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Legal Studies (Top-up) BSc (Hons)

This top-up legal studies qualification is ideal if you have a level 5 (or equivalent) qualification/ or are a graduate in a non-UK law or law-related discipline looking to obtain a grounding in areas of UK law and policy relevant to your career aspirations.


M110 BSc/LS


Course overview

You develop as a confident and independent learner, able to evidence knowledge and skills in areas relating to international trade, corporate and employment law as well as transferable skills relating to presentation, research and reflection. You gain an understanding of the principles and policies underpinning key areas of law and policy, and wider skills which can be used in the workplace.

Please note that you will not obtain a qualifying law degree on completion of this course.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Applied Research 1: Research Proposal

This preparatory module requires you, supported by a supervisor, to select a specific area of interest and develop and present a research proposal.

Applied Research 2: Research Project

You have the opportunity to exercise the skills developed in the Applied Research 1 module and to demonstrate your ability to synthesise the knowledge gained throughout your studies in the production of a piece of independent research.

Contemporary Issues in Law

You examine legal issues as they arise in practice/practice related activities. You are also introduced to current issues in the legal profession by guest speakers with experience in the field. Seminars supplement your learning in this area and are followed up with complementary workshops and advanced reading.

International Trade Law Principles

You examine the background to and the present rules governing international trade activity at a multilateral level.

Principles of Corporate Law

The legal frameworks in which companies operate are introduced in this module. You will learn to assess the conduct of a company, its members and directors, and the legal obligations. You will consider the law relating to all the main aspects of its operation - from forming a company to winding it up.

Principles of Employment Law

You are introduced to the statutory provisions and common law principles that govern the regulation of the employment relationship. You study the contract of employment and a number of statutory employment rights (including, most notably, unfair dismissal). You examine discrimination in terms of sex, disability and equal pay. At the collective level, you consider collective bargaining, trade union law and industrial conflict.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The course will be delivered by the law team comprising academics and legal practitioners. Some sessions will be led by external speakers. Lectures will take place on all modules and you will also take part in smaller, interactive seminar group sessions. You will share some taught sessions with students on other courses.

How you are assessed

Assessments include examinations, conventional essays, presentations, reflections and an individual research project. You will receive both formative and summative feedback on your work.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Normal University top-up requirements apply for entry to level 6. Successful completion of a foundation degree or HND (or equivalent) or level 5 of a degree in an appropriate subject.

English language proficiency as set by Teesside University for standard entry to undergraduate programmes, currently IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or equivalent. International applicants should also look at the international entry links.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

This top-up qualification is aimed at anyone wanting the benefits of a grounding in areas of law and policy relevant to your career aspirations. You would be able to evidence knowledge and skills in areas relating to international trade, corporate and employment law as well as transferable skills relating to presentation, research and reflection. Additionally, you obtain a UK law qualification thus assisting you in obtaining entry to UK law-based masters programmes which require a UK law qualification as part of their entry criteria.


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Entry to 2022/23 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£14,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 1 year; Top-up Award (Point of entry: Year 3)
  • UCAS code: M110 BSc/LS
  • Start date: September or January
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