Construction Law and Arbitration LLM/MSc

1. Overview

Our Construction Law and Arbitration degree provides practical knowledge of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution.

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 professionals who need to keep up-to-date with developments in these areas. 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 enabling busy professionals 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 project managers.

Our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide and The Guardian University Tables.

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;

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. (Currently under development. Contact the course leader to discuss.)

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

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information.

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 Distance 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.

Assessment methods

The course is largely assessed by way of coursework which can be completed remotely.

There is now a portfolio of assessments for the first stage – which tests students knowledge and skills in a range of different ways but which is largely undertaken in the University’s online teaching environment. This portfolio does include one closed book exam for each of the arbitration and adjudication routes (and two over two years for the "joint" route (Route C), however. This is to be sat at a venue which is arranged by the student – with the support of the University.

The second stage is assessed by way coursework submissions in answer to questions posed by teaching staff and the third stage requires submission of a 15,000 word dissertation.

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

4. Entry Requirements

For entry, applicants would normally have one of the following:

  • A graduate with a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in Architecture, Law, Surveying, an Engineering discipline, Construction Project Management or associated Business.
  • Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

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, Professional Accreditation - Construction Law and Arbitration (PDF 274KB)(The course was last accredited in Summer 2017 and this is due for review in August 2020).

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). Those who do this are 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

Scholarships & Funding

Scholarships and funding are available to eligible students at Robert Gordon University, further information via our scholarship pages.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% 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 2018/2019

All Students

  • £4,450 Stage 1
  • £4,450 Stage 2
  • £2,980 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

  • £4,530 Stage 1
  • £4,530 Stage 2
  • £3,020 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £4,260 Stage 1
  • £4,260 Stage 2
  • £2,850 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £4,100 Stage 1
  • £4,100 Stage 2
  • £2,750 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

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


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

Information for Postgraduate Applicants

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

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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Course Length

3 years

Mode of Attendance


Academic School
The Law School
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Accredited By
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
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