International Programmes 2019/2020

Master of Laws in Intellectual Property and Competition Law Master of Laws in Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Munich Intellectual Property Law Center • München

Master of Laws (LLM)
Course location
In cooperation with
Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Technical University of Munich (TUM), George Washington University Law School, Washington DC, USA
Teaching language
  • English

MIPLC classes are taught entirely in English. Likewise, any interaction with the MIPLC administration takes place in English, so that knowledge of German is not necessary.

Programme duration
2 semesters
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies
Early October
Application deadline

Regular applicants: 30 April
Applicants for the DAAD scholarship "Development-Related Postgraduate Courses": 15 October of the previous year

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

The tuition fee for the LLM programme "Intellectual Property and Competition Law" is 32,000 EUR for the entire year of studies.

Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The Munich Intellectual Property Law Center's Master of Laws programme is unique in its international and interdisciplinary coverage of intellectual property (IP) and competition law. It aims to provide a comprehensive and international education by exhaustively treating European, US, and international IP systems.

The MIPLC's modularised curriculum comprehensively discusses patents, trademarks, copyright, designs, geographical indications, etc., as well as competition law and related economics/business aspects in a wide and varied range of courses. Our international faculty from Europe, the US, and Asia comprises professors from prestigious universities, senior judges, IP experts of renowned corporations, and leading researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. Their impressive backgrounds guarantee multifaceted discussions and allow for an understanding of intellectual property in its broadest sense. The programme covers both civil law and common law jurisdictions and thus prepares graduates for operating effectively in any legal environment.

Course organisation

Our modularised curriculum, spanning two semesters, contains the following elements: introductory courses, the mandatory basic modules, numerous elective modules, the Master's thesis, an optional eight-week internship, and several extracurricular activities.

The introductory courses are scheduled for the beginning of each academic year and convey essential knowledge of IP, related legal issues of economics, and legal writing. The mandatory basic modules lay the foundation for later specialisations by instructing students in all areas of intellectual property and competition law. This starts immediately after the introductory courses and continues through the first part of the second semester. The elective modules start towards the end of the first semester and continue throughout the second semester. They offer advanced courses on the programme subjects and adjacent areas of law and business studies, such as Economics of IP.

From the end of the first semester onward, students have the opportunity to work on their Master's thesis, which is due about six weeks after the end of the formal study period.

After the submission of the Master's thesis in mid-September, students may complete an optional internship. The MIPLC assists its students in organising such an internship. To this end, it can draw on a large list of IP law firms, prestigious corporations, and international organisations such as the European Patent Office (EPO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), where MIPLC students have interned in the past.

The programme comes to a close at the graduation ceremony, during which the diplomas are awarded and graduates celebrate their achievements with their families and friends.

Various extracurricular activities are scheduled throughout the year. Such activities include, for instance, study visits to the European Patent Office and BMW as well as guest lectures given by distinguished speakers. Annually ten students are selected to participate in the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN) Congress in two different European cities.

Most MIPLC courses are taught in intensive sessions spread over several consecutive days as lectures, seminars, or practical training units with active student participation. Training in litigation and negotiation skills forms an integral part of the classes. The interactive teaching style with its focus on case studies requires substantial preparatory reading in addition to class attendance. This enables students to efficiently grasp the subject matter and to actively participate in discussions and debates from the very beginning.

For a list of modules and courses, please visit:

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Types of assessment

Students take written exams regularly throughout the year. Additionally, students participate in a mandatory seminar, in which they prepare a seminar paper and present it to the class.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Study trips
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Integrated internships

After the submission of the Master's thesis in mid-September, students may complete an eight-week internship, which provides an excellent opportunity to practice newly acquired knowledge and skills in "real life IP", and, in some cases, even to meet a future employer. The MIPLC has a strong network of internship sponsors and will assist the students in the organisation of an internship. Sponsors include German and international IP law firms, corporate IP departments, and national and international IP organisations. Students may also complete an internship abroad.

Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • DAAD development-related postgraduate course
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

The tuition fee for the LLM programme "Intellectual Property and Competition Law" is 32,000 EUR for the entire year of studies.

Semester contribution
Around 425 EUR per semester in administrative university fees
Costs of living
For a tentative overview of the cost of living in Munich for a year, please refer to
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
The MIPLC offers a limited number of partial tuition fee waivers to applicants who demonstrate merit and need.
Academic Admission Requirements

1. A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent). While most of our students hold a previous degree in law, natural sciences, engineering, or management, we also welcome students from other disciplines. If the Bachelor's programme was not a four-year programme (240 ECTS credits or equivalent), but a three-year programme (180 ECTS credits or equivalent), an applicant may be admitted if he or she has gained an additional year of professional experience (two years in total).

