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LLM/PgDip/PgCertConstruction Law

Why this course?

The course provides extensive training for lawyers and construction professionals with an interest in developing a thorough knowledge of construction law for practical application.

It’s 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.

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


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.

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

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 is based on your performance in coursework and/or the written exam papers. For those seeking award of the LLM you’ll need to complete a dissertation.

Entry requirements

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. 

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 Immigrations (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 Vis and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

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. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

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


  • 2017/18 - £7,500

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £7,500


  • 2017/18 - £13,500

How can I fund my course?

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Opportunities include:

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


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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