• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The International Business Law - International and Comparative Law course from University of Helsinki is a two-year research-oriented Masters programme where you will become an internationally-oriented business law professional well-qualified for a career in legal practice and academia.


In the International Business Law - International and Comparative Law Master programme from University of Helsinki 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

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, trade and transport law, and Russian/Chinese business law. You can also attain a more multidisciplinary degree by taking courses from other faculties or universities.


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.

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • You have completed or will complete by 31 July a first-cycle or a second-cycle degree or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad in law or in a related field. 
  • You have completed the studies required for the Master’s programme by 12 January.
  • You demonstrate, as specified by the University, the English-language proficiency defined in Rector’s Decision.
Required documents:
  • Officially certified copy of the degree certificate / diploma, as well as for any other degrees that the applicant wishes to use for this purpose.
  • Official transcript of studies.
  • A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card.
  • An English-language motivation letter.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

Request free information from University of Helsinki directly

The fastest way to get answers from the university.