LLM/PgDip/PgCert Construction Law

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: MSc: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
    PgDip: 9 months full-time, 18 months part-time
    PgCert: 8 months part-time
  • Scholarship: Dean's International Excellence Award - Postgraduate Taught

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
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Why this course?

The course 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. The course is also suitable for construction professionals whose work involves them in the various stages of major construction projects from commissioning to completion.

My ambition for the future is to become a construction adjudicator and the Strathclyde course will put me on the right track.

Youssef Shoukry, LLM Construction Law

 

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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 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

Learning & teaching

Some modules are taught by lectures via webcast. Others are taught in a traditional face-to-face format.

All core construction law modules and the compulsory module in Research Methods are taught in the evenings (normally 6-8pm) or by webcast.

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 dissertation.

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.

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Course content

Law & Practice of Construction Management

Issues covered include:

  • health & safety
  • public produrement 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 Contact 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 & principals 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
Construction law student
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
Construction Law (LLM)

International students

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements/experience

Normally a first or upper second-class Honours degree in a related discipline.

Entry may be possible with a lower second-class Honours degree if you also have 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

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (with no score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigration (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

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 EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

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

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Fees & funding

2020/21

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

Scotland/EU

£8,450

Rest of UK

£8,450

International

£16,400

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

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 and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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Construction Law

Qualification: LLM
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

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Mode of Delivery: part-time

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Postgraduate Enquiries

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 444 8600

Email: hass-pg-enquiries@strath.ac.uk