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MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution Modules 

Introduction to Law (for non-lawyers only) 20 credit points

This module is intended for students who do not have a professional background in Law. The module therefore provides an introduction to the key aspects and features of relevant legal systems which form the foundation for law in the construction industry.  Topics include: nature of law, major legal traditions, common law, civil law and Shari'a, the law of contract, particular contracts, law of tort, remedies and defences , restitutionary remedies, torts , intro to public law, intro to European law  and property.

Introduction to Construction (for lawyers only) 20 credit points

This module is intended for students who do not have a professional background in construction or related disciplines. The module provides an introduction to key aspects and features of construction and construction technology which form the economic, technical and professional contexts that construction law is based upon.  Topics include: construction as an economic activity, procurement, project cycle, project management, disputes and claims, design process, construction technology, elements of buildings and civil engineering structures, construction methods, concrete and defects.

Construction Law I (40 credit points)

This module builds on the knowledge from earlier modules in order to provide an understanding of the special features of construction which can give rise to particular legal doctrines, problems, procedures, contracts, legal precedents and advice.  Topics include: functions of the engineer, architect and quantity surveyor, performance, time, completion and liquidated damages, variations, types of construction contract, public law contracts, subcontracts, tort in construction, design liability, regulation of construction, environment and sustainability issues, legal principles governing claims, settlement of disputes and property issues.

Construction Law II (20 credit points)

This module develops deeper understanding of further aspects of the legal implications of construction projects, with a special focus on the structuring of projects.  Topics include: project funding and project finance, public infrastructure procurement, legal aspects of project procurement, construction contract policy, quality assurance, health and safety, bonds and guarantees, insolvency, risk management and insurance.

 Arbitration Law (20 credit points)

Following an introduction to dispute resolution, this module aims to provide a solid understanding of the different aspects of arbitration, with focus on international commercial arbitration as it applies to construction, including issues which are specific to Dubai, the UAE and the wider Gulf Region.  Topics include: principles of dispute resolution, the laws governing dispute resolution party and tribunal rules , agreeing to arbitrate and commencing procedures ,the tribunal's powers and duties , remedies, costs and interest, supportive and supervisory powers of court and enforcement of arbitral awards.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (20 credit points)

The purpose of this module is to provide a solid understanding of alternative methods of dispute resolution and the applicability of the different methods as they apply to construction, including issues which are specific to Dubai, the UAE and the wider Gulf Region.  Topics include: dispute resolution procedures, mediation, dispute boards, adjudication, other methods of dispute avoidance and resolution, judicial attitudes and best practice.

Arbitration Award Writing (for the project-based track) 20 credit points

This module aims to provide sufficient knowledge of all the requirements for the writing of a final, reasoned and enforceable arbitration Award in a commercial dispute. This module focuses on international commercial arbitration as it applies to construction, including issues which are specific to Dubai, the UAE and the wider Gulf Region.

Construction Project Management Professional Practice (for the project-based track) 20 credit points

The philosophy behind the unit is to emulate the professional practice setting and reinforce students’ theoretical, practical and employability skills.  Students must also demonstrate practical project management skills in scheduling task activities, allocating responsibility and appropriate resources, time management and organisational skills at an advanced level.

MSc Project in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution (for the project-based track) 20 credit points

In this module the student will undertake a short practical research project. The student will focus on applying the knowledge learnt in several modules to analyse, revise, improve and assess a relevant topic. This could include procurement contracts, variation orders, extension of time, payment, insurance, construction arbitration and dispute resolutions topics as long as it is approved by the tutor. The student will produce a report and give a presentation explaining and defending the arguments and recommendations raised in the projects.

DISSERTATION (for the dissertation track) 60 credit points

The dissertation is the point at which the student progresses from structured coursework to independent study.  It is a substantial piece of independent work which is recorded and described in the dissertation. The dissertation should not exceed 15,000 words.

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