What is IBL all about

As economic life is affected by globalisation, it is important for successful business law professionals to have extensive knowledge and broad understanding of international business law. Master's Programme in International Business Law (IBL) offers you just that and introduces various fields from commercial law and consumer law to more rarely taught topics like Chinese Law.

The International Business Law (IBL) programme is a two-year research-oriented Master's programme where we educate talented students to become internationally oriented business law professionals who are well-qualified for careers in legal practice and legal academia/professionals. The programme comprises compulsory and optional studies, seminars and research work including a Master’s thesis.

The information below will give you an overview of what our programme has to offer for someone interested in business law. For more detailed description of the programme content, please refer to the Programme content page.

In the IBL programme you will be able to

  • increase and deepen your knowledge and understanding of business law, including contract law, company law, intellectual property law, competition law and commercial dispute resolution;
  • further develop your analytical, legal argumentation and communications skills;
  • study in an international and multicultural environment with students and staff from all over the world to learn even more about other legal cultures and business law practicies;
  • develop research skills and business law knowledge in order to continue your studies in a PhD programme;
  • network with potential employers and other potential future colleagues in the field of international business law.

One of the cornerstones of the International Business Law programme is its versatility: in addition to all essential fields of business law we offer an extensive selection of other law courses. Depending on your professional interests you can choose to broaden or deepen your expertise in international business law - or both.

You will have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge especially in

  • Contract and consumer law
  • Commercial law (including company law, securities markets law, competition law and intellectual property law)
  • Commercial dispute resolution (especially international arbitration)
  • Law, technology and digitalization

You don’t choose any major or specialisation as such, but you are free to focus on the topics that you are most interested in by selecting your optional studies from the large variety of courses offered by the Faculty of Law.

After having completed International Business Law (IBL) programme you will be awarded a Master of International and Comparative Law (MICL) degree title (kansainvälisen ja vertailevan oikeustieteen maisteri) which provides you a general eligibility for doctoral studies. 

Completion of this degree does not qualify graduates for positions which require specifically a Finnish Master of Laws degree (oikeustieteen maisteri, OTM).