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Business Studies and Law (with placement year)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: NM21
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Management & Law
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Our 4-year BSc (Hons) in Business Studies and Law gives you a clear understanding of the interface between business activity and the legal framework within which it operates.

It prepares you for business careers with a legal dimension, developing insight and transferable skills that set you apart in a competitive job marketplace. You’ll also be able to pursue a legal career through further study after graduation, with the advantage of additional commercial knowledge.

You’ll learn from sector leading academics and seasoned business experts, and qualified solicitors and barristers with a wealth of real world experience.

Law has an increasing influence on many aspects of business. It governs, for example:

  • contractual arrangements
  • employment protection
  • consumer protection
  • many aspects of accounting and finance

The growing importance of law has created new job opportunities in careers such as management, banking and finance, journalism and teaching – as well as increased demand in traditional legal roles. 100% of our 2015 graduates in Business Studies and Law found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations, dependant on your chosen modules.

Why Bradford?

With a wide range of optional modules available from across the Faculty of Management and Law undergraduate provision, you’ll be able to tailor your studies to emerging areas of interest and career aspirations.

You will be taught by expert academics from across both business and law, and our practical and applied teaching will ensure you graduate a highly skilled and employable professional. We have connections with an array of top law organisations in Bradford and the surrounding area, and as a student you'll benefit from guest lecturers, networking, work experience opportunities, and mooting competitions.

We develop these partnerships to provide you with the best up-to-date education and to help boost your career opportunities.

You can get involved in the editorial work of the Bradford Student Law Journal - a student-run, peer reviewed journal based at the School of Law. The primary function of the journal is to promote student research, reflection and writing.

Run by students for students, the Law Society is a great way to socialise with your peers and to expand your learning outside the classroom. The Law Society hosts and participates in a range of internal and external mooting competitions, giving students a chance to practice their skills in conditions which simulate a courtroom setting.

Students learn how to analyse problems, research the law, prepare written submissions and present their arguments. The Law Society holds regular social events, and hosts a popular annual Law Ball.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 120 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

This programme has been specifically designed to allow you to study law and business in combination to provide a genuinely interdisciplinary degree. It enables you to study key law modules which give you a good grasp of general legal skills and principles and also to study business and management modules which give you an insight into one or more specific areas of that discipline.

Year One:

  • Legal Relationships, Sources and Institutions (20 credits) core
  • Business Law and Ethics (20 credits) core
  • Operations and Information Systems Management (20 credits) option
  • People, Work and Organisations (20 credits) option
  • Introduction to Accounting (20 credits) option
  • Foundations of Marketing (20 credits) option
  • Principles and Practices of International Business (20 credits) option
  • Introduction to Finance (20 credits) option
  • Finance & Accounting for Managers (20 credits) option
  • Business Economics (20 credits) option

Year Two:

  • Law in a Global Context (20 credits) core
  • Law in the Community 1 (20 credits) core
  • The Law of Tort (20 credits) core
  • Human Resource Management (20 credits) option
  • Financial Management (20 credits) option
  • Financial Accounting (20 credits) option
  • Marketing Management and Strategy (20 credits) option
  • International Business Strategy (20 credits) option
  • Understanding Consumers (20 credits) option

Year Four:

  • Empirical Methods in Accounting and Finance (20 credits) option
  • Current Issues in International Business (20 credits) option
  • Consumer Insight (20 credits) option
  • International Accounting and Reporting (20 credits) option
  • Leading and Managing People (20 credits) option
  • Reward Development and Talent Management (20 credits) option
  • Product and Corporate Brand Management (20 credits) option
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (20 credits) option
  • Interactive Services Marketing (20 credits) option
  • Contemporary Development in Employee Relations (20 credits) option
  • Services Operations Management (20 credits) option
  • Taxation (20 credits) option
  • Contemporary issues in Economics (20 credits) option
  • Project Management (20 credits) option
  • European Business and Management (20 credits) option
  • Auditing (20 credits) option
  • Strategic Management (20 credits) option
  • Land Law (20 credits) option
  • Commercial Law (20 credits) option
  • Competition Law (20 credits) option
  • Banking and Finance Law (20 credits) option
  • Law in the Community 2 (20 credits) option
  • Equity and Trusts (20 credits) option
  • Law Dissertation (20 credits) option
  • Employment Law (20 credits) option
  • Company Law (20 credits) option
  • Intellectual Property Law (20 credits) option
  • Criminal Law (20 credits) option

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Methods of assessment vary according to the learning outcomes of particular modules and the stage of study. Accordingly, a mixture of examinations, essays, group work and presentations will be used in assessment of your work. For all taught modules your learning will be directed, supported and reinforced through a combination of lectures, tutorials, small group seminars, virtual learning environment activities and guided private studies. Generally, for each module, you will attend one lecture and one tutorial each week during which you will be in direct contact with teaching staff.


This 4-year programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in business in your third year.


Placements are real, paid jobs in a wide variety of organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and offer you a valuable opportunity to experience first-hand how business, management and legal concepts are applied in practice, and to give you direct exposure to real issues in the workplace. It can also be done abroad.

The placement year is a vital part of your learning and will add significantly to your personal development, self-confidence, planning, communication and business acumen skills. Statistics show that students who have undertaken a placement year benefit from a better graduate job, higher graduate starting salary and a better degree outcome.

In a competitive graduate market, valuable experience and employability skills gained from a year’s work placement will differentiate you from the thousands of other graduates seeking work.

We find that students return from their placement year with their confidence and personal skills enhanced and ready to implement their focused plan for the future.

The Faculty of Management and Law has an excellent network of organisations that offer placements including:

  • IBM
  • Vauxhall
  • NHS
  • GE Money
  • Arris (formerly PACE)
  • Enterprise Rent A Car
  • Cummins
  • Peugeot

Together we ensure your placement is appropriately challenging and that you can make a real and positive impact on the business. Placements are not guaranteed, and students will have to invest considerable time and effort in their 2nd year in securing one, with the support of the dedicated Careers team.

Study Abroad

As a student at University of Bradford Faculty of Management and Law you'll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions around the world.

This gives you international experience, exposure to a different culture and opportunities to network with students and academics at other leading global institutions.

Career support and prospects

During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
  • Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
  • Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
  • Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.

In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.

Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

95% of our 2016 School of Law graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

The growing importance of law has created new job opportunities in careers that link business and law.

Career opportunities exist in general management, banking and finance, journalism, teaching, legal executive and paralegal professions.

Among the organisations recently to have employed our graduates are Bradford Council and Halifax Magistrates’ Court.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 School of Law graduates was £17,111.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.


Many staff are research active. You will benefit from research-informed teaching, and have the opportunity to develop and use practical research skills and methodologies.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £14,950
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,500

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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