Master of Science in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution



What will I learn?

Programme Aims

  • To integrate the necessary knowledge in construction management and law for the needs of construction professionals;
  • To cut through disciplinary barriers by integrating the various skills and strengths of the different professions to make a specialised contribution to the construction industry;
  • To apply theory to practice by providing training in the key dispute resolution skills offered by approved trainers; and
  • To attract construction graduates and lawyers who wish to specialise in construction law and alternative dispute resolution.


The philosophy of this programme is to promote better understanding among different areas of professional practice and to explore the theories in the interfaces between law, construction technology and management. Part of the programme is designed in the context of international construction projects to acknowledge the need for knowledge of cross-cultural practice and for knowledge of projects in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. The programme is targeted at practicing construction professionals; hence, it is designed with flexibility to allow part-time study and to allow students to attend lectures and other in-class activities for discussion and experience sharing. To combine theory and practice, the programme also provides practical training in the main dispute resolution skills, namely arbitration and mediation.

Recognition & Prospects

The MSc/PgD programme is fully accredited for Associate Membership of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. The MSc programme is also recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as meeting their academic requirements for membership.

Those students who opt to complete Mediation Training will be exempted by various professional institutions overseas and in Hong Kong from the accredited mediation course qualification usually required for membership, subject to assessment.

Programme Structure

Students who opt for the Dissertation must complete 7 subjects, including 5 Compulsory Core Subjects and the Core Subject: Research Methods for Construction & Real Estate, plus an MSc Dissertation (equivalent to 3 subjects).

Students who opt not to do a Dissertation must complete 10 subjects, including 5 Compulsory Core Subjects and Construction Law Project (3 credits) and Dispute Resolution Project (3 credits) and/or Mediation Training (3 credits).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Construction and Environment

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$180,000.00 (19,09,733) per year
HK $6,000 per credit (Note: An additional fee of HK $4,000 will be charged to students who opt for Mediation Training.)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

A Bachelor's degree in a construction-related discipline or the equivalent (including recognised professional qualifications such as those from the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS), the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP), the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), etc.) and relevant work experience (preferably of at least two years);


Qualified lawyer status.

Candidates are expected to have some background knowledge of construction law. Preference will be given to those applicants who intend to enrol in the MSc rather than the PgD programme.

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test;
An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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