The construction industry increasingly recognises the importance of resolving disputes efficiently and quickly in order to maintain commercial relationships and keep cash flowing within the industry. If you are a professional working in construction, law or a related field, this course will develop your ability to resolve disputes.
We are committed to meeting your needs and those of the construction industry. We will provide you with an in-depth understanding of legal issues that are specific to your profession.
Prominent areas of study will include construction contract doctrines and the legal framework, alternative approaches to dispute resolution, including arbitration, adjudication and mediation, and conflict management and methods.
The structure and content of our teaching meets the examination requirements of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on each of its pathways to membership - Arbitration, International Arbitration and Construction Adjudication - from Associate level through to Fellowship level.
As a fellow of CIArb - who are internationally recognised as a leading dispute resolution organisation - you will have a professional status that is highly valued in the construction industry around the world. Becoming a fellow of CIArb is also necessary for you to progress towards achieving status as a Chartered Arbitrator, a CIArb Registered Adjudicator or a CIArb Accredited Mediator.
Your course is delivered via distance learning, allowing you to fit your study in around your work and life commitments.
Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Law or Construction, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. Alternatively, applicants with Corporate Membership of a Chartered Professional Body in a Construction related field are also eligible for the course. Professional Bodies concerned include (but are not necessarily restricted to): RICS, ICE, CIOB, RIBA, CIAT, BIFM, CIArb.
English Language Requirement: IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 7.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
As there is a proliferation of contracts, conflict and disputes in the construction industry many professionals feel the need for advanced study in this specialised field and even to pursue the status of dual qualification. The course is supported by a number of local experienced practitioners, including construction solicitors, barristers, arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators many of whom have key offices in Leeds.
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has links with the Society of Construction Law.
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Last updated October 23, 2017