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Gain a career advantage and develop your skills in negotiation with expert lawyers.

Negotiation is an important skill for lawyers, business people, customers and consumers alike.

Build this skill with the guidance of experienced negotiators. Learn to negotiate contracts and disputes. Discover a range of negotiation strategies, tactics and perspectives.

Grow your confidence and career prospects whichever sector you work in, including commercial, employment, consumer and family law.

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

What will I study?

You’ll address different aspects of the negotiation process, starting with the negotiation of contracts.

You’ll then move on with a deeper focus on the negotiation of disputes, including the following topics:

  • International business contracts, from negotiation and drafting to conclusion
  • Conflicts and business disputes
  • Why and when to use alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
  • Developing strategies for negotiations
  • Negotiation tactics and perspectives
  • Cognitive influences
  • Power and persuasion in negotiation

Why study Law online with the University of Aberdeen?

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. It’s mostly self-paced and structured around a weekly exercise.

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 tablet 24/7.

This course features a range of resources, including:

  • recorded lectures
  • online tutorials
  • a reading list
  • assignments
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Law Library.

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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.


With this course, you’ll enhance your professional negotiation skills whichever sector you work in, including:

  • commercial law
  • employment law
  • consumer law
  • family law.

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.