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Master of Laws

Stellenbosch University

12 months
1696 EUR/year
1696 EUR/year
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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.


Key facts

It is therefore not offered as a conglomerate degree of selected IP-related modules under the auspices of a generic LLM, but a bespoke, predetermined programme with a highly specialised focus on Intellectual Property Law and practice.

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

What we offer

The LLM (IP Law) consists of four compulsory taught modules and a residential research module, each designed to equip 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 residential research module.

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

  • Proof of permanent residence or refugee status (if you are not a South African citizen)
  • Student support form (students with disabilities)
  • Additional programme specific documents (If applicable)
  • Application fee (R100) – 8 USD
  • Unless your documents are in English or Dutch, you should supply a certified translation with certified copies of your qualifications

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1696 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 1696 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • National

    1696 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 1696 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • R29 171

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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