The MA Business Management and Legal Studies degree studied at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen is a great combination, adding to your solid grounding in business, management and organisations with a deeper focus on the legal framework within which businesses of all sizes operate. You will gain highly developed analytical and academic skills, which will give you a head start in international business and many other career options.
Please note: MA (Hons) is equivalent to a Bachelor degree with Honours.
At a glance
What You'll Study
We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Depending on start date, courses may vary or change.
- Year 1
Academic Practice for Study (QB 1001)
Introductory course focusing on developing academic practice skills.
English for Academic Purposes (QB 1002)
This course aims to provide students with relevant competencies and skills in the use of English for academic purposes, to critically engage with reading and listening material, and to develop skills for analysis and critical assessment.
Legal System (QL 1001)
This course introduces the fundamental components and characteristics of the Scottish legal system. It includes a study skills programme which covers different facets of the study of law along with a series of practical workshops which introduce key legal information sources (both electronic and paper) and appropriate search strategies. Lectures and tutorials will cover topics such as the Scottish legal tradition, formal sources of Scots law, the legislative process, organisation of the courts, judicial precedent, civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, the European legal order, legal services and access to justice.
Foundations of Private Law (QL 1002)
The course provides firstly a map of private law as drawn from the Roman-law-derived institutional scheme. It then progresses to an equivalent of the medical student’s study of anatomy in the sense that, concentrating on the law of property and obligations, it examines the main concepts of private law in the Roman-law-derived civilian tradition and how they operate together as a system to solve every day legal problems.
Introduction to Accounting (QB 1501)
This is an introduction to accounting which aims to provide an understanding of how organisations – particularly small and medium sized businesses – capture, create and use accounting information both to guide their activities internally within the management function and to communicate their financial performance and position to external users of the accounts. This course allows students to develop practical and analytical skills through a problem-solving approach to accounting-related aspects of business performance reporting and control, particularly in relation to bookkeeping, accounts preparation, budgeting and management accounting.
Introduction to the Management of Organisations (QB 1504)
A level 1 Introductory course to introduce theoretical and management concepts of organization in order to develop and understanding of their relevance and application in today’s world of business.
Contract (QL 1501)
The course builds upon the basic understanding of contract law acquired in Contract (LS1520), although it is important to understand that the topics are approached from a more theoretical perspective, and will critically evaluate at an advanced level, a number of themes introduced in LS1520. The course approaches a selection of current problems in contract law doctrine from the theoretical, comparative and philosophical perspectives. The topics will vary annually but will include consideration of 6 or 7 topics chosen from the philosophical basis of contract law, contractual formation, good faith, promise, contractual remedies, factors vitiating consent, contractual interpretation, and risk management through contract (exclusion clauses, penalty clauses etc) and frustration.
Delict and Unjustified Enrichment (QL 1502)
This course introduces students to two of the key branches of the Scots law of obligations, namely Delict (which governs legal liability for situations such as the negligent infliction of harm upon others, or liability for breach of privacy) and Unjustified Enrichment (which is concerned with questions such as, if I pay you money in error, am I entitled to demand that you return it?). The course will be taught primarily by means of lectures and tutorials.
- Year 2
Introduction to Human Resource Management (QB 2006)
This course designed is for Business Management students and covers one of the most important functions in an organisation/business, that of Human Resource Management (HRM). HRM links people-related activities to the strategy of a business or organisation. This course develops an appreciation and understanding of the role of HRM in delivering on business strategy and organisational objectives. In doing so, the course introduces relevant concepts and theories in the field of HRM. Topics include: Evolution of HRM; International HRM; Recruitment and Selection; Reward and Performance Management; Training and Development; Work-Life Balance and Flexible Working; and Equality and Diversity.
Marketing Management (QB 2007)
This course provides students with an overview of the underpinning concepts of marketing, and the requirements for the development of a market oriented organisation. Specifically introduces the basic concepts of buyer behaviour, market research, the marketing mix and the strategic context of marketing. The linkages between marketing and other key functional areas of management, notably operations and human resource management are highlighted by this course, encouraging the adoption of a systems perspective.
Law of Property (QL 2001)
This compulsory LLB course is all about things. What items can you own? How do you become owner of property? What can you do as an owner of property? What can you do with the property of other people? And so on. An understanding of Scots property law is crucial to markets, commerce and domestic life. This course will give students a broad overview of the regulation of land, moveable items and incorporeal rights like intellectual property in Scotland.
Public International Law (QL 2002)
The course aims to systematically and critically introduce the foundations of Public International Law (PIL). The history, nature, legal personality, statehood and recognition, sources, the law of treaties and how PIL interacts with domestic law are considered in-depth. These are followed by topics such as jurisdiction, sovereignty, the role of the United Nations, the law of state responsibility and peaceful settlement of disputes between states. The contents of the course are designed to enable students to understand why and how international law regulates the behaviour of its actors with respect to some specific subject areas.
