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. Join our flexible online negotiation course and:

  • build your skills 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 in whichever sector you work in, including commercial, employment, consumer and family law.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards any of these postgraduate qualifications.

What you’ll 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?

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 Negotiation Skills course is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of our CIArb-accredited LLM in Dispute Resolution, this course is taught at Masters level. It’s mostly self-paced and structured around a weekly exercise.

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:

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

Your course coordinator

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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.


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

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

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
23 January 2023
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