Construction Management and Construction Law

Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 2.53 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 6.99 k / Year(s)  
801–1000 place StudyQA ranking:4511 Duration:24 months

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If you have a strong interest in the commercial aspects of the construction industry and would like the confidence to operate in the difficult environment of contractual arrangements, this part-time course is ideal.

The varying nature of construction, combined with the growing complexities of the industry, means that there is a demand for construction professionals who have the knowledge and skills to analyse the intricate problems that arise on most large projects. Many disputes occur in construction because the partners do not have a fundamental understanding of the branch of law involving construction that would serve to reduce and resolve disputes.

What will you study?

You will study the English legal systems, including contract law and tort law, and gain an understanding of how design and construction work is priced and how to control these costs. You will learn how to analyse the rights and liabilities of the parties involved in the construction process, and how to manage dispute resolution. You will develop a commercial awareness of inter-company relationships, as well as gaining a working knowledge of modern project management and risk management techniques in controlling construction and design work.

Your MSc research thesis will enable you to conduct a sustained, in-depth, original piece of research related to complex theoretical arguments within the field of the construction industry.

MSc (non-technical)

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited (Partial) BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

* Conditions of Contract
In this module you will:

* gain confidence in making judgements on matters concerning the standard forms of contract used in the construction industry;
* demonstrate a depth of knowledge across the specialised area of construction standard forms; and
* independently evaluate problems that can arise and deal with the complexity of the conditions of contract.


* Construction Law
This module examines the impact of the law on the construction industry and construction contracts. It gives you the ability to make decisions on legal, commercial and managerial matters.


* Construction Organisation
This module prepares you for the varying and changing environment of construction. It covers:

* the economic goals of individuals and commercial organisations:
* economic efficiency;
* analysis of the role of the client and how construction is instigated; and
* recognising efficiency problems in allocating risk in construction contracts.

You will learn to be able to advise on managing risk in internal organisation.


* Dispute Resolution
* Estimating, Purchasing and Cost Control
In this module you will:

* learn how design and construction work is priced;
* gain in-depth knowledge of how these prices are used to control the costs for the firms involved; and
* gain an appreciation of the role of the client, the contractor, the quantity surveyor, the estimator, and the techniques used to estimate and price construction works.


* Legal Obligations
In this module you will:

* acquire an understanding of the legal rules governing the law of contract, the law of tort and the administration of the English legal system;
* apply the tort of negligence, duty of care, breach of duty and remoteness of damage; and
* evaluate and critically analyse how a contract is discharged and identify how a contract is performed and breached.


* Further Legal Obligations
This module gives you a greater understanding of the concepts in law of contract and law of tort. This is vital when trying to reach agreements on both:

* the commercial aspect of construction; and
* the liability of the professionals taking part in the process.


* Research Thesis

* Good honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, and/or suitable industrial experience. * International students must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B)
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