University of Technology Sydney

C04432v1 Master of International Commercial and Business Law

Award(s): Master of International Commercial and Business Law (MIntCommclBusLaw)
CRICOS code: 106475F
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent (essential) requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


This course, open to law and non-law graduates, gives students the opportunity to build specialist legal skills in the area of commercial and business law in a global context, as well as theoretical and practical research capabilities as they relate to the study of the law.

The degree is highly customisable – students pursue 30 credit points of study based on their personal or professional interests, choosing from a wide range of commercial and business law electives. Students have to study 18 credit points of core subjects which focus on commercial and business law areas.

Course content is delivered by a mix of practising law professionals, academic staff and international visiting academics, giving students access to a wide range of expertise and perspectives on the study and practice of law in commercial contexts.

Career options

Career options include a range of sought-after specialist vocations in the practice of law and business, both nationally and globally.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 A specialised understanding of a complex body of legal knowledge in relation to international business and commercial law, including the Australian legal system, impacts of historical and ongoing Anglo-Australian laws, social justice, cultural and international contexts, the principles and values of ethical practice, and contemporary developments in law and its professional practice.
1.2 Demonstrate specialised legal and technical knowledge of Australian laws relating to international business and commercial law and systems to support innovation in a range of contexts.
2.1 An advanced capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, cultural respect, accountability, public service and ethical standards, including an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making, the rules of professional responsibility, an ability to reflect upon and respond to ethical challenges in practice, and a developing ability to engage with the professionals engaged in international business and commercial law and to exercise professional judgment.
2.2 Recognise, reflect upon and respond with professional judgment to ethical and professional responsibility issues that arise in specialist practice roles.
3.1 A capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively, including an ability to identify and articulate complex legal issues, apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate theoretical and practical responses, and demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching complex legal issues and generating appropriate responses.
3.2 Identify, synthesise and articulate complex legal and technical issues and apply analytical skills to identify innovation and generate clear, succinct and novel responses.
4.1 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues and demonstrate intellectual and practical skills necessary to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions.
4.2 Research, identify and evaluate technical information, legal judgments and issues to interpret, justify, or critique propositions, conclusions and professional decisions that are underpinned by ethical research practices.
5.1 Professional and appropriate professional communication skills including highly effective use of the English language, an ability to inform, analyse, report and persuade using an appropriate medium and message and an ability to respond respectfully.
5.2 Communicate accurately and appropriately with multidisciplinary audiences in a range of specialised formats, including productive collaboration with professional teams and clients.
6.1 Specialised collaboration skills, including effective team work to achieve a common goal in a group learning environment or the workplace.
6.2 Take responsibility to give feedback and to respond to feedback in a professional context, to work effectively with colleagues and other stakeholders and to resolve challenges through effective negotiation.
7.1 A well-developed understanding of Indigenous perspectives informed by a commitment to build Indigenous cultural capability, to work for and with Indigenous peoples.
7.2 Identify and challenge the deficit narratives and biases of Anglo-Australian laws towards Indigenous Australians, particularly in relation to intellectual property and cultural rights.
8.1 A high level of autonomy, accountability and professionalism, the ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies including initiating self-directed work and learning, judgment and responsibility, self-assessment of skills, personal wellbeing and appropriate use of feedback, and a capacity to adapt to and embrace change.
8.2 Evaluate and implement their own professional development and incorporate personal skills in order to work with autonomy as a responsible and adaptable professional.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Previous qualifications can be in any discipline.

If an applicant does not formally meet the selection criteria but the Faculty deems the applicant to be eligible based on evidence of prior learning and demonstrated capability, the Faculty reserves the right to make an offer to the appropriate course.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Inherent (essential) requirements

Inherent (essential) requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course. This Statement should be read in conjunction with the UTS Student Rules.

Prospective or current student concerned about their ability to meet these requirements should discuss their concerns with the Academic Liaison Officer in their faculty or school and/or UTS Accessibility Service on 9514 1177 or at

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Faculty of Law Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who successfully complete Master of International Commercial and Business Law (C04432) may apply for 24cp of elective credit to be applied to the Juris Doctor (C04236), the Master of Legal Studies (C04264), or Master of Laws (C04143).

General information recognition of prior learning is available at postgraduate course information.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a one-year, full-time or two-year, part-time basis. Subjects may also be available in Summer session, allowing accelerated progression.

Course structure

Students must complete 48 credit points made up of 18 credit points of core subjects, and 30 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

STM91578 Core subjects 18cp
CBK92018 Options 30cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical full-time program. Most subjects are timetabled over a two-year period and consequently not all subjects listed are offered in any one year. The UTS Timetable Planner enables current and future UTS students to view subject timetables.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
79708 Contemporary Business Law   6cp
77947 Companies and Securities Law   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92018 Options 30cp  
Spring session
78153 International Commercial Transactions   6cp
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
CBK92018 Options 30cp  

Articulation with UTS courses

Students enrolled in Master of International Commercial and Business Law (C04432) can be offered an internal course transfer (ICT) into the Master of International Commercial and Business Law Master of Business Administration (C04433) with no minimum criteria required.

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