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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 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

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)

A collaboration between 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 programme. Please read the press release on IP-PCP here. For full details on the IP-PCP, please click here.

CourseCourse Fee GrantSalary Support
Master of IP and Innovation Management (specialisation: IP Management or IP Technology) $13,000First 12 months ^
Graduate Diploma in IP and Innovation Management (specialisation: Patent Agency)First 9 months ^

^ For Singaporeans below 40 and Permanent Residents, 70% of monthly salary, up to a cap of $4,000/month.
For Singaporeans 40 years and above, or Singaporeans who are unemployed and actively seeking employment for six months or more, 90% of monthly salary, up to a cap of $6,000/month.

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. Successful applicants will each receive S$5,000, which can be used to defray expenses associated with continuing education and training for career development. The award is bond-free. For more details on the eligibility criteria, application period and application process of the SkillsFuture Study Awards for IP Sector, 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
  • Specialisations
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 is one intake per year that takes place in 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.

  9. How do I apply for the Graduate Diploma in IP & Innovation Management (GDIPIM)?
    Applicants should apply under the Master of IP and Innovation Management (Patent Agency) (MIPIMP) option. Exit under the GDIPIM option will be recorded during the applicant interview session as well as registration.

  10. How many courses are there for the GDIPIM programme?
    There are a total of 7 courses.

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