Masters in Intellectual Property ( 12 months)

About the Programme

The Program is jointly organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and Africa University (AU) with financial support from the Government of Japan. The Program is held at AU in Mutare and at ARIPO in Harare. The MIP programme is designed mainly for people already in employment and who wish to receive training in intellectual property management, or advance their training in the case of those who already have some training in this field. The overall aim of the programme is to assist practitioners acquire appropriate knowledge and skills in the management of intellectual property systems.

Its objectives are to:

  1. Develop knowledge and skills in the area of intellectual property and intellectual property rights management and protection;
  2. Promote a culture that values, respects and protects the results of creative thought, innovation and invention in Africa;
  3. Equip students with analytical skills for identifying issues in the application of the principles underlying the concept of intellectual property rights, and for contributing to the development of the intellectual property industry in the national context;
  4. Develop professionals with competent research skills and capacity to design and deliver training programmes in one or more areas in the field of intellectual property.

The MIP Programme is open to government officials, industry practitioners, senior students and young professionals from academic, research and development or other relevant background who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills in Intellectual Property law and practice. To be eligible, candidates are required to hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (second lower class) from a recognized university in any discipline and have a minimum of two years work experience. Proof of English proficiency is required, therefore, students coming from countries where the official language is not English will need to submit evidence of proficiency in an appropriate internationally approved English examination e.g IELTS, TOEFL


Upon satisfactory completion of the program, participants will be awarded a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP) by Africa University on behalf of WIPO and ARIPO.

Fees and Costs

For tuition, registration and accommodation fees please follow link (subject to annual review). Cost of meals and upkeep is estimated at US$350.00 per month per person.

With a view to contributing to the development of human resources in the field of Intellectual Property in Africa, WIPO, ARIPO and the Government of Japan will provide approximately 30 scholarships to qualified candidates from Africa. The scholarship shall cover the cost of a return air ticket, board and lodge at Africa University and ARIPO, tuition fees, registration fees and medical insurance. To apply for scholarships online follow the following link MIP_AFRICA

Interested candidates fulfilling the above mentioned requirements are invited to send their written applications to the following address:

Assistant Registrar-Academic Affairs Africa University
Fairview Road, Off Nyanga Road
Old Mutare,
P.O. Box 1320

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Please note that uploading the following documents is mandatory and crucial for your MIP application to be considered.

  1. detailed curriculum vitae
  2. CERTIFIED copies of university degree certificates/diplomas and transcripts;
  3. and at least two letters of reference.

The application and its attachments should be received by Africa University no later than February 28, 2019. Applicants wishing to be considered for the various scholarships should specifically indicate so in their application, and ensure that they apply online at the WIPO website.

The Programme

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the Masters in Intellectual Property (MIP) Program. The Degree is jointly offered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and Africa University (AU), with financial support from the Government of Japan.
The duration is twelve months, from May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020, structured in three parts, as follows:

  1. First Part (May 1 to July 22, 2019): WIPO Academy Distance Learning Courses, undertaken via the Internet;
  2. Second Part (August 1 to December 6, 2019): Residential phase requiring physical attendance at lectures undertaken at Africa University in Mutare (Zimbabwe) and practical training sessions at ARIPO in Harare.
  3. Third Part (December 09, 2019 to April 30, 2020): Dissertation Phase requiring research and writing on an approved topic.

The Program adopts a comparative approach, with particular emphasis on Africa. Lectures are given by leading academics, intellectual property practitioners, intellectual property officers and other experts drawn from across Africa.

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