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Construction Law & Dispute Resolution (MSc)

Course Description

The construction industry is increasingly recognising the importance of alternative methods of dispute resolution in order to maintain commercial relationships and keep cash flowing within the industry. If you are a professional in construction, law or a related field this course will develop your expertise in this subject for practical or academic purposes.

We are committed to meeting the needs of the construction industry - our course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of legal and dispute resolution issues that are specific to your profession.

Prominent areas of study will include: construction contract doctrines and the legal framework; alternative approaches to dispute resolution, such as arbitration, adjudication and mediation; conflict management; and methods, roles and values.

Subject to achieving satisfactory grades, the structure and content of our course meets the examination requirements of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators through to Fellowship level for each of their Adjudication, Arbitration and International Arbitration Pathways.

As a fellow of CIArb - who are internationally recognised as a leading dispute resolution organisation - you will have a professional status that is highly valued in the construction industry around the world. Becoming a fellow of CIArb is also necessary for you to progress towards achieving status as a Chartered Arbitrator, a CIArb Registered Adjudicator or a CIArb Accredited Mediator.

- 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.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/constructionlaw_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

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 (construction solicitors, barristers, arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators many of whom have key offices in Leeds), and by His Honour Humphrey Lloyd QC a retired Technology & Construction Court Judge. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has links with the Society of Construction Law.

Martin Green

Course Leader

"The aspects of the course that students most seem to enjoy is the contact with experienced dispute resolution practitioners. The most rewarding thing about teaching the course is in seeing the students develop in areas of dispute resolution that were previously not within their grasp."

Martin operated his own consultancy for 15 years, gaining experience in both design and contract administration. He is now actively involved in the assessment of Adjudicators and the organisation of continuing professional development events for both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the Society of Construction Law. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building’s Contracts and Procurement Committee, and the CIArb's Education and Membership Committee.


- Online Libraries
Global access to Leeds Beckett's extensive online library, plus free eBooks to supercharge your study.

- Dedicated Support Team
A highly-skilled and dedicated support team whose job is to work with you through every step of your online learning.

- Virtual Learning Environment
A Virtual Learning Environment that's easy to use and available whenever and wherever you are.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Construction Law & Dispute Resolution (MSc) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Colin Tomlinson

I loved the course - it was a great opportunity to build contacts by meeting other people from the industry. In fact I ended up employing two people from the course! It gave me a full understanding of the legal ramifications of construction law, a skillset which has resulted in a high demand for my services, including a project for the London Olympics.

Colin Tomlinson
Legal Consultant, Tomlinson Associates Ltd


Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) - 20+ Awards

To be eligible for a Scholarship from our University you must:•Be progressing from an Undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 (i.e. your Undergraduate course began on or after 1 September 2012).
•Be undertaking a Masters course (students on Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diplomas, MA/MSc ‘top-up’ courses, Integrated Masters or any other type of Postgraduate or Professional course will not be eligible).
•Meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to study.
•Be undertaking a course that is fundable by HEFCE (for example, NHS and NTCL funded courses are not fundable by HEFCE, so students to those courses will not be eligible).
•Be studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years (applicants to courses where the duration exceeds 24 months will not be eligible).
•Be domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU).
•Be paying your fees through personal or family resources. If you have your fees paid or part paid through a sponsorship arrangement you would not be eligible for a Scholarship.
•Be able to attend the course applied for in 2015-16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Leeds Beckett University is offering 105 scholarships, each worth £10,000, to UK and EU students who will be starting Postgraduate taught Masters courses in September 2015. The Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative, aimed at widening access to Masters courses by removing barriers to Postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups. Included in this scheme are 15 scholarships to support Women in Science.

Application Procedure

You must make an application for a Scholarship alongside your application for the Masters course. Your application will be considered against the eligibility criteria stated at http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pss/.All applications for a Scholarship must be received by the University by 31 May 2015.You must complete the PSS application form and supply the relevant supporting evidence by 31 May 2015. Failure to submit by the deadline and/or provide the necessary supporting evidence will mean that the application will not be considered.To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online form at: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pages/postgraduate-support-scheme-apply/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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