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Construction Law and Arbitration

PgCert | PgDip | LLM | MSc
PgCert | PgDip | LLM | MSc Construction Law and Arbitration

Robert Gordon University offers an online LLM/MSc Construction Law and Arbitration course which 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).

This course from Robert Gordon University is for legal professionals, and others with an interest in the legal issues surrounding construction claims, contracting, project management and surveying. It will equip you with in-depth knowledge of key topics in the fields of construction law and dispute resolution processes, providing specific focus on those processes which run alongside traditional litigation.

Our Law School has been ranked in the top 5 Best Construction Law Schools in the World by University Herald 2020.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

3 years

Year 1

With this Construction Law and Arbitration postgraduate degree 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

Learning Methods

This part time Construction Law and Arbitration 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 learning 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.

Activity Summary

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

How long is a Construction Law and Arbitration course?

The Construction Law and Arbitration MSc can be successfully completed in 3 years.

Independent Study

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.

Staff Delivering on this Course

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 over a three year period:

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.


Academic Support

The Inclusion 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.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online 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.

Study Skills 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

Library 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.



What is needed for a Master in Construction Law and Arbitration degree?

  • 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.

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


Tuition fees for this LLM Construction Law and Arbitration postgraduate degree are as follows:

For Academic Year 2021/2022

UK Students

  • £4,710 Stage 1
  • £4,710 Stage 2
  • £3,130 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

EU Students

  • £4,710 Stage 1
  • £4,710 Stage 2
  • £3,130 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

International Students

  • £5,040 Stage 1
  • £5,040 Stage 2
  • £3,380 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

For Academic Year 2020/2021

UK/EU Students

  • £4,710 Stage 1
  • £4,710 Stage 2
  • £3,130 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

International Students

  • £5,040 Stage 1
  • £5,040 Stage 2
  • £3,380 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.

Student Funding

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 Service and we'll do our best to help.

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