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International Law & Business

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 a capstone project.

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.

Offered Jointly by the UCD Sutherland School of Law and the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

Who should apply?

Full Time option suitable for:

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

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

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

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, Dr Oonagh Breen.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Law and Business Dissertation LAW41390

Transactions: Construction, Critique and Contestation LAW41400

Corporate Networks: Business, Law and Relationships LAW41430

Stage 1 - Option

International Commercial Arbitration LAW40060

The Regulation of Food Safety and Quality LAW40180

Media Regulation LAW40230

Regulatory Governance LAW40250

Trade Mark Law LAW40280

Advanced Issues in European Competition Law LAW40360

Corporate Governance LAW40670

Law and Governance of the EU LAW41040

Law of International Finance LAW41170

Key Issues in Conflict of Laws LAW41200

Immigration & Asylum: Law, Politics & Rights LAW41310

International Tax Law LAW41450

Art, Knowledge & Social Change SOC40790


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.

Application date

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: 2017/2018 September.

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

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