Our group of students consists of either top-quality Law graduates or graduates of other disciplines who have relevant work experience of more than two years.
We have students from Greece and from other countries including Switzerland, Italy, Norway, France and the United Kingdom.
This course is suitable for Law graduates who want to specialise in maritime law, or maritime professionals who want to enhance their knowledge of maritime law.
We offer placements in collaboration with Thomas Cooper Law Firm in Piraeus Greece. You will be given tours in a shipping company, too. We are cooperating with Real Time Graduates, which is a project finding placements for shipping graduates in Greece.
Classes take place in the fully equipped Hellenic Lloyd’s Register seminar rooms in Piraeus, Greece.
Each module on the course is taught within 24 hours in the form of three teaching blocks of eight hours each (on a Friday and a Saturday).
Our graduates are equipped for work in:
Past graduates of the course are working in big shipping companies, law firms and P&I Clubs such as:
This is a truly interdisciplinary degree, combining environmental politics and environmental sociology with normative philosophy.
This programme provides a social science-based, practice-oriented understanding of global environmental challenges and solutions. Understanding issues such as climate change, sustainable development and biodiversity requires knowledge about the political, moral and societal dimensions of environmental problems and solutions.
This programme will provide you with knowledge and analytical tools to address questions such as:
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.
Teaching methods will include seminars, group work, lectures, presentations and guided independent study. Students will be assessed through coursework, seminar assessment and presentations.
Students will also undertake a supervised research dissertation, or may apply to complete a project-based report with an NGO, government department, political party, or business over the spring and summer.
Students on this programme will:
You will acquire an advanced, multidisciplinary understanding of the major contemporary environmental challenges facing the world, and the different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives (from politics, international relations, ethics and sociology) used to explain them.
You will graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess competing claims and make informed judgments about current global environmental problems and possible solutions.
Such knowledge and skills are sought after by a wide range of public and private employers in the fields of environmental policy, consultancy and advocacy.
This programme is designed to help you understand how to determine values for claims to uncertain and risky payments such as company shares and dividends, financial derivatives, metals and commodities, and insurance claims, using fundamental principles from economics and finance.
You will take four core and two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work normally in the form of a dissertation. You will be taught through lectures, some of which may also be accompanied by class/group discussions. You will attend workshops to help define and develop your dissertation proposal and you will be assigned an individual dissertation supervisor who will provide guidance and comments as you complete your dissertation.
Graduates will typically find employment in financial institutions (asset management, investment banks and consulting) and governmental bodies involved in financial decision making. We have a dedicated careers and employability team who provide 1-2-1 support and advice, group workshops, employer events on campus and networking opportunities throughout the year to help you with your career prospects.
This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the legal framework within which construction organisations and projects are managed, including the resolution of disputes that arise. You will develop your capabilities to analyse the nature of the risks in construction, general strategies for allocating them and systems for managing their occurrence.
You will develop your professional skills to be able to interpret contracts and appreciate the controversies surrounding commonly used standards forms of construction contracts. This will involve you gaining techniques for research and enquiry to create and interpret relevant aspects of construction law and contract administration. In addition, you will acquire the skills to review and critically examine the implications of complex construction case law relating this to real world settings.
Overall, the course will prepare you to participate in dispute resolution processes as an advisor to or representative of the parties to the dispute or as an arbitrator, mediator , adjudicator or other related dispute practitioner.
Typical modules may include:
Construction Law Principles
Dispute Resolution Practice and Procedure
Advanced Construction Law
Dispute Resolution Principles
Advanced Project Planning and Control
As with many other similar courses offered by other institutions, it is currently accredited by the RICS, and the intention is to confirm accreditation with RICS once internal validation is complete. However, several features distinguish this course from the others.
The teaching faculty comprises distinguished construction, engineering and law academics, practising construction lawyers and eminent dispute resolution practitioners offering professional services as arbitrators, mediators, adjudicators, claims consultants and expert witnesses across the globe.
Very active engagement of the faculty in research assessed to be of world class standing has enabled curriculum innovation to cover non-traditional subjects such as the theory and practice of negotiation, the FIDIC family of contracts, conflict of laws and international arbitration. Curriculum flexibility allows students from diverse backgrounds to construct programme of study to enhance a wide range of future practice aspirations
The learning resources (textbooks, journals, multimedia systems, and online resources), which are as extensive as anywhere else, are always being added to with financial support from professional institutions such as the Society of Construction Law.
The range of employment opportunities includes construction contract consultants, contract managers, contract administrators, arbitrators, expert witnesses, adjudicators, mediators, conciliators and claims consultants. These are increasingly required in a wide range of construction and property organisations including the following:
· Architectural companies;
· Civil engineering firms;
· Construction contractors;
· Environmental management specialists;
· Independently or within the structure of corporations, institutions, or governmental agencies.
· Contract and dispute resolution consultancies
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
apply the principles of contract and tort to work out solutions to complex legal problems commonly encountered in the construction industry
demonstrate high level expertise on: the sources/causes of disputes in the construction and engineering industries; strategies for their avoidance; construction law; and dispute resolution methods
synthesise the contract documents assembled for any project to derive the legal framework governing its execution.
analyse a wide range of dispute situations and identify and evaluate respective party positions by reference to principles of construction law and dispute resolution to arrive at appropriate advice on resolution options.
demonstrate the behaviours and procedural, communication and ethical competencies required in such roles as contract consultant, adjudicator, mediator or arbitrator.
conduct research into advanced areas of construction law and dispute resolution and write it up publishable standard.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the leading professional body land, property and construction. We are in partnership with the RICS to deliver this course, which upon successful completion gives exemption from the academic requirements of the RICS , and leads into the RICS’ Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), the precursor to professional membership.
