Our BA courses have been developed by leading academics with strong research profiles and a commitment to excellence.

Introduction

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.

UCAS Codes
BA (Hons) in Business Law (UCAS M221)
BA (Hons) in Law (UCAS M110)

Key information

EU Applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2017 and 2018 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. EU students will also be eligible for tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

  • UCAS: M221; M110
  • Qualification: BA (Hons)
  • Study methods: Full-time, Part-time, Campus based
  • Course Director: Lorraine Wilson
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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Lorraine Wilson

www.stir.ac.uk/arts-humanities

University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA
Scotland UK

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
AABB - one sitting.
AAAB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:
BBB

IB Diploma:
32 points

BTEC (Level 3):
DDM

Other qualifications

HNC/HND:
Year one entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.
Advanced entry
Year 2 entry may be possible with an HND in Legal Studies. Please consult our Advanced Entry pages for more information.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.
Law at Stirling is committed to widening access to Higher Education.

Foundation Apprenticeships:

Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Additional information

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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

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.

Fees and costs

Fees Bachelor of Arts in Law 2018/19

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

Fees Bachelor of Arts in Business Law 2018/19

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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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

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:

  • Legal System
  • Law of Contract
  • Law of Delict
  • Partnership Law
  • Company Law
  • Insolvency Law
  • Legal Process
  • Law of Commerce

Semesters 4 – 8

You will select advanced modules from a range of specialist legal topics. These include:

  • Law of Banking and Finance
  • Insurance Law and Regulation
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Collective Labour Law
  • Competition Law
  • Sports Law
  • Child Law
  • Company Law
  • Environmental Law
  • European Constitutional Law
  • European Economic Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Journalism and the Law

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:

  • Legal Systems and Process
  • Law of Contract
  • Law of Delict
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Law and Government

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:

  • Alternative Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • European Constitutional Law
  • Prejudice, Discrimination and the Law

Delivery and assessment

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.

Combined degrees

Law can be studied with:
CourseUCAS Code
Accountancy (with Business Law) MN24
Business Studies MN11
Criminology MM91
French RM11
History MV11
Human Resource Management MN16
Marketing MN15
Politics ML12
Spanish MR14
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.)

Learn more about studying these subjects

Related degrees

Accountancy; Business Studies; Criminology; Economics; Finance; History; Human Resource Management; Marketing; Philosophy; Politics

Recommended reading

  • Black, G, Business Law in Scotland, (3rd edn., 2015)
  • Himsworth C.M.G. and O'Neill C.M. , Scotland's Constitution: Law and Practice (2nd edition, 2009), , Tottel 
  • Hepple, B, Equality: The New Legal Framework, Hart, 2011
  • Davidson and McGregor, Commercial Law in Scotland, (3rd edn., 2014) Thomson W Green,  
  • Sutherland, E. Family Law Basics, (3rd edn, 2014), W Green

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).

Find out more

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Why Stirling?

Rating

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.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

Study abroad opportunities

You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.

Strengths

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:

  • Sales and marketing executive
  • Conference events co-ordinator
  • Business growth manager
  • Revenue and benefits officer
  • Trainee accountant
  • Factoring consultant
  • Book manager
  • Tutor

Employers include:

  • Aviva Insurance
  • Clackmannanshire Council
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Glasgow City Council
  • NHS Forth Valley
  • Govan Law Centre

Our students

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

Our staff

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.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

BA LAW

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:

Expand your horizons

As part of this degree you will be able to:

  • choose a range of optional modules* which offer activities and skills to help you get the most from your degree and your future career. These include:
    • Undertaking a work placement to put your learning into context
    • A Career management skills module, preparing you to enter the job market
    • Business, accounting and management modules
    • Business writing and digital literacy modules
    • A commercial awareness module
    • French/Spanish language modules
  • Be taught by some academic staff who have also worked in commerce and local government
  • Receive talks from visiting speakers from industry and alumni
  • Go on field trips
  • You will also be encouraged to take part in clubs and societies. e.g. The Law Society

*modules are subject to availability

We’re here to help

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.

Career options

Our graduates have successful careers in management, banking and financial services and accounting.

Jobs directly related to degree include:

  • Business relation manager
  • Trainee Solicitor
  • Legal Counsel
  • Business Development manager
  • PR Account Executive

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:

  • Senior Account Manager
  • Partner of Law Firm
  • Company Director
  • Financial Controller
  • Legal Advisor
  • Police officer
  • Business Specialist
  • Staff manager

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict research or ambition to the jobs listed here.

Typical employers

Our graduates are currently contributing to the performance of the following organisations: 

  • FirstGroup plc
  • Tayburn Limited
  • Strathclyde Police
  • HSBC
  • Scottish Water
  • FIFA
  • Norwich Union
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Work experience

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.

Further Study

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:

  • Accelerated Graduate LLB (2years)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • Studying for an MBA is another option

Relevant further Masters study available at Stirling University include:

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