BA (Hons) Business Management with LawSouthwark Campus
The ball’s in your court
Are you interested in business - but from a legal standpoint? Does a career in business or law feel right for you? This BA (Hons) in Business Management with Law allows you to study of a variety of business areas, providing a legal framework for entrepreneurship and private organisations.
We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2021.
Why Business Management with Law at LSBU?
No.2 in London for satisfaction with courses across Business, Management & Marketing (Guardian University League Tables 2019).
- Ranked 11th overall in Law in UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).
- Professional accreditation - The School has Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, in recognition of our entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
- Outstanding facilities and access to the software widely used in industry: Bloomberg, SAGE, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.
- The opportunity to complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.
- You could study in Europe during the second semester of the second year, with semester abroad opportunities in the USA or Australia too.
- Joint 2nd for career prospects among London universities (Guardian University League Tables 2020).
During the course, you'll develop a detailed understanding of the British legal system and its impact on businesses and commercial transactions. This course covers contract law, market power and competition, intellectual property, commercial law, trade and commerce, business ethics and legal business management.
- Concepts of Management In this module you’ll be introduced to the concepts of management from both a business and personal perspective, including personal development planning, supporting you in identifying your goals and achieving your aims via participation in a structured and facilitated coaching process. It will also support your development of key skills, mathematical techniques and acquisition of knowledge necessary for success on an academic business programme or in a professional business setting.
- Principles of marketing You’ll be introduced to the theories and practices of marketing providing you with an underpinning in the subject of marketing for further studies at Levels 5 and 6. The module acts as an introduction to the basic principles of marketing from which other modules can develop. These principles include the marketing environment, the marketing mix, marketing research and buyer behaviour.
- Accounting and finance for managers This module is designed to give students a practical approach to accounting and finance from a user perspective, including clarifying the meaning of certain terms and concepts and correcting certain widely held misconceptions of the same, rather than an accounting practitioner perspective. This module will also equip students to fully appreciate, understand and use basic accounting and business concepts leading to the interpretation of accounting and financial information in order to enhance business decision making in the current financial environment.
- People and organisations The module will give you an appreciation of the complexities of understanding people and behaviour within organisations. The module incorporates theories of organisational behaviour and people management practices and you will develop an understanding of how and why individuals behave in specific ways in the workplace.
- Business economics This module will introduce a range of essential economic concepts and methods and show how these can be applied to understand the world around us. The emphasis of the module is upon the business applications of economics in facilitating the decisions of managers, entrepreneurs in a variety of situations including pricing, advertising, financing, market entry and product developments. The module will also consider the implications of the macro economy on the operations of modern firms.
- Management and information systems This module has been designed to provide you with an overview of types of organisations, their structure, nature and functions of management and their use of information systems. The module will introduce you to appropriate and effective management practices used in differing organisational contexts and provide the skills required to critically assess the impact and effective use of information systems (IS) with an organisation. To achieve this, you will develop an understanding of the underlying concepts and an overview of the potential business benefits and social impacts of communications technology, databases, the strategic, management and operational aspects of information systems. At the end of the module you will have developed an appreciation of the impact of IS on managerial and strategic thinking, the changes in the competitive landscape, the increasing importance of regulatory, ethical and social compliance, risks and prevention, and IS managed security.
- The principles of managing e-business
This module provides you with an introduction to the business, technological, ethical and societal issues pertaining to the emergence of the Internet as a medium for the online trading of goods and services. The module examines the growth and development of the Internet as a business tool and explores how organisations have adapted (and continue to adapt) to this recent and continually developing digital business environment.
- Managing business and innovation
The process of managing businesses and creating a business through the innovation of ideas can be daunting for many. This module makes this easier, examining and developing the crucial skill sets required to manage and start a business. Businesses are the heart of any economy, especially small medium-sized enterprises. This module brings together theory and practice through an integrated speaker programme, which includes entrepreneurs, managers and innovators. You'll gain knowledge and skills required to set-up, run and plan the management of SMEs including the development of a business plan. A business simulation drives the module - SimVenture will be used to enhance your learning and understanding around innovation and practical business management.
- Managing business logistics and negotiations
This module demonstrates the importance of logistics and the supply change while also considering procurement and negotiation strategies and techniques within business service, retail and manufacturing environments. You'll gain a clear understanding of the importance and scope of the procurement function and will explore the critical transfer of goods/services across global and local networks, with a critical assessment of ethical elements of supply chain management in view of business logistics. You'll develop a broad understanding of the negotiation process and the development of negotiating strategies for procurement and logistics that is a vital element of moving goods and resources globally and locally.
- Business ethics today: social and legal foundations
This module will investigate the relationship between law and ethics identifying areas of controversy where ethical issues surface. To achieve this you'll be introduced to fundamental principles of ethics and ethical reasoning and debate ethical and legal issues and dilemmas. You'll analyse the fundamental role of law and government in the business environment, identifying the cultural, economic and political forces that impact on the process and evolution of business legislation. Finally, you will study how corporations are responding to ethical, environmental and legal concerns through the integration of corporate social responsibility and business strategy.
- Business contracts
This module enables you to appreciate the legal rules relating to the formation, contents, and methods of discharge of business contracts, and the consequences that flow from such contracts where they are breached.
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- Diagnostic analytics
This module introduces a range of specific concepts and quantitative techniques essential for the management of operations, production, material planning and quality assurance functions. It aims to enable you to process data in order to understand the root causes of various management issues related to the performances of the organisation. Observed data is compared to expected behaviour in order to determine why things happened, and provides a good understanding of a specific aspect of the problem that management wants to solve.
- Emerging markets, and the Asia-pacific business environment
This module studies the process of business and economic development characterising the growth of emerging markets, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region over the last half century. The major focus of this module is on economic growth, business organisations and structures, banking and financial systems, employment and labour markets and the role played by trade and foreign investment in Asia-Pacific.
- Entrepreneurial mind-set - business discovery and development
Entrepreneurs know the best feeling in business discovery and development is when the start-up venture is developed to a size that suits the needs of the market and others believe in its success just like the entrepreneur and a brand presence is established. This module develops on the principles behind what gives entrepreneurs the mind-set and drive to develop and expand businesses,establishing a market presence for their new venture, and launching a presence for the brand. It provides entrepreneurial-minded students the tools to analyse, launch and establish presence of an enterprise venture within any highly competitive market, and to build a positive reputation. Drawing upon the discovery and development of business profiling which is achieved through big-data, you'll uncover patterns and relationships in establishing an entrepreneurial venture.
- Environmental economics and sustainability
This module provides an opportunity for participating students to critically consider the role of the key international stakeholders in environmental economics and sustainability. Skills in critical policy analysis, policy formulation, negotiation and advocacy are developed through conferencing and discourse using trans-disciplinary case studies where students represent institutional stakeholders active within the realms of environment and sustainability. By building awareness of,and participating in dialogue relating to, relevant areas of politics,philosophy, psychology and development, you'll engage with topical issues such as climate change, globalisation, food, energy, water, health, employment,human rights, transportation,biodiversity,deforestation, poverty and inequality to resolve actual or potential management issues relating to environmental economics and sustainability.
- Financial accounting and analysis
Building upon the fundamentals of accounting studied at level 4 the module will develop your comprehension of the preparation and of presentation of published financial statements, applying current the International Financial Reporting Standards for a single entity and simple business combinations. The module will also develop knowledge and understanding of the interpretation of financial statements.
- Fundamentals of finance
This module is an introduction to the basic principles of finance and financial decision-making. It seeks to provide an elementary knowledge of finance,simultaneously highlighting the essential links between accounting and finance concepts; you'll be provided with a firm foundation in the theoretical as well as practical aspects of financial decision-making.
- Fundamentals of project management
This module examines the role of project management within the business environment, the project life cycle, and various techniques of project and work planning, control and evaluation to achieve project objectives. The tools currently available to project managers are illustrated in this module through the use of Microsoft Project software and various other tools that are followed by the PMI and APM Body of Knowledge.
- Marketing research
This module covers the principles and practice of marketing research and the logical structure leading from research problem definition, through research design and data collection to the analysis and credible communication of insight. You'll consider the types of research commonly undertaken in order to manage value creation and delivery in a competitive environment. Exploratory, descriptive and causal research approaches will be investigated in the context of the marketing mix, and you'll experience and develop the techniques and skills needed to design, plan and conduct effective marketing research projects and report findings persuasively.
