Taught course

Construction Law and Contract Administration

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

An honours degree in Engineering or related subject, or a suitable professional qualification (B.Sc. Surveying will be considered if the candidate is working in an engineering environment). The number of places on this Diploma course is limited, and applications are assessed based on academic qualifications, together with the number of years of relevant experience. A candidate may be interviewed to establish his or her suitability for the course. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

This one-year postgraduate course is designed to enable civil
engineers and other suitable qualified professionals, such as
architects and quantity surveyors and lawyers, to acquire a
knowledge of construction law. The diploma is accepted by
Engineers Ireland as fulfilling criterion no. 2 (Knowledge of
Law and Contract Procedure) for admission to the IEI list of
conciliators. This Diploma has also been approved by Engineers
Ireland as meeting the requirements for continuing professional
development. Accreditation has also been given for Part II
status of membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Lectures are normally held on Friday evening 7–10pm and
Saturday morning 9.30am–12.30pm each week throughout the
two semesters (September to April). In addition to attending
lectures, participants are required to participate in workshops,
which comprise a major part of the course and involve
coursework to be submitted as part of the students’ assessment.
Course Content
1. Introduction to Legal Systems and Methods; the Irish
litigation process; the law of evidence
2. The Law of Tort; The Law of Contract
3. Contracts in construction – procurement methods,
engineering and building contracts, tenders
4. Contracts in construction - claims, insurance, subcontracts;
case law; public procurement; contracts for other professions
5. Risk and insurance; sureties; statutory duties; professional
relationships, duties and liabilities
6. Methods of dispute resolution
Two three-hour examinations are held on two Saturdays in
May/June. Each of these constitutes one third of the overall
assessment. Coursework, which is done throughout the
year, accounts for the remaining one third of the overall
assessment. Students must pass each examination paper
and each coursework assignment.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Niamh Harty
+353 1 896 1302