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IN BRIEF. The full Masters degree is RICS accredited. Combine study and your career with our innovative distance learning option from anywhere in the world. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • The full Masters degree is RICS accredited
  • Combine study and your career with our innovative distance learning option from anywhere in the world
  • Operate effectively and accurately in areas of construction law
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

Construction law and practice affects stakeholders working across the international construction sector. This course will provide you with the legal knowledge and commercial awareness required to perform your current role more effectively or to move into a specialist role in construction law.

You will examine the responsibilities of employers, contractors and construction professionals together with the problems raised by the complexities of construction, design liability and insurance. Construction contracts and the law underpinning them, together with a wide range of standard form contracts  are  studied to assess and manage risk. You will also study the complex issues arising from the multiparty nature of the construction process and the particular challenges of international construction, together with the uncertainties that can arise from the passage of time and latent defects.

The full masters award is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), allowing exemption from their academic entry requirements, as well as ensuring that you are educated to the highest industry standards.

There is also an LLM route available for this course.

COURSE DETAILS

Learn how to:

  • Conduct and communicate legal analysis with confidence and accuracy in relation to any aspect of mainstream professional construction practice
  • Examine construction practice from a legal perspective, to include detailed consideration of construction contracts, tortious and multi-party liability, insurance, dispute resolution, procurement, and the environment
  • Assist individuals in taking effective roles in specialist construction law departments or firms
  • Promote high quality research in areas of law relating to construction, including a high level of legal analysis.

COURSE STRUCTURE

This course is studied part-time by distance learning.  Admission onto the course is in September.

The Masters award consists of four core modules.  The PgDip requires the completion of all four core modules.  The PgCert requires completion of two core taught modules.  All modules are delivered over a 15 week period and are assessed entirely through coursework.

DISTANCE LEARNING STUDY

A 30 credit taught module is studied in each semester for the first sixteen months.  Assessment of these modules is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role.  Teaching is based around a virtual learning environment supported by interactive online sessions.  In the final two semesters you undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits which is also delivered online and incorporates extensive tutor engagement and support.

TEACHING

To help you fit your studies around your work, the course is taught via distance learning. This takes the form of an online learning environment supplemented by constant support from experienced tutors.

During your studies, you’ll log on for weekly online tutorials, which will be led by tutors and provide the opportunity for interaction with your fellow students. Sessions are usually delivered at UK evening times, and these tutorials are archived in case you miss one. Learning is designed to equip you for the real-world problems that you are likely to meet in your job.

CONTACT TIME

Two hours online contact time, plus up to 15 hours self-directed study.

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed through:

  • Written coursework (100%)
  • Continuous informal assessment by your tutors

CAREER PROSPECTS

On this course, you’ll gain the legal knowledge you’ll need to perform your current role more effectively or to move into a new role relating to construction law. Construction law and practice affects professionals throughout the construction industry. Graduates of this course have included surveyors, architects, engineers, planners, construction managers, financial managers, solicitors and lawyers.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

The full Masters award is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), allowing exemption from their academic entry requirements.

The School of the Built Environment enjoys excellent links with the local, national and international construction industry.  This course meets the needs of the industry by providing formal postgraduate level education for built environment professionals in the vital and complex area of construction law.

Guest lecturers from industry with expertise in relevant areas are invited to give lectures throughout the duration of the course, enriching your learning experience.

FURTHER STUDY

The School of the Built Environment has an exciting and vibrant research community engaged in advanced research in the built environment, please see www.salford.ac.uk/research/best and http://www.salford.ac.uk/research/uprise for more information.



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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. Read more

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.

What happens on the course?

Typical modules may include:

  • Construction Law Principles
  • Dispute Resolution Practice and Procedure
  • Advanced Construction Law
  • Dispute Resolution Principles
  • Advanced Project Planning and Control

Why Wolverhampton?

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.

We are currently developing the Springfield Campus which will be Europe’s largest construction centre of excellence. Join us as the exciting development takes shape and from 2019/20 students in the School of Architecture and the Built environment will be taught from the new campus.

Career path

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

What skills will you gain?

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.

Who accredits this course?

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 course will provide you with an understanding of the legal framework within which construction organisations and projects are managed, including the resolution of disputes that arise. Read more

This course will provide you with an 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.

Depending on your choice of modules, 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 introduce you to aspects of practical 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.

What happens on the course?

You will study modules Dispute Resolution Principles and Dispute Resolution Practice and Procedure; you will then select an optional module from a range of modules typically including Construction Law Principles, Special Issues in Construction Law, Forms of Contract and International Construction Law

Why Wolverhampton?

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 programmes 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.

We are currently developing the Springfield Campus which will be Europe’s largest construction centre of excellence. Join us as the exciting development takes shape and from 2019/20 students in the School of Architecture and the Built environment will be taught from the new campus.

