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The LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution aims to inspire a new generation of lawyers to rethink traditional approaches to conflict and conflict resolution. Read more
The LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution aims to inspire a new generation of lawyers to rethink traditional approaches to conflict and conflict resolution. Grounded in dispute resolution theory, this Master of Law programme combines solid theoretical grounding, broad interdisciplinary training and opportunities for individual study and skills development.

School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary

The School of International Arbitration (SIA) at Queen Mary aims to actively participate in the academic discussion on arbitration. The SIA is a research-lead institution that focuses on the study of the particular problems arising in arbitration, and contributes to the development of arbitration theory. It also aims to teach and train a future generation of lawyers that want to be involved in international arbitration. Frequently, lawyers that practice international arbitration, whether as counsel or as arbitrators, have a limited knowledge of the complex theoretical problems of this specialist subject. The School takes a comparative and practice-oriented approach to the teaching of arbitration so that the students obtain a deep understanding of the special characteristics and needs of international arbitration.

LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution

Professional Exemptions
QLLM006 - Alternative Dispute Resolution- Students who successfully complete this module will be exempt from the Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution with CIArb and can therefore apply to become an Associate of CIArb.

QLLM043 - International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration- Students who successfully complete this module will be exempt from Module 2: Law of Arbitration. Practicing lawyers may be exempt from Module 1 also meaning that they can apply to become a Member of CIArb.

QLLM052 - International Construction Contracts and Arbitration- Students who successfully complete this module will be exempt from Module 2: Law of Arbitration AND Module 2: Law of Adjudication. Practicing lawyers may be exempt from Module 1 also meaning that they can apply to become a Member of CIArb.

International Arbitration Award Writing Exam - LLM students who successfully complete the International Arbitration Award Writing Exam will be exempt from Module 3: Practice Procedure Drafting and Deciding AND Module 4: Award Writing (International). LLM students who successfully complete module QLLM043 OR QLLM052 and the International Arbitration Award Writing Exam and who are practicing lawyers may be exempt from Module 1 also meaning that they can apply to become a Fellow of CIArb (Peer Interview may be required).

Taught Modules

To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the same field of law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM available modules.

All modules are 45 credits unless otherwise stated below.

Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.

QLLM006 Alternative Dispute Resolution
◦ QLLM009 Commercial Law Written and Oral Advocacy
◦ QLLM043 International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration
◦ QLLM050 International Commercial Law
◦ QLLM051 International Commercial Litigation - Commercial Conflict of Laws
◦ QLLM052 International Construction Contracts and Arbitration
◦ QLLM054 International Economic Law
◦ QLLM064 International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement
◦ QLLM121 International Trade and Intellectual Property Law
◦ QLLM134 Regulation of International Trade
◦ QLLM146 Energy Regulation and Policy (22.5 credits)
◦ QLLM150 Strategic Decision Making for Lawyers (22.5 credits Sem 1)
◦ QLLM151 Negotiation Theory and Practice (22.5 credits Semester 2)
◦ QLLM153 International Arbitration and Energy (22.5 credits Semester 2)
◦ QLLM186 International Investment Law and Policy
◦ QLLM187 International Investment Law (22.5 credits Semester 1)
◦ QLLM188 Regulation of International Investment and Public Policy (22.5 credits Semester 2)
QLLM301 Maritime Arbitration (22.5) New for 2015
QLLM314 Transnational Law and Governance (22.5 credits Sem 1) New for 2015
QLLM315 Transnational Law and Governance in Practice (22.5 credits Sem 2) New for 2015

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The Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration is for you if you are seeking a qualification in International Commercial Arbitration but need the flexibility of online learning. Read more

Overview

The Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration is for you if you are seeking a qualification in International Commercial Arbitration but need the flexibility of online learning. This distance learning course is aimed at practising lawyers, barristers, solicitors and in-house lawyers who cannot attend classes in London. If you don't have a background in law but you do have arbitration experience, for example, engineers, surveyors and accountants, you may also be interested in this course.

The Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration covers a comprehensive arbitration curriculum with in-depth study of arbitration theory and exposure to arbitration practical issues (including how to draft arbitration awards), and is taught by leading academics and practitioners in the field. The programme covers a wide range of arbitration-related topics (commercial arbitration, construction arbitration, investment arbitration, ADR, litigation, substantive commercial law).

Professional Exams Exemptions:

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) have approved the following exemptions:

◦CCDD002 – exempt from CIArb Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution/Associate Level
◦CCDM113 – exempt from CIArb Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution

Programme Structure

You can study the Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration, part-time over 18 months (including the assessment and graduation period) by distance learning.

