BA in Law

University of Stirling

Program Description

BA in Law

University of Stirling

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.

This subject may be studied in combination with a number of other subjects

What makes us different?

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

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

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

GCE A-level: BBB

IB Diploma: 32 points

BTEC (Level 3): DDM

Other qualifications

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.

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

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.

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.

Study abroad opportunities

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:

  • 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

Career opportunities

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

Graduates wishing to enter the Scottish legal profession must take a professionally accredited LLB as a second degree. You’ll be eligible to take the two-year Accelerated Graduate LLB in our School. Those wishing to practise law in England and Wales must complete a postgraduate conversion course.

Skills you can develop through this course

Written communication: you will learn how to construct well argued, well structured essays and reports which aim to get your points across as succinctly and clearly as possible.

Verbal communication: throughout the BA in Law/Business Law there are opportunities to give oral presentations (both assessed and unassessed) either individually or in teams to develop confidence in public speaking and debate. You are encouraged to develop reflective practice, and will take part in peer and self-assessment

Problem solving: you will be engaged in solving problems through tutorial work and will develop a problem solving toolkit during the degree.

Legal research: the law is always changing and you will learn to identify and retrieve up-to-date legal information, using paper and electronic sources. You will be able to use relevant primary and secondary legal sources in your tutorial work, essays and ultimately your dissertation if you continue into Honours,

Analysis: learning about the law also requires the development of analytical and critical thinking. You will be able to bring together information and materials from a variety of different sources and recognise legal issues in relation to a topic as well as judge critically the merits of particular arguments. Further you will learn to present and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions.

Team working: you will work with others in preparing presentations, sharing ideas and skills with colleagues and learning the dynamics of group work.

Personal organisation and Initiative: this degree requires you to manage a heavy workload and meet deadlines, culminating in the management and completion of a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Chances to expand your horizons

The Law School runs a number of career events and activities throughout the programme:

  • Annual Careers in Law seminars showcase the wide range of career opportunities for law graduates and allow you to speak to alumni and other invited speakers on their experiences
  • Mini Law Fairs are held regularly throughout your degree to allow you to find out more about career opportunities
  • We organise seminars and workshops on interviews, CVs, internships, placements and psychometric testing with the Career Development Centre.
  • We issue weekly newsletters to all law students which includes a ‘Focus on Careers’ section and publish a range of guides including, ‘Developing your Career and CV’ and more.

Where are our graduates now?

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

To provide you with an indication as to what you can do with your BA in Law degree, graduates entering into employment in the past few years are currently working as:

  • 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

Cost & Fees


  • Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,845.00
  • Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
  • Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

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.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 17, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2018
4 years
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1,820 GBP
United Kingdom - Stirling, Scotland
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Overseas students (non-EU): £ 11,845 - Scottish and EU students: £ 1,820 - Students from the rest of the UK: £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years