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Master of IP and Innovation Management (IP Business)

Master of IP and Innovation Management

Arms you with invaluable know-how and practical skills for you to become one of the most coveted IP-trained professionals.

Master of IP and Innovation Management (IP Business)


Meet the Head of Programme at our online dialogue session via Zoom and have your questions answered!

• Session-SBIZ-FG2: Tuesday, 09 April 2024, 7.30pm - 8.30pm (SGT)

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In collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization

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In today’s innovation-driven and digital-based economy, where goods and services may no longer be tangible at all, an understanding of intellectual property (IP) is essential to all organisations, especially those that depend on innovation, creativity, and originality to thrive. As more industries become digitised and interconnected, and with ideas and content increasingly generated in a collaborative manner at a rapid pace, there is a need to develop professionals who can work with innovation and leverage on IP to help businesses grow and succeed. It is important to note that many jobs involve some element of creativity and innovation, be it in R&D, designing new products, writing articles, songs or computer code, creating a new logo or even starting a new business.

In collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Master of IP and Innovation Management (IP Business) programme at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) has been curated to allow students to acquire a toolbox of wide-ranging skills to utilise IP as a strategic tool for competitive advantage.

As an ‘MBA for IP’, the programme aims to equip students with a practical range of knowledge and skills, including how to identify, protect, and manage IP assets, how to leverage IP to create value and generate new revenue streams, and how to navigate the complex legal, business and technology landscape of IP.

Students will also gain an understanding on how to conduct IP intelligence, develop IP strategies, manage IP portfolios, and work with industry partners to commercialise new products and/or services. The goal of the programme is to produce graduates who can help organisations of all types and sizes to maximise the value of their IP assets and stay ahead of the competition.

So, don’t miss this unique learning opportunity. Apply today to be a part of a select group of specially-trained professionals with the strategic and management expertise to take IP to market, so as to drive and shape business success and define the future economy.

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programmes.

All applicants have to apply through SUSS and the WIPO Academy webpage.

Financial Assistance

The tuition fees for the programme are S$39,240 (inclusive of GST) for non-residents.

Up to ten (10) scholarships will be available from WIPO and SUSS. WIPO will pay 50% of tuition fees for five (5) qualified candidates while another five (5) qualified candidates will receive 50% tuition fee funding through SUSS.

Besides the WIPO Academy webpage, interested applicants should also apply for the scholarship by submitting the following documents via email to SUSS:

  • University degree(s) (translated into English)
  • For non-native speakers, proof of English language: IELTS, TOEFL or acceptable equivalent
  • Transcript (translated into English)
  • Recent Curriculum Vitae
  • A scholarship motivation letter.

Programme Structure

The MIPIM (IP Business) curriculum builds on a core foundation of IP law (through WIPO Distance Learning Courses) and IP business.
It is followed by training in specialised domain knowledge and skills through completing elective courses, each representing a different skill set needed to operate in the IP ecosystem, and culminating in an applied research project to develop hands-on skills in original research, critical analysis and the application of IP law, IP management or IP business in practice.


  • 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 wide range of career opportunities in IP and its related industries. Some potential career paths include:

  • IP consultants/managers: Graduates can work as IP consultants or managers, helping businesses develop and implement appropriate IP strategies to monetise their intangible assets. They can advise on IP intelligence, licensing, valuation and commercialisation strategies.
  • IP offices: Graduates can work at IP offices, which oversee the administration and management of IP rights and policies.
  • Technology transfer offices: Graduates can work at technology transfer offices at research institutions and universities, which are responsible for transferring technology and IP assets from the research setting to the commercial sector.

Overall, the Master of IP and Innovation Management (IP Business) programme provides graduates with the knowledge, skills, and practical know-how to pursue a career in the dynamic and growing field of IP and its related industries.

  1. How many intakes are there in a year for the Master of IP and Innovation Management (IP Business)?
    There is one intake per year that take place in July.

  2. How long does it take to complete the MIPIM (IP Business) programme?
    The minimum duration is 2 semesters (one year) while the maximum is 4 semesters (two years). The July semester will run from August to November, while the January semester will run from January to April.

  3. Are there any exemptions?
    Credit recognition of 10 credit units (cus) will be given to successful candidates who have passed the WIPO Distance Learning Courses, namely, DL-101 General Course on Intellectual Property; DL-201 Advanced Copyright and Related Rights; DL-301 Advanced Patents and DL-302 Advanced Trademark, Industrial Design and Geographical Indications.

  4. How many courses do students take in each semester?
    Students are recommended to complete 30 cus of courses per semester.

  5. What are the assessment components for each course?
    It comprises a mixture of 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.

  6. When are the lessons scheduled?
    Classes are generally conducted on weekday evenings from 7pm to 10pm, Singapore time.

  7. Are there any attendance requirements?
    We encourage students to attend all six (6) seminar sessions to maximise their learning as well as to receive in-class participation marks.

  8. What happens if I do not complete the graduate programmes (e.g. Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master) within the candidature period? Can I apply to take the remaining courses via CET pathway?
    Students who have not completed their graduate programmes within the stipulated candidature period will not be eligible for the award of the qualification for such graduate programmes. Such students however may apply to take, via the CET pathway, the remaining courses which they did not complete under their graduate programmes as part of their personal learning and development. Such application will be subjected to the CET admission requirement. However, as such students have exceeded the candidature period for their graduate programmes, they will not be awarded the qualification for such graduate programmes even after taking and completing the remaining courses via the CET pathway (“Condition”).

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