Postgraduate LLM

Construction Law and Practice

School of Science, Engineering and Environment


Distance Learning


Two year

Next enrolment

September 2021


In a nutshell

Construction law and practice affects stakeholders working across the international construction sector. Gain the necessary legal knowledge and commercial awareness to perform your current role more effectively, or make the career move into this field, with our LLM Construction Law and Practice degree.

This postgraduate course is designed to help you examine the responsibilities of employers, contractors and construction professionals together with the problems raised by the complexities of construction, design liability and insurance. You will explore construction contracts and the law underpinning them, together with a wide range of standard form contracts to assess and manage risk.

During your studies, 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 LLM 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.

We also offer this course as MSc Construction Law and Practice.

You will:
  • Learn how to conduct and communicate legal analysis with confidence and accuracy in relation to any aspect of mainstream professional construction practice
  • Learn how to 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
  • Be able to assist individuals in taking effective roles in specialist construction law departments or firms
  • Learn how to promote high quality research in areas of law relating to construction, including a high level of legal analysis

students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

This is for you if...


You are a practicing professional with a qualifying law degree or professional legal qualification


You would like to build on current knowledge and experience by aligning learning to real-world problems you may face in your workplace or job role


You want to gain specialist legal knowledge through a flexible study pathway, allowing you to balance your work and study

Course details

All about the course

This LLM Construction Law and Practice postgraduate degree course is available to study part-time via distance learning. The course starts every September. We also offer a MSc pathway

The LLM award comprises four core modules plus a dissertation. The PgDip comprises four core modules. The PgCert comprises two core taught modules. All modules are delivered over a 15 week period and are assessed entirely by coursework.

Students will complete one 30-credit taught modules in each trimester for the first sixteen months. In the final two trimesters, you will complete your dissertation worth 60 credits, which is also delivered online and incorporates extensive tutor engagement and support.

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.


Fundamentals of Construction Law

This module will cover:

  • 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

Construction Contracts – Operation and Administration

This module will cover:

  • 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

Liability and Complexity in Construction Law

This module will cover:

  • Legal complexities and commercial risks
  • Design liability
  • Limitation
  • Sub-contracting
  • Contribution and contributory negligence
  • Insurance
  • Insolvency

Dispute Resolution – Law and Practice

This module will cover:

  • Dispute resolution procedures
  • Management of dispute resolution procedures
  • Statutory adjudication in the UK
  • Arbitration
  • Decision drafting


This module allows you to develop a research proposal with clear aims and objectives related to your study. The dissertation will typically adopt a black letter law approach, although other methodologies can be used if justifiable. You will undertake critical analysis of existing research and engage in various forms of recognised research in order to produce a sustained, sophisticated, and logical argument in the form of a written dissertation. LLM students complete a distinct LLM dissertation module and will typically have access to legal practitioner supervisors active in industry.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?




Teaching and learning is delivered remotely online. You will experience our sophisticated online learning environment, supported by intensive tutor support. Weekly online tutorials encourage student participation.

Our online repository of learning material enables you to undertake self-directed study at your own convenience. Learning is driven by real-world problems with application to your workplace and job role.


You will be assessed using written coursework and through continuous informal assessment by your tutors.

Dissertation modules delivered online receive extensive tutor support.

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Rising to the challenge of a rapidly changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to become unstoppable in your career.


During your studies, you will experience our online learning environment, enriched with access to online library resources such as industry journals, databases, and simulation software.

Programme Team

The Construction Law and Practice postgraduate programme is delivered by an academic team with exceptional research experience and professional connections. The team is part of a global built environment community with prominence in shaping construction industry best practice.

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What about after uni?


Construction law and practice affects professionals throughout the construction industry. On this course, you will gain the legal knowledge needed to perform your current role more effectively, or you can use your new skills to move into a new role relating to construction law.


Globally, the urban built environment is becoming the predominant place for livelihoods. Construction law postgraduates can choose research to further their knowledge of key built environment challenges. Learn more about postgraduate research opportunities available through our Doctoral School.

The Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environments at Salford hosts a community of academics, practitioners and researchers at the forefront of exploring how we can enhance our built environments at local, national and international scales. 

A taste of what you could become

A surveyor

A planner

An architect

A construction manager

A solicitor

And more...

Career Links

The University 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.


What you need to know


This course is recommended for applicants looking to enhance current knowledge and gain specialism in the construction law and practice. Typically, you will have existing academic and/or professional background in the legal or built environment professions.


International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate Degree

  • A second class undergraduate honours qualifying law degree, or
  • A recognised appropriate professional legal qualification
Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

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).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Distance learning 2020/21 UK/EU: £1,410 per 30 credits. International: £1,845 per 30 credits
Distance learning 2021/22 UK: £1,440 per 30 credits. International: £1,890 per 30 credits
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

 Scholarships for international students 2021/22

To celebrate Salford's expertise and industry links, high-achieving international students may be eligible for the Built Environment Postgraduate Silver Award, or an International Excellence Scholarship worth up to £5,000.

Visit the international scholarships page for more information.


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Enrolment dates

September 2021