The year is divided into two seven-month terms, with a selection of elective modules being offered during the second term. The diploma requires the successful completion of 120 credits.
◦Taught modules (22.5 or 45 credits).
◦Each module requires around seven and a half hours of work a week over one term. Each module assessment will vary and consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam).

◦Dissertation (15,000-words) (45 credits) – on a topic of your own choice.

Modules

Modules:
You will be required to take the two core modules:
◦CCDD001 International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration (45 credits)
◦CCDM035 International Arbitration Award Writing (30 credits)

Students must take a further 45 credits from the elective module list below (a minimum of three students are required for a module to run):

◦CCDD002 Alternative Dispute Resolution (45 credits)
◦CCDD003 International Construction - Contracts and Arbitration (45 credits)
◦CCDD008 International Commercial Law (45 credits)
◦CCDD005 International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement (45 credits)
◦CCDD006 International Commercial Litigation (45 credits)
◦CCDM112 Multi-party Negotiations and Mediation (22.5 credits)
◦CCDM113 Labour Disputes (22.5 credits)
◦CCDD007 Dissertation (45 credits)

Application Date

Deadline for applying: 15 December (please check the QMUL website for deadline dates)
As this is a distance learning programme, we understand that applicants may live overseas or outside London and are unable to deliver supporting documents them in person. Electronics copies of supporting documents are acceptable for the online application. To comply with official admissions procedures, if you are made an offer, applicants must submit original certified or notarised copies of the supporting documents by post or courier and make a payment of part or full fees to be received no later than 12 January 2015. We have set the deadline to ensure that your documentation arrives in time for us to process it. This also allows time for you to receive the required course materials ready for the start of the programme.

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Mediation is developing at great speed in many countries. For example, it is part of the civil justice system of England and Wales through the Civil Procedure Rules and the provisions in the rules which encourage the use of mediation. Read more

Course description

Mediation is developing at great speed in many countries. For example, it is part of the civil justice system of England and Wales through the Civil Procedure Rules and the provisions in the rules which encourage the use of mediation. Additional government initiatives in England and Wales have been introduced such as automatic referral to mediators for small claims court matters.

In Europe, the EU Directive on Cross-Border Mediation has led to the implementation of mediation legislation throughout the EU. Beyond Europe, other developments continue: for example, Japan has introduced mediation in its financial services sector; Hong Kong is promoting mediation through new legislation protecting confidentiality of the process; the International Bar Association has drafted investor-state mediation rules; Nigeria continues to develop its multi-door courthouses through which mediation is a primary process.

The Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Mediation has a strong focus on mediation and conciliation. The course will introduce you to the process of mediation and its role in the resolution of disputes. The diploma not only provides an understanding of the theoretical, practical and ethical problems relating to international mediation, but can also provide a stepping stone for professionals to become involved in international alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

The diploma is aimed not only at lawyers, but also at other professionals who may be involved in mediation - be it as a disputant, representative or perhaps as a mediator: a legal qualification will not be a prerequisite for admission, although you will be expected to appreciate that the course will involve an understanding of law and legal implications. References and materials will be legally orientated, but this will enable the non-lawyer to be better equipped to deal with the issues raised in international business mediation.

This programme will:
◦Give you a thorough grounding on all major issues arising in day-to-day international mediation practice.
◦Promote academic research of the highest standard on selected topics of interest.
◦Allow flexibility to enable you to plan and balance your study and work commitments.

Why is the course relevant?

Mediation is developing at great speed in many countries. For example, it is part of the civil justice system of England and Wales through the Civil Procedure Rules and the provisions in the rules which encourage the use of mediation. Additional government initiatives in England and Wales have been introduced such as:

A pilot scheme for the automatic referral to mediation in the UK County Court Money Claims Centre for claims of less than £5,000.
Automatic referral to mediators for small claims court matters (claims up to £5,000).
A Court of Appeal scheme whereby appeals of personal injury and contract claims of up to £200,000 will be automatically recommended for mediation.
The Department for Business, Innovations and Skills has instituted a pilot scheme for two regional mediation networks for small and medium sized enterprises.
In Europe, the EU Directive on Cross-Border Mediation (2008/52/EC) has led to the implementation of mediation legislation throughout the EU. Beyond Europe, other developments continue: for example, Japan has introduced mediation in its financial services sector; Hong Kong is promoting mediation through new legislation protecting confidentiality of the process; the International Bar Association has drafted investor-state mediation rules; Nigeria continues to develop its multi-door courthouses through which mediation is a primary process.

