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Postgraduate Diploma

International Construction Law

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants. If you would like information about our alternative courses, please visit the Built Environment subject page.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Architecture and the Built Environment
One year part-time
Distance learning, starts January
Programme leader:
Dr Jim Mason, LLB, Solicitor

Page last updated 14 June 2019


The construction industry is notorious for its high incidence of conflict and the resulting disputes are a drain on the industry's profitability and reputation. This course provides you with the skills necessary to identify and address legal issues related to construction projects as well as tackling disputes should they arise. It seeks to extend and develop your understanding of the law relating to the core aspects of international construction practice, dispute settlement, procurement and sustainability.

The course aims to provide opportunities for you to gain an understanding of global issues affecting construction law and practice and to gain knowledge, understanding and the requisite skills in preparation for employment in international construction legal practice and commercial organisations both in the UK and abroad.

This is a unique distance learning course aimed at a high level which will allow you to develop specialist knowledge in particular areas of construction law relevant to your employer or your business. Although the course involves the academic study of construction law, it also features a very important practical dimension as evidenced by case studies in a number of the module.

A number of high profile construction law practitioners input to the course. It is therefore suitable for practising lawyers in the built environment generally. The course will also be suitable for construction industry professionals, and for those who are responsible for representing the interests of the various stakeholders in the industry.

Students successfully completing the Diploma with a merit will be able to apply for the full Masters: MSc International Construction Law.

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Compulsory modules include:

  • Introduction to Law and Construction Technology (15 Credits)- A solid background introduction to the legal landscape construction law operates in combined with initial studies in construction technology that give you a firm basic grasp of how projects are built.
  • Construction Contract Law (15 Credits) - Here we explore the historical background, international context and general principles that apply to construction law. We cover the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved, along with the procurement and contract decisions clients must make.
  • Sustainability in the Built Environment (15 Credits) - Delivered by a multi-disciplinary team to provide the foundation for understanding how sustainable development can be achieved in both new and existing developments from individual buildings to large-scale infrastructures and neighbourhoods.
  • Real Estate Law (15 Credits)- This module focuses on the importance of real estate law in the construction industries. The syllabus covers sources of real estate law and property law in various contexts.
  • International Dispute Resolution (15 Credits)-An introduction to international commercial disputes, covering international mediation, the promotion of alternative dispute resolution approaches, and the challenges that come with enforcing mediation outcomes.
  • Construction Procurement (15 Credits) - This module introduces you to procurement and its contexts, and covers the latest government initiatives. We consider procurement in specific and general ways, and look at whole-life uses for buildings.
  • Consolidating Theory and Practice (15 Credits) - You develop and submit an electronic portfolio, in which you detail and reflect on what you've learned and achieved through the seven core modules.
  • Approaches to Construction Law (15 Credits)- A study of a typical construction project's wider contractual network, including bonds and insurances in the United Kingdom and international standard forms of contract. We also consider issues such as insurances and liabilities to third parties.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course is studied exclusively online. Each module consists of a course of study containing material and formative assessment exercises and is assessed by the submission of a piece of coursework, or a controlled assessment.

The course uses a variety of learning tools including recorded lectures and real time online lectures together with supportive reading and tutorial sessions. It involves both extensive independent research and discussion in the context of workshops designed to encourage the development of critical analytical and reflective skills. You will be expected to prepare for each workshop and to participate actively in discussion with your tutors and peers to maximise your experience on the course.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Online learning has been proven to be highly beneficial to a large variety of people.

  • Flexibility - Study at a time that is convenient to you. You can work at times when you are free, rather than scheduling your studies around a set classroom time.
  • Learn while working - As the course can be completed in your own schedule, you can continue to work full-time whilst studying and apply your studies directly to your employment.
  • Professional classmates - Mix and network via online forums with like-minded individuals on a global basis.
  • Designed with employment in mind - This course is highly relevant in today's competitive marketplace, and will ensure that you are equipped with the professional skills and practical experience that businesses are looking for.


All assessments are conducted through either online submission or controlled assessment through online collaborative tools.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is fully accredited with the RICS to provide acceptance on the Assessment of Professional Practice and qualification as a Chartered Quantity surveyor.

Study facilities

We have invested in online and offline computer-based resources to support modules, and especially those offered by distance learning. You will also have access to a vast number of journals and databases that are available to read online through UWE Bristol library.

As the largest university in the UK for degrees related to the built environment, UWE Bristol's success stems from the importance we place upon student contact through seminars and formal lectures delivered by leading academics. To replicate that experience for distance learning students, we have created an archive of over 100 hours of lectures specifically for construction degree courses and accessible to you through our virtual learning platform.


Careers / Further study

The course is designed to meet the needs of lawyers and non-legal professionals and for all those with an interest in international construction law. Successful completion of the course will represent tangible evidence of achievement and specialism in this area of law practice.


There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

See our funding pages for more information.


Entry requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above in law, construction or surveying.

You also need some work or voluntary experience in law, construction or surveying, which you should outline in your application.

We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications.

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