MA (LPC with Business)

We know today’s firms demand a high level of commercial and business acumen from their trainees, so we have developed a Legal Practice Course (LPC) to help you gain real strength in your knowledge and capabilities.

In addition to the standard LPC, BPP University students can study our unique Master's programme, MA (LPC with Business). This is the only LPC that integrates business into the programme, giving you a Master's degree in both law and business to help you to stand out from the crowd.

The MA (LPC with Business) is awarded by BPP University.

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Key Information

  • Get a unique qualification - BPP University offers the only LPC that integrates business into the programme, developing your commerciality, making you a more effective lawyer
  • Enhance your employability with our ‘Preparing for Practice’ module,
  • Access the LPC whenever and wherever you are online by logging on to lectures and online sessions for consolidation, revision and catch up
  • Enhance your learning experience with personal tutor support throughout your LPC
  • Be taught by tutors who are qualified lawyers who bring experience of working in practice into the classroom
  • Vastly improve your chances of securing a training contract with mock interviews CV guidance workshops and many more - from our specialist Careers Service
  • Funding available through Scholarships, interest-free payment plans and Future Finance student loans^
  • Study alongside the best - with trainees from over 60 leading international and UK law firms
  • Full access to our Careers Service as soon as you accept your place on LPC
  • Take advantage of our strong links with the legal profession through our networking events and career mentoring
  • Reduce the time it takes to qualify with the new Fast Track LPC
  • Careers advice and support from tutors, who are qualified lawyers as soon as you accept your place on LPC
  • Put the theory to the test and build your CV through our award-winning pro bono centre

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The MA (LPC with Business) is a programme that has been developed to offer students the opportunity to study the Legal Practice Course alongside two business-focused modules, Strategy and Finance and a Business Intelligence Project (BIP).

The MA comprises two components which must be completed within a maximum five-year period:

  • the LPC delivered by BPP University Law School which develops your knowledge and skills for practice as a lawyer and;
  • the business modules delivered online via pre-recorded lectures and structured study put together by BPP University Business School

You are awarded the MA (LPC with Business) on successful completion of the LPC, the business modules and the BIP.

The business modules are studied via online lectures, which build on the business and finance content of the LPC to create a combined platform for developing technically competent legal practitioners who can interpret their roles as lawyers through the client’s eyes and frame their advice with a clear appreciation of the commercial context.

Once you have settled into your LPC studies, you will be contacted about whether or not you wish to undertake the Business Modules and BIP to work towards obtaining the MA qualification.

There is no additional cost if you wish to undertake the business modules and BIP on top of your LPC i.e. if you enrol onto the MA (LPC with Business).

Can I convert my BPP University LPC to the MA (LPC with Business)?

If you completed your BPP University LPC within the last five years, you can convert your LPC to the MA (LPC with Business). You must complete your online studies of the business modules and the BIP within five years of you commencing the LPC.

To apply please contact our admissions team for more information.

Modules

The business modules and Business Intelligence Project are studied and submitted online. There is no set study timetable for these business elements and students can undertake the online learning at their leisure. Guidance on the most appropriate times to study the modules will be provided once students have settled into their LPC studies. For information about the LPC modules, see our LPC webpage.

Business modules

Business Finance – 15 credits

Lawyers require insight into the nature of finance and financial markets in order to understand the issues that shape and affect the business environment in which their clients operate. This module focuses on an integrated appreciation of key financial disciplines in order to carry out effective business analysis. The emphasis is on concepts and reasoning, rather than deep technical detail, allowing you to become a more informed and critical business analyst and user of a range of financial information. You will:

  • Improve your financial literacy to confidently analyse and discuss a range of financial information with professionals and clients
  • Identify the appropriate financial tools and techniques to help you evaluate business situations facing clients
  • Combine quantitative and qualitative information to analyse financial performance and profitability, and make recommendations accordingly
  • Gain a robust understanding of the significance of corporate finance to the contemporary organisation

Business Strategy – 15 credits

Amid an increasingly dynamic and turbulent business environment, the drive to overcome the threat of fierce competition is a constant challenge and strain on businesses. The need to identify, understand and apply strategic choices in a breakthrough way is therefore of huge importance. This module introduces you to a broad range of key strategic tools and frameworks and provides you with the opportunity to explore their application to a wide range of competitive scenarios. You will:

  • Use strategic tools and frameworks to identify how organisations create and sustain a competitive advantage
  • Identify how organisations harness their resources and capabilities to meet their strategic objectives
  • Consider different strategic approaches and the subsequent implications for the organisation and its competitive position
  • Systematically examine the determinants of industry and firm profitability and how these factors can be shaped and influenced over time

Business Intelligence Project – 30 credits

Once students have completed the two business modules, students embark on the final part of the MA qualification: the BIP. The BIP is a project that enables the student to engage in substantial research into and analysis of a chosen business sector or industry. Students are required to collect data, look at evidence of the relevant factors, conduct qualitative and, if relevant, quantitative research and produce a report of their findings, conclusions and recommendations.


Entry requirements

To apply for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) you will need to hold a minimum of one of the following:

  • a qualifying law degree at grade 2.2 or above, or;
  • a qualifying non-law degree at grade 2.2 above and a GDL, CPE or similar qualification such as CILEx

If English is not your first language you will need to hold IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent.

Please note we do not accept students with third class degrees onto the MA (LPC with Business).

How to apply

Full-time applications

You will need to apply for the LPC part of the programme through Central Applications Board (CAB). Once you have submitted your application with CAB, all you need to do is contact our Admissions team to indicate you would like to do the MA (LPC with Business). Alternatively, you can wait until you have settled into your LPC studies, when you will be contacted about whether or not you wish to undertake the business modules and BIP to work towards obtaining the MA qualification.

Part-time applications

For the part-time LPC programme apply directly to BPP University.

Converting your BPP University LPC

If you already have a BPP University LPC and completed your LPC within the last five years, you can convert your LPC to the MA (LPC with Business). You must complete your online studies of the business modules and the BIP within five years of you commencing the LPC. To apply please contact our admissions team.

Locations

You can study for the LPC part of the MA (LPC with Business) in many of the UK's major cities – allowing you to complete the programme without moving from where you live or work.

Study centres are located in the following cities:

Please note: international students with Tier 4 student visas cannot study the MA (LPC with Business) in our Cambridge study centre.

The business modules and BIP part of this programme are studied online and therefore are available to students studying at any of our law school locations.

 

Full-time and part-time programme fees

For up-to-date fees for the LPC part of this programme, please see our LPC webpage.

There is no additional cost if you wish to undertake the business modules and BIP on top of your LPC i.e. if you enrol onto the MA (LPC with Business).