Professional Exams Exemptions

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) have approved the following exemptions:
◦CCDD002 – exempt from CIArb Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution/Associate Level
◦CCDM113 – exempt from CIArb Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution

Programme structure

You can study the Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Mediation, part-time for a period of 18 months, starting in January each year.

The year is divided into two seven-month terms, with a selection of optional modules and dissertation being offered during the second term.
◦Taught modules (22.5 or 45 credits). Each module requires around seven and a half hours of work a week over one term. Each module assessment will vary and consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam).
◦Dissertation (15,000-words) (45 credits) – on a topic of your own choice

Modules

Core modules:
◦CCDD002 Alternative Dispute Resolution (45 credits)
◦CCDM042 Negotiation and Mediation Workshop (Residential) [PDF 134kb] (30 credits)

Students must take a further 45 credits from the elective module list below: (a minimum of 3 student is required for a module to run)

◦CCDD001 International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration (45 credits)
◦CCDD003 International Construction – Contracts and Arbitration (45 credits)
◦CCDD005 International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement (45 credits)
◦CCDD006 International Commercial Litigation (45 credits)
◦CCDD008 International Commercial Law (45 credits)
◦CCDM112 Multi-party Negotiations and Mediation (22.5 credits)
◦CCDM113 Labour Disputes (22.5 credits)
◦CCDD007 15,000 Dissertation (45 credits)

Application date

January 2015 start - deadline for applications is 15 December 2014
As this is a distance learning programme, we understand that applicants may live overseas or outside London and are unable to deliver supporting documents in person. Electronic copies of supporting documents are acceptable for the online application. To comply with official admissions procedures, if you are made an offer, applicants must submit original certified or notarised copies of the supporting documents by post or courier and make a payment of part or full fees to be received no later than 12 January 2015. We have set the deadline to ensure that your documentation arrives in time for us to process it. This also allows time for you to receive the required course materials ready for the start of the programme.

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This course will challenge your thinking and stimulate your academic aspirations in the field of international corporate and financial law. Read more

This course will challenge your thinking and stimulate your academic aspirations in the field of international corporate and financial law. You will be able to acquire and develop enhanced knowledge and critical analysis of key themes of financial and corporate law set against an international backdrop. The course programme will encourage you to challenge current intellectual thinking, and each module is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills directly relevant to your chosen field. The stimulating course content, underpinned in many areas by internationally recognized research, is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills directly relevant to the international and national commercial law sector. The dynamics of the course places emphasis on the engagement with existing and emerging research and advanced scholarship.

Upon completion of the course, you will have developed enhanced analytical, critical, communication and presentational skills appropriate to postgraduate level study in the context of the core and option modules. You will gain an awareness of contrasting legal perspectives through the study of relevant literature; and will appreciate the roles of both national and international law and its impact and / or application to the English jurisdiction and legal practice.

Whether you pursue a career in the areas of corporate and financial law, this degree will provide you with a set of transferable intellectual and practical skills that will aid your career development or enhancement.

Assessments are varied, including case study analysis, research-focused assignments, preparation of reports, simulated presentation to a corporate board and formal examinations.

Additionally, there is a dissertation on a topic agreed between the student and the award tutor – this can be tailored to your personal development needs and future career focus.

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Career path

Holders of this award may also choose to go on to work in the field of education and / or undertake a further postgraduate research course, such as an MPhil or PhD.

What skills will you gain?

Demonstrate knowledge and the ability of critical analysis of a range of essential legal topics to enhance their understanding of commercial and corporate law and the inter relationship between commercial and legal aspects of corporate enterprise.

Demonstrate critical awareness of current problems and developments in international financial law.

Demonstrate self-direction, independent learning, and originality in tackling, solving and furthering their autonomy in the study of complex themes pertinent to international corporate and financial law

Plan and implement tasks and communicate to a range of audiences at a professional or equivalent level.

Use a range of specialist and transferable skills enabling them to maximise employment opportunities in circumstances requiring sound judgement and personal responsibility

Undertake research based on an understanding of research methodologies and advanced scholarship

Who accredits this course?

This course gives you added value as on successful completion of it you may choose to apply for membership of an internationally recognised professional body, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

The University has ‘recognised course provider’ status by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) through the module - Alternative Dispute Resolution for Commercial Legal Disputes, so that on successful completion of this module and course, you may apply to the CIArb for Associate Membership.



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This course will enable you to acquire and develop enhanced knowledge and critical analysis of key themes across a varied range of specialist legal areas. Read more

This course will enable you to acquire and develop enhanced knowledge and critical analysis of key themes across a varied range of specialist legal areas. The course programme will encourage you to challenge current intellectual thinking, and each module is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills directly relevant to your chosen field. The stimulating course content is underpinned in many areas by internationally recognized research.