- Human resource management
The module will give you a thorough understanding of how human resource management works in an organisation from both a practical and theoretical approach. This module has been mapped to the CIPD Intermediate Certificate.
- Retail operations
Providing an overview of the key retail daily operations this module looks at the activities that retail outlets have with their consumers. On completion you'll gain an understanding of the relevant management tools that help successfully formulate and manage retail operations. Developing on practical problems involved in running a retail business, from store and stock management, retail finances, through the role of the store manager to the contact between floor staff and potential customers.
- Social media in a business context
The popularity of social media platforms presents a challenging opportunity for businesses—millions of people use these online services daily. This module provides a comprehensive understanding of social media in its design, implementation and use in a variety of business contexts. It includes the Social Media Canvas as a tool that determines how social media can be made integral to business strategy and thus aid businesses in achieving their objectives.
- A foreign language and applied research report
This module aims to provide you with the survival language skills in a vocational context. Taught within the Level A1 of the European Language Framework Competence Framework, you'll be taught the basic language skills to enable you to understand everyday vocabulary, basic grammar and the ability to communicate orally with someone at an introductory level. In support of the learning and understanding of basic social, cultural and business formations of the country (countries) where the language is spoken you'll select a topic relevant to their degree specialism and the language of study to research a business related topic in this area.
- Creative and media planning
This module introduces students to the communications role of media planners and creative teams in today’s evolving and fragmented media landscape. Students will learn about the functions of media and creative teams within agencies. They will learn how traditional and digital media channels and a variety of creative techniques come together to meet clients’ marketing objectives through synergistic campaigns. Students will acquire the knowledge to apply appropriate measurement metrics to evaluate and control media choices in an integrated media campaign and produce the relevant creative to fulfill a client brief.
- The customer experience manager
This is an optional module exploring the marketing activities and functions of service organisations. It will provide the student with an understanding of the integral nature of marketing within the service sector by focusing on current industry practices including input from service practitioners.
This module starts the student journey towards specialising in marketing with luxury brand management. Although this builds on previous modules such as consumer behaviour, it focuses on defining ‘luxury’, the luxury consumer and the behaviour of the luxury consumer where it is different. The module will work within the global context of the luxury consumer, reviewing dynamic differences between geographic markets.
- The media relations manager
Media relations is central to public relations practice and PR professionals need to understand both the context in which traditional and digital media channels operate as well as how to work with the media. This module explores the role of journalists & non-traditional media influencers such as bloggers & vloggers, selling in stories/the importance of newsworthiness, crafting appropriate content & the differing agendas of media channels.
Practical application is important in this module and students will produce a portfolio of work which demonstrates their media relations skills such as writing press releases or producing blogs. Contact with media relations practitioners and journalists will enable students to gain feedback on their work in a real-world context.
- Strategic management and leadership
This module provides a final year integrative course in strategic management and leadership. The module is structured around three components of strategic management; firstly internal and external strategic analysis, secondly business and corporate Level strategy formulation, thirdly leadership issues in the implementation of strategy. As befits an integrative strategy module; its learning, teaching and assessment strategy is organised around the use of management case studies.
- Leading and managing SMEs
Governments across the industrialised world are increasingly emphasising the importance of the development of entrepreneurship in achieving higher economic growth and prosperity. Government encouragement often takes the form of policies designed to help individuals start their own business. This module aims to explore theory and practice in the field from the perspective of individuals within a small and medium sized business. The issue of leadership styles and its impact upon the performance of SMEs is central to the study of this module. The successful learners will have the necessary competencies to be entrepreneurial making them efficient and effective employees, managers/owners, and transformational leaders in an SME context.
- Legal Business Management As an introduction to the general principles of Company Law this module examines the nature and constitution of companies as well as the legal requirements relating to share and loan capital. The different treatment to companies by legislation is also highlighted as is the impact of EU legislation. It also examines the legal nature of the relationship between the board of directors on the one hand and the various groups with an interest in the affairs of the company (stakeholders). The legal requirements relating to corporate failure are also considered.
- Legal Issues in Merchandising Legal Issues in Merchandising looks as closely at the subject area of Commercial Law; bringing awareness to legal commercial issues in business. This is vital for business students looking for insight in law because the content of the main purpose of a business which is buying and selling will develop their understanding of the legal practicalities behind the running of a business.
