Study Module in IP Law

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Complete a selection of courses within IP Law at Hanken. You can also get admitted to the MSc level after completing the study module with good grades.

Interested in studying IP Law courses on MSc level at Hanken?

Intellectual property rights are essential assets of any business operating in our increasingly digital economy. Intellectual Property Law (IPL) study module is a unique combination of legal and business studies and gives you a solid expertise in both areas, as well as an exceptional understanding of today’s markets and the world of intellectual property. Our courses are taught in close collaboration with industry, with IP organizations, as well as by internationally renowned visiting professors, to ensure they remain at the forefront of the developments in intellectual property matters. Teachers of the courses are the leading academic and business experts from all around the world. You get a unique chance to expand your network and learn from the bests.

Hanken offers 30 open seats to its popular IP Law and Commercial Law courses for those who wants to deepen their knowledge in the subject area. The courses are targeted for example to the practitioners who wants to deepen their knowledge about intellectual property law and commercial law but who don’t need the academic certificate. The electronic registration form will be available on this site 15 April 2021.

The courses are free of charge if you are registered as present in Finnish University or in Finnish University of Applied Science. If you take part in the module as an Open University student, there is a fee for registration. The registration period for the study module IP Law on MSc level starts during the spring of 2021.

In addition, the 10 best of the module's students, who have also attained a BSc degree, can be offered admission to the IPL specialisation (more detailed information below).

The principle of first come, first serve is applicable, and there is only 30 seats available within the module. The 30 first eligible students to sign up (20 to the Cooperation quota and 10 through the Open University quota) will be offered the possibility to complete a predetermined selection of courses within IP Law at Hanken, during the two following academic years. If one of the quotas is not filled when the registration ends, the empty seats can be moved to the other quota.

Eligible students must have attained at least 10 ECTS of studies within commercial law or law studies (university level) before the registration for the module has ended.

Eligible students can register to the module and its courses by filling in an electronic form and by belonging to one of the following quotas:

Quotas for the IPL Study Module
Cooperation Quota Cooperation quota, 20 seats: you need to be registered as present at a Finnish university, or a Finnish university of applied sciences, and need to be so during the completion of the studies. Certificate of enrollment and transcript of records is demanded when registering to the module and the transcript of records is needed to prove the 10 ECTS of law studies.
Open University Quota Open University quota, 10 seats: you will be registered as a Open university student. This quota is open for ANYONE who has ever attained at least 10 ECTS of law studies. Transcript of records is needed to prove the 10 ECTS of law studies.The whole module, for two years, is offered for a price of 400 euros (one-off payment). The payment is done upon or shortly after registration.


Once you have been accepted to the module as a student, you can choose from a wide variety of Hanken's courses from IP Law and commercial law on MSc level. You can take part in up to 45 ECTS worth of the pre-defined courses per academic year at a maximum. Note that you can only sign up to the courses defined as courses belonging to the study module (thus, you cannot, as an example, study French at Hanken by signing up to the study module, since French classes are not defined as courses within the module). There may be more courses offered than 45 ECTS per year.

The 30 first eligible students to sign up through the electronic form will gain access to the courses.

The following courses within IP Law and Commercial Law are offered within the module during the academic years 2021-2022.

  • 37047-E Introduction to IP (‘IPR is the new black’) 2 cr P1-P2, P3-P4, S1, S2 (BSc level, mandatory for admission)
  • 37014 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law 10 cr P1 (mandatory for admission)
  • 37028 International and Comparative IP Law 5 cr P3 (mandatory for admission)
  • 37046 Law and Economics of IP 5 cr P2 (offered only 2021/22)
  • 37031 Intellectual Property Strategy for Business 5cr P3 (offered only 2021/22)
  • 37049 Information Governance and Trade Sector Law 5cr P4, S1 (online)
  • 37034 Practical IP Law in Europe 5 cr P1-P2, P3-P4, S1, S2 (online)
  • 37036 Literature course in Commercial Law 10 cr P1-P2, P3-P4, S1, S2

You are allowed to sign up to courses adding up to a maximum of 45 ECTS per academic year, even though the actual amount of ECTS offered might be higher. You gain the right to participate in the courses during the first two academic years after you have signed up as one of the 30 first eligible students. You are not allowed to re-take courses. For more detailed information about the courses' contents visit Hanken's WebOodi, Study Handbooks.

P1, P2, P3 or P4 = Period 1, 2, 3, or 4, where period 1 is during the beginning of the fall semester and period 4 in late spring semester

S1 and S2 = Hanken's summer semesters, teaching during the summer

The registration period for the study module IP Law on MSc level starts during the spring of 2021. The electronic form will be available on this site 15 April 2021.

You will need to upload a scanned copy of your official stamped transcript of records in order to prove that you have attained the required 10 ECTS of studies within commercial law or law (university level). The scanned copies cannot be older than 3 months, and the original needs to be issued by the university (which means that you cannot print one yourself). The registration ends when 30 eligible students have signed up to the study module or when the predetermined registration time ends.

If you wish to gain access to the study module through the "cooperation studies quota" you need to prove that you are registered as present at a university or university of applied sciences for the whole academic year: also enclose a scanned copy of your stamped certificate of enrollment. The scanned copies cannot be older than 3 months.

Hanken can accept electronic transcript of records if the link is sent through My sevice for studies completed in Finland, or if your university issues official electronic transcripts. Hanken will try verify your 10 ECTS of law studies and/or enrolment as soon as possible.

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The 10 best applicants who fulfill all of the criteria (below) will be offered admission to study IP Law on MSc level at Hanken. The ranking is based on the grades attained from the study module's courses.

Admission criteria, all applicants need to fulfill the following and will be ranked based on the applicant's grades in the module's courses:

  •     have signed up as one of the 30 eligible students to the official study module through its Open University or Cooperation quota, and been granted the right to complete the courses through the study module*
  •     attained at least 40 ECTS of the study module's courses, including the courses defined as mandatory for admission (these courses might change during the years - Hanken will take these changes into account when the applicant applies for admission)
  •     these 40 ECTS need to be completed within two academic years (all courses need to be completed and registered on the applicant's transcript before the application time ends in spring),
  •     attained at least good as a GPA from the courses/40 ECTS (at least 70 out of 100 / at least 3.0 out of 5 on Hanken's scale),
  •     have completed the 40 ECTS/all courses needed for admission with tuition in English with at least the grade 70/good/3 out of 5 in all courses (or proven your English language skills in any of the other accepted ways),
  •     attained at least a BSc degree from a recognised university, or university of applied sciences before the actual degree studies at Hanken can start (last possible graduation date is 31 July that same year),
  •     sent in the application before the application deadline.

If the applicant has not been able to complete 40 ECTS within two academic years (or if the courses have not been registered on their transcript before the deadline) with a GPA of at least good, the applicant cannot sign up to another two-year period, and try to attain the missing courses, or re-take courses in order to gain higher grades. It is not possible to try to apply for admission based on courses attained during a second two-year period. Admission can only be granted based on studies attained during the applicant's first two-year period. The application period is always in the spring, and the first application period for this admission will be held in the spring of 2022 for students who registered for the module in 2020 or later. Students who sign up to the module in the spring of 2021 can try to complete the demanded 40 ECTS by spring 2022 or 2023 at the latest.

*It is not possible to apply for admission without completing the required studies through the study module. As an example: one cannot sign up as an external student to the courses through the Open university portal and then complete a selection of courses on their own. This is to ensure that only a maximum of 10 eligible students will be admitted, and that these have attained the needed knowledge, defined by the academic staff at the IPL specialisation, to be able to succeed in their studies.

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