BA (Hons) Business Management with Law

The worlds of business and law don’t simply overlap – they’re part of the same landscape. Combine both in your degree and you’ll discover it’s a landscape full of rewarding career paths.

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Studying business with law presents you with a world of opportunities. With an understanding of the legal structures that any business has to navigate, you’ll be a valuable addition to many large organisations. And, with strong business knowledge and skills, you’ll also be ready for a range of management roles in the legal sector.

The business element of the course covers areas like people management, finance, marketing, business environment and strategy, while you’ll look at both business and company law. So, while this course may not offer a path to practicing law, it will equip you with the insight and understanding to help you stand out in a very competitive market.

You can choose to study over three years, but we also offer a four-year option that includes a year building real-world experience with an employer or studying abroad with one of our academic partners.

Features and Benefits

  • Centre of Excellence - we are accredited by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs for our leading-edge practices which place us at the forefront of enterprise learning.
  • Location – the Business and Law School is in the heart of Manchester, one of the fastest growing economies in Europe and the second largest legal centre in the UK.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Placement or study abroad flexibility – you will enrol on the three year course and decide if a placement or overseas study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.  
  • Business expertise – learn from teachers who carry out cutting-edge research, inform policy and consult organisations.  We’ve also set up Innospace to help make your business plans a reality.
  • Regular industry events – take part in business and enterprise competitions and attend events where you can learn from successful entrepreneurs and business consultants.
  • Employability – graduate with a strong CV and compete for high-profile roles in business as well as the legal sector. 
“It will give you a significant insight into law that will help you differentiate yourself in a very competitive market place.” David Taylor, Principal Lecturer

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

This degree will prepare you for a range of roles in business as well as the legal sector.

We work closely with our industry partners to make sure you develop the skills employers from the business and legal worlds are looking for.

Although it’s not a qualifying law degree, the knowledge you’ll gain will prepare you for management roles within legal firms of all sizes. Or you could use your understanding of business law and strategy to progress within a commercial setting.

You’ll also be well placed to set up your own business. Knowledge of commercial law can be a real advantage in this scenario.

Taking the opportunity to go on a placement year or study overseas will further enhance your CV. You will become confident in your skills and have useful experience to share with prospective employers.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


A levels ­– BCC-BBC

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – DMM

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English


GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 106 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

You will enrol on the three year course which will give you the flexibility when you start your studies to choose a year on placement or to study abroad in year two, so you would complete your degree over four years if you chose this option.

During this year you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

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Core Units

Global Concerns In Sustainable Development

This unit introduces students to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through a focus on case studies and an understanding of the key concepts and the relationship to concerns such as climate change, poverty and sustainable development.

Innovation and Creativity Skills for Business

This unit will facilitate idea generation via a range of creative thinking tools. Case studies will be utilised to explore models of innovation. Students will plan and manage a project in groups, demonstrating divergent and convergent thinking, to develop a business concept for a specified target market. The student’s group presentation will display the sources, and interpretation of data in the decision making process, to justify the innovative business concept.

Digital Awareness and Professional Development

The Unit aims to enable students to recognise their digital and professional strengths and build on them, to manage their digital footprint, to engage with professional bodies, to advance their mental toughness, to reflect, and to become more self-aware and confident. The Unit enables students to meet the significant challenges facing individuals and enhances employability in an extremely competitive market.

Accounting and FinTech for Managers

This unit gives students an understanding of finance within organisations, with a specific focus on budgeting, and an introduction to FinTech, the key technologies and business models that will re-imagine the global economy in the 21st century.

Understanding the Customer Experience

This unit gives students an understanding of the principles of the customer experience. It will introduce students to the customer journey in organisational contexts, the management of the customer experience, the role of technology, and the monitoring and measurement for improvement in the customer experience.

Fairness at Work

This unit will identify the current issues relating to fairness in the workplace; understand key patterns and manifestations of employment inequality and how inequalities intersect with each other to create and sustain disadvantage. The unit will explore discriminatory practices for specific groups and evaluate the effectiveness of organisational and institutional frameworks to tackle these practices. Students will develop skills and knowledge with respect to developing and applying policies on fairness and equality in the workplace.

English Legal Systems and Legal Methods

This unit will introduce students to the structure and functions of the English legal system, the system and hierarchy of the courts within England and Wales, sources of law, and principles and concepts relevant to the application of the law in practice.

Tort and Contract Law

This unit will introduce students to basic principles and rules of contract and tort, and consider their application in areas relevant to business.

During this year you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

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Core Units

Investigating Responsible Enterprise in a Global Context

This unit build on the grounding from ‘Global Concerns In Sustainable Development’ and critiques the role of Multi-National Organisations, Social Enterprises and the role of the state in the emergence of Responsible Enterprise as a movement to address global issues for people and planet.

Company Law

You will critically analyse and apply domestic company law.

Employment Law

This unit will present the fundamental principles of Employment Law in the context of modern labour market conditions.

Managing People within a Legal Framework

This unit provides an in-depth exploration of the legal framework, which governs the management of people. It explores the purpose and sources of law and the legal framework influencing key People activities e.g. recruitment, selection, discrimination, performance, reward, change, discipline, grievance, family friendly, dismissal. Employment Tribunals and their role in dealing with disputes is discussed.

Managing Across Organisational and Cultural Boundaries

This unit will look at managing across both organisational and cultural boundaries and will review the challenges and complexities that arise because of working collaboratively in an international cross-cultural setting; understand the impact of globalisation on the organisation and its employees. Encourage collaborative working at every level; to avoid negative behaviours such as ‘ethnocentrism and prejudice’; but to acknowledge power, politics and trust will always be an issue that needs to be taken into account in the management of a diverse cross-cultural workforce. Recognition that organisations need to promote positive management behaviours such as ‘cross-cultural training’ to ensure that a ‘global mindset’, ‘diversity’ and ‘gender’ are acknowledged at every level in the organisation.

