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Construction Law and Dispute Resolution
Postgraduate course
MSc

Construction Law and Dispute Resolution



Duration
The normal and expected delivery time for the course is two years. However, the course can be extended to four years subject to agreement with the course leader.



Pathways
This course offers two pathways, MSc and LLM Construction Law & Dispute Resolution. Find out more about the LLM here
International Scholarships available

Overview

The construction industry increasingly recognises the importance of resolving disputes efficiently and quickly in order to maintain commercial relationships and keep cash flowing within the industry. If you are a professional working in construction, law or a related field, this course will develop your ability to manage disputes efficiently and even to resolve them.

Prominent areas of study will include Principles of Construction Law, Approaches to Dispute Resolution (including arbitration, adjudication and mediation), and Construction Claims.

The structure and content of our teaching meets the examination requirements of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on each of its pathways to membership - Arbitration, International Arbitration and Construction Adjudication - from Associate level through to Fellowship level.

This course offers two routes depending on your professional background and qualifications. The MSc is ideal if you come from a surveying and construction background, while the LLM is specifically aimed at those who already hold an LLB degree (or equivalent qualification).

MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution

You will study all the core modules listed and choose two option modules from the list below.

LLM Construction Law & Dispute Resolution

Your LLB degree will provide you with exemption from Law of Obligations. You will study the first five core modules, plus a Dissertation, and you will also select two option modules from the list below.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
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.

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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, including construction solicitors, barristers, arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators many of whom have key offices in Leeds.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has links with the Society of Construction Law.

The course is delivered via distance learning. This online method of learning is a great way to progress your career. You can balance the demands of your course with your everyday commitments, allowing you to keep working while you learn. You will be able to study at a time and place to suit you, graduating with a qualification of equal value to one obtained by studying on campus. You will also be able to use our Library and access the support of our expert academic staff, Student Hub and Student Wellbeing Team.

Find out more about distance learning

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

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MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution - Martin Green, Course Director
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Entry Requirements

Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Law or Construction, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. Alternatively, applicants with Corporate Membership of a Chartered Professional Body in a Construction related field are also eligible for the course. Professional Bodies concerned include (but are not necessarily restricted to): RICS, ICE, CIOB, RIBA, CIAT, BIFM, CIArb.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 7.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
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.

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.

Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Law or Construction, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. Alternatively, applicants with Corporate Membership of a Chartered Professional Body in a Construction related field are also eligible for the course. Professional Bodies concerned include (but are not necessarily restricted to): RICS, ICE, CIOB, RIBA, CIAT, BIFM, CIArb.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 7.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Careers

Colin Tomlinson

Careers

Teaching and learning

Overall workload

Each module on our distance learning courses is individually designed to maximise your learning so study requirements will vary. As a guideline you will need to allocate around 10 hours per week to complete each module plus a further five hours for additional reading and assignments. These 10 hours of teaching and learning will be delivered using a range of interactive resources, this typically includes audio and video content, group discussions, reflective exercises, quizzes, online reading and much more. All these resources are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment and can be accessed at a time and place that suits you.

Examine the basics of contract and tort law. You will develop your knowledge of the civil court system, the hierarchy of the courts and the doctrine of precedent as it relates to construction law and the development and resolution of disputes in the construction industry.

Study the law and practice of adjudication as a method of dispute resolution as it applies to construction contracts and as defined in the amended Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.

Study the function and effectiveness of legal principles in the resolution of design/construction problems and learn how to apply these principles to avoid or resolve such difficulties.

Gain the skills needed to draft an adjudicator?s decision as required under the amended Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and as detailed in the associated Scheme for Construction Contracts.

An introduction to the principles and practice of commercial mediation, this module will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the main elements of commercial mediation, conciliation and expert determination, enabling you to play an effective role in resolving disputes using these methods.

Develop the skills to research, draft and present a publishable research paper on a topic relevant to your course.

Studying the background to tortious and contractual claims, you will learn how to best present a claim in arbitration, adjudication or litigation.

Develop the skills needed to draft an arbitrator?s award as required under the Arbitration Act 1996 (as amended) and as detailed in relevant arbitration rules.

Hone the skills needed to draft an international arbitrator?s award as required under the UNCITRAL Model Law and as detailed in UNCITRAL arbitration rules.

Gain a detailed understanding of the law and practice of arbitration as a method of dispute resolution as it is defined under the Arbitration Act 1996 and applied in common arbitration rules.

Develop in-depth knowledge of the law of civil and commercial arbitration. You will focus on the process, key documents and procedures in a modern, commercial arbitration. The module is based on UNCITRAL Model Law and UNCITRAL arbitration rules.

Martin Green
Course Director
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 Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of their Education & Membership Committee and a member of the Chartered Institute of Building’s Contracts and Procurement Committee.
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.
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Fees & funding

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2018/19 on this course is £855.4 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £42.77. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • Access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is where you’ll find your modules, teaching materials, reading lists, discussion boards and assessment information
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources, with many books and journals available in an online format

In addition, for those students who are able to visit us on campus in Leeds the following is also provided free of charge:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2018/19 on this course is £855.4 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £42.77. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • Access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is where you’ll find your modules, teaching materials, reading lists, discussion boards and assessment information
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources, with many books and journals available in an online format

In addition, for those students who are able to visit us on campus in Leeds the following is also provided free of charge:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you, and the Library is open 24/7 if you would like to visit. Our offsite team also provide specialist support for distance learning students.

  • Dedicated Support Team
    Dedicated Support Team

    Just because you aren't learning on campus doesn't mean you'll have to cope on your own - you'll have the support of a personal tutor along with the University's Student Hub and Wellbeing Centre. They are on hand to offer you advice about everything from academic issues to stress and anxiety.

  • Virtual Learning Environment
    Virtual Learning Environment

    The VLE gives you access to course materials such as videos, e-books and other documents. You also use it to submit your assignments and to receive feedback.

Location

Distance Learning

Distance Learning

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you get can get involved in learning. Our flexible courses – internet-based learning and part-time options – give you more choice, convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

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