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MSc in International Business and Law

MSc in International Business and Law


This flexible, dynamic MSc Course offers a global insight into business management and law

The MSc in International Business and Law is aimed at graduates who have a business or law background and enables learners to develop a solid grounding in these two twin disciplines

Why Study Business & Law at Griffith College

Our MSc programme in International Business and Law is available on a full and part-time basis over a 1 or 2.5 year period respectively and combines the core operational and organisational aspects of international business management with advanced theoretical and practical legal knowledge.

  • Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the key principles of management accounting and control, international trade law and international strategy and corporate governance.
  • Students will develop the skills required to become independent-minded, knowledgeable and innovative business managers with a core grounding in International Law.
  • flexible study model gives students the option of either full-time or part-time study with the possibility of choosing their own elective modules.
  • Students have the opportunity to further their studies by enrolling on our internationally recognised MBA in International Business.
  • highly practical learning approach taught by a Graduate Business School lecturing team with outstanding industry experience.

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn.

  • September 2019
  • February 2020*

*subject to sufficient numbers

What our students say


The diversification of behaviours, thoughts, beliefs, expectations and knowledge enable us as students to enhance our learning during any activity inside the campus. The possibility of sharing experiences all the time and increasing our professional network is just brilliant.

Nathalya Musa
MSc in International Business 2014
Course details

The MSc has three stages

The three stages, which accumulate towards the final award, are:

Stage 1 - Semester 1 of the Postgraduate Diploma in International Business and Law

Stage 2 - Postgraduate Diploma in International Business and Law

Stage 3 - MSc Dissertation in Business and Law

Stage 1
Management Accounting and Control

This module is concerned with the application of managerial accounting techniques and procedures to the solution of managerial planning, control, and decision-making in all functional areas of business. The module covers models of costing, budgeting and decision analysis which are instrumental to the effective use of accounting information in strategic and operational planning. By focusing on the thought process involved in analysing business situations, this module will provide learners with the ability to use accounting information to make strategic business decisions. Learners will develop modelling skills including quantitative methods of analysis while obtaining an understanding of management accounting theories, practices and their strategic application. 

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International Marketing Management

This module is designed to build learners’ ability to analyse, evaluate and manage products and services in an international environment. The module emphasises research, critical analysis and problem solving skills required for selecting target markets and designing effective marketing mix strategies. Considerable emphasis is also placed on exploring opportunities presented by the digital world and how it impacts global marketing today. Analytical and planning skills will be reinforced via extensive use of case studies, exercises, class discussions research and appraisal of national and international markets. Learners will also develop advanced business communications skills and competence in both oral and visual presentation. 

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Globalisation and Corporate Responsibility

This module deals with two key aspects of Business Management – Globalisation and Corporate Responsibility. Globalisation continues to have a profound effect on our world today. While not a new concept, the level of global political and economic activity has radically increased in recent years. This module is designed to build learners’ understanding of globalisation. It will give learners an appreciation of how political, socioeconomic and cultural events in one region can shape and influence events worldwide. The second part of this module is concerned with responsible business practice. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the ethical and social areas of corporate responsibility and the impacts these have on the reputation and success of an enterprise. 

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International Trade Law

The course has been designed focusing on an analysis of national and international law that applies to transactions for goods or services that cross national boundaries. Detailed attention is paid to the role of the WTO as it is considered one of the most important developments in the history of international trade law. GATT is another significant area upon which there is significant focus. The course also critically examines recent developments in international trade law generally. 

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Stage 2
Strategic Human Resource Management

This module is concerned with the nature and scope of human resource management and the strategic application of HR activities and techniques. Managers operating in global organisation will achieve organisational objectives through managing and leading other people. Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and the University of Bath (2012) has highlighted that competing in a global economy requires new ways of thinking and doing. Innovation is not always about invention and product development – a great deal of innovation is about re-thinking and re-organisation of systems, processes and structures. 

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International Strategy

This module introduces and develops the concepts, perspectives and tools associated with the discipline of strategy formulation and development. It does this firstly at a fundamental level where conceptual understanding can be provided for and then places the concepts and tools within the complexities of undertaking business in different countries and cultures. As well as providing the learner with a core body of knowledge of strategy, the module aims to go beyond the prescriptive toolbox of strategy making and instil in the learner an appreciation of the complexities, subtleties and human factors that fundamentally shape what businesses do and why. This central aim of the module is consistent with the level of a Master’s programme. 

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Business Research Methods

This module initiates the preparation of learners for their Masters dissertation. It reviews business research in general and facilitates dissertation topic selection by the learner and guides their drafting of a preliminary critical literature review and the development of a conceptual framework. The will be further developed and proofed against the demands of an appropriate research design in the iterative process of proposal development. A significant element of the module is devoted to research design issues to ensure that learners understand the significance of the process of research and its implications for how trustworthy the findings from the research can be considered. This component of the course covers research paradigms, research strategies, and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. The importance of illustrating the process in reporting and presenting the research concludes the course. 

