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Master of IP and Innovation Management

Arm you with the invaluable know-how and practical skills to become one of our nation’s most coveted IP-trained professionals.

Master of IP and Innovation Management


Innovations are not just improving people's lives, they have become an important means for economies and businesses to stay competitive in today's global marketplace. In such an innovation-driven environment, the Singapore government and enterprises recognise that intangible assets and intellectual property (IP) will make up the bulk of companies' value. This awareness has fuelled the need for professionals with quality IP expertise – talents who can develop and align IP strategies to achieve business goals, and business leaders who can translate innovations and IP into valuable commercial advantages.


Through the newly established Master of IP and Innovation Management (MIPIM) programme, Singapore University of Social Sciences aims to arm you with the invaluable know-how and practical skills to become one of our nation’s most coveted IP-trained professionals.




The MIPIM programme is the first and only graduate programme in IP and innovation management offered in Singapore. So don't miss this unique learning opportunity. Apply today and be a part of a select group of specially-trained professionals with the strategic and management skills to shape business success and define Singapore's future economy.

This programme offers the following specialisations:

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programmes.

In addition, applicants, who are interested to go for the Patent Agency and IP Technology specialisation, should preferably possess a Science, Engineering or Technical degree.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.

Financial Assistance

The University offers course fee concession for some master's programmes. Please click here for more details.

Professional Conversion Programme for IP Professionals (IP-PCP)
Through IPOS and the Workforce SG (WSG), the IP-PCP provides course fee and salary support to eligible companies whose employees undertake IP training through the MIPIM / GDIPIMP programme, please click here.

SkillsFuture Study Award
The SkillsFuture Study Award for Intellectual Property (IP) Sector is targeted at early to mid-career Singaporeans seeking to acquire or level up their IP skills. The bond-free award of S$5,000 can be used by successful applicants to defray expenses associated with continuing education and training for career development, please click here.

SkillsFuture Series Funding
Some courses receive SkillsFuture Series funding and may also be taken individually via the College of Lifelong and Experiential Learning (CLEL). For information about SkillsFuture Series funding, please click here.

Programme Structure

The MIPIM curriculum builds on a common core foundation on IP law and IP management. It is followed by training in specialised domain knowledge and skills through completing courses in one of the three specialisation tracks. Individuals could opt for multiple pathways in which they may graduate with a Graduate Diploma or a Master's Degree.

Module Types
20 cu
40 cu
  • Professionals aspiring to be patent attorneys/agents
  • IP professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills set
  • Professionals and mid-careerists interested in transiting to the IP industry or upgrading their skills to add value to their job roles and their organisations.

Graduates will be equipped to effectively apply and practise IP management skills in various phases of the innovation lifecycle, including creation, protection and exploitation. Possible career options include:

  • patent agency.
  • innovation and R&D management and advisory.
  • IP management or IP technology consultancy/advisory.
  1. How many intakes are there in a year for the Master of IP and Innovation Management (MIPIM)?
    There are two intakes per year that take place in January and July.

  2. How long does it take to complete the MIPIM programme?
    The minimum duration is two years while the maximum is four years.

  3. Are there any special entry requirements?
    Applicants who intend to undergo the Patent Agency track or IP Technology track should preferably have a science, engineering or technical degree.

  4. Are there any exemptions?
    Credit recognition for IPM501 Foundation IP Law and IPM521 Advanced Patent Law will be given to successful candidates who have a Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (GCIP) from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Credit recognition for IPM501 Foundation IP Law will be given to successful candidates who have completed the relevant Intellectual Property WSQ (IP WSQ) law modules.

  5. How many courses do students take in each semester?
    Students are recommended to complete three courses each semester.

  6. What are the assessment components for each course?
    There will be an assignment and an examination for every course. Students will need to achieve a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 3.0 to be awarded the Master of IP and Innovation Management.

  7. When are the lessons scheduled?
    Classes are conducted on weekday evenings from 7pm to 10pm.

  8. Are there any attendance requirements?
    We encourage students to attend the six face-to-face seminars/course to maximise their learning as well as receive in-class participation marks.
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