Career path

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

Graduates from the PGCert can progress to the MSc programme if they achieve a satisfactory performance.

What skills will you gain?

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • 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;
  • 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.


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The construction industry increasingly recognises the importance of resolving disputes efficiently and quickly in order to maintain commercial relationships and keep cash flowing within the industry. Read more

The construction industry increasingly recognises the importance of resolving disputes efficiently and quickly in order to maintain commercial relationships and keep cash flowing within the industry. If you are a professional working in construction, law or a related field, this course will develop your ability to manage disputes efficiently and even to resolve them.

Prominent areas of study will include Principles of Construction Law, Approaches to Dispute Resolution (including arbitration, adjudication and mediation), and Construction Claims.

The structure and content of our teaching meets the examination requirements of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on each of its pathways to membership - Arbitration, International Arbitration and Construction Adjudication - from Associate level through to Fellowship level.

This course offers two routes depending on your professional background and qualifications. The MSc is ideal if you come from a surveying and construction background, while the LLM is specifically aimed at those who already hold an LLB degree (or equivalent qualification).

MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution

You will study all the core modules listed and choose two option modules from the list below.

LLM Construction Law & Dispute Resolution

Your LLB degree will provide you with exemption from Law of Obligations. You will study the first five core modules, plus a Dissertation, and you will also select two option modules from the list below.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Course Benefits

As there is a proliferation of contracts, conflict and disputes in the construction industry many professionals feel the need for advanced study in this specialised field and even to pursue the status of dual qualification. The course is supported by a number of local experienced practitioners, including construction solicitors, barristers, arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators many of whom have key offices in Leeds.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has links with the Society of Construction Law.

The course is delivered via distance learning. This online method of learning is a great way to progress your career. You can balance the demands of your course with your everyday commitments, allowing you to keep working while you learn. You will be able to study at a time and place to suit you, graduating with a qualification of equal value to one obtained by studying on campus. You will also be able to use our Library and access the support of our expert academic staff, Student Hub and Student Wellbeing Team.

MSc

Core modules

  • Law of Obligations & Evidence
  • Adjudication: Law & Practice
  • Construction Law Principles
  • Adjudication Decision Writing
  • Commercial Mediation
  • Professional Research
  • Law & Practice of Claims

Option modules, choose one of:

  • Arbitration: Law & Practice
  • International Arbitration: Law & Practice

Option modules 2, choose one of:

  • Arbitration Award Writing
  • International Arbitration Award Writing

LLM

Core modules

  • Adjudication: Law & Practice
  • Construction Law Principles
  • Commercial Mediation
  • Adjudication Decision Writing
  • Law & Practice of Claims
  • Dissertation

Option modules 1, choose one of:

  • Arbitration: Law & Practice
  • International Arbitration: Law & Practice

Option modules 2, choose one of:

  • Arbitration Award Writing
  • International Arbitration Award Writing

Job prospects

You will acquire the academic training essential to develop your career in adjudication, arbitration and mediation, or as a dispute resolution or claims consultant. Your course is specifically designed for the construction industry, but many of the dispute resolution skills you develop will be transferable across other industries.

  • Construction Solicitor
  • Construction Practitioner
  • Contract Administrator
  • Claims Consultant


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The construction industry is notorious for its high incidence of conflict and the resulting disputes are a drain on the industry's profitability and reputation. Read more

Introduction

The construction industry is notorious for its high incidence of conflict and the resulting disputes are a drain on the industry's profitability and reputation. PGDips International Construction Law course provides you with the skills necessary to identify and address legal issues related to construction projects as well as tackling disputes should they arise. It seeks to extend and develop your understanding of the law relating to the core aspects of international construction practice, dispute settlement, procurement and sustainability.

The PGDips International Construction Law course aims to provide opportunities for you to gain an understanding of global issues affecting construction law and practice and to gain knowledge, understanding and the requisite skills in preparation for employment in international construction legal practice and commercial organisations both in the UK and abroad.

This is a unique distance learning course aimed at a high level which will allow you to develop specialist knowledge in particular areas of construction law relevant to your employer or your business. Although the course involves the academic study of construction law, it also features a very important practical dimension as evidenced by case studies in a number of the module.

A number of high profile construction law practitioners input to the course. It is therefore suitable for practising lawyers in the built environment generally. The course will also be suitable for construction industry professionals, and for those who are responsible for representing the interests of the various stakeholders in the industry.

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

Learning and Teaching

The course uses a variety of learning tools including recorded lectures and real time online lectures together with supportive reading and tutorial sessions. It involves both extensive independent research and discussion in the context of workshops designed to encourage the development of critical analytical and reflective skills.

Study facilities

We have invested in online and offline computer-based resources to support modules, and especially those offered by distance learning. You will also have access to a vast number of journals and databases that are available to read online through UWE Bristol library.

As the largest university in the UK for degrees related to the built environment, UWE Bristol's success stems from the importance we place upon student contact through seminars and formal lectures delivered by leading academics. To replicate that experience for distance learning students, we have created an archive of over 100 hours of lectures specifically for construction degree courses and accessible to you through our virtual learning platform. Find out more: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whyuwe/fantasticfacilities

Open Events

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx

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Why this course?. The course provides extensive training for lawyers and construction professionals with an interest in developing a thorough knowledge of construction law for practical application. Read more

Why this course?

The course provides extensive training for lawyers and construction professionals with an interest in developing a thorough knowledge of construction law for practical application.

It’s designed for lawyers seeking greater understanding of the processes and management of construction projects as well as in-depth legal expertise relating to such projects. The course is also suitable for construction professionals whose work involves them in the various stages of major construction projects from commissioning to completion.

You’ll study

The programme can be taken on a part-time basis over two years (three modules per year), or on a full-time basis over one year.

The Diploma programme requires you to complete:

  • four core construction law modules
  • a compulsory module in Research Methods
  • one elective module from the suite of courses offered by the School of Law

The LLM programme requires the completion of a 15,000-word dissertation in addition to the above.

Core modules

Participants without a formal legal qualification will study the module Legal Process and the Law of Contract and Other Obligations.

Those with a legal qualification will study The Context of Construction.

Both groups study:

  • The Law of the Construction Industry
  • The Law & Practice of Construction Management
  • Research Methods
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration

Facilities

Our library has a wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs. It also has duplicate sets of key law report series, houses extensive collections in government publications and other related areas.

You’ll have access to a wide range of electronic information sources which can be accessed from home, including all the major legal databases.

Learning & teaching

Some modules are taught by lectures via webcast. Others are taught in a traditional face-to-face format.

All core construction law modules and the compulsory module in Research Methods are taught in the evenings (normally 6-8pm) or by webcast.

Many elective modules are also taught in the evening, though some are available during the day.

Assessment

Assessment is based on your performance in coursework and/or the written exam papers. For those seeking award of the LLM you’ll need to complete a dissertation.

Careers

The LLM/PgDip in Construction Law enables lawyers and construction industry professionals to develop expertise in an increasingly complex area of specialist contract work.

Construction Law is constantly developing through case law and legislation to meet the challenges thrown up by the development of the industry worldwide.

Successful completion of the course provides you with additional benefits:

  • enhanced career advancement
  • improved service to clients
  • potential satisfaction of your professional CPD obligations
  • a further academic qualification as tangible evidence of your expertise
  • networking opportunities with professionals from all sectors of the industry


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This online course provides practical, thorough and valuable teaching in the fast moving and highly specialist disciplines of construction law, construction adjudication and/or arbitration (depending on choice of route). Read more

This online course provides practical, thorough and valuable teaching in the fast moving and highly specialist disciplines of construction law, construction adjudication and/or arbitration (depending on choice of route). The course is suitable for legal professionals, and others with an interest in the legal issues surrounding construction claims, contracting, project management and surveying.

This flexible course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of key topics in the fields of construction law and dispute resolution processes, providing specific focus on those processes which run alongside traditional litigation. 

You will analyse recent and future developments in the industry, with a focus on UK cases and materials and in some cases, international aspects.

There is an option of a Construction Adjudication route, which is a very common form of dispute resolution in the UK construction industry.

What you will study

YEAR 1

You will be introduced to the key foundational knowledge of law and develop your knowledge and understanding on law and procedure around either arbitration or adjudication (depending on choice of route).

YEAR 2

You will develop advanced knowledge and understanding of specialist aspects of Construction Law. Depending on your chosen study route, you may balance construction law modules with adjudication modules.

YEAR 3

You can choose to either write a 15,000 word dissertation or take a number of alternative options which will help broaden your experience and allow you to apply your legal knowledge in practice. Options include answering a case study, undertaking a research project, participating in an international mooting competition or studying through taught modules. 

Teaching and assessment

This course is taught fully online, allowing you to study from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments.

Teaching will be delivered through the University's online virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, allowing you to interact with tutors and fellow students around the world. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Online study allows for a diverse range of teaching and learning methods to be employed, and all supported by a dedicated technical team. The use of diverse and hi-tech learning methods promises the student a stimulating, interactive and informative learning experience.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Practical class or workshop - up to 5 students per group, 15 - 20 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 10 - 15 hours per week
  • Online activities - 5 - 10 hours per week

INDEPENDENT STUDY

It is suggested that you read the module materials and recommended additional readings on a weekly basis, with regular online interaction with students and tutors in the electronic forums and online activities being strongly encouraged. Written materials are increasingly supported with other forms of delivery.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

You will be taught and supported by a teaching team which contains a balance of experienced industry professionals and high quality academic staff who will help create a challenging interactive environment for your study.

Staff on this course could also include guest lecturers, industry experts, librarians and Postgraduate Research students.

All our academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship. This is a professional recognition of an individuals practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 1 written exam, typically for 3 - 4 hours
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 set exercises
  • 1  oral assessment

Year 2

  • 1 written exam (Adjudication & Arbitration route) 
  • 4 written assignments, including essays

Year 3

Depends on which route is taken:

  • 1 written assignments, including essays (taught module route)
  • 1 report (research report route) 
  • 1 dissertation (dissertation route)
  • 1 project outputs (case study route)
  • 11 group critiques (taught module route) 

Job prospects 

The nature of the course allows you to use the skills and knowledge obtained to steer your career advancement.

In an increasingly competitive jobs market, practitioners equipped with both understanding of commercially relevant aspects of law and strong professional skills are highly sought after. The programme provides the opportunity for lawyers to acquire specialist knowledge while non-lawyers are assisted in the transition into specialist areas that complement their existing experience in business and industry.

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Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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Strengthen your construction law skills and get a postgraduate diploma from a UK university - while you remain in full-time employment, from the comfort of your own home and in just twelve months. Read more
Strengthen your construction law skills and get a postgraduate diploma from a UK university - while you remain in full-time employment, from the comfort of your own home and in just twelve months.

This distance learning programme is designed to meet the needs of both lawyers and a wide range of non-legal professionals and is run by UWE Bristol - the largest university in the UK for degrees related to the built environment.

Successful students can continue and do the Masters degree.

Get the range of skills employers are looking for today…

• Introduction to Law and Process of Development
• Construction Contract Law
• Real Estate Law
• International Dispute Resolution
• Sustainability in the Built Environment
• Construction Procurement
• Approaches to Construction Law
• Consolidating Theory and Practice

See more detail on each module on the programme:

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Benefit from both academic and professional tutors…

Get the advantage of learning from tutors with a strong academic background as well as high profile construction law practitioners that can guide you through today's practical challenges. See the tutor biographies on the course website: http://www.ibclegal.com/FKW12456FAML

Suitable for a variety of international professionals…

Whether you're interested in a change of direction or simply want to progress in your existing position this programme will benefit professionals in a variety of roles, including: engineers, lawyers, contracts managers, general counsel, planning managers, procurement and purchasing officer, project managers, surveyors, risk managers, commercial directors and more! Take a look at the syllabus to see if it fits your needs: http://www.ibclegal.com/FKW12456FAML

Entirely by distance learning but with plenty of support…

The course is taught through recorded lectures and live online webinars and is re-enforced by the use of practical case studies, debates, self-assessment exercises, role play and online forums enabling you to share your experiences and engage with your fellow students and tutors.

You will also have full access to the extensive UWE Bristol online library!

Assessment is achieved through a variety of coursework assignments.

Don't let yourself down. Open up new possibilities today!

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Please note that the enquiry and application processes for this course are administered by Informa Professional Academy.

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UCLan’s Construction Law programme is designed to meet the international demand for engineers, architects and project managers, and other construction professionals to be skilled in preventing and resolving disputes in the construction industry. Read more
UCLan’s Construction Law programme is designed to meet the international demand for engineers, architects and project managers, and other construction professionals to be skilled in preventing and resolving disputes in the construction industry. It combines contact with the course team through electronic distance learning technology, including webinars, to provide flexibility of learning to suit individual needs.

The programme places considerable emphasis on the application of the law in problem-solving and problem-avoidance situations within the context of a global construction industry. Widespread use is made of case study material and real-life scenarios, which will further develop your ability to formulate, propose and defend an argument.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

The degree award has RICS accreditation and therefore membership of the RICS is available via the APC route, following
successful completion. The University has been reaccredited as a Recognised Course Provider under the CIArb Pathways Scheme - adjudication pathway with domestic arbitration.
Successful students may apply to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for the use of the designated letters ‘MCIArb’. Successful students' may be exempted from CIArb Introduction and Modules 1 and 2, and are eligible for membership with the Chartered Institute.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Course content
MSc Construction Law and Dispute Resolution is a course designed to meet the international demand for engineers, architects and project managers, and other construction professionals to be skilled in understanding their rights and obligations under contracts, and
to prevent and resolve disputes in the construction industry.
The course content considers the impact of current issues on contracts and the workplace, such as an increasingly technological and global industry and sustainable construction, which aims to minimise environmental impact and maximise both economic viability and
the social benefits.

