Construction Law and Arbitration
PgCert | PgDip | LLM | MSc
You will be introduced to the key foundational knowledge of law and develop your knowledge and understanding on law and procedure around either arbitration or adjudication (depending on choice of route).
You will develop advanced knowledge and understanding of specialist aspects of Construction Law. Depending on your chosen study route, you may balance construction law modules with adjudication modules.
You can choose to either write a 15,000 word dissertation or take a number of alternative options which will help broaden your experience and allow you to apply your legal knowledge in practice. Options include answering a case study, undertaking a research project, participating in an international mooting competition or studying through taught modules.
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This course is taught fully online, allowing you to study from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments.
Teaching will be delivered through the University's online virtual learning environment, Campus Moodle, allowing you to interact with tutors and fellow students around the world. 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.
Online study allows for a diverse range of teaching and learning methods to be employed, 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.
- Practical class or workshop - up to 5 students per group, 15 - 20 hours per week
- Independent Study - 10 - 15 hours per week
- Online activities - 5 - 10 hours per week
It is suggested that you read the module materials and recommended additional readings on a weekly basis, with regular online interaction with students and tutors in the electronic forums and online activities being strongly encouraged. Written materials are increasingly supported with other forms of delivery.
Staff Delivering on This Course
You will be taught and supported by a teaching team which contains a balance of experienced industry professionals and high quality academic staff who will help create a challenging interactive environment for your study.
Staff on this course could also include guest lecturers, industry experts, librarians and Postgraduate Research students.
All our academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship. This is a professional recognition of an individuals practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 1 written exam, typically for 3 - 4 hours
- 3 written assignments, including essays
- 2 set exercises
- 1 oral assessment
- 1 written exam (Adjudication & Arbitration route)
- 4 written assignments, including essays
Depends on which route is taken:
- 1 written assignments, including essays (taught module route)
- 1 report (research report route)
- 1 dissertation (dissertation route)
- 1 project outputs (case study route)
- 11 group critiques (taught module route)
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
Study Skills Support
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
The nature of the course allows you to use the skills and knowledge obtained to steer your career advancement.
In an increasingly competitive jobs market, practitioners equipped with both understanding of commercially relevant aspects of law and strong professional skills are highly sought after. The programme provides the opportunity for lawyers to acquire specialist knowledge while non-lawyers are assisted in the transition into specialist areas that complement their existing experience in business and industry.
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 Requirements
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:
* 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.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
- £4,450 Stage 1
- £4,450 Stage 2
- £2,980 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
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- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and Living costs
Students who do not wish to come to Aberdeen to sit the exam can arrange to take it at an appropriate venue (such as a British Council) but at their own cost.
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
Accredited by Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Most graduates of the course are entitled to enrol on the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
An additional module must be passed to meet these requirements for those students doing the Construction Law, Arbitration and Adjudication route.
Accredited by Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).
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.
The CIArb have further requirements – especially for Fellowship, such as a Peer Interview.
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