Study right to be awarded

The students will complete the degree of Master of International and Comparative Law, MICL (kansainvälisen ja vertailevan oikeustieteen maisteri, magister i internationell och komparativ rätt) under the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004, amended Appendix 967/2010).

The Master of International and Comparative Law degree qualifies the degree holder to pursue general postgraduate studies and to assume a post or position that calls for a second-cycle degree. However, it does not provide qualifications for a post or position that expressly requires a Finnish Master of Laws (oikeustieteen maisteri, OTM) degree.

Admission criteria for the Master’s Programme in International Business Law in 2018

The Faculty of Law will admit students through a separate selection procedure to the English-language Master’s education described below. The scope of the degree is 120 credits, and the target duration is two years.

A maximum of 30 students who fulfil the admission criteria will be selected for the degree programme that begins in autumn 2018. Applicants can also be placed on a reserve list.


Minimum criteria for admission

You may be admitted if

  • You meet the specified eligibility requirements  
  • You demonstrate your eligibility within the specified deadline
  • You submit the application and the required attachments within the specified deadline.

Further information on eligibility requirements can be found in the section entitled “Eligibility”. Further information on submitting the required attachments can be found in the section entitled “Required attachments”.


Admission criteria

If you do not meet the minimum criteria for admission listed above, you cannot be admitted. The below-described admission criteria apply to applicants who meet the minimum criteria for admission.

Students will be selected to the Master’s programme based on an overall assessment of the applications. Special attention will be focused on ascertaining that the studies included in the applicant’s previous degree and/or used as the basis for the application are suitable and relevant in terms of level, content and quality, and that they form as solid a foundation as possible for studies in the Master's Programme in International Business Law.

The student selection will be based primarily on the contents of previous studies, the quality of the degree, academic performance and a motivation letter composed by the applicant. International experience and work experience may also be considered in the selection process.

Since the selection will be based on an overall assessment, the number of applicants and the quality of the applications will ultimately determine the requirements for acceptance. In other words, an applicant who meets the specified criteria may nevertheless fail to be accepted.

Read more about what will happen after the application period.


Admission results

Applicants will be informed of the results of the student selection by 13 April 2018 at the latest. Please note the one study place per term provision if you are applying for more than one study programmes in the spring 2018.

You may apply if you meet the following three requirements:

  1. You have completed or will complete by 31 July 2018 a first-cycle degree (e.g. Bachelor’s degree) or a second-cycle degree (e.g. Master’s degree) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad in law or in a field that provides you with the skills required to complete Master’s level law studies in international business law. For further instructions, see the section “Required attachments”. It is possible for a candidate who has not yet completed the degree used as a basis for the application to apply for the right to pursue studies, but such a candidate can be accepted only conditionally. The candidate must complete the degree by the date indicated by the University, and have it verified as specified by the University. Should the candidate fail to do so, the admission will be revoked.
  2. You have completed the studies required for the Master’s programme by 12 January 2018. For further instructions, see the sections “Student admission to the study programme” and “Required attachments”.
  3. You demonstrate, as specified by the University, the English-language proficiency defined in Rector’s Decision 219/2017. The Faculty retains the right to interpret the Rector’s Decision. For further instructions, see the section “Required attachments”. An LLM continuing education programme previously completed at the University of Helsinki Faculty of Law will be considered equivalent to English-language degrees completed in the EU Member States, as set out in the Rector’s Decision.

Required attachments

The applicants must submit their application and the required enclosures by the deadline and as specified by the University of Helsinki.

  • Officially certified copy of the degree certificate / diploma, as well as for any other degrees that the applicant wishes to use for this purpose
  • Official transcript of studies
  • Certificate of English language proficiency
  • A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card
  • An English-language motivation letter (included in the application form)
  • In addition, if available:
    • A Diploma Supplement
    • A Certificate Supplement

1)      For further information and instructions on how to submit the required attachments, please see the university’s instructions on submitting application documents.

2)      In certain countries, the holders of academic degrees must observe country-specific regulations on the submission of documents. Please see the university’s instructions on country-specific requirements.

3)      You must choose the language of your degree (English, Finnish or Swedish) on the application form and demonstrate your language proficiency accordingly. For further information on the demonstration of language proficiency, please see the university’s instructions on demonstration of language proficiency.

4)      If the degree on the basis of which you are applying to the programme is still incomplete, you need not submit a degree diploma with the application documents. If you are admitted, the admission decision will be conditional, and you will receive instructions with your letter of admission for submitting the official degree diploma. N.B.! The final degree certificate/diploma must be presented by 14 August 2018 at the latest.

5)      The degree programme may request additional clarification of the applicant’s documents. On request, the applicant must submit additional information on his or her application in writing within the time specified.

Due date 12.1.2018, 15:00
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