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  • 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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


You will be assessed through:

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


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.


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.


The School of the Built Environment has an exciting and vibrant research community engaged in advanced research in the built environment, please see and for more information.

Visit the Construction Law & Practice - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Salford website for more details!





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