This course allows you to select, from a range of options, modules so that you can develop enhanced knowledge and understanding in areas of law that are of interest to you. The dynamics of the course places emphasis on the engagement with existing and emerging research and advanced scholarship. This course will challenge your thinking and stimulate your academic aspirations by further advanced legal studies.

Read more about Law at the University of Wolverhampton.

Career path

Holders of this award may also choose to go on to work in the field of education and / or undertake a further postgraduate research course, such as an MPhil or PhD.

What skills will you gain?

Upon completion of the course, you will have developed enhanced analytical, critical, communication and presentational skills appropriate to postgraduate level study in the context of the core and option modules. You will gain an awareness of contrasting legal perspectives through the study of relevant literature; and will appreciate the roles of both national and international law and its impact and / or application to the English jurisdiction and legal practice.

Whether you pursue a career in law, this degree will provide you with a set of transferable intellectual and practical skills that will aid your career development or enhancement.

Who accredits this course?

This course gives you added value as on successful completion of it you may choose to apply for membership of an internationally recognised professional body, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

The University has ‘recognised course provider’ status by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) through the module - Alternative Dispute Resolution for Commercial Legal Disputes, so that on successful completion of this module and course, you may apply to the CIArb for Associate Membership.



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This course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the areas of law and human resource management to enable you to enhance your employability within the legal and business sectors. Read more

This course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the areas of law and human resource management to enable you to enhance your employability within the legal and business sectors. This qualification will be relevant to both national and international environments given the unique design of our programme. The course is intellectually stimulating and upon completion you will have the skills, knowledge and understanding to apply to real work situations in human resource management, business, commercial or legal sectors.

The course adopts an interdisciplinary approach that will help you to develop your own understanding of complex and challenging business environments. The course programme is designed to provide you with legal and management knowledge and skills; including coverage on how organisations respond to changing environments, both nationally and internationally, also skills employed by leaders and managers to manage change. Skills development includes interpretation and analysis of quantitative data and numerical information for analytical and management purposes. In relation to the dissertation, you will be expected to undertake this in an area of legal studies or legal aspects of human resources.

What skills will you gain?

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems in the area of Law and Human Resource Management, as well as a conceptual understanding that enables you:
  • to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the subject disciplines; and
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary issues in law and /or human resource management.
  2. Critically evaluate the impact of Law and Human Resource Management principles and issues for national and international business.
  3. Exercise advanced analytical, critical, numerical and communication skills and to be able to share knowledge.
  4. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.
  5. Demonstrate an enhanced ability to research, critically review appropriate or relevant source materials and present knowledge and understanding through a postgraduate dissertation.

Who accredits this course?

This course gives you added value as, on successful completion of it, you may choose to apply for membership of internationally recognised professional bodies, namely, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and/or the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

The University has ‘recognised course status’ by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) through the module Alternative Dispute Resolution for Commercial Legal Disputes (7LW064), so that on successful completion of the module and course, you may apply to the CIArb for Associate Membership. In addition, the modules on Human Resource Management align to the professional standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) so that on successful completion offers you the opportunity to apply for Associate Membership of the CIPD.



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Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) enables disagreeing parties to resolve disputes through a wide spectrum of avenues such as arbitration, mediation and conciliation, without having to resort to litigation. Read more

Why take this course?

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) enables disagreeing parties to resolve disputes through a wide spectrum of avenues such as arbitration, mediation and conciliation, without having to resort to litigation. ADR is a fast-growing area offering a challenging and satisfying career through an array of emerging professional roles. It will appeal to graduates, lawyers, business managers and professionals who are interested in exploring this fascinating and diverse subject.

If you are unable to commit to our full LLM ADR programme, we offer a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) ADR.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Examine recent ADR examples across a broad range of sectors
Explore the techniques of resolving conflict in small and large scale disputes
Take part in simulated arbitration and mediation proceedings using our replica court room
Develop effective and practical skills for negotiation and dispute resolution

What opportunities might it lead to?

Undertaking this new LLM programme will enable you to understand the theory and practice of negotiation and conciliation from mediation of small scale personnel disputes to large scale international commercial arbitrations. It is a step on the route to becoming an accredited mediator or chartered arbitrator which offers a wealth of opportunities for career progression in this rapidly developing area of professional practice.

We are a recognised course provider for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). Law graduates will have the option of qualifying as a Member of the CIArb subject to meeting certain criteria. This will allow you to use the letters MCIArb after your name and offers an accelerated route to qualification as a chartered arbitrator.

