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Advanced Master of Intellectual Property Rights & ICT Law



Address
KU Leuven Campus Brussels, Warmoesberg 26, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Telephone
+32 2 210 13 24

E-mail address
law.master.ipict(at)kuleuven.be



Type of course
Full-time and part-time Evening programme: Classes are held on weekdays, Monday to Thursday, from 6 pm onwards.

Language of tuition
English

Length of course
10-12 months

Date of commencement
September

Class size
Mandatory subjects: 80
Electives: 25-50

Cost / fees
€3500 (if followed on a full-time basis during 1 year)

Accommodation
Student accommodation is not available on campus but the Social Services of Campus Brussels may assist students in finding a suitable place to stay.

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
International law firms, companies in the ICT and media sector, industry, consultancy, regulators, public administration, academic institutions, etc.

Exchange partner schools
EULISP programme

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / Overseas students: 50 / 50
2. Ratio of Men / Women: 50 / 50
3. Age range: 22 -

Admission requirements
See opposite / below

Programme Director
Prof. Anton Vedder

Contact details for application
KU Leuven Campus Brussels
Warmoesberg 26
1000 Brussel

tel. +32 2 210 13 24
email law.master.ipict(at)kuleuven.be



KU Leuven Campus Brussels

Advanced Master of Intellectual Property Rights and ICT Law


The advanced master’s programme in IP & IT Law builds on the expertise of the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) The programme provides an in-depth study of European IP, ICT and media law. The IP, ICT and media sectors are rapidly evolving and interacting with a myriad of technological, economic and sociological developments. Existing legal frameworks are continuously challenged within these sectors and traditional legal concepts and principles need to be reinterpreted.

This programme intends to address the increasing demand for qualified legal experts in the IP, ICT and media sector. For this purpose, it offers a comprehensive study of European IP, IT and media and communications law to students, with special attention for interdisciplinary perspectives and the practical skills that are typically in demand in these sectors.


Programme

The complete programme can be followed in English. It is primarily oriented towards the European and international legal perspectives. For some of the mandatory subjects and part of the electives students can choose alternative options in Dutch or French, which especially focus on the national, Belgian legal perspective. The programme offers the possibility of specialization in either IP or IT law. A combination of selected subjects from both tracks is also possible (participation in the Dutch or French courses is, of course, subject to knowledge of the relevant language). Students need to complete 5 compulsory courses, 5 optional courses (from a total of 11 elective courses) and a master’s thesis (in Dutch, French or English).


 

MASTER OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND ICT LAW

60 sp.

Compulsory courses

25 sp.

International and European Copyright Law

OR

Auteursrecht (in Dutch)

5 sp.

1e sem.

International and European Patent Law

OR

Droit des brevets (in French)

5 sp.

1e sem.

International and European Trademark Law

OR

Merkenrecht (in Dutch)

5 sp.

1e sem.

European Electronic Business Law

5 sp.

2e sem.

Media Law

5 sp.

2e sem.

Optional courses

20 sp.

Kwekersrecht en biotechnologie (in Dutch)

4 sp.

1e sem.

Droits voisins du droit d’auteur (in French)

4 sp.

1e sem.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on ICT

4 sp.

1e sem.

European Electronic Communications Law

4 sp.

1e sem.

Problems in the IP and ICT practice

4 sp.

2e sem.

Droit des dessins et modèles (in French)

4 sp.

2e sem.

Droits intellectuels et droit de la concurrence (in French)

4 sp.

2e sem.

European Privacy and Data Protection Law

4 sp.

2e sem.

Electronic Contracts Law

4 sp.

2e sem.

Cybercrime Law

4 sp.

2e sem.

IP and IT Law and Health

4 sp.

2e sem.




Admission requirements

International students (please note that other rules are applicable to students with a master’s degree obtained in the Flemish, French or German Communities of Belgium, cf. http://www.law.kuleuven.be/brussel/en/education/intellectual_property_rights/application need to have obtained a degree considered to be equivalent to a Master’s degree in Law. However, students that have obtained a Master degree in other disciplines may also be admitted subject to a positive evaluation of their full application file.

If the master’s degree was awarded outside of the European Union: admission on the condition that the special self-training course “Introduction to European law” is completed.

If the master’s degree was awarded within the European Union: admission on the condition that a special self-training course “Introduction to European law” is completed unless students obtained a master’s degree in law or a master’s degree in a discipline that includes an introduction in law of at least 60 hours.

Applicants without a degree issued by a higher education institute of the Flemish Community must apply for admission first. All relevant information is available at http://www.kuleuven.be/application/instructions.html.

A minimum level of proficiency in the English language (not for students awarded a degree by the French or German Community in Belgium) is required. The following certificates are accepted:
  • Toefl test (minimum 600 "paper based", minimum 250 "computer based" and minimum 100 "internet based");
  • I.E.L.T.S. test score of minimum 7
  • Cambridge-Proficiency level certificate.
Students who obtained their secondary school diploma or Academic Degree in a country belonging to the Inner Circle (Australia, English speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America) can be exempted from this requirement.


Timing & Location

Courses are taught Monday to Thursday, in the evening, from 6 pm onwards, in Brussels. The buildings of KU Leuven campus Brussels can be reached in a ten minute walk from Brussels Central Station. It is possible to participate in the programme on a part-time basis, spreading the programme over two years.


About KU Leuven and Campus Brussels

The Advanced Master of Intellectual Property Rights and ICT Law is organised by KU Leuven. The classes are taught at the Brussels campus.


Studying in the capital of Europe

KU Leuven Brussels campus is situated in the historical centre of Brussels. It is surrounded by many European and international organisations. Brussels truly is ‘the capital of Europe’, hosting meetings and sessions of the European Commission, the European Parliament, NATO and many diplomatic missions and international organizations. In addition the many international firms and financial institutions that have their HQ in Brussels make the city one of the world’s biggest financial markets.


KU Leuven - Inspiring the Outstanding

Founded in 1425, KU Leuven – University of Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's highest-ranked university as well as one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe.

As Europe’s most innovative university (Reuters 2016) and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international study programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research. From Medicine, Science, Engineering and Technology to the Humanities and Social Sciences, KU Leuven has 16 faculties and offers degree programmes in virtually every academic discipline – take your pick!

Since its foundation, KU Leuven has been based in the city that shares its name. Leuven is a modern, bustling and safe student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The university also offers degree programmes at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels - the beating heart of Europe.

Boasting an outstanding central location in the heart of Europe, KU Leuven offers a truly international experience, high-quality education and world-class research and innovation.