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Discover the key techniques and theories behind successful mediation.

Gain practical skills as a mediator, tackling both professional and personal disputes. Learn to resolve conflict in a positive, co-operative and productive way. Avoid the need for costly arbitration, litigation or grievance processes.

Mediation expertise is in demand across the sectors of business, law, employment, health and public services. You’ll develop techniques to handle disagreements and difficult discussions wherever you work.

Learn from practising experts at a top 6 UK law school, as you build specialist skills to enhance your career. Study online, with flexible hours to fit around your work, life and location.

You can use the credits you earn with this course towards several of our Masters degrees, including LLM Dispute Resolution.

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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.

What will I study?

You’ll look in detail at the full range of mediation skills, suitable for prospective mediators in all situations and jurisdictions.

You’ll study:

  • conflict theory
  • communication skills
  • the theory of mediation, its principles, structures and boundaries.

You’ll cover different models of mediation, and learn how to apply them in many areas, including:

  • your workplace
  • business
  • healthcare settings
  • family situations
  • other potential conflict areas.

You’ll learn to become self-aware by examining your own reaction to conflict situations. You’ll enhance your understanding of what makes people angry, what makes them trust others, and the ethical issues involved when we try to resolve disputes.

Your online classroom gives you a safe and supportive place to practise, strengthen and develop valuable practical skills, with feedback and discussion among your colleagues.

By the end of this course, you’ll…

  • Understand the basic principles of conflict resolution.
  • Have practical experience of mediating disputes.
  • Have developed the knowledge, understanding and interpersonal skills critical for practising mediation.

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?

Mediation Theory and Practice is a 12-week course that’s delivered entirely online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your own study hours to suit you.

Part of our CIArb-accredited Masters in Dispute Resolution, this course is taught at Masters level. You’ll learn from experienced lawyers and experts working in dispute resolution and mediation.

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

This course features a range of resources, including:

  • podcasted lectures
  • online tutorials
  • reading list
  • assignments
  • online practice of your growing skills in mediation
  • online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Law Library
  • discussion forums 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 International Trade Law (180 credits)

LLM in Oil and Gas Law (180 credits)

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.

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.


Whatever your work sector, this course will enhance your professional skills.

Mediation skills are increasingly in demand across the commercial, family, employment, consumer, education, public sector and civil court arenas.

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) Law degree
  • or relevant work experience that supports this level of study.

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Start date
28 September 2020