Our BA courses have been developed by leading academics with strong research profiles and a commitment to excellence.
As well as the LLB qualification, we offer two BA (Hons) degrees: one in Business Law and one in Law.
What are the advantages of studying law as a BA? Firstly, it means you develop even further the intellectual skills needed for what is a demanding yet rewarding subject. These include autonomy, determination, intellectual curiosity, clear thinking and concise expression. All are highly valuable, whatever profession you pursue.
Secondly, it’s also a chance to study a range of subjects reflecting the importance of law in all areas of society. For example, our Business Law BA enables you to develop a thorough understanding of the way law and regulation shape and influence the business world. Similarly the BA Law enables you to understand how law interacts with society.
BA (Hons) Business Law (UCAS M221)
BA (Hons) Law (UCAS M110)
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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AABB - one sitting.
AAAB - two sittings.
BTEC (Level 3):
Year one entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.
Year 2 entry may be possible with an HND in Legal Studies. Please consult our Advanced Entry pages for more information.
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.
Law at Stirling is committed to widening access to Higher Education.
Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B
General entrance requirements apply.
If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
More information on our English language requirements
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 12,140.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 12,140.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£9,250.00
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.
If you plan to commence your studies at the University of Stirling in January 2018, please note you will be subject to our 2017/18 fees. Please contact us for more information.
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
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This degree is particularly suited to students who are seeking a university education in law and who wish to pursue a career in business.
You may pursue a Bachelor's degree, General degree or Honours degree in BUSINESS LAW.
Semesters 1 – 3
You are introduced to the fundamentals of Business Law. Core modules incorporate:
Semesters 4 – 8
You will select advanced modules from a range of specialist legal topics. These include:
This degree provides a broad university education in law in a wide range of areas, such as crime, the family, business, the media, and government.
You may pursue a Bachelor's degree, General degree or Honours degree in LAW.
Semesters 1 – 3
You are introduced to the fundamentals of law. Core module options incorporate:
Semesters 4 – 8
You will select advanced modules from a range of specialist legal topics. These are shared with the BA Business Law and include:
Teaching is delivered via lectures and seminars. You will undertake independent research supervised by a member of staff, presenting a substantial dissertation on a legal topic of your own choice in your final year.
|Accountancy (with Business Law)||MN24|
|Human Resource Management||MN16|
|Journalism (subject to confirmation of course running in 2017/18)|
|Film & Media (subject to confirmation of course running in 2017/18)|
(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)
Accountancy; Business Studies; Criminology; Economics; Finance; History; Human Resource Management; Marketing; Philosophy; Politics
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
The School has a strong reputation for excellence in research. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, five percent of our research was judged to be ‘world leading’, 35 percent of ‘international excellence', 30 percent of’ international quality’, with the remaining 30 percent of at least national quality. Staff research is used for the benefit of students in teaching.
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.
The BA degrees offer strength and depth in law while allowing you to take advantage of the Stirling system which is designed to allow students to take second and third subjects in Year 1 and Year 2. If doing Single Honours, you then specialise entirely in law or business law but those on Combined degrees develop both law and their second chosen specialism together. This variety is a key feature of the BA degrees here. It means that even if you choose to do a single Honours degree, you will also study other subjects: the range available includes languages, management, economics, criminology, psychology, politics, the environment and much more. This gives our BA students the great advantage of a diverse and varied education and the ability to place legal studies in a wider social or business context.
Study with the people who have written the books: The individual law and business law modules have been designed by staff who publish and research in key areas linked to the module. For example, both courses begin with An Introduction to Law and Business Law and Tikus Little, the Director of our LLB Programme has written a key chapter in the textbook which accompanies the module and which was written with the specific requirements of this programme in mind. If you do Business Law you will go on to use the key textbook co-written by former Head of Division, Professor Davidson and if you do Law then you will be using a key text in family law written by our Professor Sutherland.
Develop your research potential with our excellent research staff: the course offers a wide range of Honours options in Years 3 and 4 too and these are taught by staff who are experts in their field. You will often use their original research in your own research into subjects as diverse as child law, environmental law, commercial arbitration, labour law, European law, discrimination law and sports law.
The culmination of your Honours degree is the dissertation process in the final year of the Honours courses which allows you to get your teeth into a topical subject in law and to develop your own research skills even further. We have supervised dissertations in a wide range of subjects from the banking crisis to father’s rights to the regulation of genetically regulated crops and all points in between.
Students on these programmes go on to work in a wide range of careers. For example, those who graduated in the past five years reported employment as:
From an academic point of view, I enjoyed seminars most as they allowed for discussions, debates and a more in-depth understanding of the subject. Law seminars were amazing, tutors would get the best out of us by masterfully steering the conversation, but ultimately allowing students to lead. It was like a portal into the minds of my colleagues, as during seminars everyone became more outspoken and ready to defend their opinions.
Doina Emilian, BA (Hons) Law and Marketing, Graduated 2017
Lorraine Wilson qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and worked for many years as a commercial Lawyer in private practice as well as in the public sector. She teaches on the BA Business Law modules and also Commercial Law for the LLB. She further teaches Insurance Law & Regulation and Company Law at 3rd and 4th year levels.
Full details of all Law staff can be found here.
The BA Law degree provides students with a wide range of analytical and transferable skills and is suitable for any profession in which a non-specialised degree is required. Although, as a non-qualifying law degree, the BA Law is aimed primarily at those not wishing to become practicing lawyers, some students who undertake this degree do choose to go on to undertake further study in order to train to become a lawyer while others choose to access a wide range of careers in the Public, Private and Third sectors.
A BA degree in Law develops many useful transferable skills including:
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As part of this degree you will be able to:
*modules are subject to availability
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We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Career and Employability Service who work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.
Our graduates have successful careers in management, banking and financial services and accounting.
Jobs directly related to degree include:
Some of our more established alumni are currently leading and shaping strategy across many different sectors – here is an example of how a few former students have advanced in their careers:
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict research or ambition to the jobs listed here.
Our graduates are currently contributing to the performance of the following organisations:
Employers’ value work experience as it can help to demonstrate that you have the skills that they are looking for.
A popular feature of the LLB and BA Law degree programmes at Stirling is the opportunity to elect to study a work placement module in the 3rd year programme. Students are placed with a range of prestigious Law practices and Law related organisations providing the opportunity to link learning to practice and thought to action.
Students are also encouraged to seek summer vacation opportunities throughput their degree to build up their occupational knowledge of the range of careers directly applicable to their degree subject area and maximise their networking opportunities.
Some BA Law graduates choose to undertake further study to develop their knowledge of the subject further to improve their career prospects. Some choose to study something vocational at postgraduate level - common areas have included law, marketing, finance, human resources, computing or business management. For careers such as law, lecturing and teaching, further qualifications are essential. Those combining study with employment after graduation often work towards a professional qualification supported by their employer.
Popular professional qualifications include:
Relevant further Masters study available at Stirling University include: