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Develop your qualifications in negotiation, mediation and arbitration with a top 6 UK law school.

This LLM is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). Certain courses can exempt you from CIArb’s Membership or Fellowship exams.

The non-court dispute resolution industry is vibrant and growing. Organisations and individuals increasingly seek to resolve disputes outside the expensive litigation process, which can be slow, adversarial and very public.

This is an online degree for professionals who want to enhance their non-court dispute resolution skills. It’s open to professionals without a law degree. The learning pace is flexible and part-time, allowing you to choose each term how many courses you want to take.

Unlike many other Masters in dispute resolution, this degree is dedicated to methods best placed to resolve disputes, rather than combining a substantive subject with dispute processes.

You’ll cover all essential dispute resolution techniques and theories

Negotiation

You’ll learn to negotiate disputes on behalf of:

  • a client
  • yourself
  • an employer.

Mediation

You’ll graduate:

  • as a qualified mediator
  • better able to handle staff disagreements and difficult discussions.

Arbitration

You’ll learn to:

  • prepare for arbitration hearings
  • present cases in an arbitral tribunal
  • take a case through to a decision as an arbitrator.
CIArb - Evolving to resolve

This degree is accredited by

We’re a recognised course provider for CIArb Membership and Fellowship on the International Arbitration and Mediation Pathways.

Complete specific courses to the required standard and you’ll be exempt from the CIArb’s Membership or Fellowship exams.

What will I study?

You can choose to study for an:

  • LLM (180 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • or start with one of the short courses that make up this degree (typically 15 credits).

How will I study?

Dispute Resolution is delivered online with the exception of:

  • written exams at the end of each term
  • Advanced Mediation Practice. This is an optional course featuring three days on campus at the University of Aberdeen in late March.

You can tailor your qualification, choosing from a range of courses. This way you can focus on the aspects of dispute resolution most relevant to you.

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 also have online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Taylor Library, a dedicated resource for law students. Both have first-class collections of reference works in law and related subjects. Find out more about our libraries.

Assessment

This degree combines online assessment with written exams. These are exams that you attend in person.

You’ll be assessed via your coursework and online interaction with activities throughout the course.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

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Where will this take me?

Careers

This degree will prepare you to pursue work in all dispute resolution disciplines.

Mediation careers

You will graduate from the LLM as a qualified mediator. Although some mediators are lawyers, many are not. This degree caters for professionals from all disciplines who want to become mediators.

  • As a lawyer representing clients who may use mediation, you’ll be at an advantage understanding the techniques a mediator will use.
  • Anyone in a management position will benefit from learning the principles, theories and practical techniques of mediation too.

Arbitration careers

This LLM will also help any professional enhance their career prospects in arbitration.

Arbitrators are drawn from a range of professional groups, including lawyers, engineers, surveyors, construction professionals, the financial and accounting professions and more.

  • As a lawyer representing clients in an arbitral process, you need to fully understand how it differs from litigation. This degree will allow you to diversify your practice into this lucrative, growing area, especially internationally.
  • Transactional lawyers and professionals need to know what is involved in arbitration too, since many commercial contracts contain a dispute resolution clause; if it is poorly drafted, this can cause considerable problems later.

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, and for up to five years after you graduate.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Fees and funding

The fees quoted above are based on you starting your studies with us in the 2020/21 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% per year for the next three academic years (2020/21, 2021/22, and 2022/23). The indicative fees above include these 5% fee rises.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront.

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements differ slightly depending on the qualification you choose.

LLM, PgDip, and PgCert in Mediation

  • A 2:1 (upper-second) honours degree (or equivalent) in Law.

You can also apply if you have:

  • a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in another discipline
  • or significant professional experience.

PgCert in International Arbitration

  • A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Law from a common law jurisdiction.

The reason for this additional requirement is that students on this route do not require to take the Legal Principles course.

These are our minimum entry requirements. They are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

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.

Master of Laws - 180 Credits

You can choose from the following courses and optional dissertation to make up the 180 credits of your LLM qualification.

You can start your studies in January or September and progress at a pace that suits you.

Duration

It takes a minimum of 24 months to complete the LLM. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.

Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship 

Whatever your legal and educational background, we want to make sure you have the skills you need to excel in online legal study.

On this preparatory course, you’ll develop your research, analytical, and writing skills to the highest standard. You’ll cover referencing, understanding plagiarism, and how to access librarian support and the wide range of resources available to you for your course and dissertation work.

Your final 60 credits

Choose to complete either an LLM Dissertation or 60 credits’ worth of courses from the list of optional courses above.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Postgraduate Diploma - 120 Credits

You’ll work through 120 credits worth of courses to gain your PgDip in Dispute Resolution.

You can start your studies in January or September.

Duration

It takes a minimum of 18 months to complete the PgDip. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term.

Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship 

Whatever your legal and educational background, we want to make sure you have the skills you need to excel in online legal study.

On this preparatory course, you’ll develop your research, analytical, and writing skills to the highest standard. You’ll cover referencing, understanding plagiarism, and how to access librarian support and the wide range of resources available to you for your course and dissertation work.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Postgraduate Certificate - 60 Credits

You can choose from two Postgraduate Certificate qualifications. Each allows you to specialise in a different area of dispute resolution.

To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term.

Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship 

Whatever your legal and educational background, we want to make sure you have the skills you need to excel in online legal study.

On this preparatory course, you’ll develop your research, analytical, and writing skills to the highest standard. You’ll cover referencing, understanding plagiarism, and how to access librarian support and the wide range of resources available to you for your course and dissertation work. 

Postgraduate Certificate in Mediation

You’ll work through two 30-credit courses to gain this specialist qualification in mediation.

Advanced Mediation Practice includes three days on campus at the University of Aberdeen in late March.

Postgraduate Certificate in International Arbitration

You’ll work through two 30-credit courses to gain this specialist arbitration qualification.

This PgCert is:

  • only available to students with a law degree from a common law jurisdiction
  • recognised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. With this qualification, you’ll be exempt from the CIArb’s membership exams on the International Arbitration pathway.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Start with a short course

Not sure you can commit to a full degree? You can start with a short course that’s part of the degree instead.  

You’ll earn credits for each course you complete. Your credits will count towards the LLM if you want to complete the rest of the degree at a later stage.

Master of Laws

180 Credits

Indicative cost

£13,400

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over 2 years.

Postgraduate Diploma

120 Credits

Indicative cost

£8,820

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 120 credits of study over 2 years.

Postgraduate Certificate

60 Credits

Indicative cost

£4,240

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 30 credits of study per term.

Apply for this programme

Start month
September or January
INDICATIVE COST
£13,400

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over 2 years.

Apply via our Applicant Portal