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.
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.
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.