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The International Business Law (IBL) programme offers you the possibility to learn more about business related subjects such as contract and consumer law, commercial law (including company law, securities markets law, competition law and intellectual property law) and commercial dispute resolution from an international point of view.

The scope of the master's programme is 120 credits (ECTS) to be completed in two academic years. The programme comprises compulsory and optional studies, seminars and research work including a Master’s thesis. In the first year you will concentrate on compulsory and optional studies, and in the second year you will write your thesis and take more optional studies. You can also include an internship and a student exchange period as part of your degree.

In the IBL programme you will learn by participating in lecture courses and case study courses as well as by writing seminar papers, presenting your work and completing a research seminar while writing your Master’s thesis. Depending on the courses you take, you will either be studying more independently or you will be involved in group work.

In addition to regular courses and seminars, you have the possibility to participate for example in Moot Court Competition or Helsinki Law Clinic courses to gain practical experience, network and meet potential employers. You are also encouraged to seize career opportunities already during your studies. Especially during your second year the year-long research seminar is conducted in such a way that you can work or do an internship during the semesters.

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. In addition to those core IBL courses you can focus on topics such as European law, international tax law, trade and transport law, and Russian/Chinese business law. Or if you are aiming at more multidisciplinary degree you can include courses from other faculties/universities into your optional studies. You will also have the possibility to spend a semester abroad as an exchange student in one of Faculty’s numerous partner universities or include a traineeship as part of your study programme.

Below you can see the some of the themes you can focus on in your studies and example course sets offered in the IBL programme. Please note that the exact course offering may change for each academic year and we do not guarantee that a specific course would be offered to you. Teaching information for each academic year will be available in the University's course catalogue (type 'IBL' to the search field).

Accepted into the Master's Programme in International Business Law? Please refer to the more detailed instructions in the University's Student Guide!

Compulsory courses of the IBL program aim at providing a comprehensive picture of the international business law field. There are six compulsory courses, 5 credits each:

  • Contract Law
  • Company & Securities Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Competition Law
  • Intellectual Property Law

They are recommended to be studied during the first year. The courses consist of independent and group assignments, lectures and exams.

During the second year of your studies you will participate in a research project and write a Master's thesis, an independent research project. The research seminar consists of a research seminar essay (10 credits), the research seminar (10 credits) and the Master's thesis (30 credits).

The research seminar in International Business Law is a year-long project during which you will participate in seminar meetings, complete seminar assignments, write your Master’s thesis and present the findings in front of the class. Your research and writing process will be supported by research seminar meetings. You will agree on the topic of your thesis with your thesis supervisor. To support your individual career interests, you are free to choose any business law oriented thesis topic, as long as it is approved by your thesis supervisor.

During the research seminar you will get regular feedback about your work from your supervisor and fellow students. Upon completing the research seminar, you will have advanced academic argumentation and writing skills as well as thorough understanding of your thesis topic.