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International Law & Business

MSc International Law & Business

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The programme offers students with undergraduate qualifications in both Law and Business (also including economics or finance) the opportunity for advanced study in both disciplines. The Programme will be led by the McCann FitzGerald Professor of International Law Business, established with the generous sponsorship of leading Dublin law firm McCann Fitzgerald.

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 elective 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

Vision and Values Statement

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

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

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

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.

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

Have the intellectual toolkit required to research and write a major dissertation or to complete a group project.

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.

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

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


1 Year - Full-Time

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Justine McCann
Contact Number:353 (0) 1 716 4109

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Law and Business Dissertation

Transactions: Construction, Critique and Contestation

Commercial Networks: Business, Law and Relationships

Stage 1 - Option

International Commercial Arbitration

Regulatory Governance

Trade Mark Law

Advanced Issues in European Competition Law

Corporate Governance

Law and Governance of the EU

Law of International Finance

Data Protection and Privacy: European and US Perspectives

International Tax Law

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The following entry routes are available:

MSc International Law & Business FT (B438)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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