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Admission of Candidates to MPhil in Intellectual Property (MIP) 2024/2025

The International Programmes Office advertises for the School of Graduate Studies vacancies available in the MPhil Degree in Intellectual Property Programme offered by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in collaboration with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) and Intellectual Property Office Ghana.


The duration is Twenty-Four (24) months, from January, 2025 to October, 2026 including holidays, structured in two parts, as follows:

  1. First Year (January 2025 to October 2025): Residential phase requiring physical attendance at lectures undertaken at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.
  2. Second Year (January 2026 to October 2026): Dissertation phase requiring research and writing on an approved research topic.

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

The curriculum of the Programme is available on the following websites: KNUST ( and and ARIPO (

Entry Requirements

Eligible candidates are required to hold a minimum of bachelor’s degree (at least Second Class Lower) from a recognised University in any Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Social Science disciplines and have a minimum of two years’ work experience. Proof of English proficiency is required from students whose countries’ official language is not English.

They need to submit evidence of proficiency in an appropriate internationally approved English examination. e.g IELTS and TOFEL.

Upon satisfactory completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP) by KNUST on behalf of ARIPO.

Fee Schedule

The cost required for the duration of the MIP programme for foreign and local students are provided at (


With a view to contributing to the development of human resources in the field of Intellectual Property in Africa, ARIPO will provide a limited number of scholarships to brilliant but needy students enrolling in the 2024/2025 Academic Year. The scholarship shall cover the cost of a return air ticket, board and lodge at KNUST, tuition and registration fees, and medical insurance.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates with the requisite qualifications (Entry Requirements) are invited to submit their applications online on the website of the University, International students should start their applications via (Here!) click on Generate Logins and follow the instructions.

The deadline for the submission of applications is Thursday, 31st October, 2024.