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Gain a career advantage and develop your skills in negotiation with expert lawyers at a top 7 UK law school.

Learn essential techniques and theories to secure the best results, whether you’re negotiating disputes with colleagues, on behalf of a client or employer, or for yourself.

In this fast-growing area of professional expertise, build specialist skills that are increasingly in demand across business, employment and law. Advance your knowledge, experience and career prospects while enjoying all the practical advantages of part-time online learning.

This course is part of our Masters in Dispute Resolution, which is available to study online. The credits you earn on the course count towards this Masters qualification.

What will I study?

We all have innate negotiating skills. We develop them from childhood.

This course guides you in understanding and developing these skills, identifying your own strengths and weaknesses. You’ll learn how to put these skills to use in negotiating disputes in a professional or personal capacity.

The course is structured around a weekly exercise, building on your learning to move onto more complex negotiations as the course progresses.

You’ll become more self-aware by examining how you react to conflict situations. You’ll come to understand what makes people angry, what makes them trust others and the ethical issues involved in trying to resolve disputes.

You’ll enhance your professional negotiating skills in whichever sector you work, including commercial, employment, consumer, and family law.

Topics you’ll cover include:

  • what is negotiation?
  • why disputes and differences arise
  • the negotiation process
  • negotiation styles, strategies and tactics
  • cognitive influences
  • power and persuasion in negotiation
  • single-party, single-issue and multi-issue negotiation.

How will I study?

Negotiation Skills is a 12-week course that’s delivered entirely online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your 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 internationally experienced lawyers and experts working in the field of dispute resolution and negotiation.

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

You’ll keep a journal of your learning and submit tasks on a regular basis as you develop your knowledge and skills.

Where will this take me?

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

Masters in Dispute Resolution (180 credits) – accredited by the CIArb, or a:

Find out more about credits


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

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

Further learning

We offer a wide range of specialist online Law short courses.

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

Looking to study a full degree?

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
13 January 2020