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This MA examines contemporary issues concerning justice. You will learn how to conceptualise and study the possibilities of human rights, going beyond legal formulations to look at the conditions in which human rights claims are made.
Human rights mobilise millions of supporters across borders, inspiring passion and hope. And they operate at and between all the scales involved in globalisation: local, national, international, transnational. They are moral claims to justice. Although often associated with law, human rights are not the same as legal rights – human rights can be claimed where no legal rights are codified, even if changes in the law are invariably called for as part of attempts to realise human rights in practice.
Human rights are carried by different actors:
These different actors are often at odds with each other in defining and defending particular justifications of what human rights are and should be.
In this Masters you will learn about how human rights are constructed, exploring framings of human rights through case studies; and you will begin to practice some of the methodologies and methods that are currently used in NGOs and grassroots activist networks trying to remedy global injustices.
The focus on culture that runs through the programme makes for an emphasis on concrete, situated practices and meanings. Can human rights contribute to a global culture in which injustices figure as ‘wrongs’? Or are human rights invariably skewed, constructing injustices in ways that suit international elites better than they suit people who are suffering? Do human rights do violence to local cultures? Are they an appropriate response to local violence? In this MA we contextualise the study of how human rights are constructed in micro-processes, in the media and face-to-face in relation to debates over macro-structures, processes of globalisation and the institutions of global governance.
In terms of social justice, the MA is set up to study human rights beyond narrow, legalistic definitions. We look at what really makes a difference in terms of realising human rights in practice. Can human rights really be constructed in ways that challenge and overturn established social structures? Can rights be claimed in such a way that they can really protect us as human beings against the ‘creative destruction’ of global capitalism, state repression, the subjugation of women, and hatred and violence against minorities of all kinds – sexual, ethnic, religious?
This course covers the following disciplines: sociology, politics, anthropology, law, geography, english, literature, cultural studies, criminology
The MA in Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice is taught in the Department of Sociology, where there are a number of people who are working on areas broadly related to human rights as well as directly on how human rights are constructed and claimed.
In the first part of the course you will take the core module ‘Constructing Human Rights’ in which you will be introduced to debates over the possibilities of human rights, different ways of conceiving culture and the role that is played by a diverse range of organisations involved in challenging injustices connected to globalisation. You will also consider practical attempts to realise human rights.
You will take two short, skills-oriented modules 'Researching Human Rights' and 'Organising Human Rights' in which you will be introduced to methods and skills that will be of direct practical use in working for NGOs (eg evaluating user engagement, team-building and decision-making through role play, tracing the media impact of a campaign).
In the second term, you will choose among a number of options. You can choose to take 'Practicing Human Rights' and make use of some of the skills you have learned in a placement. Students who choose this option find and negotiate a placement in an organisation or a grassroots campaign whose work can be related to human rights and attend a series of workshops that allow them to reflect on the practical work, on their professional skills and on the broader significance of their observations.
While the core modules of the programme are taught by lecturers in Sociology, you may choose your option modules from those that are run here or in other departments, including Politics, Media and Communications, and Anthropology.
Finally you will write a dissertation based on research you will carry out, possibly related to the NGO or network you have worked in, and making use of a range of concepts and methods taught in the Department. You will be supervised by someone with expertise and interest in the topic you are studying and the methodologies and methods you plan to use.
You will choose option modules worth 60 credits in Sociology, Media and Communications, the Centre for Cultural Studies, English and Comparative Literature, Anthropology, Politics, Music and Educational Studies.
Assessment consists of coursework, extended essays, reports, presentations, practice based projects or essays/logs, group projects, reflective essays, and seen and unseen written examinations.
As issues of globalisation and justice are frequently in the media, and government policy in the UK, US, and elsewhere in Europe is now supposed to be guided by considerations of humanitarianism and human rights, there is a need for graduates with knowledge of human rights.
There are openings for careers in organisations including charities, humanitarian and human rights NGOs and even multi-national corporations, many of which are now concerned with their image in terms of human rights.
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The MSc in Environment and Development (E&D) is an interdisciplinary programme exploring the inter-dependencies between pressing environmental concerns and development pressures. It explores these themes, the disputes around it and practical issues from an informed theoretical perspective, with an abiding concern for social justice claims. Conventional academic approaches focus on development or the environment as separate categories, while this programme looks at socioeconomic development as a socio-ecological and politicoecological process.
In particular this E&D programme focuses on:
Those issues will be studied at the local and national level, but also taking into account the global scale of environmental and development agendas. In many cases the root causes of inequality and poverty, both in the Global South and in the Global North, are driven by regional or global economics far beyond the borders of a particular country, village or region.
The programme will teach you to critically evaluate the multiple dimensions of the relationship between development and the environment. Teaching, fieldwork, group and practical exercises will use examples of relevance to Northern and Southern countries.
The breadth and depth of the School of GeoSciences enables students to explore a variety of environment and development issues relevant to the programme: e.g. biophysical dynamics, food insecurity, environmental governance, river basin management, cultural studies, climate change, multiple scarcities and inequalities, gender and development,etc. Students are challenged to cultivate research thinking that is cross-cutting and globally relevant, but also grounded in cases that focus on particular issues, places or systems, providing insights to effective solutions.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Development Academy.
This MSc consists of two semesters of taught courses. Students take two compulsory and four option courses, each a balance of lectures, seminars, workshops and visits, followed by an individual dissertation.
Compulsory courses typically will be:
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend:
Semester 1 Optional Courses
Semester 2 Optional Courses
Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.
This programme is suitable for students seeking roles within international and national development agencies, thinktanks, NGOs, environmental consultancies or the private sector, or those going on to PhD research.
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