Construction Law and Practice
School - School of the Built Environment
Subject area - Built Environment
Start Dates(s): September
MSc (two years distance learning)
PgDip (one year and four months distance learning)
PgCert (eight months distance learning)
Distance Learning - £1,300 per 30 credit module
- 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.
Jonathan Neill, Consultant, EC Harris,
Construction Law and Practice student
The programme provides an excellent foundation from which a career in construction law can be pursued. Perfect for graduates looking to specialise in this unique area of law, while also offering established professionals the opportunity to develop a range of legal skills. The course has elevated my position in the jobs market and opened up a world of new possibilities.
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.
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.
- Common law underpinning construction contracts
- Source, rationale and nature of key terms (Scope, cost, quality, time, variation)
- Contract formation
- Implication of terms
- Mistake, frustration, breach, causation and loss
- Operation and administration of Standard Form Contracts (SFCs)
- Comparison between SFCs
- Consideration of key terms in SFCs
- Role of the Contract Administrator
- Impact of the industry specific legislation on construction contracts
- Legal complexities and commercial risks
- Design liability
- Contribution and contributory negligence
- Dispute resolution procedures
- Management of dispute resolution procedures
- Statutory adjudication in the UK
- Decision drafting
You will then need to complete your Dissertation. MSc students complete the MSc module supervised by specialist staff from the School of the Built Environment whilst LLM students are ordinarily allocated a supervisor from a more legal background.