Master in International Business Law

•    Programme duration:2 years
•    Delivery language:English
•    Degree awarded:Master in International Business Law
•    Accreditation:The curriculum follows the European ECTS system and the degree is awarded by Université Paris Cité. This programme is accredited by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation.
•    Admission deadline:21 August 2022
•    Interview dates:7 Dec 2021 – 4 Jan 2022 – 18 Jan 2022 – 1 Feb 2022 – 15 Feb 2022 – 1 March 2022 – 15 March 2022 – 29 March 2022 – 12 April 2022 – 26 April 2022 – 10 May 2022 – 24 May 2022 – 7 June 2022 – 21 June 2022 – 5 July 2022 – 19 July 2022 – 2 August 2022 – 16 August 2022 – 24 August 2022

The Master in International Business Law prepares students for careers in the legal and commercial fields governing international business. This degree will provide a substantial analysis of business issues and the regulation of trade in goods, services and capital, including arbitration, finance, comparative law and competition law, amongst others.

The programme aims to provide students with a comprehensive insight into international business practices, enabling them to understand and respond to legal challenges on a global scale. The world of business today requires trained experts with legal principles and the most varied forms of governance. Traditional legal systems are becoming gradually complex, owing to rapid globalisation, which demands proficient lawyers with an international perspective.

The first year of the curriculum focuses on the integral aspects of business law, including corporate law, international tax law, banking law, intellectual property, international trade law and the European market. The second year focuses on the interplay of economic, financial and social forces.

Students will master legal reasoning and hone their abilities of sustaining a debate, as well as refine public speaking, evaluation, negotiation and decision-making skills. Students will also sharpen their expertise in litigation; particularly skills related to international arbitration proceedings.

Employment opportunities within the government, political, media, and business law fields are lucrative and competitive as graduates with a specialisation in International Business Law are highly sought after. For emerging and experienced professionals, career prospects are remarkably high with job opportunities in senior positions in government, legal, and diplomatic institutions, NGOs, legal advisors in the private sector or as consultants for major multinational corporations.

At the end of their studies at SUAD (Master 1 required), students have the opportunity to present the Bar exam at the Université Paris Cité. The courses of the Institute of Judicial Studies (IEJ) are now also given in a dematerialized way and can thus be followed in addition to the completion of their Master.

Typical delivery format of the courses*
M1 and M2

Monday4:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday4:30pm – 8:30pm
Wednesday4:30pm – 8:30pm
Thursday4:30pm – 8:30pm
Sunday4:30pm – 6:00pm or 4:30pm – 7:30pm

*This is the usual pattern of the courses, changes may sometimes occur.

Year 1 – Semester 1

Core Courses
  • Company Law – General Principles and UAE Practice
  • Advanced Contract Law
Specialisation Courses
  • Insolvency Law
  • Law of the EU Internal Market
Additional Courses
  • Common Law – Contract, Tort and Trust
  • International and EU Tax Law

Year 1 – Semester 2

Core Courses
  • Private International Law
  • Banking Law
Specialisation Courses
  • International Trade Law
  • European Business Law
Additional Courses
  • Public Business Law
  • Intellectual Property Law

Year 2 – Semester 3

Core courses
  • The Law of International Contracts
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Specialisation Courses
  • International Tax Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Additional Courses
  • Business Law in the Middle East
  • Moot Court, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Year 2 – Semester 4

Core courses
  • International Financial Law
  • ADGM Regulations
  • Investment Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Specialisation Courses
  • Competition Law
  • Comparative Commercial Law
  • Additional Courses
  • International Transportation Law
  • Master Thesis or Internship
Candidates must complete an online application and upload the following items:

  • A copy of the bachelor degree earned in a discipline appropriate for the programme. A minimum GPA of 3 out of 4 or equivalent is required. Conditional acceptance is possible for those scoring between 2.5 and 2.99 or equivalent
  • A copy of the high school diploma
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement (not exceeding one page)
  • For non-native English speakers a minimum EmSAT – English score of 1400 or TOEFL score of 550, 213 CBT, 79-80 iBT or an IELTS score of 6.0, valid for at least two years
  • Official academic transcripts, official test scores

Shortlisted candidates might be asked to attend an interview to assess the candidate’s motivations, career expectations and relevant professional experience in the degree area. International applicants are required to present an equivalency of their degree from the UAE Ministry of Education located in Abu Dhabi. For details on the requirements, visit the website: Ministry of Education

•    Programme tuition fees (over 2 years):
AED 166,400 (approximately US$ 45,344)
•    Payment of fees:
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25% academic excellence scholarship

New joiners are eligible to 25% scholarship on tuition starting from the 1st semester. To be eligible, applicants are required to meet one of the below criteria:

  • Bachelor CGPA average of 3.6/4.0 and above, or equivalent
  • Bachelor with Final Average of 15/20 above
  • Bachelor with first class honors
  • Candidates graduating as the top of class, despite the average

A minimum average of 14/20 is required to maintain the scholarship for the following semesters.

For programmes taught in English: an English Proficiency level with a minimum of 7.0 for IELTS or 94 for TOELF IB

Preferential rates

20% Alumni preferential rate

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi alumni are eligible to a 20% waiver on tuition fee.

25% preferential rate upon enrolment on a second master’s degree

Applicants holding a master degree from SUAD and enrolling for a second master degree at SUAD are entitled to a 25% waiver on tuition.

5%-15% corporate rate

Companies and organizations benefit from a special discount, based on the number of employees enrolling in programmes. For more details, please contact +971(0) 2-6569311

10% Family discount

Students who have a first-degree relative currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a postgraduate programmes are eligible for a 10% discount.

*Conditions apply