition,  several senior patent and trade marks attorneys including Dr Declan McKeveney and Paul Thompson (FAK), Alistair Smith (DCC), Robert Wulff and Kellie Stonier (Griffith Hack) and Doug Waterhouse (Chief, Plant Breeder’s Rights, IP Australia) will continue to teach into the course in 2016.

Professional recognition

Accreditation has already been obtained from the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys for four units. Application for accreditation for the remaining units is in progress. This will accelerate graduates’ registration as a patent attorney or trade marks attorney in Australia.


Program directors

The Program Directors are Professor Kamal Puri, Professor of Intellectual Property, QUT Faculty of Law and Mr Marcelo Di Pietro Peralta, Director, WIPO Academy.

Steering committee

The steering committee includes Professor John Humphrey, Executive Dean, QUT Faculty of Law; Professor Kamal Puri, Professor of Intellectual Property, QUT Faculty of Law; Professor Matthew Rimmer, Professor of IP and Innovation Law; Associate Professor Amanda Stickley, Assistant Dean (Learning & Teaching); Mr Sherif Saadallah, Executive Director, WIPO Academy; Mr Marcelo Di Pietro, Director of Operations, WIPO Academy; and Ms Martha Chikowore, Training Officer, Academic Institutions Program, WIPO Academy.

The World Intellectual Property Organization

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a global forum for IP services, policy, information and cooperation with 188 member states. WIPO is dedicated to developing a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. WIPO provides professional training in IP via the WIPO Academy. The WIPO Academy plays a central role in WIPO’s activities to enhance the capacity of countries to use the IP system. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach to IP education focusing on its links with trade, innovation, health, applied sciences, information technology, and creative industries. The Academy also meets the growing demand for education in IP, by assisting universities in establishing
courses on IP through collaborative degree programs in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

For more information visit the WIPO website.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Master of Laws in Intellectual Property

The course requires satisfactory completion of eight core units or equivalent as determined by the Program Director. The course is normally offered in full-time mode. Part-time study is available after consultation with the Program Director.

Each unit is delivered in a week of intensive classes (26 hours per unit) spread over two semesters (mid-February to late-October).

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirement

A completed recognised four year bachelor honours degree (or higher award) in law; or

A completed recognised bachelor degree in law and:

  • admission as a legal practitioner in Australia or overseas; or
  • a minimum of 12 months (full-time) work experience in intellectual property; or
  • a completed recognised qualification in a discipline other than law at a Masters degree level or higher qualification; or

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher award) in a relevant discipline* and a minimum of two years (full-time) work experience in intellectual property.

*Relevant disciplines include:

  • economics
  • engineering
  • medicine
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • science
  • computer science
  • industrial design
  • business administration


Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: $23,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Master of Laws in Intellectual Property

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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