Construction professionals now have the opportunity to enhance their skills by gaining a valuable working knowledge of the law relating to the construction industry thanks to a post-graduate course at the University of the West of England, in association with leading construction law firm, Pinsent Masons.
Now in its second year, the Masters in Law for Construction Professionals course is aimed at anyone working in the construction industry and offers practical, realistic and up-to-date skills to deal with the complex legal issues they are likely to face every day. The interactive sessions cover a wide range of topics that have an impact on construction projects including innovations in procurement, legal risk management, property and planning, environment, sustainability and insolvency.
The course is arranged around students' work commitments and is offered either part-time (over two years followed by dissertation) or full-time (one year, followed by a dissertation). It requires attendance at 20 sessions a year, which generally means once a week across two semesters and there is the opportunity to defer modules. The University is also developing web-based, interactive learning modules so that students can join classes remotely.
Expert speakers from Pinsent Masons' award-winning construction practice together with leading academics from the faculty of the built environment at UWE offer first class tuition combined with practical experience of some of the industry's largest and most complex construction projects. The course also gives students the chance to network and put their skills into practice. The students that went through the course in the 2009-10 academic year have all been impressed with the calibre of speakers and quality of the course.
Beth Rogers, Senior Associate in construction at Pinsent Masons, says: "The Masters course offers students training in effective legal risk management on construction projects, taking into account recent developments in the law and best practice. As leaders in the provision of legal services to the construction industry we feel well placed to bring to the course specialist expertise and knowledge which we hope will give professionals working in the industry a commercial edge in this competitive market.
Being the largest provider of higher education in the South West of England and now with 30,000 students, providing more than 600 diverse courses, UWE is a rapidly growing university, with a growing reputation for offering skills-based courses to professionals.
For more information on the course contact Jim Mason LLB, the course director on 0117 32 83096. To apply go to the University of West England's website: www.uwe.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)117 328 3000.