Master's Programme in International and European Law and Business
Academic year 2023/2024
- 60 credits
- Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 100%, Campus
- Programme syllabus
Do you want to work in international business? The Master's Programme in International and European Law and Business is unique in its combination of business studies and commercial law. It provides you with the knowledge and tools to reconcile business objectives with applicable legal rules and ethical considerations. The programme prepares you for a wide range of career paths in companies and organisations with cross-border activities, or national or international public agencies.
Why this programme?
The programme is designed both for those who have a background in business studies and want to supplement their education with studies in commercial law, and for those who have a background in commercial law and want to deepen their knowledge in business studies. The programme gives you an interdisciplinary overview of law and business and prepares you for work in international and European business.
During the programme, you can expect to
- Learn proactive strategic analysis based on the purpose of a business, where the legal system is one of several elements to be included in the analysis.
- Acquire integrated knowledge and skills in commercial law, which is not a mixture of law and business, but more than the sum of its parts.
- Learn to communicate with both lawyers and business economists, so that you can make better and more informed decisions.
The programme's interdisciplinary design is unique in Sweden and very unusual in international comparison. Therefore, you will be able to gain distinct skills.
The programme is run by the Department of Business Studies, home to leading researchers in the areas of commercial law, international business, corporate entrepreneurship, industrial marketing, institutional analysis and more. You will be taught by faculty members who are engaged in research on internationally oriented commercial law, and cutting-edge research on international business. You will also benefit from Sweden's well-known reputation for social responsibility - values that are characteristic of all of our Master's programmes.
The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (60 credits) with Commercial Law as the main field of study.
Name: Likun sun
How did you choose your programme?
– I have a finance and statistics background, from my previous work. I always negotiated contracts with suppliers and investors and I found that business knowledge is not enough to do my work well. I found this programme could equip me with legal knowledge in the business world. The integrated teaching gives me a better understanding of how the real world works.
What is the best thing about studying at Uppsala University?
– If asked, there will be an answer. Professors here help in many ways, even arranging additional classes per students’ requests. It is really an amazing place to study.
What is your favourite place in Uppsala?
– The Carolina Rediviva library. There are many books to read and it is a good place to calm down from the noisy world. And it is a good place to get a nice view of Uppsala.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
– I will probably work at management level or become a scholar to do legal and economic issue research.
Where is the best place to study?
– Carolina Rediviva, again.
The programme consists of four courses of 15 credits each.
The first course is an introductory course consisting of a series of crash courses on international trade and business, the fundamentals of international and EU commercial law, and some theoretical and methodological tools that are central to the course.
This is followed by two courses which explore in greater depth key topics relating to the establishment of businesses in other countries, foreign direct investment (FDI), international business cooperation and acquisitions, and the regulatory framework of international agreements on trade in goods and services.
In the final course, you will write a Master's thesis of 15 credits, which is an independent academic work written with the advice and support of an appointed supervisor. The thesis is written in pairs, with one student having a background in business studies and the other student having a background in commercial law.
The programme has significant elements of relevant theory and methodology which are applied to a number of case studies. Through active collaboration between students with backgrounds in commercial law and business studies, respectively, you will learn to produce an integrated analysis using tools from both subjects. The learning of theory and methodology and the working approach within these case studies - where theory and methodology are applied to real or hypothetical situations - prepares you for the final thesis course.
Courses within the programme
Introducing International and European Law and Business, 15 credits
Business Strategy and Legal Context, 15 credits
Law and Business Perspectives on Internationalisation, 15 credits
Master's Thesis in International and European Law and Business, 15 credits
As a student in the programme, you will benefit from a variety of teaching methods including case-based group work, lectures and in-depth discussion seminars. In addition to the scheduled teaching, self-study of the course literature is an essential part of the learning process.
During the programme, different forms of examination will be used, both oral and written. Your knowledge and skills will be evaluated both individually and in groups.
All courses are held on campus in Uppsala. The language of instruction is English, as is all course literature. Consequently, a very good command of English is a prerequisite for completing the programme.
The programme and the acquired interdisciplinary skills will give you a unique profile and edge and will prepare you for a variety of career paths. You may choose between the public and the private sector. Within the private sector, possible employers can be found amongst multinational corporations or national businesses with the ambition of going international. Possible employers in the public sector include international agencies and organisations dealing with international trade (such as EU agencies or international trade agencies) as well as different national authorities (such as national trade boards).
Possible future job roles include all sorts of interdisciplinary advisory functions within or on behalf of organisations. Your acquired skill set should also qualify you for managerial positions. Besides, the programme gives you the opportunity of pursuing an academic career in interdisciplinary teaching and research.
Examples of possible job roles are:
- compliance officer,
- management consultant,
- risk analyst,
- policy advisor,
- legal advisor.
During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.
Please note that this information applies to the international admissions round only.
Below you will find details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what general documents you need to submit, check the application guide. Besides the general supporting documents that you must submit, you can also submit one programme-specific document: a GMAT test result.
A GMAT test result is not mandatory. If you choose to submit it, you need to submit a copy of your GMAT test result at www.universityadmissions.se. Additionally, you also need to send a digital copy of the Official Score Report directly to Uppsala University. If you apply for more than one programme at Uppsala University, only one Report is needed. It may take up to a couple of weeks for the Report to reach us. The last day to to send in supporting documents is also the deadline for us to receive the Reports. Please plan ahead and send your Report in time. We will only look at your GMAT total score. The test result must not be older than five years on the last day of application.
Applicants who do not hold a Bachelor's degree, but are registered for the last semester of a programme leading to such a degree, shall submit an official document from their current university stating a date of expected graduation and courses remaining before the application deadline of the Master's programme.
Detailed instructions can be found on universityadmissions.se.
The entry requirements (degree certificate and transcript of records) must be validated when the semester starts.
Master's Programme in International and European Law and Business
Autumn 2023, 100%, Campus
Application deadline: 16 January 2023
Application code: UU-M2124 Application
Language of instruction: English
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in commercial law, legal science or business studies.
Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.
Selection: Students with a background in business studies are selected based on:
- GMAT test result
- an overall appraisal of previous university studies
Students with a background in commercial law or legal science are selected based on an overall appraisal of previous university studies.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
Application fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50,000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 100,000
Contact and further resources
For programme-specific information, please contact the Department of Business Studies, Study Counsellor
+46 18 471 13 73
For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:
Department of Business Studies
Ekonomikum Kyrkogårdsgatan 10, ingång C 751 20 UPPSALA
Box 513, 751 20 UPPSALA
Programme start and registration
If you are admitted without conditions you register by sending an e-mail to email@example.com stating that you intend to register on the programme, no later than 21 August.
Remember to include your name, personal number and what programme you are admitted to.
Registration for those admitted with conditions (AV, VI)
If you are admitted with conditions you register in two steps:
- Upload your degree diploma and complete transcription to your University Admission account, as soon as possible: www.universityadmissions.se.
- Sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org stating that you intend to register on the programme, no later than 21 August. As soon as the admission office have removed your conditions regarding Bachelor's degree you will be registered. Remember to include your name and what programme you are admitted to.
Registration for those who are required to pay tuition fee (SV)
If you are required to pay tuition fee, you need to pay the fee before you will be allowed to register on the courses.
Pay your tuition fee. It must be received by Uppsala University no later than 1 June.
Send an email to email@example.com stating that you intend to register on the course no later than 21 August. Please include your name, p-number and what programme and track you are admitted to.
If you could not show that you had payed your fee during step 2, you need to prove that no later than 28 August 08:00 CET. You do this by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.