Masters in Intellectual Property
- Programme Structure
- Admission Requirements
- Fees & Scholarships
The Program is jointly organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and Africa University (AU) with financial support from the Government of Japan. The Program is held at AU in Mutare and at ARIPO in Harare.
The MIP programme is designed mainly for people already in employment and who wish to receive training in intellectual property management, or advance their training in the case of those who already have some training in this field. The overall aim of the programme is to assist practitioners acquire appropriate knowledge and skills in the management of intellectual property systems. Its objectives are to: Develop knowledge and skills in the area of intellectual property and intellectual property rights management and protection; Promote a culture that values, respects and protects the results of creative thought, innovation and invention in Africa; Equip students with analytical skills for identifying issues in the application of the principles underlying the concept of intellectual property rights, and for contributing to the development of the intellectual property industry in the national context; Develop professionals with competent research skills and capacity to design and deliver training programmes in one or more areas in the field of intellectual property.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the Masters in Intellectual Property (MIP) Program. The Degree is jointly offered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and Africa University (AU), with financial support from the Government of Japan.
The duration is twelve months, from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018, structured in three parts, as follows:
• First Part (May 1 to July 21, 2017): WIPO Academy Distance Learning Courses, undertaken via the Internet;
• Second Part (August 1 to December 8, 2017): Residential phase requiring physical attendance at lectures undertaken at Africa University in Mutare (Zimbabwe) and practical training sessions at ARIPO in Harare.
• Third Part (December 11, 2017 to April 30, 2018): Dissertation Phase requiring research and writing on an approved topic.
The Program adopts a comparative approach, with particular emphasis on Africa. Lectures are given by leading academics, intellectual property practitioners, intellectual property officers and other experts drawn from across Africa.
Click here to download the MIP curriculum .You can also visit the WIPO Academy (www.wipo.int/academy) and ARIPO (www.aripo.org) for more information about the programme.
The MIP Program is designed for young professionals who wish to upgrade their skills in IP law. The Program is based on a comparative approach. Candidates are required to hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in any discipline. English proficiency is required. A minimum of two years of work experience is recommended.
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With a view to contributing to the development of human resources in the field of IP in Africa, WIPO and ARIPO will provide approximately 30 scholarships to qualified candidates from Africa. The scholarship shall cover the cost of a return air ticket, board and lodge at Africa University and ARIPO, tuition fees, registration fees, medical insurance and meal allowances.