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Master of IP and Innovation Management

Master's Degree Programme

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 Master of IP and Innovation Management (MIPIM) programme, with stackable options as well from Graduate Certificate to Graduate Diploma specialisations in IP Management or Patent Agency, respectively, 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.


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.

The programme is able to take in international students for the one (1) year accelerated pathway only. For the two (2) year pathway, 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 selected graduate programmes. Please click here for more details.

SkillsFuture Series Funding
Some courses receive SkillsFuture Series funding. For information about SkillsFuture Series funding, 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.

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 (3) specialisation tracks, each representing the different skills set needed to operate in the IP ecosystem. Individuals could opt for multiple pathways in which they may graduate with a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or a master's degree.

2-year (24 month) Pathway

The 2-year pathway (MIPIM-MAJ) is open to local students only and offers the following specialisations:

1-year (12 month) Accelerated Pathway

The 1-year accelerated (MIPIM) pathway is open to both local and international students; and it offers the following specialisations:


Module Types
20 cu
40 cu
  • Professionals aspiring to be patent attorneys/agents, a regulated profession in Singapore.
  • IP professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills set to advance their current IP roles.
  • 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 can look forward to a rewarding career in IP and related industries. For example, individuals aspiring to become patent attorneys may work at law firms, IP firms, or even IP divisions of major corporations that innovate and conduct R&D. Graduates of the other two specialisations can go on to work as IP consultants / managers / experts that advise, manage and help businesses develop appropriate IP strategies to monetise their intangible assets. Others places of work include IP offices and technology transfer offices at research institutions/universities.

  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.

    Modular courses within the GCIPIM programme may be taken individually via the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) in the January or July semesters. Upon successful completion of these modular courses and attaining the minimum CGPA of 2.5, eligible students may apply to CCPE for the Graduate Certificate.

  2. How long does it take to complete the MIPIM programme?
    For the 1-year MIPIM accelerated pathway, the minimum duration is 2 semesters (one year) while the maximum is 4 semesters (two years).

    For the 2-year MIPIM-MAJ pathway, the minimum duration is 4 semesters (two years) while the maximum is 8 semesters (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, IPM503 IP Asset Management and IPM505 IP & Business Strategy will be given to successful candidates who have a Specialist Certificate in Intangible Asset Management (SCIAM) from the IP Academy of IPOS International (IPOS-I).

  5. How many courses do students take in each semester?
    Students are recommended to complete six (6) courses per semester for the 1-year accelerated pathway, and three (3) courses each semester for the 2-year pathway.

  6. What are the assessment components for each course?
    It comprises a mixture of pre-course and pre-class quizzes, participation, group-based assignments/tutor-marked assignments and type-written examinations/end-of-course assessments. 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 generally conducted on weekdays from 8.30am to 11.30am, 12.00pm to 3.00pm or 3.30pm to 6.30pm, or 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 to receive in-class participation marks.
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