12 months
1892 USD/year
1860 USD/year
Tuition fee
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This Stellenbosch University, Master of Laws specialised LLM programme is the only fully accredited Master of Laws with a focus on Intellectual Property Law as a legal discipline distinct from Private Law or Mercantile Law.


The Stellenbosch University, Master of Laws specialised LLM programme is a structured, research-orientated programme focused on issues of Intellectual Property Law designed to train specialised academics and equip students with the necessary critical assessment skills, insight and analytical ability to practice effectively in the fields of IP law and occupy the position of experts in IP Law.

The LLM (IP Law) consists of three compulsory taught modules, each designed to provide the student with a sound theoretical knowledge of the subject matter in addition to detailed instruction on issues pertaining to litigation and vesting/registration of IP rights, a choice of two highly specialised elective modules and a compulsory research module consisting of a research assignment.


The LLM (IP Law) is a specialised academic qualification that incorporates all of the necessary practical knowledge needed to evaluate and critically assess the practice of IP law and advise on relevant issues in detail or formulate an expert opinion. As a comprehensive review and analysis of South African, foreign and International Intellectual Property Law, the LLM (IP Law) may benefit students who endeavour to become a trademark practitioner or (in select cases) a patent attorney by providing them with a sound understanding of the law and preparation for the relevant admission/practitioners’ examinations administered by the SAIIPL.


  1. Department of Higher Education and Training (South Africa)
  2. NQF Level 9
  3. CESM Classification 12
  4. (Law) Majors (CESM Category) 120307 (Intellectual Property)
  5. SAQA Registered.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Copyright Law 
  • Trademark Law 
  • Intellectual Property in the Digital Environment 
  • Patent Law and the Law of Registered Designs 
  • Intellectual Property Law: Research Paper

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A student with an LLB degree conferred by this University or any other bachelor’s degree in Law (excluding the BIuris degree) and who has attained an average of 60% in the final year of this degree or a comparable achievement in another (for example, foreign) qualification, or a student who has attained a level of proficiency or accomplishment in Law which, in the judgement of the Senate, is regarded as adequate for this purpose, may apply in writing to read for a Master’s degree in Law. The Senate will consider every application on merit.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1892 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1892 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    1860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1860 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National Tuition fees - R31 857
  • SADC - minimum compulsatory initial fee: R30,000; Tuition fee: R0
    • Africa - minimum compulsatory initial fee R30,000; Tuition fee: R0
    • Rest of the World - minimum compulsatory initial fee: R30,000; Tuition fee R32,425

Living costs for Stellenbosch

7630 - 10640 ZAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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