A fascinating subject, providing a detailed insight into the role of law in modern business practice.

Why study Business Law?

The Business Law programme can only be studied as a joint honours degree. It is designed for students who do not necessarily want to become lawyers but who have an interest in law and want to develop a detailed understanding of its operation in the business environment. On the Business Law programme, students will study Law and one of the following subjects: Business Management, History, Philosophy, Sociology and Tourism.

Commerce and finance is complex and increasingly businesses need people with specialist knowledge to guide them through the legal issues that they encounter in their everyday decision making. Within this context, the programme aims to ensure that through a diverse curriculum, you gain a core understanding of the key legal areas that affect business, with the opportunity to tailor your degree to your individual career aspirations.

An appreciation of legal issues is central to a wide variety of business related careers. Your degree will develop the legal skills and knowledge demanded by employers in both public and private sectors and will provide a sound basis from which to achieve your personal and professional goals.

Why St Mary's?

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. Students have the opportunity for various trips including: employment tribunal, Supreme and County courts, Bank of England and Lloyds of London. We have good links with the local community, for example an award for the top performing Business law student is presented by a local solicitors firm. In addition, students have the opportunity to observe practitioners at a local CAB and apply for their bespoke training course for St Mary's law students to become CAB telephone assessors.

The degree has a wide range of optional modules, including work placements and is assessed by a diverse variety of assessment methods such as simulated negotiation exercises, oral presentations and vivas. It offers a range of interesting option modules such as: Sports Law, Consumer and Commercial Law, Intellectual property and Employment Law in the Workplace.

The Business Law degree has an experienced and enthusiastic teaching team, which includes both former practitioners (solicitors and barristers) and research active academics.

The programme is connected to the Centre for Law and Culture. Students are encouraged to attend public lectures and other suitable events. These opportunities will enable students to develop learning beyond their undergraduate studies, both in the context of further studies and flourishing careers.

A Student View

Fay MitchellFay Mitchell
"My lecturers are friendly, supportive and good at what they do. They realise that going to university can be daunting and are always there to help. The course offers something that many other university courses could not, the chance to go into a work place without adding an extra year of study.

I have particularly enjoyed studying contract law which was interesting because I quickly realised how important and significant contracts are in all areas of business."


St Mary's course and employment stats

In the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey 95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating.


St Mary's also scored 93% for teaching satisfaction and for 92% course satisfaction in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings.