This programme of study will equip you to operate effectively in all areas of construction practice that involve construction law. What you learn will equip you to conduct legal analysis into any aspect of mainstream construction practice, and to communicate your findings to your colleagues and clients.
In this course you will examine the responsibilities of construction professionals and the problems raised by 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 comment on risk allocations.
You will also study the complex issues derived from multiparty nature of the construction process, in conjunction with the uncertainties that can arise from latent defects. The elective modules allow you to focus on dispute resolution, the environment or procurement strategies.
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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.
You will then need to complete your Dissertation. MSc students complete the MSc module managed by the School of the Built Environment. LLM students complete the LLM dissertation module managed by Salford Business School.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
We do not require references provided that you have the standard academic entry requirements. If you do not, then we will ask you to complete the Accreditation of Prior Learning process referred to above.
International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 with no band below 5.5 or an equivalent qualification are proof of this.
This course will enable lawyers and built environment professionals including surveyors, engineers and architects, to operate more effectively in areas of construction practice which involve construction law. The course is ideally suited to practising professionals.
The course allows you to build on current knowledge and experience by aligning learning to real-world problems you may face in your workplace or job role, therefore the course is ideally suited to practising professionals. Built Environment professionals including surveyors, managers, engineers and architects will be eligible to undertake the MSc route, while the LLM route requires a qualifying law degree or professional legal qualification.
To help you fit your studies around your work, the course is taught by 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. 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.
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Programme Director: MSc/LLM Construction Law and Practice
Brodie is the Programme Director for MSc/LLM Construction Law and Practice. Before joining the university in 2006, Brodie was a solicitor in a large commercial private law practice, specialising in the construction field. Brodie’s main areas of expertise are in dispute resolution and contractual law, he is also a leading proponent of online learning. He recently published a paper looking at legal issues surrounding the adoption of BIM, and potential solutions for its implementation in the UK. For more information visit: http://www.seek.salford.ac.uk/profiles/B.MCADAM.jsp
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.
I’m a chartered quantity surveyor with over 30 years experience and obtained my MSc in Construction Law and Practice from Salford University in 2012.
I completed the course whilst working full-time in the Middle East. The lecturers are construction lawyers who have significant practical experience in the industry. They assisted me to quickly develop the legal reasoning I required to add to my construction experience. The weekly on-line lectures, group work and constant contact with the university resulted in me feeling constantly supported throughout the course. The sense of satisfaction and achievement felt in successfully completing my final dissertation was personally very rewarding, thanks to the team at Salford.
The School of the Built Environment has an exciting and vibrant research community engaged in advanced research in the built environment. We enjoy a top position in the UK government national research assessment which recognises the outstanding national and international profile of our academic staff. We are also number one for research power, a position held since 1992.
Our research is conducted through our 10 research centres. For those interested in pursuing a research qualification after completion of the Masters, each centre has identified topics where they particularly welcome research proposals. Of particular interest to Construction Law and Practice graduates will be the Management in Construction centre (MIC), the Salford Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI) and the Centre for Information Technology in Construction (CITC).
In Salford Law School, the Salford Centre of Legal Research (SCoLR) was formed in 2007 and immediately made its mark on the research world, having half of its output deemed as of international significance in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
In the years that have followed, SCoLR has continued to develop its academic prowess and is now home to a growing number of experts from across the legal world. Our members are nationally and internationally acknowledged leaders in their specialisms and are regularly invited to speak at events throughout the UK and abroad.
PhD research plays a big part in the School’s activities and we have a diverse range of experts on hand to support students wanting to study a higher degree in law. Experienced members of SCoLR act as mentors to staff new to research and to the growing number of postgraduate research students reading for higher degrees in law. This collegiate approach to research helps to develop mutual research interests amongst members of SCoLR and an environment in which research can flourish.
If you are interested in joining Salford Law School as a PhD research student, find out how to apply.
The full Masters award is fully 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.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Distance Learning||£1,275 per 30 credits|
|International Distance Learning||£1,667 per 30 credits|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section
Start Dates: September
Jonathan Neill, Consultant, EC Harris, Second Year
“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 offerig 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”.
Anastassios Karakatsianis, Regional Contracts Manager (Africa), Archirodon Construction (Overseas) Co S.A., Second Year
“I was a bit sceptical over the web-based nature of the programme, but the delivery, the interactivity and the virtually 24/7 support offered on the programme soon dispelled any scepticisim. I would wholeheartedly recommend the course to anyone, something I have already done with a member of my team here in Cairo.”
Richard Parker, Senior QS, Second Year
“The Construction Law and Practice distance learning module enables me to conveniently study alongside full time employment. The advantages of this are numerous but in particular I find it very useful in applying course content to actual scenarios. The course is very relevant in this way to my field of work.”