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International Financial Services Law

At a time of crisis on the global markets, this module seeks to enable learners to address the major regulatory and contractual aspects of financial services law. The module deals with the institutional structures created to protect international financial transactions. There will be a particular focus on the impact that European Union legislation is having on the area, with a number of the key regulations being examined in detail. The module is suitable for those seeking to work in law firms which have international financial services as a significant part of their workload, but also for those who hope to work directly in the financial services sector. 

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International Tax Law

This module will focus on an analysis of principal features of the international tax law system, from the perspective of Irish and EU law. The course looks generally at the main theories, concepts and principles of international tax law and then more particularly at the main substantives areas of the subject such as principally public international law and taxation, the OECD Model Income Tax Convention and EC law as it affects member states’ tax systems. Thereafter the course examines important issues such as the different approaches to corporate income taxation, tackling international tax avoidance, international tax law as it applies to developing countries, and the issues in modifying established international tax rules to regulate e-commerce activity. 

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International Commercial Arbitration

This module is designed to provide a broad overview of the legal and practical aspects underpinning international commercial arbitration. The objective of any arbitration is to resolve a dispute. So as to facilitate resolution all unnecessary obstacles need to be removed. In the context of international disputes there can be many obstacles, e.g. language barriers, different jurisdictions, different legal principles etc. To alleviate these difficulties a number of international instruments have been enacted through out the years culminating in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law in 1985. 

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Corporate Governance

The objective of this course is to impart a critical understanding of the structure, objectives and mechanisms of corporate governance, and the legal and other issues affecting systems by which corporations are directed and controlled.

Themes and issues explored include: theoretical and overview perspectives on corporate governance; the nature of the corporation, the basic theory of the firm, principal-agent theory; the legal framework of corporate governance; the role and responsibilities of directors and boards; enforcement of director duties; monitoring and legal compliance issues; executive compensation, takeovers, and shareholder activism.

This module also deals with the emergence of corporate governance requirements in developed/developing capital markets. The module sets out the divergent ways in which corporate governance is applied across the globe, in particular examining the reliance on principles or alternatively rules. The course examines both country specific codes and international practices. 

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European Union Internal Market and Competition Law

The aim of this module is twofold. Firstly, it seeks to develop within the learner an in-depth understanding of the economic and political basis for the internal market of the European Union, and the laws that ensure its operation. Secondly, it requires the learner to critically analyse the European Union’s policies in the sphere of competition law and state aids. 

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International Intellectual Property Law

This module provides a detailed overview of the principles regarding the key aspects of Intellectual Property Law: International Copyright, Patents, Design Rights, Trademark and Passing Off. Case law illustrating the application of these principles along with international treaties dealing with intellectual property will be addressed. The module seeks to enhance the learner’s ability to apply theoretical aspects of the jurisprudence to real life situations through the use of case studies. 

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Research Dissertation
MSc Dissertation

The dissertation involves an in-depth exploration of a specialised area or issue central to international business management. Drawing on substantial relevant research, literature, concepts and techniques learners will seek to combine management theory and practice. Learners will be supported as they devise the research question, design and apply an appropriate methodology, critically review relevant literature and draw up the dissertation report. The Dissertation offers learners the opportunity to advance their research and business communication skills, and make a significant contribution to their chosen field through enquiry. 

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How to Apply

Entry Requirements

 Primary Honours Degree in a business/law-related discipline or a postgraduate related qualification and/or experiential learning. Non-law graduates with substantial work experience may apply but will be subject to interview.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply directly on our website.

Academic Achievement:

Applicants must normally hold an approved honours degree in a business or law-related discipline or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary or professional institution. Students with or without relevant business management experience are welcome to apply.

English Language Proficiency:

All applicants for whom English is not their native language must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of at least 6.5 in IELTS, 575 TOEFL or equivalent.

Accreditation of Prior Learning and Prior Experience (APL/APEL):

The Graduate Business School welcomes applications from those with prior academic and/or professional learning experience which may be relevant to the MSc in International Business and Law programme. Applicants who wish for their prior academic and/or professional learning experience to be considered are requested to indicate this at the time of application and we will be happy to examine all of the relevant documentation accordingly.


For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from time of application.

Tuition Fees
Irish/EU, living in Ireland

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Full-Time


EUR 9,500.00

Study Mode: Part-Time


EUR 9,500.00

Irish/EU, living abroad

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time


EUR 12,000.00


General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time


Non-EU Living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


Academic Progression

Graduates of this course have the option to continue their studies in Griffith College. We offer a number of options including:

You can contact our admissions team to discuss what progression options are available to you.

Career Progression

Through the Msc in International Business and Law you will have gained valuable professional experience, built a strong foundation of communication and presentation skills, and covered a diverse range of topics. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

  • Global Trade Manager
  • Business Development Specialist
  • Integration and Trade Sector Director
  • Business and Legal Affairs Coordinator
  • HR Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Product Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • International Business Lawyer
  • Corporate Lawyer

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