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Business Law and History

Our Business Law and History degree is the only course of its type in the country. This unique and flexible programme lets you pursue your interests and will prepare you for a wide variety of careers.

Why study Business Law and History?

Law and History is a classic and well regarded subject combination and Business Law and History offers the benefits of this degree, along with valuable insight into the role of law in modern business practice.

Business Law and History offers a unique combination of academic and professionally relevant study. You can tailor your degree to suit your aspirations, selecting from a range of different History and Business Law modules, so that you can study the subjects that interest you most while developing skills that will appeal to employers in a range of fields. 

Why St Mary’s?

As a Business Law and History student at St Mary’s you will be part of a you will be part of a friendly and supportive community, and you will work closely with the leading academics that teach here. We feel that this allows us to offer a really high quality student experience, and students at St Mary’s are the most satisfied with their course of any University in London.

The programme is very flexible, and you can choose to study the topics that interest you. In History, you can choose from modules ranging from the medieval period to the present day, covering Britain, Europe, America, the Middle East and Australia, while in Business Law you can select specialist subjects relevant to your chosen career path whilst also taking certain core business law subjects such as: contract law, company law and corporate governance, consumer and commercial law and employment law.

At the end of your first year you will also have the opportunity to convert to a degree in law, if you decide this is the right course for you and satisfy our law conversion requirements.

St Mary’s has a vibrant community of students and lecturers working in the areas of Law and History. The programme is connected to the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery, the Centre for Law and Culture, and the Centre for the Philosophy of History

Career opportunities

A diverse range of career opportunities exist for Business Law and History graduates. The employment skills that you will have acquired should allow you to develop a career in: HR, banking, insurance, financial services or public services. 

These skills also may allow may you move into graduate and specialist management positions and provide you with essential skills and knowledge needed if you wish to set up your own business.

The degree also provides a sound basis from which to undertake further postgraduate and specialist training.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Business Law students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

You can also undertake a work placement as part of your degree. 


Key facts

  • St Mary’s students have the highest levels of satisfaction with their courses of any University in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • Choose your own pathway through the degree, tailoring it to your interests
  • This is a flexible programme, and students who satisfy the relevant programme requirements may, at the end of their first year of study, convert to the general LLB Law degree programme
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus, just a half hour train journey from Central London
  • Study overseas at one of our partner institutions in the US or Europe
Teaching methods

The course is predominantly taught through lectures, seminars and workshops, where you will work collaboratively with other students.

Some teaching is also done through tutorials, and you will have regular contact with a dedicated personal tutor. Tutorials are a great opportunity for you to discuss your work with us in detail.

Assessment methods

The majority assessment is by coursework, although there are also some examinations.

Our assessment models are different for each module, allowing you to develop a range of demonstrable skills during your degree programme.

Many modules are assessed through essays, but you will also write critical commentaries about primary sources or legal cases, review books and articles. In some modules, you may give presentations, or participate in mini-conferences or where you will present your work to your peers in a supportive and encouraging environment.

You will receive written feedback on all assignments and are encouraged to meet regularly with tutors to discuss your work individually.