The National University of Singapore (NUS) Master of Laws (LLM) – Intellectual Property & Technology Law Specialisation is offered by the NUS Faculty of Law.

This specialisation focuses on legal issues raised by the rapid advancement of science and technology. The courses offered include traditional intellectual property law courses, including those on copyright, patents, designs, trademarks and confidential information; as well as others specifically focused on the relevant technologies, such as biomedical law, telecommunications law and internet law.


Admission to the NUS LLM programme is granted on a competitive basis as places in the programme are limited. Applicants should possess the following minimum requirements:


Bachelor’s Degree in Law


Not applicable

English Language

Applicants from English-medium institutions in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States:

  • No requirement

Applicants whose LLB or LLM degrees were conducted entirely in the English medium:

  • May submit a request with supporting documents for consideration (on a case-by-case basis) to be granted a waiver

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not completely in English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 100 (Internet-based), or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score of 7.0.

Candidates who have obtained a TOEFL score of 92–99 (Internet-based) may also apply, but may be invited to attend an interview or be required to undertake a prescribed intensive English language training course, prior to commencing law studies.

Note: TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application. In view of COVID-19, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition, TOEFL ITP® Plus (with a score of at least 627) for China and IELTS indicator (with the same scores as the standard IELTS test) will be accepted in the interim until testing centres reopen.


Not applicable


The NUS LLM programme is offered on the following basis (with estimated time to complete the programme indicated below):

 Full-time  12 months 

Note: International applicants must be accepted into an approved full-time course in Singapore to apply for a Student’s Pass. For more information, refer to the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.


The NUS LLM is a 40–44-modular credit (MC) coursework-based graduate degree programme comprising:

  • Core/essential modules (at least 24 MCs), and
  • Elective Modules (up to 20 MCs).
Core/Essential Modules

Students who wish to specialise in Intellectual Property & Technology Law must complete at least 24 MCs of modules from the Intellectual Property & Technology Law subject cluster, including the compulsory module Law of Intellectual Property (8 MCs)—students who have read and passed a module on Intellectual Property Law at NUS or its equivalent in a common law jurisdiction are exempted from having to take this module. Students from non-Common Law jurisdictions are required to take Singapore Common Law of Contract in Semester 1.

View Modules

Module Code Module Title MCs
LC5405 Law of Intellectual Property 8
LC5337 Singapore Common Law of Contract 4
 Intellectual Property & Technology Law
Module Code Module Title MCs
LL5283V Artificial Intelligence, Information Science & Law (Sem 2) 5
LL5007 Biotechnology Law (Sem 1) 4
LL5093 Chinese Intellectual Property Law (Sem 1) 4
LL5440 Electronic Evidence (Sem 2) 4
LL5177V Entertainment Law: Pop Iconography & Celebrity (Sem 1) 5
LL5070V Foundations of IP Law (Sem 1) 5
LL5433V Global Data Privacy Law (Sem 1) 5
LL5386 Intellectual Property in Body, Persona & Art (Sem 2) 4
LL5111V International Copyright Law and Policy (Not Offered in AY2020-2021) (Sem 1) 5
LL5071V International Patent Law, Policy and Practice (Sem 2) 5
LL5096 International Trademark Law and Policy (Not Offered in AY2020-2021) (Sem 2) 4
LL5076V IT Law I (Sem 1) 5
LL5077V IT Law II (Not Offered in AY2019-2020) (Sem 1) 5
LL5350V Privacy & Data Protection Law (Sem 2) 5
LL5394 Protection Overlaps in Intellectual Property Law (Sem 2) 4
LL5387 Regulation of Digital Platforms (Not Offered in AY2020-2021) (Sem 2) 4
Elective Modules

Up to 20 MCs of modules may be selected from those offered in other subject clusters in the LLM programme.

For a complete list of modules in all the subject clusters, please refer to the NUS Law website Course Listing.

Note: For more information about the modules listed above (as well as other modules offered in the current academic year), please visit NUSMODS.


To graduate from the NUS LLM programme with an Intellectual Property & Technology Law specialisation, students must meet the following requirements:

Programme and/or Specialisation

Read and pass a total of 40–44 MCs. 

Module and/or Qualification

At least 24 MCs must be from modules in the Intellectual Property & Technology Law subject cluster, including the compulsory module Law of Intellectual Property—unless exempted. Students from non-Common Law jurisdictions are required to take Singapore Common Law of Contract.

Cumulative Average Point (CAP) 

Not applicable


Not applicable


Kindly note that all fees for the NUS LLM programme quoted on this page are exclusive of prevailing GST, unless otherwise stated. The University reserves all rights to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.


S$33,317.76 (excluding GST) per annum* /
S$35,650.00 (including GST) per annum*

Non-subsidised tuition fees shown here.

Financial Assistance

Singaporeans and Singapore PRs may enjoy tuition fee subsidies1.

• Kwa Geok Choo Graduate Scholarship (All nationalities)

• Faculty Graduate Scholarship (FGS) (All nationalities)

• Scholarship for Young Asian Academics (SYAA) (Asian students)

• EllaCheong LLM (Intellectual Property & Technology Law) Scholarship (All nationalities)

For more about graduate tuition fees and subsidies, please refer to the NUS Registrar’s Office.

For more about loans and other financial assistance, please email Law Graduate Admissions.

1 Information about subsidised tuition fees for LLM can be found on the Faculty of Law web page on Tuition Fees.


S$50 (including GST)

• Non-refundable and non-transferable


Not applicable

Student Services

As published by NUS Registrar’s Office

• Payable every regular semester

Programme at a Glance*

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Next Intake:

Application Period:

Online Submission:
15 Sep 2021–15 Nov 2021


Submission of Supporting Documents:
By 22 Nov 2021

* For full details, please refer to main write-up.

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For enquiries, please email us at pgc@nus.edu.sg.

12 November 2021