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Royal Docks School of Business and Law

University Square Stratford
  • industry links

    We create partnerships and collaborations with leading business, law, tourism and technology companies to offer our students unique courses, placements and collaboration opportunities with the aim of ensuring our students move seamlessly from study to career.

  • Focus on technology

    We prepare our students for Industry 4.0, embedding digital proficiency into the heart of our courses.  With courses in areas like fintech, artificial intelligence, data analytics and cyber criminology, we ensure to keep in step with the digital revolution.

  • Beating heart of East London

    Our prime location in East London’s burgeoning Docklands – in the heart of London’s only enterprise zone – and neighbouring the City and Canary Wharf – ensures our students are primed for a professional career at some of the capital’s most advanced global companies.

Who we are

The Royal Docks School of Business and Law is a contemporary and vibrant learning community where we focus on providing a transformational educational experience for our students. We are on a cusp of a new digital revolution and have designed our courses with an understanding of how technology has advanced the practices of business and law.

In saying that, we also recognise that technology is just a tool – it is people with influence, experience and vision that will shape the digitally evolved world of the future. 

Our ambition is to be a global school of stature, producing those future leaders, thinkers and paradigm-shifters. We have a natural advantage – our location sets us in the heart of one of the most diverse and exciting commercial cultures in the world, a stone’s throw from traditional blue-chip institutions as well as the disruptors of the burgeoning tech and start-up sector.

    • The Royal Docks School of Business and Law is a pioneering school with a diverse student body in one of the world’s most multicultural and vibrant areas at the heart of £1.7bn regeneration programme in what has been hailed as London’s third financial district.
    • Our revolutionary Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme recognises the rising demand for human skills, putting these at the heart of all our degrees. These soft skills, such as critical thinking, emotional intelligence and resilience coupled with practical skills, such as digital proficiency and industry connections, will help future-proof your career.
    • Our teaching staff have extensive professional real-world experience offering courses that are professionally-accredited with real-world experience essential to our quest to prepare students for a successful career.
    • We are an educational hub that reaches out to the world-leading resources on our doorstep. With a wide range of industry links and connections, we give our students exposure to some of the biggest brands and names through. Partnerships, placement opportunities, live project briefs, joint courses and research collaborations.
    • Our teaching expertise is supported by our cutting edge facilities. Our Bloomberg training suite is one of the largest in the country, providing access to the same financial trading facilities used by financial and business professionals around the world.
    • Our law department is celebrating 45 years of teaching law in September 2020 and this tradition of activist law is coupled to the most up-to-date facilities, including a dedicated mooting room, and opportunities to network at the heart of the UK’s world-renowned legal sector.
    • Our criminology and policing qualifications prepare you for work in the real world. Our new Online Harms and Cyber Crime Unit frequently leads on public policy initiatives while our pro-bono Legal Advice Centre offers help to people facing genuine legal concerns in a community often unable to access help.


    Key Features


    We have superb links with businesses in Canary Wharf, London and across the world. Our graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Nomura, IAG Cargo, Macquarie, HSBC, Barclays, Wells Fargo and Metro Bank. Engage with the Knowledge Dock which houses growing businesses and organises a range of events and activities for small businesses and the wider East London community. Our Tax and Accountancy clinic provides free advice to business and acts as a link for you to gain practical industry skills.


    Take part in debates in the law department’s own Mooting Room and help make a difference in the community through the University of East London’s Legal Advice Centre. Give you expertise to those unable to pay for legal assistance and gain legal experience on real-life issues. Join our recently pioneered Online Harms and Cyber Crime Unit (OHCCU) specialising in investigation, dissemination, education and policy formation.


    Benefit from our location in one of the most visited cities in the world. With core teaching facilities at East London, you'll have the chance to visit culture and tourism hotspots across the capital. We have major conference and sporting venues such as the ExCel Centre and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on our doorstep, and fantastic links with museums, hotels and restaurants throughout London.

    The Good Hotel, London
    Montgomery Group
    Chilli Sauce
    Responsible Travel
    Espiritu Travel
    Ritz Hotel

    Industry Links


    Royal Docks School of Business and Law

    Dean: Professor Mohammed Ali

    Head of School: Professor Mohammad Ali
    Director of Careers and Enterprise: Adam Doyle
    Director of Impact and Innovation: Shampa Roy-Mukherjee
    School Manager: Suzanne McDonald
    Deputy School Manager: Caroline Purcell

    Department of Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Finance

    Head of Department: Dr. Richard Courtney

    Department of Law, Policing and Justice

    Acting Head of Department - Barry Collins

    • Choak, Clare – Course Leader
    • Davidson, Julia – Professor of Criminology
    • Javaid, Aliraza – Course Leader
    • Joseph, Ian – Course Leader
    • Winter, Aaron – Course Lecturer

    Institute of Hospitality and Tourism

    Director of the Institute of Hospitality and Tourism - Lisa Wyld

    Facilities and research


    You'll be situated in the heart of London's most energetic and rapidly changing district. Classes take place in our ultra-modern teaching hubs at University Square Stratford and Dockland campus. The bespoke and modern campus facilities are complete with extensive 24-hour library access, tiered lecture theatres, seminar rooms, cafes and shops.

    We have tailored facilities like the MBA suite and the Bloomberg terminal and take part in debates in the law department’s own Mooting Room.

    Research, Impact and Innovation

    The School of Business and Law is home to high quality, industry specific, practice related world-class research originating from our staff and research centres. The Centre on Human Rights in Conflict that carries out academic and policy-orientated research in situations of military, political, cultural, social, economic conflict and in transition from authoritarian regimes. The Centre for Innovation Management and Enterprise  is a research and development centre that has been created by the School of Business and Law with the support of Martin Slark and Molex Inc. Its vision is to achieve and sustain globally recognised thought leadership in these two important areas. The Centre for Islamic Financial Law and Communities is recognised for its excellence in the dissemination, application and critique of Islamic banking and finance processes and practices. The Centre for the Study of States, Markets and People promotes advanced and applied research within the fields of law, politics, sociology, history and economics.

    For more information on our research interests and groups, and research degrees, visit our Research page.

    Hear from our graduates


    Coming from a small university in America, I did not quite know what to expect when pursuing a postgraduate degree in London, at UEL. However, due to the fantastic staff on my program, it soon did not feel quite as far from home. UEL has further enriched my knowledge, and it was an inspiring experience, both academically and mentally. Furthermore, I have experienced first-hand cultural differences that can only aid in my future endeavours. The lecturers are all incredibly supportive and help the students in any way they can.

    Brecht VANGRINSVEN (MSc International Business Management)
    UEL Students Walking

    Many of our courses still have availability through Clearing for September 2020 start, find out more information about the application process by visiting our Clearing pages.