Modules include:
• Legal Skills
• Contractual Issues
• Tortious and Statutory Issues
• Dispute Resolution
• Environmental Law
(with Planning Law)
• Dissertation
• International Arbitration Practice
and Procedure
• Arbitration Award Writing

The course also delivers webinars throughout the year, holding a three day residential concerning assessment and networking in the UK. In 2017, the residential will be held at Trinity Hall, the University of Cambridge.

Facilities
This programme is offered as a distance learning (blended method) using available online materials and extensive electronic databases and journals from the university’s own resources, as well as online tutor support. We have specialist construction and law librarians,
available for online support and the supply of online materials. The course is also supported by prominent legal professionals.

Research
Sustainable domestic and global construction contracts, BIM and design issues regarding coastal engineering are themes within the course’s research. Given the ever-increasing importance of environmental and sustainability agendas, this research theme involves
active engagement with industry, key consortia/research bodies, and the wider outreach communities. The findings of this research inform the course to ensure it is changes to meet the latest industry needs.

Employability
The level of education provided by the programme is appropriate to those who hold or aim to eventually hold senior positions with consultants or contractors engaged in the construction Industry, or with technical departments of government and semi-government
institutions. Throughout the programme emphasis will be placed on self-motivation, critical thinking and developing analytical depth.

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Our academically-led and practice-informed Construction Law and Dispute Resolution course will provide you with a unique perspective on this fast-moving area of law. Read more

Our academically-led and practice-informed Construction Law and Dispute Resolution course will provide you with a unique perspective on this fast-moving area of law. You will be taught over a series of three-day sessions, which is ideal if you have limited time for study.

Key benefits

  • Largest and longest-established MSc in this field.
  • Extensive input from leading professionals.
  • Wide range of student backgrounds.
  • Located in the heart of legal London.

Description

Our Construction Law and Dispute Resolution course provides a unique cross-professional perspective on this area of the law. Our programme includes a foundation course in law for non-lawyers and a foundation course in construction technology for lawyer students.

This flexible course is taught to lawyers and experienced non-lawyer construction professionals over a series of intensive three-day sessions (from Thursday to Saturday) and is particularly well-suited for students based outside of London. It is also available for overseas students on both a full-time and part-time basis. 

You will have electronic access to the teaching and reference materials as well as physical access to the many specialist books and journals, which are held in the Maughan Library.

Course format and assessment

The organisation of the MSc is based on four taught modules with nine full days of teaching for each module. These will be divided into three-day blocks, usually Thursday/Friday/Saturday, but the second year will start with a Sunday/Monday/Tuesday three-day residential programme in Oxford. Students are expected to engage in 10-15 hours of self study per week.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. 80 per cent of the course will be assessed through examination and 20 per cent will be assessed through coursework.

Career destinations

Our students progress as lawyers and construction professionals, such as solicitors, barristers, quantity surveyors, building surveyors, engineers, architects and project managers.

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This one-year postgraduate course is designed to enable civil engineers and other suitable qualified professionals, such as architects and quantity surveyors and lawyers, to acquire a knowledge of construction law. Read more
This one-year postgraduate course is designed to enable civil engineers and other suitable qualified professionals, such as architects and quantity surveyors and lawyers, to acquire a knowledge of construction law. The diploma is accepted by Engineers Ireland as fulfilling criterion no. 2 (Knowledge of Law and Contract Procedure) for admission to the IEI list of conciliators. This Diploma has also been approved by Engineers Ireland as meeting the requirements for continuing professional development. Accreditation has also been given for Part II status of membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Course Organisation:

Lectures are normally held on Friday evening 7 - 10 p.m. and Saturday morning 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. each week throughout the two semesters (September to April). In addition to attending lectures, participants are required to participate in workshops, which comprise a major part of the course and involve coursework to be submitted as part of the students' assessment.

Course Content:

Introduction to Legal Systems and Methods; the Irish litigation process; the law of evidence
The Law of Tort; The Law of Contract
Contracts in construction - procurement methods, engineering and building contracts, tenders
Contracts in construction - claims, insurance, subcontracts; case law; public procurement; contracts for other professions
Risk and insurance; sureties; statutory duties; professional relationships, duties and liabilities
Methods of dispute resolution

Assessment:

Two three-hour examinations are held on two Saturdays in May/June. Each of these constitutes one third of the overall assessment. Coursework, which is done throughout the year, accounts for the remaining one third of the overall assessment. Students must pass each examination paper and each coursework assignment.

Recommended texts:

Extensive notes are provided by individual lecturers, who may also recommend texts.

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Construction law is a highly specialised field, often requiring the services of specialist barristers. If you have a masters in construction law or you are working as a construction solicitor, this course will assist you in the correct preparation of pleadings, reducing your reliance on counsel. Read more

Construction law is a highly specialised field, often requiring the services of specialist barristers. If you have a masters in construction law or you are working as a construction solicitor, this course will assist you in the correct preparation of pleadings, reducing your reliance on counsel.

