This legal postgraduate course seeks to extend and develop students' 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 students to gain an understanding of a range 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.
The course is based on an understanding of law as both a vocational discipline and a subject of academic study.
The course is run by the University of the West of England - the largest university in the UK for degrees related to the built environment.
Suitable for professionals based around the globe, it involves both extensive independent research and discussion in the context of online 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 online discussion with your tutors and peers to maximise your experience on the course.
See the 2017 modules.
The distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in International Construction Law consists of eight modules, each of the modules containing four units. The course is split into three terms and the modules will be delivered according to the following pattern:
Module 1: Introduction to Law and the Process of Development
Module 2: Construction Contract Law
Module 3: Real Estate Law
Module 4: International Dispute Resolution
Module 5: Sustainability in the Built Environment
Module 6: Construction Procurement
Module 7: Approaches to Construction Law
Module 8: Consolidating Theory and Practice
The electronic portfolio submission due at the end of December 2017 is the final submission of coursework.
The course is delivered exclusively online. Online learning has been proven to be highly beneficial to a large variety of people and can meet the needs of a truly diverse student body, by offering as much flexibility as possible when studying for a qualification.
Students will have the option to attend webinar workshops delivered live online via Blackboard Collaborate. This platform provides an ideal way to help you engage with the course content, your tutor and fellow students. These webinars can also be viewed as recordings by those living in different time zones.
The platform will also enable you to:
• Make video contact with your tutor
• Participate in discussion groups
• Access the UWE Bristol library and other resources
• Get study and technical support
• Submit coursework
• Contact other students
The course is studied exclusively online. Each module consists ofa course of study containing material and formative assessment exercises and is assessed by the submission of a piece of coursework or a controlled assessment. Typical coursework would be to report on national processes and practice as against the international norms.
The course seeks to be of maximum practical use for construction professionals and adopts several standpoints for studying law approaches including black letter and socio-legal approaches. The course is underpinned by examples from practice to stimulate interest and debate.
Each online module workbook will also feature self-assessment exercises based on recap and independent investigation of the points of law involved. The use of case studies, role play and online forums also help establish a collegiate feel amongst students on the course. UWE Bristol uses Blackboard as an academic platform to support its students which would also be the submission point for coursework on the modules.
Group discussion on individual current cases made me really consider current law in practice
Find out more on the prospectus.
The course is suitable for practising lawyers in the built environment and construction industry professionals, specifically:
In-house legal advisers
Lawyers in private practice
Procurement and purchasing officers
A successful student can, if they wish, apply to enrol in the Masters Degree in International Construction Law provided they have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma part of the course. Students will obtain an MSc if they achieve at least 50% in a dissertation of up to 15,000 words that constitutes an original contribution to the body of legal knowledge within an area of construction law.
Live [online] discussions about each subject made it easier to understand the point of the comprehensive theory for each and added to the interest of the course