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Master of Science (IPM)


In today's knowledge economy, intellectual assets (such as technological information) are business assets that must be effectively managed in order to unlock their commercial potential for the sustained growth of technology-related businesses.

The Master of Science (Intellectual Property Management) programme is a comprehensive inter-disciplinary post graduate programme in Intellectual Property which bridges law, technology, science, engineering and management. It is jointly offered by the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and administered by the IP Academy, Singapore.

The programme is the first of its kind in Singapore is targeted at mid to senior management professionals with a background in science, technology or engineering who wish to specialize in the management of IP in a technology related business.

The teaching will be provided by a combination of academics, adjunct lecturers and by visiting local or overseas practitioners. Ths programme is jointly organised by the Faculties of Law and Engineering and jointly administered by the IP Academy, Singapore and Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM).


A candidate must normally have completed a Bachelor's Degree with 2nd Class Honours or its equivalent from a university with recognized standing. Candidates with relevant working experience are considered favorably.

The above are minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission. Selection of students is on a competitive basis.

Academic Requirements

A full-time or part-time candidate for the degree of M.Sc. (IPM) must successfully complete a programme of study consisting of the following two key components:

  1. 20 MCs GCIP Programme: Intellectual Property Law (taken at IP Academy), with a minimum of 55% average
  2. 20 MCs worth of IPM electives offered by ISEM, with a minimum CAP of 3.0*

*Subject to the approval of the Programme Manager for M.Sc. (IPM), students may be allowed to take up to 4 MCs outside the prescribed curriculum, in lieu of the required modules to complete the M.Sc. degree.

All graduate modules comprise 39 hours of lecture and are assigned 4 MCs, unless otherwise stated. Lectures are conducted typically on weekdays from 6pm to 9pm. Part 1 at IP Academy typically takes one year to complete for both full-time and part-time students. The minimum-maximum candidature at NUS for full-time study is 1 semester - 2 semesters whereas part-time study is 2 semesters - 4 semesters.

Tuition Fees

While pursuing studies in NUS, students are liable to pay the tuition fees. The amount payable may depend on the nationality as well as whether applicant have previously enjoyed a Singapore government subsidy or sponsorship by a government agency. Fees for each academic years are subject to review by the Ministry of Education.

Unless otherwise indicated, all fees are payable on a semester basis. All students reading modules at NUS are required to pay Miscellaneous Student Fees too.


The M.Sc. (IPM) programme has one admission intake per academic year.
August intake:    Application will open approximately in January. As GCIP has ceased admitting new students starting from AY2018/2019, the MSc IPM programme will only consider applicants who have graduated with GCIP in the AY2019 admissions exercise.

January intake:  Not available

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