You will be taught by experts in the sector, including construction barristers, construction mediators and chartered arbitrators. Learning from their expertise, you will develop the specialist knowledge required to draft pleadings that can be used in construction dispute claims. You will be encouraged to share your own experiences from the workplace allowing you to put your learning into context and to make it specific to your own needs.

Taught over one or two weekends, the course will enable you to fit your learning around your working life.

Course Benefits

This course has been designed by experts in construction law. Course Director Martin Green has been delivering our MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution for more than 15 years. Originally a civil engineer, Martin's interests now focus on arbitration and adjudication in construction disputes. Expert barristers will share their expertise and experiences to ensure your teaching is current and relevant.

As part of the School of Built Environment & Engineering, you will be able to access all the benefits of being a Leeds Beckett student. Our onsite Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing round the clock access to learning spaces and computers. You will also be able to access the support of our Student Hub and Student Wellbeing Team.

Indicative core modules

  • Principles of Drafting for Construction Disputes
  • Principles of Evidence for Construction Disputes

Job prospects

As a construction solicitor or a graduate of a construction law related course, this APD will allow you to go further in your field without the need to commit to extended further study. You will develop the niche skills to improve your working life by cutting your need for expensive counsel or dispensing with their services altogether.

  • Construction solicitor
  • Claims consultant


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The LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law covers a broad range of commercially focussed modules that draw on the wealth of commercial expertise across the School of Law. Read more
The LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law covers a broad range of commercially focussed modules that draw on the wealth of commercial expertise across the School of Law.

LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law deals with the global and regional regulation of international trade, structuring and managing international business transactions, and the economic foundations of trade and corporate law.

Professional Module Exemptions

The Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) has recognised masters programmes offered by the School of Economics and Finance for advanced standing for the Chartered Banker Diploma. Graduates can proceed directly to the Chartered Banker Diploma with no requirement for prior underpinning study, recognising the high level of commonality of elements within LLM programme content against the CBI’s Diploma modules.

Students on the LLM programme who take both the QLLM136 Ethics in Business and in Finance and QLLM007 Banking Law modules will be eligible for exemption from the Chartered Banker Diploma compulsory module: Professionalism Regulation and Ethics.

Taught modules

Modules

To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Commercial and Corporate Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of available LLM modules.

All modules are 22.5 credits unless otherwise stated.

Note: Not all of the modules will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change.

Please refer the toe QMUL Law website for a full list and information on the modules for this programme.

Below is an example of some of the modules for this programme .
◦◦ QLLM011 Company Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM021 Corporate Governance (45 credits)
◦ QLLM025 E-Commerce Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM050 International Commercial Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM060 International Merger Control (45 credits)
◦ QLLM062 International Tax Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM068 Law of Economic Crime (45 credits)
◦ QLLM069 Law of Finance and Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies (45 credits)
◦ QLLM076 Media Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM080 Multinational Enterprises and the Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM087 Taxation Principles and Concepts (45 credits)
◦ QLLM095 Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries (45 credits)
◦ QLLM120 Business Taxation (45 credits)
◦ QLLM124 European Union Competition Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM128 Telecommunications Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM138 General Principles of Insurance Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM139 Insurance Regulation (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM141 Insurance Contracts (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM142 Reinsurance Law (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM145 Intellectual Property in Business (45 credits)
◦ QLLM150 Strategic Decision Making for Lawyers (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM151 Negotiation Theory and Practice (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM155 Principles of Regulation (Sem1)
◦ QLLM164 Elements of Islamic Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM165 Islamic Finance and Commercial Law (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM179 International and Comparative Petroleum Law and Contracts (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM180 US International Taxation (45 credits)
◦ QLLM181 Legal Aspects of Paperless Trade (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM182 / QLLG006 Charterparties: Law and Practice (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM191 Competition and Regulation in EU Healthcare Markets (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM192 Market Integration and Regulation in the European Internal Market (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM300 / QLLG001 Marine Insurance Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM302 / QLLG004 Carriage of Goods (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM305 Cartels, Collusion and Competition Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM306 Competition enforcement: From investigation to sanctions (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM314 Transnational Law and Governance (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM315 Transnational Law and Governance in Practice (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM316 Chinese Business Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM324 Comparative Contract Law (sem 2)
◦ QLLM328 Digital Intellectual Property Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM329 Informational Technology Transactions (sem 2)
◦ QLLM330 Comparative Copyright Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM331 International Copyright: International Treaties and Cross-Border Litigation (sem 1)
◦ QLLM332 Comparative Law of Patents and Trade Secrets (sem 1)
◦ QLLM333 International Law of Patents and Related Rights (sem 2)
◦ QLLM334 Licensing Intellectual Property (sem 1)
◦ QLLM335 Intellectual Property and Fashion: Art and Design (sem 1)
◦ QLLM337 Design and Intellectual Property: EU and US
◦ QLLM338 International and Comparative Law of Unfair Competition (sem 1)
◦ QLLM339 The Law of Registered Trade Marks (sem 2)
◦ QLLM340 Global Intellectual Property: Fundamental Principles (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM341 Global Intellectual Property: Technology and Policy (sem 2)
◦ QLLM342 Interactive Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM343 Interactive Entertainment Law: Contracts and Regulation (sem 2)
◦ QLLM345 The Business of Film (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM348 Music Industry Contracts (sem 2)
◦ QLLM354 Information Security and the Law (sem 2)
◦ QLLM360 Banking Law: International (sem 1)
◦ QLLM361 Banking Law (sem 2)
◦ QLLM362 International Finance Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM363 International Finance Law Applied (sem 2)
◦ QLLM366 Regulation of Financial Markets (sem 1)
◦ QLLM368 Corporate Rescue and Cross-border Insolvency (sem 1)
◦ QLLM369 Financial Distress and Debt Restructuring (sem 2)
◦ QLLM370 WTO Law: Market Access and Non-Discrimination (sem 1)
◦ QLLM371 WTO Law: Trade Remedies and Regulatory Issues (sem 2)
◦ QLLM372 Corporate Finance Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM373 Mergers and Acquisitions (M and As) (sem 2)
◦ QLLM376 International Economic Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM377 EU Financial and Monetary Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM378 Securities Regulation (sem 2)
◦ QLLM385 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Theory and Context (sem 1)
◦ QLLM386 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Selected Issues (sem 2)
◦ QLLM391 International Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM392 International Commercial Arbitration (sem 1)
◦ QLLM395 International Commercial Litigation (sem 1)
◦ QLLM396 Commercial Conflicts of Laws (sem 2)
◦ QLLM400 United States Energy Law, Regulation and Policy (sem 1)
◦ x CCLE019 Accounting for Lawyers (Sem 1)
◦ x CCLE021 International Macroeconomics for Lawyers (Sem 1)
◦ x CCLE026 Financial Models and Derivatives in a Legal Context (45 credits)
◦ x CCLE027 Financial Models and Application to Corporate Finance (45 credits)

