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Graduate Diploma in IP and Innovation Management

Embark on an enriching learning journey to become a Patent Agent, a profession that is regulated in Singapore.

Graduate Diploma in 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 Graduate Diploma in IP and Innovation Management (GDIPIM), you will embark on an enriching learning journey to become a Patent Agent, a profession that is regulated in Singapore. First of its kind in Singapore at a graduate level, not to mention being one of the limited number of such programmes offered worldwide, this track is approved by Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and recognised under the Singapore patent agent legislation.

Its practice-based approach equips you with vocation-ready capabilities, and prepares you for the Singapore Patent Agents Qualifying Examinations, a legislative requirement for registration as a patent agent in Singapore.

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programme.

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.

Financial Assistance

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 GDIPIM programme, please click here.

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.

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

Programme Structure


Professionals aspiring to be patent attorneys/agents.
Patent attorney/agent
  1. How many courses are there for the GDIPIM programme?
    There are a total of 7 courses.

  2. How long does it take to complete the GDIPIM programme?
    It can be completed over 3 semesters (18 months).

  3. Are there any special entry requirements?
    Applicants who intend to undergo the GDIPIM 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).

  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 two assignments and an examination for every course. Students will need to achieve a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.5 to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in 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.
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