Structure and content

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.

You can find below information about the structure and content of the programme, such as some of the themes that 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 online course catalogue for students (type 'IBL' to the search field).

Have you been accepted to the Master's Programme in International Business Law? Please refer to the more detailed instructions in the University's Student Guide.

The scope of the IBL 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. In the second year, you will write your thesis and take more 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.

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 the core IBL courses, you can focus on topics such as European law, international tax law, trade and transport law, and Russian or Chinese business law. Or if you are aiming at a more multidisciplinary degree you can include courses from other faculties/universities into your optional studies.

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 Competitions 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.

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.

Gain a deep understanding of international contracts, transactions, companies and business by studying some of the following courses:

  • International Commercial Transactions 1 - Sales and Payment
  • International Commercial Transactions 2 - Carriage and Insurance
  • International Commercial Transactions 3 - EU Transport Law and Policy
  • Insurance Contract Law in International Context
  • Multijurisdictional Corporate Compliance
  • How Do Economists and Bankers Perceive the Law?
  • Writing Seminar: Consumer Law
  • Writing Seminar: Contract Law and International Arbitration
  • Writing Seminar: Foundations of Nordic Business Law

Learn about the European Union, the internal market and their different aspects from the point of view of competition, economics and ethics by studying courses of the EU Market Law course palette:

  • Advanced Internal Market Law
  • EU Competition Law - Public and Private Enforcement
  • Health is our New Wealth - the Fundamentals of European Health Law and Ethics
  • Pharmaceutical Law and Drug Development
  • Writing Seminar: Competition Law in Digital Age

Want to be a modern lawyer who understands the legal aspects of internet, data protection, technology and artificial intelligence? Try our Internet and Digitalisation themed courses:

  • Foundations of Information Law
  • Laws of the Digital Era
  • Data Protection Law
  • European Approach to Internet Regulation
  • Writing Seminar: Information Law
  • Writing Seminar: Artificial Intelligence and the Law
  • Writing Seminar: Competition Law in Digital Age

Become an expert in international dispute resolution by studying our Dispute Resolution courses. You will learn about international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms:

  • Writing seminar in international arbitration

Do you want a global perspective to law and the challenges of contemporary societies? Study our Global Orientation courses that include perspectives from Russia and common law countries:

  • Climate Change and the Law
  • Russian Business and Company Law: Governing Economics
  • Fundamentals of Common Law Reasoning and Principles
  • Writing seminar in Nordic and European contract law and company law