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.

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This course is accredited by

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

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards either of these postgraduate qualifications.

What you’ll 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 you’ll study

Our distance-learning Legal Principles course is delivered part-time, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Online learning

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

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

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Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

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

Build your 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.


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.

Entry requirements

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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