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Construction Law and Arbitration

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PgCert | PgDip | LLM | MSc Construction Law and Arbitration
This online course provides practical, thorough and valuable teaching in the fast moving and highly specialist disciplines of construction law, construction adjudication and/or arbitration (depending on choice of route). The course is suitable for legal professionals, and others with an interest in the legal issues surrounding construction claims, contracting, project management and surveying.

This flexible course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of key topics in the fields of construction law and dispute resolution processes, providing specific focus on those processes which run alongside traditional litigation. 

You will analyse recent and future developments in the industry, with a focus on UK cases and materials and in some cases, international aspects.

There is an option of a Construction Adjudication route, which is a very common form of dispute resolution in the UK construction industry.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
Course Length
3 years
Year 1

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).

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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. 


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 and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information

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, CampusMoodle, allowing you to interact with tutors and fellow students around the world. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals and academics 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.

  • Online activities (including online Forum Participation) - up to 30 students per group, 5-10 hours per week
  • Independent Study, 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.


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.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 1 written exam, typically for 3 - 4  hours
  • 3 written assignments, including scenario questions and essays
  • 2 set exercises
  • 1 oral assessment

Year 2

  • 1 written exam (Adjudication & Arbitration route) 
  • 4 written assignments, including scenario questions and essays

Year 3

Depends on which route is taken:

  • 1  written assignments, including scenario questions and 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.



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.



All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and 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 Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


Job Prospects

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.



  • Applicants will normally hold 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:


Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


All Students

  • £4,595 Stage 1
  • £4,595 Stage 2
  • £3,052 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

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.

Alumni Discount

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:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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I’ve benefited immensely from the program, not only in terms of knowledge gained but in new areas of practice developed, such as, my international oil and gas practice in arbitration – a fast-growing practice area in Africa. The course provided a unique blend of two areas of law that are relevant in the practice of law, particularly for oil and gas dispute.


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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