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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
Two years part-time
Distance learning
Programme leader:
Jim Mason, LLB, Solicitor

Page last updated 13 December 2018


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 top-up Masters 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 MSc International Construction Law is a top-up course for those who have successfully completed the PG Dip International Construction Law and want to further develop specialist knowledge and obtain tangible evidence of expertise in the field of International Construction Law. It is also designed for those with similar postgraduate qualifications wanting to achieve an MSc in this field.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma International Construction Law.

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The full Master's course comprises of 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Masters. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.

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.
  • Masters Dissertation (60 Credits).

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 Masters Dissertation will involve extensive independent research and be informed by discussion in the context of workshops to encourage the development of critical, analytical and reflective skills, undertaken during the PG Dip stages of 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. You will have the flexibility to study at a convenient time for you, and be able to set your work schedule around other commitments.

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. It is also accredited as meeting the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors. This is an important quality assurance standard which the course has met and signifies the career opportunities available to successful graduates. Application has been made to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for full CPD requirements.

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 the PG Dip International Construction Law studied at UWE Bristol.

We can consider applicants who have a postgraduate qualification that is similar to the PG Dip International Construction Law, this may require additional study to ensure students meet the same learning outcomes

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