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Construction Law is a vibrant area of law involving a wide range of professionals. And since 1994, the University of Strathclyde has provided the Master of Laws (LLM) and Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Construction Law on an evening study basis over one or two years.

The master's degree in construction law provides extensive training and insights for lawyers and construction professionals with an interest in developing a thorough knowledge of construction law for practical application.

It is designed for lawyers seeking greater understanding of the processes and management of construction projects, as well as in depth legal expertise relating to such projects, and, construction professionals whose work involves them in any of the various stages of major construction projects from commissioning to completion.

Delivered by experts from the University and from the professions, the master's degree in Construction Law provides a unique opportunity to gain an invaluable postgraduate construction qualification from one of Scotland's leading Law Schools.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold a first or upper second-class Honours degree in a relevant discipline.  Where an applicant has a lower second class Hons degree in a relevant discipline, admission to the course may still be possible if in addition to this qualification, the applicant has suitable professional qualifications and/or considerable appropriate experience.

For International Students:

If English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency before you can begin the course.

Application Deadline:


Applications should be submitted via the Apply links below.

Course Structure

The PgDip programme requires the completion of six modules: four core construction law modules: one compulsory moduls for all postgraduate law students (in Legal Research Skills and Methods); and one elective module from the suite of courses offered by the Law School. the LL.M. programme requires the completion of a 15,000 word dissertation in addition to the above.  

Some modules are taught by way of webcasted lectures, others are taught in a traditional face-to-face format. All core construction law modules and the compulsory Legal Research Skills and Methods module are taught in the evenings (normally 6-8pm) or by webcast. Many elective modules are also taught in the evening, though some are available in the day.

Start Date: September


LLM : Full-time 12 months; Part-time 24 months
PgDip : Full-time 9 months; Part-time 21 months


Assessment is based on performance in coursework and/or the written exam papers and, for those seeking award of the LLM, the completion of a dissertation.

To pass each module, you need an average overall score of 50% across all assessments.

Careers Opportunities

The LLM/PgDip in Construction Law enables lawyers and construction industry professionals to develop expertise in an increasingly complex area of specialist contract work.

Construction Law is constantly developing through case law and legislation to meet the challenges thrown up by the development of the industry worldwide. With delays in landmark projects like the Scottish Parliament and Wembley and work underway for the 2012 Olympic Games, the Construction Industry is very much in the spotlight.

New legislation has transformed how disputes are handled in a sector which was known for ingrained adversarial attitudes. This coupled with a much more sophisticated approach to front end risk analysis and dispute management techniques - with a greater emphasis on partnering - have created a cultural shift. Other dynamics such as globalisation and environmental/sustainability issues are all at work in shaping the future of the Industry. Construction Law is specialised and covers a number of legal areas. This is due to the nature of the industry, the numbers and range of parties involved, the nature of the issues, and the large financial stakes. This is reflected, in particular, in the use of complex and lengthy standard form contracts and a range of elaborate legislative provisions affecting the industry.

In the process Construction Law has emerged as a set of legal concepts and rules that operate with variants through the whole of the English-speaking world. The Construction Law programme is therefore intended to be of relevance both domestically and internationally. In addition to the specialised knowledge and enhanced problem solving skills which candidates gain, successful completion provides an array of additional benefits :

  • Enhanced career advancement
  • Improved service to clients
  • Potential satisfaction of your professional CPD obligations
  • A further academic qualification as tangible evidence of your expertise
  • Networking opportunities with professionals from all sectors of the industry

Lord Hope Scholarship for LLM/MSc Law School Programmes 

Application can be made here: Lord Hope Scholarship Application Form 15-16

The Law School is delighted to announce the launch of the Lord Hope Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme.  Under this initiative, up to twelve partial scholarships of £1,000 each shall be available for applicants across our range of LLM/MSc programmes in the academic year 2015/16 (all courses above).   The awards shall be granted on a competitive footing offered on the basis of financial need and academic merit.   In addition to the financial award, the successful applicants shall also be invited to attend a celebratory dinner hosted by patron of the scheme and Emeritus Professor of the Law School, the Rt Hon Lord Hope of Craighead KT, PC, FRSE, former Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session, Second Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and most recently Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. 


GREAT Scholarships

As part of the GREAT Scholarship programme -India and British Council Initiative awards to students of outstanding academic calibre from India are available.  More information can be found here:



To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today. 

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time LLM construction law (Admission Code : LSLLMF)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time LLM construction law (Admission Code : LSLLM2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time PG Diploma construction law (Admission Code : LSPD8F)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time PG Diploma construction law (Admission Code : LSPD8)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2016 entry to full-time LLM construction law (Admission Code : LSLLMF)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

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