LLM/MSc Construction Law Degree

Construction Law Degree

1. Overview

The LLM/MSc Construction Law and Arbitration provides practical and valuable training in the fast moving and highly specialist disciplines of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution and Construction Adjudication.

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This course will equip the professional with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of key topics in the fields of construction law and dispute resolution. It is suitable for the wide range of professionals who need to keep up-to-date with developments in these areas. It provides an understanding of how the system works alongside knowledge and skills in the alternatives to litigation, adjudication and arbitration available. There is the option of a Construction Adjudication route - adjudication is a very common form of dispute resolution in the UK construction industry. 

The course offers flexible online study by distance learning so busy professionals are able to study at their own pace. A previous degree in law is not a prerequisite for this course.  The course is good for prospective students who are lawyers, Surveyors, construction industry professionals, oil and gas professional, architects, contract Managers and Administrators, project managers.

2. What you will study

Practical training is enhanced by looking at recent and future developments. The focus is on UK cases and materials and, where appropriate, international aspects which will allow those students studying outwith the Scottish and UK sectors to benefit.

The course offers 3 optional study routes as follows (further details on each module are available via the links below):

ARBITRATION ROUTE

Stage 1

Students who are interested in the Fellowship Status of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) must complete the Arbitral Award Writing short course.

Exit Award: Postgraduate Certificate in Arbitration

Stage 2

Exit Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Law and Arbitration

Stage 3

Exit Award: LLM/MSc Construction Law and Arbitration

ADJUDICATION ROUTE

Stage 1

Students who are interested in the Fellowship Status of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) must complete the Adjudication Decision Writing short course.

Exit Award: Postgraduate Certificate in Adjudication

Stage 2

Exit Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Law and Adjudication

Stage 3

Exit Award: LLM/MSc Construction Law and Adjudication

ARBITRATION AND ADJUDICATION ROUTE

Stage 1

Exit Award: Postgraduate Certificate in Arbitration

Stage 2

Exit Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Law, Arbitration and Adjudication

Stage 3

Exit Award: LLM/MSc in Construction Law, Arbitration and Adjudication

Note: In order to meet the RICS accreditation requirements students must also complete the module in Construction Contracts In Context

3. How you will learn

This course is suitable for the working professional as it is taught online, by distance learning. The flexible structure of the course allows a choice of study routes depending on discipline and professional needs.  The vocational nature of the course allows the graduate to use the skills and knowledge obtained to steer their career advancement. Apart from the masters degree, students can study four modules for a Postgraduate Certificate or eight modules for a Postgraduate Diploma.

Teaching will be delivered through the University's online virtual learning environment, Campus Moodle, allowing students to interact with tutors and fellow students around the world. Online study allows for a diverse range of teaching and learning methods to be employed including interactive online discussions (including tutor-student and student-student interaction), and all supported by a dedicated technical team. The use of diverse and hi-tech learning methods promises the student a stimulating, interactive and informative learning experience.

Online Learning
Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:

  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material
  • Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.


Details on the distance learning are also available from our Distance Learning Guide.

4. Entry requirements

A first degree in a relevant discipline such as law, surveying, architecture, civil engineering, construction management or business management is desired. However, in the absence of a first degree, significant practical experience in a relevant field can be an acceptable substitute.

All international students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

If you are in doubt about your eligibility for the programme, you can contact the Course Leader, David Christie with your CV and he will advise you appropriately.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

Eligibility for exemption from the Membership or even Fellowship examinations of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is available after only one year on the course. Students intending to gain Fellowship exemption would attend and pass a Peer Interview in the country where they are resident. This interview is arranged by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, further information is available via this link.

Please note that there are Membership and Fellowship application requirements other than the educational requirements from which this course offers exemption. More details can be found on the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

The programme is also accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the Arbitration route. This accreditation applies to those with an MSc or LLM (not PgCert or PgDip) which demonstrates that these graduates have met the academic requirements for Chartered membership of RICS and are academically qualified to enrol on the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). The APC can be taken concurrently with this course. Details of RICS qualification process can be downloaded from the RICS Education and Training. (Please note that an additional module must be passed to meet these requirements for those students doing the Construction Law, Arbitration and Adjudication route).

6. Student Funding

Merit Scholarship
Aberdeen Business School offers a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students. The scholarship is available to:

  • international students who will study the course by full time and distance learning and pay for the fees at the international rate; or
  • UK or EU students who will study the course by full time and the fees are set in excess of 6,000 GBP; or
  • UK or EU students who will study the course by distance learning.

To find out more information on the Merit Scholarship.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 15% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £3,975 Stage 1
  • £3,975 Stage 2
  • £2,650 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

  • £3,760 Stage 1
  • £3,760 Stage 2
  • £2,480 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,530 Stage 1
  • £3,530 Stage 2
  • £2,340 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • £3,440 Stage 1
  • £3,440 Stage 2
  • £2,280 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

You should apply for this course via www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

If you are a UK/EU applicant and have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Applicant and would like further information and application advice:

Further details are also available from the Course Leader:

David Christie
Aberdeen Business School
Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE

Email: d.christie1@rgu.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1224 263421

9. Prospects

With its practical perspective and recognition from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), this course provides a professionally recognised qualification. The international recognition and popularity of this course also means that many of our graduates have gone on to work in high level posts within both the construction and energy industries, across the globe.

Employers expectations are increasing and a high quality and relevant qualification is often considered vital alongside any necessary experience. This qualification will certainly help advance the career of graduates in a range of sectors and positions including:

  • arbitration practice
  • construction industry
  • legal profession
  • architecture
  • surveying
  • oil industry
  • engineering
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Start date
September
Course length
3 years
Mode of Attendance
Online
Academic school
The Law School Aberdeen Business School
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Accredited By
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Accredited By
RICS
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