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The LLM in International Business Law offers a comprehensive range of modules relevant to international trade law, business law, competition law, corporate governance, intellectual property and market regulation. Read more
The LLM in International Business Law offers a comprehensive range of modules relevant to international trade law, business law, competition law, corporate governance, intellectual property and market regulation.

Taught Modules

Modules

To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of International Business Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM available modules.

All modules are 22.5 credits unless otherwise stated below.

Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.

The updated module list below represents the result of our ongoing modularisation of the LLM which is intended to offer students greater flexibility and choice of module options.
◦ QLLM011 Company Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM013 Comparative Commercial Law (45 credits) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM021 Corporate Governance (45 credits)
◦ QLLM025 E-Commerce Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM044 International and Comparative Competition Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM050 International Commercial Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM060 International Merger Control (45 credits)
◦ QLLM062 International Tax Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM068 Law of Economic Crime (45 credits)
◦ QLLM080 Multinational Enterprises and the Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM087 Taxation Principles and Concepts (45 credits)
◦ QLLM094 UK Competition Law (45 credits) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM122 European Union Tax Law (45 credits) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM124 European Union Competition Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM138 General Principles of Insurance Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM139 Insurance Regulation (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM141 Insurance Contracts (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM142 Reinsurance Law (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM150 Strategic Decision Making for Lawyers (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM151 Negotiation Theory and Practice (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM155 Principles of Regulation (Sem1)
◦ QLLM156 Introduction to Insurance Regulation (Sem 1) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM164 Elements of Islamic Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM165 Islamic Finance and Commercial Law (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM179 International and Comparative Petroleum Law and Contracts (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM180 US International Taxation (45 credits)
◦ QLLM181 Legal Aspects of Paperless Trade (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM182 / QLLG006 Charterparties: Law and Practice (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM183 / QLLG005 Protection and Indemnity Clubs: Law and Practice (Sem 1) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM184 US Comparative Corporate Law (Sem 1) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM187 International Investment Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM188 Regulation of International Investment and Public Policy (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM191 Competition and Regulation in EU Healthcare Markets (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM192 Market Integration and Regulation in the European Internal Market (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM314 Transnational Law and Governance (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM315 Transnational Law and Governance in Practice (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM316 Chinese Business Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM324 Comparative Contract Law (sem 2)
◦ QLLM328 Digital Intellectual Property Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM329 Informational Technology Transactions (sem 2)
◦ QLLM330 Comparative Copyright Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM331 International Copyright: International Treaties and Cross-Border Litigation (sem 1)
◦ QLLM332 Comparative Law of Patents and Trade Secrets (sem 1)
◦ QLLM333 International Law of Patents and Related Rights (sem 2)
◦ QLLM337 Design and Intellectual Property: EU and US
◦ QLLM338 International and Comparative Law of Unfair Competition (sem 1)
◦ QLLM339 The Law of Registered Trade Marks (sem 2)
◦ QLLM354 Information Security and the Law (sem 2)
◦ QLLM362 International Finance Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM363 International Finance Law Applied (sem 2)
◦ QLLM366 Regulation of Financial Markets (sem 1)
◦ QLLM367 International Financial Regulation (sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM368 Corporate Rescue and Cross-border Insolvency (sem 1)
◦ QLLM369 Financial Distress and Debt Restructuring (sem 2)
◦ QLLM370 WTO Law: Market Access and Non-Discrimination (sem 1)
◦ QLLM371 WTO Law: Trade Remedies and Regulatory Issues (sem 2)
◦ QLLM372 Corporate Finance Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM373 Mergers and Acquisitions (M and As) (sem 2)
◦ QLLM374 Law and Ethics in Finance (Sem 1) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM375 Corporate Governance and Responsibility in Finance (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM376 International Economic Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM377 EU Financial and Monetary Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM378 Securities Regulation (sem 2)
◦ QLLM385 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Theory and Context (sem 1)
◦ QLLM386 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Selected Issues (sem 2)
◦ QLLM389 Copyright and Trademark in China (sem 1)
◦ QLLM390 Patent and Design in China (sem 2)
◦ QLLM391 International Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM392 International Commercial Arbitration (sem 1)
◦ QLLM395 International Commercial Litigation (sem 1)
◦ QLLM396 Commercial Conflicts of Laws (sem 2)
◦ QLLM397 Investment Treaty Arbitration (sem 1)
◦ QLLM400 United States Energy Law, Regulation and Policy (sem 1)

