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Course content

The varying and increasingly complex nature of the construction industry has led to a demand for professionals with the skills to analyse, manage and solve intricate problems that often arise on major projects. Designed to address this demand, this industry-accredited, part-time course is particularly suitable if you have an interest in the commercial aspects of the construction industry and would like the confidence to operate in the challenging environment of contractual arrangements. This specialised course is more suitable to applicants with a number of years of work experience in the construction industry.

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, under licence from the Engineering Council, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

What will you study?

You will study the English legal systems and examine in detail the forms of contract in common use. You will gain an understanding of how design and construction work is priced and how to control these costs. You will learn how to analyse the rights and liabilities of the parties involved in the construction process, and how to manage dispute resolution. You will also develop a commercial awareness of inter-company relationships, as well as gaining a working knowledge of modern project management and risk management techniques in controlling construction and design work.

Assessment

Coursework and/or exams, research thesis.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.

-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Modules
-Management of Project Risk, Quality and Safety
-Business in Practice
-Construction Law and Dispute Resolution
-Legal Obligations and Conditions of Contract
-Dissertation

Visit the Management in Construction with Law - MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!

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