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. Sociology at St Mary's University provides a space to study the subject in a broad interdisciplinary environment that includes criminology, media arts, history and many other humanities disciplines. At the same time, the sociology programme is taught by a team of academics who you will get to know over the three years with teaching and research interests across the broad spectrum of the social sciences.

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. Sociology Level 1: Sociology students take three compulsory core courses: Society and experience, which introduces the key ideas in sociology through an exploration of social processes and institutions that we all have some familiarity with, such as the family, education, gender, employment and crime; research methods introduces techniques of social research, how to conduct interviews, life histories and social observations; contemporary social theory in the modern world examines the vision of classical sociology and its relevance to contemporary society; options are offered from the following areas: introduction to criminology; visual sociology and the media. Level 2: All students taking single honours sociology or joint honours sociology take two compulsory core courses: global societies and identities and research methods; global societies and identities pays specific attention to the structures and identities of social stratification within global modernity with emphasis on the UK, the European Union and the USA; Research Methods 2, introduces the use of the computer for social research; students can also choose two or more modules from the following: gender and sexuality; schooling and society; work, management and employment; contemporary religion and religious movements; rich world, poor world; crime and the media; gender and representation in film; representing race, culture and difference; researching the media; people and places; European thinkers; contemporary Islam; work experience; popular culture. Level 3: All students taking single honours sociology must take Modernity in the 21st Century as the core course and a Dissertation; all joint honours students must take a personal research module; students may do their own research by writing a 5,000 word essay or a 10,000 word project; modernity in the 21st Century covers issues of globalisation, ecology, new technologies, and cultural transformations in society.

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

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

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£4,410 - £5,783
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,800 - £6,000
Typical cost of private accommodation