Module Details

You can take the course over one year full time or three years part time. You can choose to undertake either a dissertation or professional practitioner project. In addition, you will take the following compulsory units:

Theory of Alternative Dispute Resolution
Negotiation Theory and Practice
International Commercial Arbitration
Commercial and Consumer Law (for Law graduates)
Legal Approach to Business (for non-Law graduates)

Programme Assessment

The course offers a balanced structure of lectures and seminars together with practical exercises such as simulations and case studies. Teaching is in small groups providing an informal, friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Your learning will be assessed through a combination of:

Case studies
Preparation and negotiation exercises
Independent research and reflection
Examinations

Student Destinations

There are currently thousands of roles being advertised by employers in the private and public sectors looking for the skills and knowledge required to successfully handle dispute resolution. Career prospects could be unlimited for those with a passion and ambition to aim for top roles in large and diverse organisations or to become a consultant in this arena.

Here are some routes our graduates might pursue:

Accredited mediator
Chartered arbitrator
Expert adviser
Dispute resolution consultancies
Industry specific roles in construction, HR and related sectors

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Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) enables disagreeing parties to resolve disputes through a wide spectrum of avenues such as arbitration, mediation and conciliation, without having to resort to litigation. Read more

Why take this course?

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) enables disagreeing parties to resolve disputes through a wide spectrum of avenues such as arbitration, mediation and conciliation, without having to resort to litigation. ADR is a fast-growing area which will offer you a challenging and satisfying career through an array of emerging professional roles. It will appeal to graduates, lawyers, business managers and professionals who are interested in exploring this fascinating and diverse subject.

This part-time Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) ADR comprises two taught modules and has been designed for those who are unable to commit to the full LLM ADR programme. It gives you an introduction to the theory and practice of a variety of dispute resulotion mechanisms as well as a grounding in the relevant law. At a later date, you have the option to take two further taught units and a dissertation or professional practitioner project to top up to the full LLM qualification.

Find out more about the School of Law, our facilities and generous scholarships by attending one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current LLM students.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Examine recent ADR examples across a broad range of sectors
Explore the techniques of resolving conflict in small and large scale disputes
Take part in simulated arbitration and mediation proceedings using our state-of-the-art replica court room
Develop effective and practical skills for negotiation and dispute resolution

What opportunities might it lead to?

Undertaking this new programme will enable you to understand the theory and practice of negotiation and conciliation from mediation of small scale personnel disputes to large scale international commercial arbitrations. It is a step on the route to becoming an accredited mediator or chartered arbitrator which offers a wealth of opportunities for career progression in this rapidly developing area of professional practice.

We are a recognised course provider for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and law graduates will have the option of qualifying as a Member of the CIArb if appropriate options are selected. This will allow you to use the letters MCIArb after your name and offers an accelerated route to qualification as a chartered arbitrator.

Module Details

You will study two mandatory units from list the list below:

Legal Approach to Business (core if you do not already hold a Law degree or equivalent qualification/experience)
Commercial and Consumer Law (for students with a qualifying Law degree)
Theory and Practice of ADR

Programme Assessment

The course offers a balanced structure of lectures and seminars together with practical exercises such as simulations and case studies. Teaching is in small groups providing an informal, friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Your learning will be assessed through a combination of:

Case studies
Preparation and negotiation exercises
Independent research and reflection
Examinations

Student Destinations

There are currently thousands of roles being advertised by employers in the private and public sectors looking for the skills and knowledge required to successfully handle dispute resolution. Career prospects could be unlimited for those with a passion and ambition to aim for top roles in large and diverse organisations or to become a consultant in this arena.

Courts increasingly require parties in dispute to under go ADR before resorting to litigation and the EU ADR Directive 2013 is likely to increase demand for professionals holding a specialist qualification. Mediation and conciliation are regularly used across sectors such as HR, construction and corporate transactional disputes, where parties are keen to avoid the costs and publicity of litigation.

Here are some routes our graduates might pursue:

Accredited mediator
Chartered arbitrator
Expert adviser
Dispute resolution consultancies
Industry specific roles in construction, HR and related sectors

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UCLan’s Construction Law programme is designed to meet the international demand for engineers, architects and project managers, and other construction professionals to be skilled in preventing and resolving disputes in the construction industry. Read more
UCLan’s Construction Law programme is designed to meet the international demand for engineers, architects and project managers, and other construction professionals to be skilled in preventing and resolving disputes in the construction industry. It combines contact with the course team through electronic distance learning technology, including webinars, to provide flexibility of learning to suit individual needs.

