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Construction Law & Dispute Resolution
Postgraduate course
MSc

Construction Law & 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.

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 resolve disputes.

We are committed to meeting your needs and those of the construction industry. We will provide you with an in-depth understanding of legal 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, including arbitration, adjudication and mediation, and conflict management and methods.

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.

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.

Your course is delivered via distance learning, allowing you to fit your study in around your work and life commitments.



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.

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.

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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More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Colin Tomlinson

Careers

Colin Tomlinson
Legal Consultant Tomlinson Associates Ltd

MSc Construction Law and Dispute Resolution

“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.

Modules & learning

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Law of Obligations & Evidence

Adjudication: Law & Practice

Construction Law Principles

Adjudication Decision Writing

Commercial Mediation

Professional Research

Law & Practice of Claims

Arbitration Award Writing

International Arbitration Award Writing

Arbitration: Law & Practice

International Arbitration: Law & Practice

Martin Green
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 member of the Chartered Institute of Building’s Contracts and Procurement Committee, and the CIArb's Education and Membership 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

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

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  • Library
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    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.

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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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