LLM/PgDip/PgCert Construction Law

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Key facts

  • Start date: January & September
  • Study mode and duration: LLM: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
    PgDip: 9 months full-time, 18 months part-time
    PgCert: 8 months part-time
  • Attendance: In-person and new online, distance learning versions available for LLM students

  • Scholarships: EU Engagement Scholarships worth £10,000 available to applicants from EU countries (in-person learning only)

Study with us

  • construction professionals develop knowledge of the law required for practical application
  • lawyers gain legal expertise relating to management of construction projects
  • full-time and part-time study options
  • law degree not a prerequisite for entry to the course
  • our Law School is ranked 6th in the UK by The Times Good University Guide 2023
  • you can choose to do a 60-credit enhanced research proposal, professional internship or a professional project instead of a traditional dissertation.
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Why this course?

The course is designed for both construction professionals and lawyers. Construction professionals will learn about the legal framework to the construction industry and engage on the legal processes involved in major construction projects, from commissioning to completion.

Lawyers will gain a greater understanding of the processes and management of construction projects, as well as in-depth legal expertise relating to such projects.

Construction Law offers both an in-person and online version, with both versions offering the same content, with a mix of pre-recorded and live online lectures available. Students will also have access to a wide range of electronic information sources.

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THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner
The construction industry is increasingly diverse and dynamic. Our programme brings together leading practitioners to ensure our teaching is contemporary and reflective of developments in the industry. Our student bodies also tends to attract a range of disciplines within construction, ensuring real value in bringing together different perspectives
Brandon Nolan
Professor

What you’ll study

The programme can be taken on a part-time basis over two years (three modules per year), or on a full-time basis over one year.

The Diploma programme requires you to complete:

  • four core construction law modules
  • a compulsory module in Research Methods
  • one elective module from the suite of courses offered by the School of Law

The LLM programme requires the completion of a 15,000-word dissertation, or enhanced research proposal, or professional internship, or a professional project instead in addition to the above.

Core modules

Participants without a formal legal qualification will study the module Legal Process and the Law of Contract and Other Obligations.

Those with a legal qualification will study the Context of Construction.

Both groups study:

  • The Law of the Construction Industry
  • The Law & Practice of Construction Management
  • Research Methods
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration

Part-time course structure

As a part-time student, you'll study three 20-credit classes in first year, one in semester 1 and two in semester 2.

You'll study three classes in second year, two in semester 1 and one in semester 2. Once the six classes are successfully completed, you'll proceed to the final project.

Classes have previously taken place from 6pm–8pm, and all seminars are usually two hours long and run over ten weeks.

This is subject to change as the timetable is finalised.

Facilities

Our library has a wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs. It also has duplicate sets of key law report series, houses extensive collections in government publications and other related areas.

You’ll have access to a wide range of electronic information sources which can be accessed from home, including all the major legal databases.

How to become a lawyer

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Course content

Learning & teaching

The course is designed to offer a blended learning experience, with some lectures being taught face-to-face and others via online seminars.

All core construction law modules are taught in the evenings (normally 6-8pm) or via an online seminar.

Many elective modules are also taught in the evening, though some are available during the day.

Assessment 

Assessment is based on your performance in coursework and/or written exam papers. For those seeking award of LLM, you'll need to complete a final project.

Law & Practice of Construction Management

Issues covered include:

  • health & safety
  • public procurement law
  • letters of intent
  • construction procurement methods & risk allocation
  • private finance initiative
  • environmental law

Context of Construction

This class is compulsory for Law graduates undertaking the LLM or PgDip in Construction Law.  

It will familiarise you with the structure, processes, procedures, and all the many professionals that are involved in the Construction Industry, like project managers, architects, designers, planners, civil engineers, building services and quantity surveyors.

Legal Process & The Law of Contract and Other Obligations

This class is compulsory for PgDip and LLM students in Construction Law who do not have a law degree. 

It offers a basic introduction to the laws of contract and delict. It will help to establish the foundation of a more advanced and detailed knowledge and understanding of Construction Law in other classes taken.

This class is delivered by online webcasts along with four seminars which will be attended in person.

Law of the Construction Industry

This class will provide you with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the principal features and structure of construction and engineering contracts, and the rights and duties of employers, contractors, professionals and others.

Construction Dispute Resolution

Issues covered include:

  • sources & principles of Arbitration Law - international and domestic
  • Adjudication - an in-depth examination of case law and practice flowing from the 1996 Construction Act
  • alternative dispute resolution techniques
  • expert witness
  • enforcement & diligence
  • advocacy

Dissertation

Your Masters will culminate in a dissertation. This is an extended project of enquiry into an area of your own choice. You'll create knowledge in answer to a question which really intrigues you.

