Master in International Business Law

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in International Business Law

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam benefits from its unique location in the heart of Amsterdam’s business district, where many international law firms are located. As a student of the master International Business Law (IBL), you will be able to network in a real-life business environment. Some courses are taught by legal practitioners, who can give you a genuine understanding of how law works in practice. Classes are small, international and interactive. The mix of nationalities within the group gives the IBL programme an extra dimension.


The Master’s programme in International Business Law consists of mandatory courses, electives courses, a research seminar and a Master thesis. Students must opt for a specialization (‘Profile Transactions’ or ‘Profile Regulatory’). The mandatory courses provide you with a general legal foundation, while later elective courses focus on more specific areas of international business law. In the final stage, you will write your Master thesis. The IBL programme focuses on rules and practices for promoting international commercial transactions. It aims at developing an understanding of the world’s trading system and rules for international investments, and it examines the legal aspects of business practices. You will study the main legal areas and the interaction between the actors involved in transactions. In addition, you will develop skills to anticipate, analyse and address problems that may arise in your future career: the legal practice of international business.


After finishing this Master’s programme, you will be well equipped for your further professional training. You can start a career as a professional business lawyer, an in-house counsel for a company, a government official, or a legal professional for an international organization. Pursuing a PhD is also an option. Alumni have found jobs at international law firms, accounting companies, banks and government agencies.


Ideally, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Law, but students with a sound academic background and proven experience in the field of law may also apply. IBL is a selective Master programme and open to a limited number of students only.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 14, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international studentws
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international studentws
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA students; €13.400 for Non-EEA