Master of Business Law (MBL)

About the Program

A flexible qualification in business law and regulation, this program offers candidates the opportunity to select from the entire range of units 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, the largest choice of any coursework master's at the Law School besides the Master of Laws (LLM).

The MBL is a professional Masters course aimed at increasing legal literacy and business law expertise among non-lawyers working in business, accounting, and finance, commercial and corporate environments. The degree also enables lawyers who lack adequate training and experience in commercial law, to develop the requisite skills and knowledge which will equip them to practice as commercial lawyers both within the legal and accounting professions and as in-house corporate counsel and in business generally.

The MBL is aimed particularly at accountancy graduates who have completed either the Graduate Diploma offered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia or the Chartered Practicing Accountant program. The MBL permits candidates to choose from the existing array of elective units within the taxation, international taxation, commercial law, international business law, and corporate, securities and finance law programs. The MBL builds on the completion of professional accountancy qualifications.

Applications are still open. However, some units may have restricted class size and compulsory units may run early in the semester. It is strongly recommended that applicants submit their application on time to avoid disappointment. Please contact the Postgraduate Team for further details.

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Admission requirements

Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree at an appropriate level in accountancy, business, commerce or another suitable discipline. Candidates without a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must undertake Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System prior to enrolling in other law units. Candidates enrolling in the Master of Taxation (MTax) units who are not working in the tax area and have not taken an undergraduate tax unit in Australia in the past five years are recommended to undertake Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in other tax units. If in doubt, please consult the Taxation Program Coordinator.

Program structure

The Master of Business Law (MBL) requires the completion of 48 credit points, equivalent to eight units of study. Most of the units on offer carry a value of six credit points each. Students choose from the entire range of relevant units on offer, a guide of which is listed below.

Attendance Pattern

Each unit of study entails 26 contact hours. Units are offered on a semester length basis or intensive basis. Semester length units are taught once a week over 13 weeks on either a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening between 6pm and 8pm. Intensive units of study condense the 26 hours over a period of four to five days. The units are then taught between 9am and 5pm over a block period. For example, an intensive unit may be taught two consecutive days one week and then two consecutive days in a fortnight's time. All classes are held in the Law School or another Sydney CBD location.


(from first enrolment)
*Periods of suspension, exclusion or lapsed candidature will be added to the maximum completion times except that no completion time will exceed 10 years from first enrolment. Credit will not be granted for previous studies older than 10 years at the time of first enrolment. If a student is admitted with credit, the Faculty will determine a reduced time limit for completion of the award course.

Units of study

Please note: some units of study may have pre-requisite requirements or prohibition guidelines and may not be available to those without a law degree. Please check with the Sydney Law School directly if in doubt.

Compulsory Units of Study (2015)

Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System *
*Candidates without a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must undertake this unit prior to enrolling in other law units.

Elective Units of Study (2015)

Advanced Obligations and Remedies
Australian International Taxation
Breach of Contract
Capital Gains Tax
Chinese International Taxation
Chinese Laws & Chinese Legal Systems (12cp)
Comparative Corporate Taxation
Comparative International Taxation
Comparative Value Added Tax
Competition Law
Compliance: Theory & Practice in the Financial Services Industry
Contract Management
Corporate Fundraising
Corporate Governance
Corporate Innovation and Regulation
Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy
Corporate Taxation
Cross-Border Deals
Debt Financing
Doing Business in Emerging Markets
Economics of Tax Policy
Executive Employment
Expert Evidence Law and Class Action Procedure
Fiduciary Duties and Conflicts of Interest
Fundamentals of Commercial Law
Fundamentals of Contract Law
Fundamentals of Corporate Law
Fundamentals of Finance Law
Fundamentals of the Board and Directors' Duties
Fundamentals of the Law of Trusts
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
Goods and Services Tax Principles A
Independent Research Project
Insolvency Law
Insurance Contract Law
International Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
International Financial Transactions: Law and Practice
International Import/Export Laws
International Investment Law
International Law I
International Payments Law
Interpretation of Statutes and Other Texts
Introduction to Australian Business Tax
Introduction to Chinese Law
Japanese Law
Labour Law in the Global Economy
Law and Investment in Asia
Law of Asset Protection
Law of International Institutions
Law of Tax Administration
Law, Justice and Development
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia (12cp)
Market Manipulation and Insider Trading
Personal Property Securities
Public Policy
Regulation of Corporate Crime
Shareholders’ Remedies
Tax Avoidance and Anti-Avoidance 
Tax Litigation
Tax Treaties
Tax Treaties Special Issues
Taxation & Regulation of Superannuation
Taxation of Business & Investment Income A
Taxation of Business & Investment Income B
Taxation of Corporate Finance
Taxation of Corporate Groups
Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions
Taxation of Partnerships and Trusts
The Causation Element
Trade Regulation, Health and the Environment
Transfer Pricing in International Taxation
UK International Taxation
US Corporate Law
US International Taxation
World Trade Organization – Dispute Resolution


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