The programme places considerable emphasis on the application of the law in problem-solving and problem-avoidance situations within the context of a global construction industry. Widespread use is made of case study material and real-life scenarios, which will further develop your ability to formulate, propose and defend an argument.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

The degree award has RICS accreditation and therefore membership of the RICS is available via the APC route, following
successful completion. The University has been reaccredited as a Recognised Course Provider under the CIArb Pathways Scheme - adjudication pathway with domestic arbitration.
Successful students may apply to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for the use of the designated letters ‘MCIArb’. Successful students' may be exempted from CIArb Introduction and Modules 1 and 2, and are eligible for membership with the Chartered Institute.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Course content
MSc Construction Law and Dispute Resolution is a course designed to meet the international demand for engineers, architects and project managers, and other construction professionals to be skilled in understanding their rights and obligations under contracts, and
to prevent and resolve disputes in the construction industry.
The course content considers the impact of current issues on contracts and the workplace, such as an increasingly technological and global industry and sustainable construction, which aims to minimise environmental impact and maximise both economic viability and
the social benefits.

Modules include:
• Legal Skills
• Contractual Issues
• Tortious and Statutory Issues
• Dispute Resolution
• Environmental Law
(with Planning Law)
• Dissertation
• International Arbitration Practice
and Procedure
• Arbitration Award Writing

The course also delivers webinars throughout the year, holding a three day residential concerning assessment and networking in the UK. In 2017, the residential will be held at Trinity Hall, the University of Cambridge.

Facilities
This programme is offered as a distance learning (blended method) using available online materials and extensive electronic databases and journals from the university’s own resources, as well as online tutor support. We have specialist construction and law librarians,
available for online support and the supply of online materials. The course is also supported by prominent legal professionals.

Research
Sustainable domestic and global construction contracts, BIM and design issues regarding coastal engineering are themes within the course’s research. Given the ever-increasing importance of environmental and sustainability agendas, this research theme involves
active engagement with industry, key consortia/research bodies, and the wider outreach communities. The findings of this research inform the course to ensure it is changes to meet the latest industry needs.

Employability
The level of education provided by the programme is appropriate to those who hold or aim to eventually hold senior positions with consultants or contractors engaged in the construction Industry, or with technical departments of government and semi-government
institutions. Throughout the programme emphasis will be placed on self-motivation, critical thinking and developing analytical depth.

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Our LLM in Employment Law and Practice course is suitable for anyone across the globe working or interested in UK and EU employment law issues, legally qualified or not. Read more

Our LLM in Employment Law and Practice course is suitable for anyone across the globe working or interested in UK and EU employment law issues, legally qualified or not. The course provides in-depth current knowledge and skills in employment and labour law from a UK law perspective.

The course is delivered fully online (except for one optional module, which requires attendance at an on-campus workshop) and is the only online UK employment law LLM to give you an optional ADR route and the ability to apply for associate membership of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

It is designed to develop your core legal and professional skills to be an effective, highly functioning employment law specialist.

What you will study

ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING FULL TIME - SEPTEMBER STARTS

Stage 1 

Those who are non-legally qualified or those who choose to refresh their skills, will study foundation legal knowledge and skills necessary for the study of law. You will study the employment contract, and the rights contained therein. Practical employment knowledge and skills needed to run a tribunal action are also taught. You can also choose from options covering dispute resolution, and oil and gas law.

Stage 2 

You will study the law relating to equality and discrimination in the workplace and the issues arising from the termination of employment. You also choose from options covering collective employment rights, dispute resolution, oil and gas law, and health and safety law.

Stage 3 

You will have the opportunity to plan and execute an extended research-based study of an approved topic and report the findings through a 15,000 word dissertation.

ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING FULL TIME - JANUARY STARTS

If starting in January, Stage 1 and 2 are reversed, except that those who are non-legally qualified will study foundation legal knowledge and skills in stage 1. Those who are legally qualified can choose to refresh these skills in either Stage 1 or Stage 2 if they wish.

ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING PART TIME

Stage 1

If you are not legally qualified or if you choose to refresh your skills, you will study foundation legal knowledge and skills necessary for the study of law. You will study the employment contract and the rights contained within such a contract, and issues arising from the termination of employment. You also choose from options covering collective employment rights, dispute resolution, oil and gas law, and health and safety law.

Stage 2

Practical employment knowledge and skills needed to run a tribunal action are taught. You will also learn about the law relating to equality and discrimination in the workplace. Optional modules covering collective employment rights, oil and gas law, dispute resolution or health and safety law are also studied.

