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MA Business, Law and Social Sciences

MA Business, Law and Social Sciences

Course Overview


The Business, Law, Social Sciences course prepares you for a postgraduate program at the University of Northampton.

Programme intensity


  • Full-time duration 8 months
  • Duration description
    8 to 11 months

Programme outline


Programme Structure

All students study the following modules:

  • Language for Study 
  • Research Design and Critique
  • Research Project
  • Skills for Study 

You’ll also study modules in one of the following pathways. This is determined by your degree subject at the University of Northampton.

Business pathway

  • Global Corporate Marketing Strategies
  • Introduction to Management


Law pathway

  • Introduction to English, European and International Law
  • Social Science Principles


Quantitative pathway

  • Introduction to Management
  • Statistics for Postgraduates


Social Sciences pathway

  • European Liberal Democracy
  • Social Science Principles

If you’re studying the 3-term Pre-Masters, you’ll also take:

  • Applied Academic Skills
  • English for Academic Skills
  • Research Project Basics

Entry requirements


Entry to the Pre-Masters generally requires you to have completed at least 3 years of higher education in a suitable subject with at least a 3rd-class classification or equivalent. Exact entry requirements will vary depending on your country’s education system, as well as your progression degree subject.

You will need to show proof of your English language ability by taking a USAVI IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam. For the Pre-Masters Business, Law, Social Sciences, you will need to have a minimum English language level of 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in any skill. 

How to apply


The MA Business, Law and Social Sciences by online learning has start dates in September and January of each academic year. 

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; this is particularly important for applicants who may need to allow sufficient time to take an English language test


Documentation required

Applications are made online via the University Application Service, EUCLID.

Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure that you have included the following documentation with your application:

  • Degree certificates showing award of degree.
  • Previous academic transcripts for all past degree programmes.
  • A reference in support or your application. The reference should be academic and dated no earlier than one year from the start of study on the LLM programme.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if required.

If you are currently studying for your degree or you are not in a possession of an English test result you may still apply to the programme. Please note that it is your responsibility to submit the necessary documents.

After you apply

After your application has been submitted you will be able to track its progress through the University’s applicant hub.

Application processing times will vary however the admissions team will endeavour to process your application within four to six weeks of submission. Please note that missing documentation will delay the application process.

You will be informed as soon as possible of the decision taken. Three outcomes are possible:

  • You may be offered a place unconditionally
  • You may be offered a conditional place, which means that you must fulfil certain conditions that will be specified in the offer letter. Where a conditional offer is made, it is your responsibility to inform the College Postgraduate Office when you have fulfilled the requirements set out.
  • Your application may be unsuccessful. If your application has not been successful, you can request feedback from us or refer to our guidance for unsuccessful applicants, which explains some of the common reasons we why we reach this decision.
    View the University’s guidance for unsuccessful applicants
Terms and conditions of admissions
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