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. Philosophy at St Mary's starts at the beginning and helps students to see how philosophy emerged as a distinct undertaking. Students are encouraged to think and debate, and to engage with their classmates and lecturers throughout their degree. Topics covered include dialogue, psychology, science, art, popular culture, and more. Philosophy graduates have gone on to work as accountants, in the civil service, in advertising, in information technology, in teaching, in marketing, in law, and in human resources management.

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: 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. Philosophy Level 1: This is an introductory year, in which students acquire a solid understanding of core issues and thinkers in philosophy, as well as the necessary skills to study philosophy at a higher level; modules include: reason, argument, evidence; key texts of antiquity; revolutions in thought: 1500'1800; moral philosophy. Level 2 and 3: The content of the degree will be increasingly decided by students interests and their future professional needs; modules include: socratic dialogue/philosophy and communication; in year three single honours students as well as students majoring in philosophy write a dissertation; modules include: bioethics; environmental philosophy; modern political thought; moral philosophy: key thinkers; philosophy and literature; philosophy and gender; metaphysics; Eastern philosophies; medieval classics; modern and contemporary philosophy; philosophy of history; philosophy reading module; workplace experience; mind, soul and psychology; Buddhism; issues in religion and science; issues of identity; philosophy of health; epistemology; Wittgenstein; Aesthetics.

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
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MDD
  • 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 MDD
  • 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