Join our accredited online mediation course and explore 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.

In this online mediation course, you’ll develop techniques to handle disagreements and difficult discussions whatever your sector.

Learn from practising experts at a top UK law school with this flexible short course that fits around work.

Who is this online mediation course for?

This distance-learning course is designed for professionals in any sector.

Mediation expertise is in demand across the sectors of business, law, employment, health and public services.


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

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 you’ll study

Online learning

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

This course is taught at Masters level.

Your teaching

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:

  • 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.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from experienced lawyers and experts working in dispute resolution and mediation.

Your course coordinators

Online learning in the School of Law

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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.


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.

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

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Start date
18 September 2023
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