Master of Business Law
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Business Law (MBL) reflects the importance of legal literacy and business law expertise among non-lawyers working in business, finance, commercial and corporate environments. It also provides a Master's level qualification that builds upon the completion of professional accountancy qualifications.
The MBL offers candidates a flexible qualification in business law and regulation in which you are able to select units of study from those offered through the Sydney Law School’s commercial law, corporate, securities and finance law, international business law, international taxation and taxation programs.
Candidates can choose from up to 70 units of study in any given year.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- LAWS6001 - Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems
- LAWS6008 - Takeovers and Reconstructions
- LAWS6030 - Corporate Taxation
- LAWS6037 - International Import/Export Laws
- LAWS6038 - Debt Financing
- LAWS6059 - International Business Law
- LAWS6060 - International Commercial Arbitration
- LAWS6091 - Chinese International Taxation
- LAWS6100 - Corporate Fundraising
- LAWS6107 - Tax Litigation
- LAWS6109 - UK International Taxation
- LAWS6112 - Law of Tax Administration
- LAWS6118 - Taxation of Partnerships and Trusts
- LAWS6123 - Transfer Pricing in International Tax
- LAWS6125 - Taxation of Corporate Finance
- LAWS6128 - Comparative International Taxation
- LAWS6138 - Internatl Fin Transactions: Law & Prac
- LAWS6140 - Corp Soc Responsibility: Theory/Pol
- LAWS6147 - Independent Research Project
- LAWS6149 - Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia
- LAWS6153 - Comparative Corporate Taxation
- LAWS6159 - Insolvency Law
- LAWS6160 - Copyright and Copyright Industries
- LAWS6170 - Comparative Income Taxation
- LAWS6171 - US International Taxation
- LAWS6177 - Tax Treaties
- LAWS6182 - Independent Research Project A
- LAWS6183 - Independent Research Project B
- LAWS6188 - Commercial Equity Litigation
- LAWS6209 - Australian International Taxation
- LAWS6214 - Goods and Services Tax Principles A
- LAWS6222 - Corporate Governance
- LAWS6227 - Consumer Contracts and Product Defects
- LAWS6243 - International Law I
- LAWS6244 - Taxation of Corporate Groups
- LAWS6247 - Securities and Markets Regulation
- LAWS6250 - Controlling Liability by Contract
- LAWS6252 - Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System
- LAWS6257 - Public Policy
- LAWS6264 - Compliance: Financial Services Industry
- LAWS6271 - Microfinance: Law and Policy
- LAWS6306 - Health,Develop,Trade & Investment Law
- LAWS6307 - Expert Evidence & Class Action Procedure
- LAWS6309 - Advanced Trusts: Theory and Practice
- LAWS6310 - Advanced Competition Law
- LAWS6311 - Advanced Directors' Duties
- LAWS6809 - Breach of Contract
- LAWS6810 - Fundamentals of Corporate Law
- LAWS6814 - Comparative Value Added Tax
- LAWS6825 - Introduction to Australian Business Tax
- LAWS6828 - Goods and Services Tax Principles B
- LAWS6838 - Competition Law
- LAWS6840 - Tax of Business and Investment Income A
- LAWS6841 - Tax of Business and Investment Income B
- LAWS6844 - US Corporate Law
- LAWS6846 - Human Rights and the Global Economy
- LAWS6849 - Commercial Maritime Law
- LAWS6852 - Doing Business in China
- LAWS6857 - Introduction to Chinese Law
- LAWS6872 - Contract Negotiation
- LAWS6874 - Contractual Damages
- LAWS6879 - Japanese Law
- LAWS6892 - Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions
- LAWS6905 - Aspects of European Union Commercial Law
- LAWS6906 - Taxation of Financial Products
- LAWS6912 - Fundamentals of the Law of Trusts
- LAWS6919 - Problems in Contract Formation
- LAWS6924 - World Trade Organization-Dispute Resolut
- LAWS6926 - The Business of Tax Administration
- LAWS6928 - Law,Justice and Development
- LAWS6932 - Law and Investment in Asia
- LAWS6933 - Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
- LAWS6937 - Employment Law Advocacy
- LAWS6939 - International Insolvency Law
- LAWS6944 - Regulation of Mkt Manipulation & Abuse
- LAWS6945 - Doing Business in Emerging Markets
- LAWS6946 - Tax Treaties Special Issues
- LAWS6947 - Advanced Obligations and Remedies
- LAWS6950 - Plain English in Legal Writing
- LAWS6953 - Law of Asset Protection
- LAWS6955 - Fundamentals of Finance Law
- LAWS6956 - Personal Property Securities
- LAWS6957 - Shareholders' Remedies
- LAWS6958 - International Contract Law
- LAWS6963 - Regulation and Regulators
- LAWS6965 - Tax Avoidance and Anti-Avoidance
- LAWS6969 - Principles of Patent Law
- LAWS6975 - Islamic Law and Commerce
- LAWS6977 - Law of International Institutions
- LAWS6984 - Economics of Tax Policy
- LAWS6990 - Principles of Oil and Gas Law
- LAWS6991 - Fundamentals of Contract Law
- LAWS6997 - Cross-Border Deals
Further course information
Master of Business Law candidates complete 48 credit points, which is equivalent to eight units of study. Candidates can choose the prescribed number of units from the electives on offer in the areas of commercial law, corporate, securities and finance law, international business law, international taxation and taxation, permitting them to concentrate on one area or combine their interests in a number of fields.
Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.
Course outcomes and further study
The Master of Business Law (MBL) is designed for business professional and graduates who require specialist legal knowledge without the need to practise law. The MBL reflects the growing importance of legal literacy and business law expertise among non-lawyers working in business, finance, commercial and corporate environments.
Sydney Law School offers Professional Development seminars, courses and units of study in a range of subjects and modes, including intensive programs, seminar series and individual evening presentations. Seminars, courses and postgraduate units of study are available to anyone with an interest in the area of study.
Continuing Legal Education is a requirement of the Law Society of New South Wales. Practising solicitors are required to obtain 10 units of MCLE annually in order to maintain registration as a legal practitioner. Continuing Professional Development is also a requirement of the New South Wales Bar Association. Barristers are required to accrue 10 points each practising certificate year. Seminars, courses and units of study offered under Sydney Law School’s LPD Program meet the necessary requirements of both the Law Society of New South Wales and the New South Wales Bar Association in relation to their individual members. Sydney Law School's taxation units also meets the training and development requirements of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICCA).
Sydney Law School is a major international centre for legal research. The faculty has internationally renowned academic staff members whose expertise range across a wide variety of fields. The faculty also has the largest postgraduate research program in Australia with more than 100 research students, many from interstate or overseas, currently enrolled in doctoral or masters programs. Sydney Law School offers four higher degrees by research: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Juridical Studies (SJD), Master of Laws by research (LLM) and Master of Criminology by research (MCrim).
Other study options
Participants in our Single Unit Enrolment (SUE) program are able to audit postgraduate units of study, attending lectures and receiving copies of lecture notes. SUE students do not undertake assignments or examinations. Courses are offered by one of two methods, either attendance one night per week for 13 weeks, or by intensive mode. Courses offered as intensive units are normally conducted over four or five days. Courses are worth 24 MCLE/CPD points unless advertised otherwise. Individual units of study within the program may be undertaken by suitably qualified candidates who do not wish to commit to the study of an award course. Non-award candidates are students of the University; on satisfactory completion of unit of study requirements, candidates receive an academic transcript showing the details of the unit or units of study undertaken, with results and grades. Subject to approval, completed non-award study may be credited to an award course. You may undertake units in postgraduate programs in other faculties at the University of Sydney or at other universities subject to approval by the Associate Dean (Postgraduate Coursework) on a cross-institutional basis. A formal application, detailing the academic content, attendance and assessment requirements of the unit(s) proposed to be completed should be made to the Law School first before applying to the other faculty or institution. If you are from another institution, you can also apply to study units at Sydney Law School upon approval from your home institution and the Law School.
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria.
Admission to the degree requires:
(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit average from the University of Sydney in commerce, economics, law or other appropriate discipline as determined by the Faculty, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; and the applicant provides evidence of professional experience or of a period of service (normally of several years in duration) which in the opinion of the Dean adequately prepares the applicant to undertake the course of study; or
(c) completion of the requirements of an embedded graduate diploma with a minimum credit average, or an equivalent qualification.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of October. On-time applications for the July Semester close on the last working day in April. Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Business Law.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Business Law.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2013, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2012 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2013, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.