Goal of the programme
As economic life is affected by globalisation, it is important for successful business law professionals to have extensive knowledge of international business law. The MDP in International Business Law (IBL) is a two-year research-oriented Master´s programme where you will become an internationally-oriented business law professional well-qualified for a career in legal practice and academia.
In the IBL programme you will be able to
- Increase and deepen your knowledge and understanding of business law, including contract law, company law, IP law, competition law and commercial dispute resolution
- Further develop your analytical, legal argumentation and communications skills
- Develop research skills and business law knowledge in order to continue your studies in a PhD programme
- Study in an international and multicultural environment with students and staff from all over the world
- Network with potential employers and other potential future colleagues in the field of international business law
Further information about the studies on the Master’s programme website: www.helsinki.fi/en/programmes/master/international-business-law
Information on the languages of instruction
The teaching language of the programme is English. At least 75% of the degree must be completed fully in English (e.g. seminars, seminar papers and similar written work, exams and the Master’s thesis). However, you can also study in other languages, and for example include a semester abroad or law courses taught in Finnish or Swedish.
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 IP law) and commercial dispute resolution from an international point of view.
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 in Moot Court Competition or Helsinki Law Clinic courses to gain practical experience, network and meet potential employers. We encourage you 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.
Selection of the study track
One of the cornerstones of the MDP in International Business Law is its versatility: in addition to all essential fields of business law we offer an extensive selection of other law courses. You can choose to broaden or deepen your expertise in international business law – or both.
You don’t choose any 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 or other Helsinki University departments.
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 IP law)
- Commercial dispute resolution (especially international arbitration)
In addition to the core IBL courses you can focus on topics such as European law, international tax law, international commercial contracts and Russian/Chinese business law. You can also attain a more multidisciplinary degree by taking courses from other faculties or universities.
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.
During the second year you will write a master´s thesis (30 credits), an independent research project. Your research and writing will be supported by regular 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.
The research seminar in International Business Law is a year-long project during which you will participate in seminar meetings once a month, complete seminar assignments, present your papers, discuss the papers, take a seminar exam, write your Master’s thesis and present the findings in front of the class. 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.
Upon graduation you will be an internationally oriented business law professional who is well-qualified for careers in legal practice (such as law firms and corporate legal departments) as well as legal academia. You will have diverse career opportunities both in Finland and abroad. In Finland, for example, law firms have started to recruit students who have completed the MDP in International Business Law. In general, the employment situation for lawyers – especially in the field of business law – is very good.
In the programme you will complete the degree ofMaster of International and Comparative Law (MICL) (kansainvälisen ja vertailevan oikeustieteen maisteri). The degree of Master of International and Comparative Law provides general eligibility for postgraduate studies and qualifies you for positions which require a master´s level education. However it does not qualify for positions which specifically require a Finnish Master of Laws (oikeustieteen maisteri, OTM) degree.
You may apply if you meet the following three requirements:
- You have completed by 31 July 2019 a first-cycle degree (e.g., bachelor’s degree) or second-cycle degree (e.g., master’s degree) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
- You have completed or will complete studies required for the master’s programme by 11 January 2019. Below are more details concerning applicable studies.
- You are able to demonstrate your proficiency in English. For further instructions on demonstrating your proficiency in English, see the section “Required enclosures”.
If you are, or have been, a degree student at the University of Helsinki, please check any special provisions that may apply to you.
If you have refugee status or are in a refugee-like situation, please read the applicable instructions.
You may be admitted if
- You prove your eligibility (see above) by the deadline
- You submit the application and the required attachments within the specified deadline. The application form is open from 3 December 2018 (8:00h Finnish time) to 11 January 2019 (15:00h Finnish time). Read more about what will happen after the application period.
- you have completed an applicable 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. Please note: even if the degree serving as grounds for application is not completed during the application round, you must have a sufficient number of applicable studies completed by 11 January 2019.
The applicability of the field and the sufficiency of the competed studies will be evaluated in conjunction with admission. The University of Helsinki does not provide any preliminary evaluation on the suitability of the applicant’s previous studies.
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.
A maximum of 30 students who fulfil the admission criteria will be selected for the degree programme that begins in autumn 2019. Applicants can also be placed on a reserve list.
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.
Applicants will be informed of the results of the student selection by 12 April 2019 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 2019.
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.
Statistics on applicants can be found on the university’s web page.
The application must be accompanied by the following documents, and the documents must be submitted as instructed below:
- Official photocopy of the degree certificate/diploma
- Official transcript
- Certificate of language proficiency
- Authorised translations into English, Finnish or Swedish
- A photocopy of your passport, your official identity card or your Finnish residence permit card
- Diploma supplement (if available)
- Motivation letter to be included in the application form
1) Read carefully the instructions on application enclosures and their submission.
2) You must demonstrate your proficiency in English. Read the instructions on proving your language skills.
3) If the degree serving as grounds for application to the programme is still incomplete, you need not submit a degree certificate/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 certificate/diploma. NB! The final degree certificate/diploma must be presented by 14 August 2019 at the latest.
4) 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.
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