Business Law (QB 2503)
This course is designed to provide non-LLB students with an understanding of the main issues in business law. Topics will cover elements of the Scottish law and legal system concerning Contract Law (including the unfair contract terms), Agency, Delict Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Trusts, Partnership and Company Law.
Understanding Statistics (QB 2504)
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of statistical concepts and methods relevant to accounting, management, finance, real estate and economics.
Operations Management (QB 2505)
Operations is the part of management that considers processes rather than people and focuses on the organisation rather than its environment. The course considers theories such as lean and just-in-time but also practice. You will need a calculator besides the ability to write reports.
Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution (QL 1503)
Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution is a very practical course designed to give students a first-hand interaction with a number of the different structured ways to resolve disputes that exist. The course is taught by way of a weekly lecture which focuses on an explanation of theory and rationale followed by role play tutorials, where students engage in negotiations and mediations in particular.
- Year 3
Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (QB 3004) What is Business Ethics and why should we care? There is an impression amongst many that Business and Ethics are opposed ideas. This course seeks to address these issues. Exploring Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, tracing its historical origins through to current practice within organizations and the impact on the wider world. The course covers the fundamental question of what ethics is, granting a context for wider discussion. It looks at why ethics is relevant in the business world today and does so through traditional lectures and interactive learning such as the debates that have proven popular with students. Law of Sales (QL 4002)
This course examines the law of sales in both a Scottish and international context. Seminar topics will give students a good working knowledge of issues that occur when a difficulty arises (e.g., non-conformity of goods, passing of risk, damages, exemption, avoidance) and the role of important European law as well as international treaties and conventions. The precise focus of the course varies from year to year and depending on the teaching staff involved there may be a greater or lesser focus on Scots law, and in some instances the students will be asked to analyse and compare the legal solutions in English law as well.
Understanding the Consumer (QB 3503)
This theoretically informed and practical course aims to explore the key concepts and theories of consumer behaviour. Students will explore: the consumer as an individual (understanding motivations, psychographics, demographics and cognitive processes) and social and group aspects of consumer behaviour (the role of friends, family and reference groups). The course uses interactive lecture sessions and tutorial activities to encourage students to reflect both on theory and their own experiences as consumers. The course will be very useful for those interested in marketing and market research careers.
Corporate Governance (QL 4501)
This course will discuss the trajectory of the development of corporate governance over the past three decades, especially in the UK and the US, with a view to understanding the extent to which underlying theoretical assumptions and policy decisions impact legislative, regulatory and self-regulatory arrangements as well as reform options. Students will gain an understanding of why the company as a legal entity has the shape and form that it does; why certain actors are regarded as internal to corporate governance arrangements and others external; and why ongoing (and sometimes apparently futile) reform efforts take the form that they do.
- Year 4
Law Dissertation (QL 4001) This course, taken over both half sessions by final year honours students, and available only to those students, allows you to write a 10,000 word piece on an aspect of law that you choose with the help of a consultee. Corporate Finance Law (QL 4003)
The course examines the law concerning the financing of companies of all sizes, from small and medium-sized companies to the largest public limited companies. Various forms of debt and equity finance will be considered, including share capital and raising finance on stock markets, unsecured borrowing, securitisations and secured finance.
Business Strategy (QB 4505)
This course is about business strategy and covers a broad range of topics that come under the general heading of “Business Strategy” or “Strategic Management”. The course has been designed to help you gain an understanding of the key areas of strategic management including an understanding of: what strategic management is and why it is important; the different types of strategic analysis tools available; the difference between corporate, business and functional strategy; the complex issues associated with the implementation of strategy; the concept of strategic fit; and the role for strategic leadership in shaping and implementing strategy.
International Trade Law (QL 4502)
This course considers aspects of international trade law and addresses the legal and practical difficulties that may arise in this context. It focuses on the law and practice relating to international sale of goods, international carriage of goods, insurance, financing of international trade, and international commercial dispute resolution by litigation and arbitration.
How You'll Study
Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:
- Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
- Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course.
- Written examinations at the end of each course.
The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.
Why Study Business Management and Legal Studies?
- Our Law School has an outstanding reputation, ranked in the top 100 in the World for Law (Times Higher Education World University Subject Ranking 2022) and in the fifth in the UK for overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2022).
- You will gain highly developed analytical and academic skills, which will give you a head start in international business.
- Applications for advanced entry will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- The tuition fee for entry in September is 89,000 QR per year.
- Tuition fees are fixed at the point of entry so there is no annual increase for returning students.
- Flexible payment methods are available.