While you'll be very much in the driving seat, your work is nurtured and guided by a member of our academic staff team. You'll be guided by some of the world’s foremost experts.

Or

Enhanced Research Proposal

60 credits

This module supports students writing an enhanced research proposal, with a view to supporting their transition into PGR study (PhD/MPhil studies) and creating an early research supervision relationship with a prospective supervisor.

Or

Please note that enrolment in the Professional Project and Professional Internship modules is by application and is not guaranteed.

Professional Internship

60 credits

This module gives students the opportunity to apply to pursue an internship in a national or international organisation relevant to their course. The internship allows students to be placed in a relevant host organisation for a specified number of hours agreed with the Strathclyde tutor. The student will be responsible for producing an internship report which will include an account of the knowledge and skills attained applying theoretical concepts and with reference to discipline specific literature as well as an in-context self-reflective analysis of the experience, the organisation and the work undertaken enabling broader critical reflections on the student’s place in the professional world.

Or

Professional Project

60 credits

This module gives students to apply to do independent work in the final semester of their LLM/MSc. Students will be required to identify and co-design the project supported by their Strathclyde mentor. The project report includes the response to the research question co-designed with a relevant host organisation as well as an in-context self-reflective analysis of the project, the organisation and the student’s experience in executing the work enabling broader critical reflections on the student’s place in the professional world.

Construction Law student Sriram Venkatarao
The course content outlined for LLM Construction Law is by far the latest and up to date, this I could confirm confidently, because of being a construction industry professional.
Sriram Venkatarao

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 140 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements/experience

First- or upper second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a related discipline. Where an applicant has a lower second-class Honours degree in a relevant discipline, admission may be possible with suitable professional qualifications and/or considerable appropriate experience.

Please note: a Law degree is not a prerequisite for entry to this course.

English language requirements

Please check our English requirements before making your application.

Interested in postgraduate study?

At the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, our friendly and knowledgeable team will be available to provide you with all the information you need to kick-start your postgraduate journey at the University of Strathclyde. Register for upcoming events below:

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non-UK/Ireland) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde.

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Please note: Previous Maths & English qualifications and your undergraduate degree must meet GTCS minimum entry requirements as well as the pre-Masters course and an interview will be conducted before an offer can be made.

The unique skill I've gained is the ability to grasp and critically analyse information that I have never come across before. Such skill will reflect positively on my career as a future construction solicitor. 

Mohamad El Daouk

Find out why Mohamad loved studying Construction Law

Chat to a student ambassador

If you want to know more about what it’s like to be a Humanities & Social Sciences student at the University of Strathclyde, a selection of our current students are here to help!

Our Unibuddy ambassadors can answer all the questions you might have about courses and studying at Strathclyde, along with offering insight into their experiences of life in Glasgow and Scotland.

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Construction Law graduate Gordon Gibb
My advice is: apply the knowledge and common sense, be flexible, don't necessarily believe assumed facts, do enough research to ensure that you are right, and finally enjoy the journey, the eminence and the people you meet along the way.
Gordon Gibb
LLM Construction Law

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Our campus is based right in the very heart of Glasgow. We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

Life in Glasgow

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Scotland, England, Wales & Northern Ireland

LLM/MSc: 

  • Full-time: £10,800
  • Part-time*: £5,400

PgDip:

  • Full-time: £7,200
  • Part-time*: £3,600

*Please note, Year 2 fee will be subject to an increase

PgCert:

  • £3,600
International

LLM: £21,700
PgDip: £14,467

Online (includes January intake)

LLM: £10,150

January intake fee payable in Year 1 only.

Additional costs

No additional costs for law modules and all compulsory material is in the library.

British Council GREAT Scholarships 2024 for Justice and Law scholarships worth £10,000 open to applications from students from Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya or Pakistan.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Scholarships

  • EU Engagement Scholarships are available to EU applicants who would have previously been eligible for Home (Scottish/EU) fee status.
  • EU and International 50% Merit Scholarships available to self-funded, international fee-paying offer-holders (includes those classed as EU fee group). The scholarship entitles the recipient to a discount of 50% on tuition fees.
View all our scholarships
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Careers

We work closely with the University's Careers Service. They offer advice and guidance on career planning and looking for and applying for jobs. In addition, they administer and publicise graduate and work experience 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.

Successful completion of the course provides you with 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
  • ability for non-lawyer graduates to apply for membership to the Association of Commercial Attorneys. This membership allows you to conduct certain matters before the Scottish courts.
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