St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

Business Law is a small, friendly programme in which supporting students as individuals is emphasised and a focus is put on developing key employability skills. The degree has a wide range of optional modules, including work placements and is assessed by a diverse variety of assessment methods. The Business Law degree has an experienced teaching team, which includes both former practitioners and research active academics. The Business Management degree at St Mary's is a well'established, dynamic programme with a strong, practical, applied focus. The programme has an excellent record for graduate employability, producing graduates with comprehensive skillsets, ready to integrate the business world. The course places a strong emphasis on the real world and on transferrable skills. The University has a lot of links with business and industry, allowing for field trips, guest speakers and live business projects. Students have the opportunity to gain work experience as part of the degree, enabling them to build their CV's, stand out and make a difference when they graduate. Business Management as either a Single Honours programme or in combination with another academic subject, will provide you with a degree that is very attractive to employers in both the public and private sector. This degree programme aims to combine coverage of the key business areas from Human Resource Management and Finance, through to Marketing and Strategy, with the opportunity to study more specialist subject areas, including: Business Law, Management, Consultancy and E'Commerce.

Course Modules

Business Law Level 1: Students are introduced to the nature of law and of legal systems and to a principal area of the business law curriculum, contract law; in legal systems and method students consider the key aspects of the English, European and United States legal systems, the types of law and how laws are made; how disputes are resolved and the operation of the respective court systems; we will also consider the role of legal personnel; students also develop a practical knowledge and understanding of the skills required to achieve success in the programme, known as legal method; students gain a detailed understanding of the law of contract, including formation, contract terms, misrepresentation, mistake and breach; this will provide a platform for the development of subsequent subject specialisation; modules include: Core; legal systems and method; contract law. Level 2: In the second year students study the core discipline of company law and corporate governance and will use legal case studies in order to develop the key skills of analysis and fact management; the key issues of company law are reviewed from initial incorporation through to management of the corporate body; the issue of governance will be analysed, as well as the impact of the law on securities regulation; during the second year students choose from a range of specialist option modules, according to their own academic interests and potential career aspirations; currently, option modules include European law, students are equipped with a thorough knowledge of the European legal framework relating to the free movement of goods, workers and capital, as well as exploring the implications of EU competition and social policy; modules include: tort law, which considers 'civil wrongs' examples being, negligence, product liability, occupiers' liability, nuisance and defamation; consumer and commercial law, which explores the nature of sale of goods contracts from price through to payment, delivery and ownership; intellectual property law reviews the nature of patent, trade mark and copyright protection across a range of commercial scenarios; students have an opportunity of considering legal skills, which cover the key areas of advising, interviewing, negotiating and advocacy, or research methods, equipping students with the skills necessary to carry out effective research in the field of legal studies; all business law students are strongly encouraged to complete a work placement during the second year of the programme; modules include: core; company law and corporate governance; options; European law; tort law; consumer and commercial law; intellectual property law; workplace learning 1: experience and employment; legal skills. Level 3: In the final year students study employment law; they are able to enhance their specialist knowledge through studying a range of dedicated modules including law of international trade, banking law, insurance law, European and international labour law and Shari'a law; students also have the opportunity to undertake a piece of legal research, which will be presented in the form of a dissertation; students are able to deepen their exposure to the field of employment, through the completion of an extended work placement in your final year; modules include: core; employment law; dissertation; law of international trade; insurance law; banking law; European and international labour law; Shari'a law; the programme is going through a re'validation process and modules are therefore subject to some change. Management Studies Level 1: During the first year of the programme, students are introduced to the principal areas of the management studies curriculum; the major management theorists will be reviewed within the context of organisational development, as well as the key elements of the business environment; students also study the fascinating area of organisational behaviour and work psychology, including reviewing the issues central to effective organisational management; by studying the key issues of motivation, team building and personality, students will gain a detailed appreciation of the complexities of work'force composition; the final component of level 1 equips students with the decision making skills required for modern day management; through interactive teaching and learning, students are able to develop and enhance their skills in this key business area. Level 2: In the second year students study the core disciplines of marketing and financial management, and will use business case studies, in order to develop their ability to deal with complex management problems; within the marketing module, students will develop their understanding of the fundamental marketing concepts from market analysis through to product life cycle and strategic development. the key issues of financial management are reviewed within the context of business strategy and provide students with a comprehensive understanding of this important discipline area; during the second year of studies, students choose from a range of specialist option modules, according to their own academic interests and potential career aspirations; currently, option modules include business law, which reviews the main legal forms of business ownership, before analysing the fundamental legal issues in contract and sale of goods transactions; the significance of dynamic employee development is central to the study of human resource management, which also takes place during the second year of the programme; students will gain a detailed appreciation of all aspects of the human resource function from recruitment and selection, through to training and development; business economics provides students with a sound appreciation of both the macro and micro economic factors impacting on organisational management; students may further select from entrepreneurship, which studies the theory and practice of establishing and managing a successful entrepreneurial business venture, or international management, which reviews the latest developments in cross'border management practice; all students on the programme are encouraged to undertake a work placement during their second year. Level 3: In the final year of the programme, students study strategic management and develop a detailed appreciation of the business ethics field, an area of growing interest amongst business practitioners; students are able to enhance their specialist knowledge through studying a range of dedicated options, including: corporate finance; employment law; European law; e'commerce; management consultancy; marketing management; and organisational change; students also have the opportunity to undertake a piece of research on a particular aspect of management, which will be presented in the form of a dissertation; students may also broaden their exposure to the diversity of employment opportunities by undertaking an extended work placement in their final year.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 104
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BCCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M3
  • Course specific

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£4,410 - £5,783
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