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Whatever your profession, gain an understanding of the legal principles that underpin the UK legal system, contract law, compensation law and the law of evidence.

This flexible course is aimed at non-lawyers and those without a UK legal qualification.

It’s accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

As a professional in any field, you’re likely to become involved in resolving disputes, mediating or simply handling disagreements among staff. Understanding the legal aspects of dispute resolution will help you tackle these challenges and boost your professional skills.

Learn from academics at a top 6 UK law school and enjoy the convenience of online learning you can fit around your life, work and location.

You can use the credits you earn on this course towards our LLM in Dispute Resolution, which you can also study online.

This course is accredited by

We’re a recognised course provider for CIArb Membership and Fellowship on the Mediation and International Arbitration and Pathways.

What will I study?

This course provides a thorough grounding in the UK legal system, contract law, compensation law and the law of evidence.

You’ll cover:

  • the main principles and mechanics of contract law – important in underpinning negotiation, arbitration and mediation contracts
  • the law of tort (delict in Scottish law) – ie, compensation law, which deals with potential liability, negligence or breach of duty of care
  • rules of civil evidence – which apply to how a case is proved in court and, in certain circumstances, arbitral tribunals.

Why study Law online with the University of Aberdeen?

Study at a university with one of the largest and most internationally experienced teams of legal experts in any European law school.

How will I study?

Legal Principles is delivered online, with a final exam that you must sit in person.

You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you. We'll help you locate an exam centre in your area for your final exam.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Also available as an app, you can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and mobile device 24/7.

Your course features a range of resources, including:

  • podcasted lectures
  • online tutorials
  • case studies
  • reading materials
  • projects
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Law Library
  • online discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

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Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 30 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards further study, including our online:

LLM in Dispute Resolution (180 credits)

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).
  • Available to study to Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) and Postgraduate Diploma level (120 credits).

View all our postgraduate Law degrees.

Further learning

We offer a wide range of specialist online Law short courses you can use to build your skills.

Many are part of existing Masters degrees and can be used to build up credits towards postgraduate qualifications.

Careers

The course will give you significant career benefit as a professional in any field whose work includes resolving disputes, arbitration, or mediation.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:1 (upper-second-class) degree
  • or relevant work experience that supports this level of study.

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Start date
28 September 2020
Cost
£2,120