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 MSc aims to equip students with an advanced understanding of management thinking relating to the management of enterprises and projects, particularly with regard to the roles that enterprises play in construction; and to give students a sound appreciation of the way projects should best be defined, developed, and delivered.
The programme teaches concepts, tools and techniques employed in managing projects from their earliest stages through to operations and maintenance. Projects will primarily be in construction (building, civil engineering, process engineering), but there will also be reference to other projects, including aerospace, automotives, electronics, organisational change, pharmaceuticals, software and IT.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). In addition, there are two non-assessed, but compulsory modules in management and research methods.
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
A full-time student must choose at least two modules from the project-based optional modules, and at least one module from the enterprise-based optional modules. A student's fourth module can come from any of the three (project-based, enterprise based or economics-based) sets of modules.
Optional module choices will include:
All MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of formal and interactive lectures, small-group seminars, tutorials, workshops, visiting speakers and site visits. Assessment is through coursework, essays, written papers and examinations, and the dissertation.
Half-day site visits will be undertaken.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Project and Enterprise Management MSc
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduate career options are varied. Students are expected to go on to work in many related areas: public sector infrastructure client organisations, construction, engineering and design enterprises, professional consultants and commercial research organisations, and client enterprises with significant project portfolios such as large manufacturing, transport, financial, electrical, gas, water, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, defence enterprises as well as government departments and agencies. A number of students use the MSc as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.
Recent career destinations for this degree
A comprehensive and stimulating programme, delivered by leading academics and with RICS accreditation, this MSc also offers each student the opportunity to tailor their study to those areas which are of most interest, by choosing from a wide range of optional modules. In addition, there is a strong focus on student career progression. Each year the school hosts a series of networking events and presentations attended by professionals from industry/organisations and UCL Careers also offers a regular programme of careers fairs and practical sessions on careers advice.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL is one of the best universities in the world and is located in the heart of London.
The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment with an excellent global reputation for both research and teaching across the many areas that comprise the built environment. The programme is taught by academics with current research and publications, experienced practitioners and guest speakers from industry.
The MSc programme prepares you for a dynamic career within some of the world's most successful organisations.
The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.
The construction law program has been tailored to give construction lawyers and professionals in building, construction, engineering and associated industries the legal knowledge to take the next step in their careers. Working with lecturers who are leaders in their fields, and fellow students from Australia and around the world, students have a unique opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of this specialised area of law and its interaction with the commerce and practice of the industry.
Graduates of the Master of Construction Law will:
Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.
Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.
Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.
Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading materials are released to the time assessment is due.