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- Management accounting for decision making
The module is intended to develop an understanding of the principles and application of the decision making, planning and control techniques required for reporting to senior management within an organisation. The module will develop an understanding of the key management accounting issues that students are likely to have to deal with in their careers. On completing this module you can apply for CIMA Exemption C01.
- Practical analytics
Many organisational recruiters have identified a number of skills and knowledge they want to see from a prospective employee. One of the top priorities is statistics, and this module, in essence, is teaching you statistical analysis using SAS. SAS (Statistical Analysis Software) is an industry-standard software suite that can mine, alter, manage and retrieve data from a variety of sources and perform statistical analysis on it.
- Mobile applications – from idea to mass adoption
The use of mobile apps has now overtaken desktop computing. More and more businesses are using mobile apps within their companies as well as providing products and services through mobile technology. They have ventured beyond basic services and are now offering games, location-based services, order tracking services, retailing, banking, health and medical services, and ticket purchases. They will develop more into other areas such as government and public services. Mobile apps are designed to run on small mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and include wearable technologies. This module will cover key concepts in the design, implementation and business use of mobile applications.
- Labour and capital in an age of globalisation
This module studies labour and capital in an international context. The module examines how, as the world economy has become more and more interdependent, this has impacted on both labour and capital in the workplace and how that in turn has reacted back on the integration of regional economies such as the European Union and indeed the world economy. The module, while examining relevant economic theories, builds on them and introduces non-economic concepts such as politics, culture, and ethics to assist in explaining the ongoing globalisation process.
- MSP - managing successful programmes (certification)
This module is the capstone of entrepreneurial actions, developing the diagnosis of various enterprise projects. You will develop best practice guidelines for enterprise programme management (a collection of related projects). Understanding the set of principles and processes used for managing a programme. The knowledge will take you towards the MSP certification, where you will demonstrate enterprising skills in coordinating, direction and implementing a dossier of projects and transformation activities to achieve outcomes and realise benefits of strategic importance to the business.
- Entrepreneurial finance
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to critically analyse financial information and use it in the pursuit of opportunity which is an important element of entrepreneurship. You will learn to use finance and accounting tools to analyse firms in all phases of their life cycle, from the initial idea generation to ultimate sale of the venture. you'll develop a framework of analysis for business opportunities. The module is discipline-based and stresses application, it is concerned with deal structure and contract design between entrepreneurs and outside investors. On completion of this module you can apply for the IOEE - Diploma in Small Business Finance.
- Individual and organisational resourcing and reward
Individual and Organisational Learning and Development is a core HR module which enables you to gain an evaluative understanding of theoretical and practical issues involved designing, delivering and evaluating learning interventions. It incorporates the development of reflective practice skills, consultancy skills and the principles of continuing professional development.
- Legal protection of business creativity
this module examines at the intellectual property of a business. IP law refers to creations of the mind or intellect that can be legally owned. Ideas and unique creations can exist in every business. They are important for long term financial success and can make you more competitive than your rivals. This module looks at how to stop competitors from copying your most valuable assets; it looks at protection of and against marketing/advertising, information technology, accounts, and other business areas.
- Brand management
This module provides a strategic and tactical approach to learning and applying the key theories, frameworks and models of current brand marketing to solve management problems. This module will prepare the you for a career in brand management by using a practical approach for the application of complex theoretical ideas. You will be assessed with a variety of techniques such as exam, group and individual work, non-verbal presentations and written reports.
- PRINCE2® foundation – training (certification)
This module is the capstone for PRINCE2® foundation certification, which acts to training students’ in line with the PRINCE2® project management methodology. You will demonstrate project management skills learned via the preparation of project management requirements to understand the set of principles and set of processes used for managing and undertaking finite projects.
- Retail boutique and shopper behaviour
The module provides you with the opportunity to develop the theoretical and practical skills, needed to establish a boutique set-up (high-end retail) establishment. You'll gain direct experience by examining the skills of setting-up, operating a retail business venture and understanding the target consumers’ retail behaviour, purchasing dynamics and developing shopper intimacy. You will develop the skill-sets required to understand the new target customer dynamic towards new start-ups and blossoming brands. You'll consider 'what shoppers will do' and 'are going to do'.
