Whatever your profession, gain an understanding of the legal principles of the UK legal system.

Study the legal aspects of dispute resolution.

As a professional in any field, you’re likely to become involved in resolving disputes, mediating or simply handling disagreements among staff.

In this accredited course, you’ll gain the skills and legal knowledge to tackle these challenges with confidence.

  • Cover contract law, compensation law and the law of evidence.
  • Learn from lawyers and academics at a top UK law school.
  • Study with us anywhere, with part-time hours that fit around full-time work.

Who is this online legal course for?

This distance-learning course is designed for non-lawyers and those without a UK legal qualification.

It’s ideal for professionals in any field whose work includes resolving disputes, arbitration, or mediation.


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

Online learning

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

Your teaching

This course is taught at LLM level.

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
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Taylor Law Library.

Your course coordinator

Online learning in the School of Law

Advocates share their experiences of working while studying law online with us.

Where this will take you

Towards an LLM

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.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD hours. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

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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