Employability Skills and Managing Your Digital Footprint

This unit looks to empower students to successfully transition to Year 3, overseas study, placement and employment. Students develop confidence and purpose through shaping their digital footprint, building their professional relationships, exploring career choices and engaging in employability activities, and deepening cultural understanding.

Social Innovation through Entrepreneurship

This unit will manage a project exploring concepts of social innovation through an entrepreneurial process. Using a problem-based approach, students will develop innovative solutions to address a given social/community issue and create positive social impact.

Principles of Strategic Management

This unit presents a systematic approach to the study of strategy, building upon an array of ideas and theories ranging from industrial organization theory to institutional economics. This unit outlines the fundamentals of strategic management and gives students an introduction in this important area of business management. Students will gain an awareness of the issues involved and the techniques that managers adopt. The tools and techniques will help students understand how organisations achieve sustainable competitive advantage.

During this year you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

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Core Units

Global Corporations: Power, Politics, Ethics and Governance

Students will chart the rise of the corporation, looking at capitalism, globalisation and responsible governance.

Strategic Management in the Global Context

This unit builds on the tools and techniques from Principles of Strategic Management (Year 2), and is concerned with the strategic choices available to organisations to achieve competitive advantage in a global economy. The managerial decisions, processes and activities, that allow the creation and implementation of an effective global strategy are discussed and reflected-upon through a combination of theories and real-World case studies. This unit explains that strategic management is the one of the most imperative considerations in the global economy. Organisations and managers can no longer base their strategies on the assumption that global markets will remain stable with steady growth.

Entrepreneurs, Business in a Globalised Society

This unit develops students’ research skills through a rigorous understanding of enterprise/social enterprise in the 21st Century, building knowledge from both policy and practice. Introduction to key concepts. Entrepreneurs in context: Entrepreneurship and social enterprise concepts, issues, debates and drivers. The entrepreneurial process, opportunity recognition and development, discovery versus creation. Innovation and entrepreneurship. Characteristics of the entrepreneur, entrepreneurial cognition and self-efficacy. Self-interest versus social benefit, social entrepreneurship. Business in context: Strategic and Global entrepreneurship, leadership styles and small business formats, introduction to social enterprise. Enterprise and society, drivers, tensions and change, responsible management, CSR, social and ethical capital, the rise of social businesses globally.

Intellectual Property Law

This unit examines the legal rules and principles of intellectual property (IP) rights that are relevant to most business and entertainment contexts. The unit considers the practical context in which IP law operates to develop an understanding of IP’s relationship with the business, entertainment, and media sectors and its application in practice.

Business Ethics, Sustainability and Responsible Leadership

This unit aims to help students become responsible leaders by developing the critical tools and moral imagination required to analyse and manage the ethical and sustainability challenges they are likely to encounter in the workplace.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Placement options

Most of our business degrees offer the chance to spend a year getting a taste of professional life. It not only gives you the opportunity to develop your core skills and learn about how business really operates in your industry, but also shows employers that you’re ready to get to work.

The Business School Placement Team is ready to help. They offer a wide range of services, including employer presentations, advice and placement fairs. But it’s also up to you – the more proactive you are about applying for placement opportunities, the better.

Find out more about what a placement can do for you. Visit our placements page. 

Study Abroad

Many of our courses offer the opportunity to spend up to a year overseas, studying with one of our partner institutions across Europe, or beyond. Go abroad in the third year of your degree, and you’ll not only learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and discover more about yourself – you’ll also boost your career prospects. Having first-hand knowledge of another country’s cultures and traditions can take you far in a range of careers. And, by going abroad you’ll also demonstrate the kind of independent spirit and adaptability that many employers want.

Working Abroad

Gaining work experience with an international flavour offers a double benefit. While you’ll learn valuable professional skills in a real-world workplace, you’ll also experience different cultures, ways of working and new perspectives. Whether it’s a summer exchange, holiday internship or year-long international placement, global experience can make a world of difference to your career prospects.

A City of Opportunities

Manchester is the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse. Here, business thrives in districts like Spinningfields, which is home to more than 150 financial and commercial services organisations, while initiatives like the Start-up Factory and the Sharp Project help forge the next generation of commercial enterprises. For today, that puts us in the perfect place to offer an education rooted in the real world – with relevant skills, useful experience and valuable connections to support your entrepreneurial ambitions. For tomorrow, that puts you in a city with a wide range of employers and a growing demand for ambitious graduates.

Department of Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability

Our Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability Department delivers innovative programmes rooted in industry, driven by the global environment and reflective of evolving business trends.

The department develops courses in close collaboration with industry practitioners, focusing on entrepreneurship and employability skills, and using dynamic teaching practices that include live projects run in conjunction with industry and innovative classroom techniques.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

We have a dedicated Placement Team to support you in securing a placement with a professional employer. Fees for the Placement Year are substantially reduced. Additionally, you will incur costs including travel/living costs in securing and undertaking a placement. For the Overseas Study route, students should be aware that costs vary hugely between countries, areas and even between universities within the same country so it is very important to research costs well ahead of time.

Professional Costs

The Institute Of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) accredit the enterprise units on these programmes. Business Management with Law students have access to two IOEE certificates costing £12 and £72. These fees (apart from the IOEE £12 Certificate Of Achievement) include student membership of the IOEE. Students can join the IOEE without buying a Certificate. The cost of student membership of the IOEE is currently £28.


Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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