2. Applicants need to have acquired at least one year (self-financing students) or two years (applicants for a DAAD scholarship) of professional experience after their first university degree. This means that work done during undergraduate studies (before obtaining the Bachelor's degree) cannot be counted. Apart from actual employment in a paid position, professional experience also includes internships, work as a research assistant (postgraduate), and work during a legal clerkship.

3. Applicants must have a very good knowledge of English (see language requirements).

Language requirements

Applicants must have a very good knowledge of English. Therefore, one of the MIPLC admission requirements is a very good result in one of the following tests taken within the last three years:

  • a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of minimum 85 (Internet-based), 223 (computer-based), or 563 (paper-based);
  • an IELTS (International English Language Testing System; academic version) score of 6.5 or above; or
  • a minimum grade of "C" on the Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English). Scores from other Cambridge tests, such as the Key English Test and the Certificate of Advanced English, will not be accepted.

The test requirement is waived for applicants who are either native speakers of English or have received their degree from an institution at which English is the language of instruction. In the latter case, please add a written confirmation from your university if you have studied in a country other than the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

Application deadline

Regular applicants: 30 April
Applicants for the DAAD scholarship "Development-Related Postgraduate Courses": 15 October of the previous year

Submit application to

Please fill out our online application form at

Subsequently, please send your application file by postal mail to:
Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC)
Marstallplatz 1
80539 Munich

Possibility of finding part-time employment

The programme is very intense and rigorous. Students will generally not have any time to undertake additional work.
After the submission of the Master's thesis in mid-September, students have the opportunity to complete an optional internship.


Students will have to find their own accommodation on the private market, which offers anything from rooms in shared flats to luxury apartments. Lists of rental agencies, dormitories, etc., will be provided.

Career advisory service

The MIPLC team will be happy to provide career development support and coaching services to the MIPLC students. This includes a career information session, an internship information session, application workshops, support for organising an internship, and personal consultation with regard to optimising cover letters and CVs as well as job-search strategies. The MIPLC regularly receives high-calibre job offers from renowned (patent) law firms, corporations, IP institutions, and universities, which the team will gladly pass on to students and graduates.
All through the academic year, students at the MIPLC enjoy a host of opportunities to interact with high-level representatives of (patent) law firms, corporations, IP institutions, and academia. These opportunities present themselves in the classroom, at the MIPLC Lecture Series, at various conferences at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, and during study visits to, e.g., the EPO and BMW.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Tutors
  • Specialist counselling
  • Visa matters
Supervisor-student ratio
One to one

Munich Intellectual Property Law Center

The MIPLC is a collaborative project jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Augsburg University, the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. With its LLM programme "Intellectual Property and Competition Law" and by engaging in IP-related research, the MIPLC focuses exclusively on intellectual property issues.

The MIPLC draws on the strengths of each partner to provide students with a unique learning experience. We take pride in our faculty, which consists of recognised specialists from the academic and business worlds. With a class limited to 38 students per year, students enjoy a personal environment with close contacts to fellow students, professors, and administrative staff. They also benefit from excellent working conditions, including shared offices, desktop access to legal databases, and an intensive tutorial system.

The MIPLC is located in central Munich. The students' offices, the administrative offices, and the MIPLC lecture hall are all on the same floor. The library of the Max Planck Institute, to which students enjoy full access, and the MIPLC library are just a short walk away.

University Location

Munich is the third-largest city in Germany and an important cultural and economic centre. It has been ranked by Germans as the most liveable city in Germany, and with over 80,000 university students, there is a vibrant student life.

Munich is known as Europe's "Intellectual Property Capital" because it is home to the European Patent Office, the German Patent and Trademark Office, the German Federal Patent Court, numerous IP law firms, and a large number of corporations in industries heavily dependent upon intellectual property, including Siemens, BMW, and many media and biotech companies.

Munich's cultural and recreational attractions include:
  • 45 museums, including the Deutsches Museum - possibly the best technology museum in the world - and a cluster of world-famous art museums
  • two opera houses, 58 theatres, and 84 cinemas
  • the Bavaria Film Studios, where such films as "The Never-Ending Story", "Cabaret", and "Das Boot" were shot (Munich is the film and media capital of Germany)
  • the English Garden, one of the largest urban parks in the world
  • the largest concentration of beer gardens in the world
  • within an hour by car or train, the German Alps and a number of beautiful Alpine lakes