Stage 3 

You will have the opportunity to plan and execute an extended research-based study of an approved topic and report the findings through a 15,000 word dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

This course is taught fully online by experienced employment law academics and practitioners through our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, which allows you the flexibility to study online from any location at a time that suits you.

Each module provides detailed written materials and recommended reading for further learning development. Electronic discussion forums and online tutorials provide the medium for interactive discussion with fellow students and the tutors, and for peer and tutor feedback. Summative assessment is conducted through the electronic forums and written coursework.

Please note if you choose to take the Mediation in Practice module, you will be required to attend a compulsory on campus workshop.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Tutorial - 5-15 students per group, 3-4 hours for each module per semester
  • Independent Study - approx. 10 hours per module per week

INDEPENDENT STUDY

It is suggested that you read the topic materials and recommended additional readings on a weekly basis, with regular online interaction in the electronic forums and online tutorials being strongly encouraged.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

All our academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship. This is a professional recognition of an individuals practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

The course is taught by experienced legal academics who undertake research in the employment field, and practitioners who are highly skilled in employment law and dispute resolution, resulting in the course having a strong academic underpinning but also a highly practical dimension.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

FULL TIME

Year 1

  • 1 written exam, typically for 2 hours
  • 4 or 8 written assignments (depending on whether part-time or full time), including essays
  • 8 forum postings from core modules and others depend on which options are chosen

PART TIME

Year 1

  • 1 written exam, typically for 2 hours
  • 4 or 8 written assignments (depending on whether part-time or full time), including essays
  • 6 forum postings from core modules and others depend on options chosen

Year 2

  • 4 written assignments, including essays
  • 4 practical skills assessment
  • 2 forum postings from core modules and others depend on options chosen

Year 3

  • 1 dissertation

Job prospects 

The Employment Law and Practice course will enhance your knowledge and ability, professional standing and employability within the employment law field.

With the adoption of mandatory early conciliation in employment law cases, and an increase in the popularity of mediation and arbitration, ADR knowledge and skills are becoming increasingly necessary for an employment law specialist.

In today’s competitive job market having demonstrable employment law and ADR knowledge and skills is a distinctive advantage, not only for advancement in your career, but to enhance your own self-confidence.

Our graduates are employed worldwide in all sectors - oil and gas, industrial, governmental; in private companies, in the legal professions and are also self-employed.

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law at Swansea University – winner of the ‘Postgraduate’ category at the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2017. Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law at Swansea University – winner of the ‘Postgraduate’ category at the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2017.

The business of hydrocarbon energy supply remains one of the most fundamental aspects of global commerce and natural resources law in the modern era. It is not limited to exploitation of petroleum but encompasses many different aspects of law and business, from protecting the intellectual property rights of new oil and gas technology, to complex joint venture contracts, and to compensation regimes for pollution liability.

Key Features of Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law

  • A thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching and research, which provides an exceptional student experience, as evidenced by our PTES results.
  • A professional but friendly environment with pastoral support and free English language classes which attracts students from all over the world.
  • Lectures delivered by outstanding academics at the forefront of scholarship in their areas of expertise, which they combine with skilled and innovative teaching.
  • Exemption from level 2 education requirements of CIArb membership allowing you to apply to be awarded the level of Member of the Institute or MCIArb., if you successfully complete the International Commercial Arbitration module.
  • Extra-curricular activities such as mooting and summer schools abroad.
  • A wide range of employability initiatives. Our employability initiatives and close links with the legal practice bear fruit as Swansea LLM alumni are particularly well placed in the job market all over the world.

Modules in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law

The LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, an Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts: Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits.

Following the successful completion of the taught modules, Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students proceed to Part II, which is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects). At least one of the LLM Research Projects must be written in the area of International and Transnational Aspects of Oil and Gas Law or Oil & Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities.  The LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period and are designed to enable LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students to develop their research skills.

Modules in the LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law may include:

  • Oil and Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities
  • International and Transnational Aspects of Oil and Gas Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Law of Intellectual Assets Management and Transactions
  • Law of the Sea
  • Law of International Trade
  • Charterparties: Law and Practice
  • The Law of Marine Insurance
  • Law and Practice relating to in International Banking and Commercial Payments

For further information on the modules of the Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law programme, please visit the LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law page.

