Master of Business Law (MBL)

Jessica Fertig, Master of Business Law (MBL), South Africa

“This experience has been truly invaluable and I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to come to such a prestigious university and be lectured by world-class professors. The exceptional standard of education and learning on a personal scale has been instrumental in my development as a competent student. Attending lectures with people from diverse backgrounds and walks of life has really broadened my perspectives, not only in an academic sense, but in life experience. I firmly believe this has been an excellent addition to my business and legal education.”

Jessica Fertig, Master of Business Law (MBL), South Africa

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 University of 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 suitable for 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.

The MBL is also suitable for international students who have completed an undergraduate course in business, commerce/economics or accounting, who are or who intend to work in business and who wish to develop their knowledge of business, finance and tax law. The Program contains a number of ‘Fundamentals’ courses designed to assist students who have no prior legal knowledge and which serve as a foundation to the study of more complex subjects which are offered. The sequencing of the courses undertaken by a student can be tailored to their particular needs, knowledge and experience.

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 School 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.

Please select from the dropdown box for the units of study list:

Core Units of Study (2017)

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 (2017)

Advanced Obligations and Remedies
Anti-Terrorism Law
Australian International Taxation
Breach of Contract
Business Crime
Capital Gains Tax
Chinese International Taxation
Chinese Laws & Chinese Legal Systems (12cp)
Comparative Corporate Taxation
Comparative International Taxation
Competition Law
Compliance: Theory & Practice in the Financial Services Industry
Contract Management
Corporate Fundraising
Corporate Governance
Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy
Corporate Taxation
Cross-Border Deals
Doing Business in China
Doing Business in Emerging Markets
Economics of Tax Policy
Expert Evidence Law and Class Action Procedure
Fiduciary Duties and Conflicts of Interest
Fundamentals of Contract Law
Fundamentals of Finance Law
Fundamentals of Regulation
Gender Inequality and Development
Goods and Services Tax Principles A
Human Rights and the Global Economy
Insolvency Law
International Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
International Financial Transactions: Law and Practice
International Import/Export Laws
International Investment Law
International Law I
Interpreting Commercial Contracts
Introduction to Australian Business Tax
Japanese Law
Labour Law in the Global Economy
Law and Investment in Asia
Law of Asset Protection
Law of International Institutions
Law, Justice and Development
Market Manipulation and Insider Trading
Mergers and Acquisitions in Asia
Personal Property Securities
Principles of Financial Regulation
Public Policy
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 Offshore Operations
Taxation of Partnerships and Trusts
Transfer Pricing in International Taxation
UK International Taxation
US Corporate Law
US International Taxation
World Trade Organisation Law I


Independent Research Project

 Independent Research Project Closing Dates  Semester 1  Semester 2
Application to undertake Independent Research Project  (doc)
  30 September
30 April

Enrolment enquiries

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.

Current students

Future students

Please refer to the Admission to candidature - School Handbook

Please read through How to apply and ensure all relevant application documents are available to upload before applying online:

Program Co-ordinator

Professor John Stumbles


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