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Why this course?. This programme caters for those interested in law generally but who have not yet identified a particular area of speciality. Read more

Why this course?

This programme caters for those interested in law generally but who have not yet identified a particular area of speciality. Thus, this programme allows for flexibility and choice.

Students can construct their own programme of law studies drawn from the full range of courses on offer. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy masterclasses from guest speakers/lecturers.

You'll study

At Master’s-level, there will be two compulsory elements, five electives and a dissertation. The compulsory classes are: Legal Research (20 credits) (already taught in the Law School) Dissertation (60 credits) (again, a standard element already provided for in the school).

Because of the general nature of the course, there will be no requirement for designated core modules.

It's expected that students will elect to take modules from the existing LLM/MSc within the Law School.

Course content

Compulsory classes

  • Legal Research
  • Dissertation

Elective classes

  • Arbitration Law
  • Business & Human Rights
  • Carbon Markets & Climate Finance
  • Childhood & Crime Climate
  • Change & Global Economy
  • Climate Change & Litigation
  • Comparative Company Law & Regulation
  • Comparative Law of Obligations
  • Competition Law & Policy in the EU
  • Conflict Resolution & the State
  • Contemporary Employment Relations
  • Contemporary Security Challenges and Responses
  • Context of Construction
  • Cybercrime & Society (Attendance and DL)
  • Dispute Resolution (Construction Law)
  • E-Commerce (Attending and DL)
  • Employment Law: Theory & Practice
  • Employment Mediation
  • Equity & Adaptation
  • EU Environmental Law I
  • EU Environmental Law II
  • Financial Regulation & Compliance
  • Forests, Land Use & Climate Change
  • Global Environmental Law: Issues of Equity & Sustainability
  • Homicide
  • Human Rights Protection in the UK
  • Intellectual Property Law (Attending and DL)
  • International Banking Law
  • International Climate Change Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Migration Law
  • Internet Governance
  • Justice & Penal Decision Making
  • Labour Law in the Global Economy
  • Law of International Business
  • Law of the Construction Industry
  • Legal Process & the Law of Contracts & Other Obligations
  • Mediation in Practice
  • Mediation, Policy & the Law
  • Negotiation
  • Oceans Governance & International Law
  • Oceans Governance & Other Areas of International Law
  • Offending Supervision & Management
  • Privacy, Crime & Security (Attendance and DL)
  • Punishment & Process of Penal Change
  • Restorative Justice
  • Surveillance, Technology & Crime Control
  • Sustainable Energy Governance
  • Telecommunications Law (Attending and DL)
  • Terrorism & the Law
  • Theory & Principles of Conflict Resolution
  • World Trading System: Law & Policy

Classes are subject to availability year on year.

Learning & teaching

The course is taught through a mix of the following:

  • lectures
  • practical intensive weekends
  • teaching seminars
  • distance learning

Assessment

Assessment will be through a mix of exams and assessments that may be written or practical, depending on the subject.



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