The Oxford Diploma in IP Law and Practice is a postgraduate vocational course for people embarking on a career in IP law and practice.  It is a one-year, part-time course designed to give junior practitioners a grounding in the fundamentals of IP law and practice.  It is taught by senior practitioners and academics, and represents a unique collaboration between the Oxford Law Faculty and the Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Association.

If you wish to attend just the two-week residential programme rather than the full degree, please look under ‘Non Degree Students’ for more information. 

Students discussing in a seminar


John Cairns, 2013


The Diploma is an intellectually rigorous academic and professional development programme in an area of enormous national and international importance.  It will suit anyone seeking to build a career specialising as a lawyer in IP, whether or not they have previously studied IP.

It comprises a two-week residential programme in Oxford, and a series of weekend workshops held from October to June which are usually held at London law firms.  It is taught by a mix of practicing and academic lawyers, and covers the full range of IP subjects (including Patents, Trade Marks, Unfair Competition and Passing Off, Trade Secrets, Designs, Copyright and Moral Rights) as well as key aspects of litigious and non-litigious IP practice and procedure.

The Diploma is unique in many respects. But two are particularly important, and these reflect the challenges of contemporary intellectual property law and practice.  First, the course is comprehensive in scope.  Intellectual property law is increasingly complex, putting pressure on practitioners to specialise in narrow fields of the discipline. Yet, problems in practice rarely arise so neatly.  The Oxford Diploma offers coverage of all the substantive IP regimes.  And it treats the material in a variety of important contexts (domestic and international, litigation and transactional).  Second, it is both designed and taught in close collaboration between leading academics and practitioners.  The growing complexity of intellectual property law makes a fundamental appreciation of the underlying legal principles essential to top-level practice.  And the fast-changing commercial and technological environment in which intellectual property operates makes exposure to practice significant for any proper academic understanding of the subject-matter.  The Oxford Diploma facilitates this essential interaction of law and practice through the close involvement of leading members of the legal profession in the design and teaching of the course.  The result is a course in intellectual property law and practice that is second to none.  


Teaching is usually undertaken in Oxford and London in intensive periods, primarily during the two-week residential programme in Oxford and a series of Saturday workshops usually held in London between October to June. The residential programme provides students a unique Oxford experience, including college life and interaction with Oxford faculty, practitioners and fellow students. 

The degree is not designed for distance learning but for people who will attend the residential programme and workshops in Oxford and London in person. Teaching on the Diploma is held in Oxford and London with provision for online teaching as advised by the Government and University.

Key Elements

  • The course is assessed through 5 coursework assignments between October to May (Trade Marks, Patents 1, Patents 2, Copyright, Designs) and examination papers in June. 
  • Teaching is mainly in lectures and interactive classes, and is structured to enable students to fit their studies around work and other commitments
  • A virtual learning environment provides students with access to course materials and research resources
  • Participation in the residential programme and workshops is mandatory

Residential Programme

The residential programme is taught through a series of lectures over two weeks in Oxford.  The Residential Programme is held  during the first two weeks of September (provisional dates are 4 - 16 September 2022) . Materials taught in the residential programme are assessed via examination in June.                                                                                                   

Weekend Workshops

The Saturday workshops are held between October – June the following year.  The workshops are taught in groups, with some lectures.  The two revision workshops are taught lecture style.  Students have to complete an assessed 3000 word coursework assignment after the following workshops: Trade Marks, Patents 1, Patents 2, Copyright and Designs.   

2021-22 Diploma Timetable

Teaching Accommodation and Spaces

The residential programme is held at one of Oxford's colleges.

As students of the Oxford Law Faculty, Diploma candidates will have access to the Law Bodleian Library.  Candidates staying in College during the residential programme will also have access to College facilities.   Weekend workshops will be held in law firms in London.  


Applications for 2022-23 entry are now being accepted (application deadline 8 July 2022, 12:00 midday UK time).

For further details on the selection criteria and supporting documents, please refer to the university's Graduate Admissions website

It is anticipated that candidates will be trainee or newly qualified solicitors or barristers but other professional qualifications and experience, in particular, admission as a patent or trade mark attorney, will also be considered.

Applications should be made via the University's online application form. There is an application fee of £75 per course application. Further details about how to pay this, and other information about filling in the form can be found in the University's Application Guide. Upon submission of your application, you should receive email confirmation from the University's Online Application System.

Please note that all applications will be assessed after the July deadline and we will communicate decisions as soon as we can after that date.



The Diploma fee for 2022 entry is £8,920 and covers: tuition; course materials; assessment and supervision; lunch and refreshments during the residential programme and weekend workshops, and a formal College dinner.  It does not cover accommodation. However, we can arrange accommodation at the Residential Programme for you.  The cost is expected to be in the region of £1,100 for 10 nights, including breakfast and dinner.  Students can choose to stay over the weekend for an extra cost per night including breakfast.

Non Degree Students

Every year, we offer a limited number of places on the Residential Programme part of the Diploma. 

Applications for attendance at the Residential Programme only, must be made using a separate form

The fee for attending the residential programme part of the programme in 2021 was £4753.  


PG Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice Programme Directors

Course Administrator: please email

Additional Oxford Faculty Members

Residential Programme tutors 2021-22:

  • Rachel Alexander, Wiggin
  • Sara Ashby, Wiggin
  • Christopher Benson, Fieldfisher
  • Alexandra Brodie, Gowling WLG
  • Michael Browne, Wiggin
  • Robert Burrell, University of Oxford
  • Liz Cohen, Bristows
  • Brian Cordery, Bristows
  • Jeremy Dickerson, Burges Salmon
  • Rowan Freeland, Simmons & Simmons
  • Dev Gangjee, University of Oxford
  • Michael Gavey, Simmons & Simmons
  • Paul Harris, Dehns
  • Emily Hudson, King's College London
  • Myles Jelf, Bristows
  • Sarah Lawrance, Bristows
  • John Linneker, Freshfields
  • Angus McLean, Simmons & Simmons
  • David Musker, Queen Mary University of London
  • Marjan Noor, Allen & Overy
  • Arty Rajendra, Osborne Clarke
  • Aidan Robertson, Brick Court Chambers
  • Catriona Smith, Wiggin  
  • Ravi Srinivasan, J A Kemp
  • Sarah Turner, Simmons & Simmons
  • Justin Watts, WilmerHale


A Selection of Workshop tutors:

Sara AshbyWigginDesigns
Jonathan BallGowling WLGCopyright
Michael BrowneWigginDesigns
Zoe ButlerPowell GilbertPatents
Simon ClarkBristowsCopyright
Brian CorderyBristowsPatents
Michael GaveySimmons & SimmonsIP Aspects of Commercial Transactions
Penny GilbertPowell GilbertPatents
Gregor GrantMarks & ClerkPatents
Myles JelfBristowsPatents
John LinnekerFreshfieldsCopyright
Angus McLeanSimmons & SimmonsIP Aspects of Commercial Transactions
Jonathan MossHogarth ChambersDesigns
Andrew NorrisHogarth ChambersTrade Marks
Arty RajendraOsborne ClarkeTrade Marks
Tom ScourfieldCMSTrade Marks
Alison SladeLeicester University Revision Workshops
Catriona SmithWigginCopyright
David StoneAllen & OveryDesigns
Alex WilsonPowell GilbertPatents

**Please note that the list of tutors is subject to change**