Law - International Law & Business

MSc International Law & Business
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The programme offers students with undergraduate qualifications in Law or Business (also including economics or finance) the opportunity for advanced study in both disciplines.

In the programme there are two core modules which link Law and Business from both a theoretical and applied perspective and in their international context. There is the opportunity to take four modules across the two disciplines and the programme is completed by dissertation: in exceptional circumstances the School may offer a capstone project to complete the programme.

On completion, students will have developed critical thinking abilities not only on the development of and relationship between the two disciplines, but also on the application of the knowledge to the worlds of law and business.

Students on the MSc are affiliated to and members of the Sutherland School of Law, they will have an opportunity to study two modules at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

NEW Double Degree Masters in Law with University Western Australia located in beautiful Perth

This 1+1 Double Degree consists of two separate awards: a UCD SSoL one-year taught Masters Degree followed by a UWA Law School one year taught Masters Degree.

The UCD SSoL degree will be from one of the following programmes:
LLM General
LLM International Commercial Law,
LLM in Criminology & Criminal Justice,
LLM in IP and IT Law,
LLM in International Human Rights,
LLM European Law and Public Affairs,
MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice,
MSc International Law and Business AND

The UWA Law School one year taught Masters Degree can be taken in one of the following fields:
Master of International Commercial Law,
Master of International Law,
Master of Taxation Law,
Master of Law, Policy and Government,
Master of Commercial and Resources Law, and
Master of Mining and Energy Law.

More details on the UWA programmes available

The academic calendar at UWA extends from February to June (Semester 1) and July to November (Semester 2). So the first entrants from UCD will take place in February

Students transferring from UCD will be required to meet normal overseas admission standards before being admitted to the UWA Masters programme i.e. the equivalent of a Weighted Average Mark of 60% overall in the first year of their UCD Masters study

Each student shall pay the full annual fees for the programme to the institution they are studying at for the year of payment.

Each year, UWA may award full or partial tuition fee scholarships to the best qualified UCD candidates who commence the UWA Masters programme. The number of these full or partial scholarships and eligibility for them may be determined by UWA in accordance with the number of students entering the programme and/or their academic performance.

It is expected that these will be as follows:
- For Students with a UWA WAM equivalent of 70% (UCD GPA of 3.08) or greater a fee waiver of $A5,000 per annum.

- For Students with a UWA WAM equivalent of 75% (UCD GPA of 3.38) or greater a fee waiver of $A8,000 per annum.

- For Students with a UWA WAM equivalent of 80% (UCD GPA of 3.68) or greater a fee waiver of $A10,000 per annum.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Vision & Value Statements
This programme offers students with undergraduate qualification in Law or Business (also including economics and finance) the opportunity for advanced study in both disciplines. This may lead to careers with leading international law firms or multinational professional services firms or as professional advisers and in-house counsel with major international businesses or as entrepreneurs in fields where knowledge of and engagement with international law and business are highly relevant.

Students are challenged to develop critical thinking abilities not only on the development of and relationship between the two disciplines but also on the application of the knowledge to the worlds of law and business.

We strive for a learning environment that encourages students to work individually or as part of a team, so they can develop their own and others's leadership, teamwork and communication skills, with a special emphasis on the applicability of these in law and business on an international level. The programme is offered jointly by the Sutherland School of Law and the Smurfit Graduate Business School.

The programme makes intensive use of teaching, learning and assessment approaches, such as small group teaching, in-class presentations (individual and group) and academic writing. A 30 credit dissertation on a topic devised by the student or a group capstone project, is an integral part of the programme.

Programme Outcomes:
have the intellectual toolkit required to research and write a major dissertation or to complete a group project.

apply their knowledge and understanding of international law and business and their problem-solving abilities in diverse environments.

demonstrate specialised knowledge and understanding of International Law and Business and their inter-connection.

integrate source material from a variety of disciplinary areas to reach reasoned decisions about the relative status of competing claims to knowledge.

unpack complex legal arguments and to render intelligible to a non-specialist audience, key disciplinary insights. SA

use knowledge of substantive law and business to critique arguments as to whether and how the law in this field is in need of reform.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from graduates holding an excellent degree (at least 2.1) in Law or Business/Economics - ideally non-law graduates will have taken some law modules and law graduates will have taken some business/economics modules.