Careers and Employability

Employability has always been on the top of our agenda. To that end we organise a number of initiatives for enhancing our LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students’ employability. These include:

  • Tailor-made employability advice by two dedicated Employability Officers
  • A series of guest lectures delivered who give our LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students an insight of the practice.
  • The unique opportunity to get involved in mooting,.
  • Close links with the legal practice and various elements of the shipping and business sectors.
  • The annual LLM Careers Fair, which gives the opportunity to our Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students to meet and discuss their future aspirations with representatives from an array of local and international law firms.
  • Networking events and visits to leading enterprises within the City of London with a view to enhancing our students’ practical understanding of shipping and insurance practice.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching is conducted in small classes and our students always find an opportunity to participate in discussions and put their views across. Teaching in the LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law modules is supported by the use of our Blackboard virtual learning environment, which facilitates online teaching and learning. Through Blackboard, students have access to course materials, handouts, and lecture notes, as well as shared areas for group work, online discussions, and exchanging ideas with fellow students. 

All LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with an equal weighting of 50% normally given to each component in the final total assessment.

Meet our Students

Ole Ollmann (Germany – LLM in Oil and Gas Law, now Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law)

Whilst working on his dissertations, Ole was offered an internship at Hapag-Lloyd AG, one of the oldest and most respected shipping companies in Germany and a leading globally operating container line. During his three month internship, Ole was involved in the day to day bunker procurement and bunker trade practice in the bunkering department. Ole was offered valuable inside into oil markets, trading and hedging practice as well as procurement strategies of a large container line. He procured bunker fuels for ships, prepared the necessary documentation and also dealt with bunker claims.

In addition, he dealt with general matters of the relevant law, such as general terms and conditions of sale and charter party terms pertaining to bunker fuel. Ole found his internship a great experience which gave him an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge gained during the LLM program. After completion of his internship, Ole moved to a permanent position in the chartering / operations department of a specialised tanker owner and operator.



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The construction industry increasingly recognises the importance of resolving disputes efficiently and quickly in order to maintain commercial relationships and keep cash flowing within the industry. Read more

The construction industry increasingly recognises the importance of resolving disputes efficiently and quickly in order to maintain commercial relationships and keep cash flowing within the industry. If you are a professional working in construction, law or a related field, this course will develop your ability to manage disputes efficiently and even to resolve them.

Prominent areas of study will include Principles of Construction Law, Approaches to Dispute Resolution (including arbitration, adjudication and mediation), and Construction Claims.

The structure and content of our teaching meets the examination requirements of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on each of its pathways to membership - Arbitration, International Arbitration and Construction Adjudication - from Associate level through to Fellowship level.

This course offers two routes depending on your professional background and qualifications. The MSc is ideal if you come from a surveying and construction background, while the LLM is specifically aimed at those who already hold an LLB degree (or equivalent qualification).

MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution

You will study all the core modules listed and choose two option modules from the list below.

LLM Construction Law & Dispute Resolution

Your LLB degree will provide you with exemption from Law of Obligations. You will study the first five core modules, plus a Dissertation, and you will also select two option modules from the list below.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Course Benefits

As there is a proliferation of contracts, conflict and disputes in the construction industry many professionals feel the need for advanced study in this specialised field and even to pursue the status of dual qualification. The course is supported by a number of local experienced practitioners, including construction solicitors, barristers, arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators many of whom have key offices in Leeds.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has links with the Society of Construction Law.

The course is delivered via distance learning. This online method of learning is a great way to progress your career. You can balance the demands of your course with your everyday commitments, allowing you to keep working while you learn. You will be able to study at a time and place to suit you, graduating with a qualification of equal value to one obtained by studying on campus. You will also be able to use our Library and access the support of our expert academic staff, Student Hub and Student Wellbeing Team.

MSc

Core modules

  • Law of Obligations & Evidence
  • Adjudication: Law & Practice
  • Construction Law Principles
  • Adjudication Decision Writing
  • Commercial Mediation
  • Professional Research
  • Law & Practice of Claims

Option modules, choose one of:

  • Arbitration: Law & Practice
  • International Arbitration: Law & Practice

Option modules 2, choose one of:

  • Arbitration Award Writing
  • International Arbitration Award Writing

LLM

Core modules

  • Adjudication: Law & Practice
  • Construction Law Principles
  • Commercial Mediation
  • Adjudication Decision Writing
  • Law & Practice of Claims
  • Dissertation

Option modules 1, choose one of:

  • Arbitration: Law & Practice
  • International Arbitration: Law & Practice

Option modules 2, choose one of:

  • Arbitration Award Writing
  • International Arbitration Award Writing

Job prospects

You will acquire the academic training essential to develop your career in adjudication, arbitration and mediation, or as a dispute resolution or claims consultant. Your course is specifically designed for the construction industry, but many of the dispute resolution skills you develop will be transferable across other industries.

  • Construction Solicitor
  • Construction Practitioner
  • Contract Administrator
  • Claims Consultant


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