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International Construction Practice & Law MBE: Part-time or Online Masters Course

Developed and run by the University of Stuttgart - one of Europe's leading centres of engineering excellence

Starts 14th May 2021 (Application Deadline: 29th Jan 2021)

Choose how you want to study: part-time in person or via online seminars

The University of Stuttgart is delighted to bring you this International Construction Practice and Law Masters degree. Covering numerous legal, regulatory and contractual aspects of international construction, this programme is taught at the highest level of academic standards with a strong focus on practical construction examples.

Lectures are taught in English and the course is designed for international students from any country.

The programme is tailored to meet the needs of postgraduate professionals and enables you to complete your studies while in full-time employment or located on the construction site. Lectures are held once every month from Thursday to Saturday or if you are unable to attend in person you may attend the weekends 'virtually' instead as the lectures will be streamed live. Lectures are held by internationally renowned academic and professional experts.

Graduates will be able to analyse award procedures and construction processes, to understand complicated construction law and to use this knowledge in their day-to-day operations.

See the modules or tutor list.

Day-to-day construction issues are changing and require greater legal understanding. It has become imperative for professionals such as lawyers, architects and engineers in the industry to obtain specialised legal education to deal with increasing legal issues. For example, even before the project development and contract award phase, legal implications need to be considered together with economic and technical aspects. Understanding the complex legal framework is indispensable when negotiating contracts with participants in a construction project.

Thus contractors, engineers and suppliers who were traditionally not involved in legal matters are now expected to deal with contracts drafting, negotiation and implementation.

Hence there is a need for a specialised programme on international construction law bringing practice and theory together in the international construction industry.

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  • The only International Construction Law Masters programme offered in mainland Europe
  • A truly international construction Law course with an in-depth focus on both Common construction law AND Civil (English) construction law
  • Numerous top ranking lecturers from both academic and professional backgrounds
  • Emphasis on international forms of construction contract (particularly FIDIC) and how they operate under the Civil and Common law
  • Theory meets practice - in-depth analysis of differing legal systems and contracts, pricing and claim practice, delay and disruption and international construction arbitration
  • Choose to complete the course by online distance learning or part-time, in-person at the university - either way you will be able to continue working while studying

See detailed module information or see the full tutor list.


MBE (Master of Business Engineering)


Start date:

13th May 2021


Application deadline:

29th January 2021


4 semesters (2 years) Part-time (120 ECTS credits)






Online delivery of materials and teaching plus 1 study block per month (Thursday to Saturday). Attendance of the study blocks can be in person at the University of Stuttgart or virtually with live streamed content from Stuttgart.



The tuition fee varies depending on your chosen mode of study

Exclusively personal attendance at the lectures (including an administration fee of 180 € per semester): €16,700

Personal and online attendance at the lectures (including an administration fee of 180 € per semester): €23,500  

Wolfgang Breyer, Partner, Breyer Rechtsanwälte
Wolfgang Breyer


Breyer Rechtsanwälte

Christopher  Ennis, Director, Time | Quantum Expert Forensics Lts ('TQEF')
Christopher Ennis


Time | Quantum Expert Forensics Lts ('TQEF')

Marc Frilet, Managing Partner, Frilet Société d’Avocats
Marc Frilet

Managing Partner

Frilet Société d’Avocats

Stefan Leupertz, Founder, Leupertz Baukonfliktmanagement
Stefan Leupertz


Leupertz Baukonfliktmanagement

Sebastian Palt, Construction Engineer, Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG
Sebastian Palt

Construction Engineer

Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG

Mark Roe, Partner, Pinsent Masons
Mark Roe


Pinsent Masons

Nicholas Gould, Partner, FENWICK ELLIOT
Nicholas Gould



"Finally we have a Masters programme that brings together construction law in both Civil law and Common law jurisdictions, exactly what is required for students from internationally operating companies with global projects."

Christopher Philipsen, Partner and Managing Director, Drees & Sommer

Part-time blended learning combines the 'best of both worlds'. It allows you to study in part through the delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media, thus allowing you the flexibility
of being able to study some elements of the programme when and where you choose.

If you wish, then you can also choose to attend classroom teaching at the University of Stuttgart once a month from Thursday to Saturday. If this is not an option for you, then you may alternatively attend the weekend teaching 'virtually' with content being streamed live to you. This will ensure that you also feel part of the student community and will provide the opportunity for you to interact with your peers and discuss points with your tutors.

See the course content.

The programme is suitable for a range of professionals such as:

Building surveyors
Business development
Commercial positions
Construction professionals
Contracts managers
Planning managers
Procurement and purchasing managers
Project managers
Quantity surveyors
Risk managers
General counsel
In-house legal professionals
Lawyers in private practice
Managing Directors

Members of these organisations sit on the Scientific Board (i.e. programme advisory board) for the course and are responsible for giving direction and shape to the programme. The role of these leading construction, consulting and finance organisations in directing the Masters programme ensures that the course actually reflects what is required in the today's real construction world:

Max Bögl
Drees + Sommer
Siemens Real Estate
Council of Europe Development Bank

See the course content.

"The only Masters programme on mainland Europe that focuses on international construction and the only Masters programme that bridges the gap between practice and theory. Students will actually learn and apply international construction law and practice."

Stefan Kögl, Head of Building Solutions, Siemens AG, Siemens Real Estate

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