In exceptional circumstances, substantial professional experience within a related field may be regarded by the selection panel as compensating for a lack of an undergraduate degree to the required standard. Such applicants should state clearly in their application why they feel their other qualifications/experience are appropriate for admission onto the programme.

Official transcripts must be submitted as proof of examination results by all applicants except graduates of UCD

Students of UCD applying for the MSc do not need to supply Transcripts, References or give names of Referees

The personal statement is an important component of the application. It should contain information demonstrating your capability to undertake the course successfully. Thus, you should detail your relevant research and practical experience including any publications and major essays/projects.

Applicants must nominate two academic referees unless the applicant has been in employment for more than two years, in which case one of the named referees must be an employer. Applicants are required to submit the name, position held, postal address, email address and contact number for the two academic referees.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.

The School encourages all applicants whose first language is not English to attend the pre-sessional English programme offered by the UCD Applied Language Centre, details of which are available at

Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information

International applicants should visit the UCD International Office website ( for information regarding our campus, location of UCD, visa information, registration and orientation.

Please indicate any other Masters programmes for which you are applying.

Letter of recommendation

Subjects taught

Business Modules for MSc International Law and Business:

Students will choose two of the following in the spring term, modules listed may change and places are limited.

Spring Trimester:
BMGT 44510: Project Management option for IB / CEMS / visiting exchanges.
BMGT 43490: Global Competitive Strategies core for IB and option for visiting exchanges.
BMGT 43480: Economics of Entrepreneurship option module for IB / SMP/MC/ CEMS / visiting exchange.
BMGT45270 Human Side of Innovation - option module for MSc IB, MSc MC and MSc SM.
BMGT45130: Mindfulness & Resilience at Work option for MSc SMP / IB / MC.
FIN 41090: International Financial Management core for IB.
HRM40880 HRM Technology, Analytics and Digital Innovation – option module for MSc HRM, IB, MC.
HRM40650 Gender, Equality & Diversity option for HRM.
HRM 40720: Work & Employment in Global Economy. Option for HRM/ IB.
MKT40590: Brand Management option for MKT.
MKT42320 Branding in the Digital Age option for MSc DM.
MKT42380 Social Media Marketing option for MKT.

Stage 1 - Core

Dissertation LAW40290
Transactions: Construction, Critique and Contestation LAW41400
Commercial Networks: Business, Law and Relationships LAW41430

Stage 1 - Option
International Commercial Arbitration LAW40060
International Economic Law LAW40140
Regulatory Governance LAW40250
Trade Mark Law LAW40280
Advanced Issues in European Competition Law LAW40360
Corporate Governance LAW40670
Law and Governance of the EU LAW41040
Climate Change Law and Policy LAW41090
Cross-Border Litigation: European and International Perspectives on the Conflict of Laws LAW41200
International Tax Law LAW41450
Law of Aviation Finance MSc LAW41600
Whistleblowing Law & Practice LAW41780
Copyright Law LAW42000
Comparative Business Regulation LAW42010


1 Year - Full-Time


MSc International Law & Business (B438) Full Time
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships (for Non-EU Students).

We also offer scholarships for EU applicants. All applicants who apply before May 31st will be included. Further details at

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Graduates from this programme will go on to careers with leading international law firms, with multinational professional services firms, as professional advisers and in-house counsel with major multinational businesses and as entrepreneurs in fields where outstanding knowledge of and engagement with international law and business are highly relevant. Several UCD careers events are held throughout the year, including dedicated law careers fairs which are attended by top employers. For specific careers advice, the UCD Sutherland School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on its academic faculty.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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