- Social impacts of systems in contemporary society
Information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) impact on all aspects of our personal and working lives, with profound effect. We are now both active participants in, and potential victims of, the effects of IS/IT. This module therefore aims to uncover what is going on in contemporary societies (including businesses) and how we can decide what is right or wrong in the social and moral issues related to IS/IT. This module will also look at ethics, and how codes of behaviour could be developed/applied to cover situations that information practitioners will face.
- Business research methods
This module introduces you to the academic research process, and covers the approaches, tools and techniques of research within a business discipline. You will study the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake an independent small scale research project, with a business or management focus. The module may also serve as a preparation for academic study at postgraduate level.
- Professional placement module
This module has been designed to enable you to develop personal and career management strategies and apply these to develop and review life and career plans in an environment of constantly changing contextual factors to replicate the experience of work placement. The module provides you with the opportunity to evidence your experiences and reflect on your performance within the work place / business start-up in a formal way to by evidencing work undertaken. The assessment of this module is based around a portfolio that will include a report on your experience whist working in a business environment, providing you with the opportunity to present how your theoretical knowledge is applied to practical situations and further develop personal skills.
Modules are assessed by a mix of coursework assignments, presentations and exams. Methods of assessment for course overall: 94% coursework.
You’ll be prepared when you graduate for a career in business or law. All the way through the course, employability skills are promoted – with guest speakers from industry, business insights, graduate start-up and entrepreneur schemes. Our graduates have gone onto jobs such as:
- Local Business Development Manager at Audi
- Consultant at JCW
- Administration Assistant at NHS
- HR Advisor at UK National Audit Office
- Operations and Administration at The Rose Theatre
- Customer Service at Santander UK Corporate & Commercial
- Administration Assistant at Mars Capital
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Teaching and learning
Your learning materials are available on the Virtual Learning Environment so you can access them any time. Seminars make use of group-work and discussions, workshops and computer lab work.
Read more about our student services.
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As an undergraduate student in LSBU Business School, your personal development and wellbeing is very important to us, so we have developed a personal tutoring system that is tailored to your individual and group needs.
Firstly, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to you on a 1:1 basis as well as facilitating group personal tutoring sessions which will be designed to enhance your academic and personal development within your degree programme.
In addition to an allocated personal tutor, there will also be a personal tutor available ‘on call’ in a designated room, called ‘Talk’, for confidential 1:1 pastoral care meetings every day of the academic semester from 9am to 8pm. This personal tutor can be seen by appointment or within a few minutes in order to assist you with any concerns that you may have.
Our personal tutoring motto is that we want you to "Achieve, Succeed & Excel".
Students in their first year of an undergraduate degree will also benefit from our BE programme. This programme is a proactive approach to student development that draws out our students' potential through a process of self-analysis, reflection, planning and action, enabling students to discover and decide upon their required needs.
- A Level BCC or:
- BTEC National Diploma DMM or:
- Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
- Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
- We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2018 tariff.
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.
Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.
Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.
You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.
Prepare to start
After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.
Suggested reading list:
- Baines, Fill and Page (2014), Marketing (Third edition) Oxford University Press, Oxford
- Begg and Ward (2010) Economics for Business, McGraw-Hill, London
- Mullins (2013) Management and Organisational Behaviour (10th edition), Pearson Education, Harlow
- Wood and Sangster (2011) Business Accounting Volume One, Pearson, Harlow
Fees and funding
For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.
Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.
Veronica Tshisungu: succeeding in the face of learning a new language
Veronica Tshisungu is a first-year student studying (BA) Business Management with Law. After starting her degree in Portugal, she realised she wanted more from her university experience and applied to LSBU.
Simon Maskrey, alumnus, Business Studies
Simon Maskrey, BA (Hons) Business Studies (1988), has built up an impressive CV since graduating from LSBU. He currently works as Senior Global Strategic Partner Manager at Salesforce.
Rotsen Ibarra, alumnus, BA Business Management graduate
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Stephen Addison, Business Administration graduate and social entrepreneur
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Links with industry give students a competitive edge
Providing students with access to professional bodies, and encouraging them to develop relationships with a range of them, is embedded into our programmes across LSBU Business School.