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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 Masters programme provides a challenging learning experience for those who wish to deepen and integrate their mediation knowledge and skills. Read more

Overview

This Masters programme provides a challenging learning experience for those who wish to deepen and integrate their mediation knowledge and skills. The course aims to develop the student’s ability in the analysis and critique of mediation and conflict intervention theory and research.

The course also delivers specialist professional training in the areas of Family Mediation, Organisational and Workplace Mediation, Commercial Mediation, Peace Process Studies, Restorative Practice, Conflict Resolution in Education and Restorative Practice in Schools. The programme has a significant experiential element, providing ongoing opportunities to learn reflectively through exercises and in practice through individualised feedback and coaching.

Formal presentations provide background theory on mediation specialist areas and are delivered by practitioner mediators.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/courses/ma-mediation-and-conflict-intervention

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be required to have all of the following:
- A primary degree in any subject.
- Career experience relevant to mediation.
- A written Personal Statement.
- References from two referees.
- Interview.
- A Mediators Institute of Ireland Certified Training course or equivalent is essential.

Applicants without a primary degree may be considered if they have An NUIM Diploma in Mediation & Conflict Intervention OR if they have all of the following A Certified Mediation Training and a Mediation Role Play Competency Assessment (accredited by the Mediators Institute of Ireland or equivalent).

An extensive career portfolio of not less than 10 years in total, including at least three years practice as a mediator.
- A written Personal Statement.
- References from two referees.
- Interview.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website (https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/international/study-maynooth/postgraduate ) for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Course Structure

The programme is delivered on a rollover basis over two years. In consultation with the Course Director students select 9 modules over two years. Students must complete one compulsory module and a further three or four modules each year.

Career Options

Graduates are provided with the knowledge base for practice in the specialist areas of mediation taught on the course, family mediation, workplace mediation, restorative practice, commercial mediation, peace process studies, conflict resolution in education and restorative practice in schools. On completion of 75 case hours graduates may apply for Practitioner Status with the Mediator’s Institute of Ireland.

Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/courses/ma-mediation-and-conflict-intervention#tabs-apply

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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This postgraduate programme in mediation and conflict resolution, now in its fifth year, provides a thorough, practical and exciting introduction to this developing area. Read more

Why this course?

This postgraduate programme in mediation and conflict resolution, now in its fifth year, provides a thorough, practical and exciting introduction to this developing area.

Still the only course of its kind in the UK, the programme is rigorous and multi-disciplinary, exposing you to a wide range of approaches as well as being taught by experts from across the UK.

The skills of conflict resolution are crucial in contemporary life. Professionals in business, public bodies and the law are increasingly expected to act in a collaborative way and to resolve disputes without the delay and expense of litigation. Mediation is fast becoming a core skill.

In response to popular demand, from 2014/15 you can graduate with either an LLM or MSc. Students whose dissertations deal with significant legal or justice questions receive recognition via an LLM. Those who take a social science or empirical approach will graduate with an MSc. This division reflects the range of students taking the course, who include:
- lawyers
- human resource professionals
- recent graduates of all disciplines
- managers
- teachers
- social workers
- coaches, as well as experienced mediators seeking a more academic grounding for their work

The course combines theoretical and practical elements. It's recently been accredited by the Scottish Mediation Network.

You’ll enhance your confidence in dealing with interpersonal and organisational conflict while developing your communication and problem-solving skills. You can also gain practical experience through our Mediation Clinic.

Successful completion of the course will provide you with:
- specialised knowledge and practical mediation and negotiation skills
- potential career advancement
- a further academic qualification as tangible evidence of expertise
- a rigorous, multi-disciplinary perspective on conflict
- opportunities for further research

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/mediationconflictresolution/

You’ll study

The course can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis via a combination of evening and weekend classes, distance learning and personal study.

On a full-time basis, the LLM/MSc requires you to complete three modules in each of two semesters followed by a dissertation in a chosen research topic. Part-time students would normally undertake three modules per year.

As well as a rigorous theoretical grounding in the principles of mediation and conflict resolution, the course provides opportunities for you to acquire the skills of a mediator through simulations and case studies.

Mediation clinic

A unique aspect of studying for this qualification is that, as a student on the course, you can become a member of the Mediation Clinic. This is a student-led mediation service for the Greater Glasgow area.

The clinic exists to help people resolve disputes without going to court or tribunal. Since February 2014, it's been providing an in-court mediation service for small claims party litigants at Glasgow Sheriff Court. Each mediation is conducted by a lead mediator and student mediator.

Facilities

Our library has a wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs. It also has duplicate sets of key law report series, houses extensive collections in government publications and other related areas.

You’ll have access to a wide range of electronic information sources which can be accessed from home, including all the major legal databases.

Course awards

Graduates at Certificate, Diploma or Masters level all fulfil the training requirements for the Scottish Mediation Register.

Pre-Masters Preparation Course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Careers

Many students take their qualification into their existing professions, for example law, human resources, construction, education, management, social work and trade unions. A number of large law firms now have dispute resolution departments. Legal practitioners find the qualification a useful addition to their CV. HR managers who have taken the course report regular use of their mediation skills. Managers and social workers say they use them daily.

Former students are now working in community, homelessness and family mediation. Others have integrated mediation into their business offering.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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This Masters programme provides a challenging learning experience for those who wish to deepen and integrate their mediation knowledge and skills. Read more

Overview

This Masters programme provides a challenging learning experience for those who wish to deepen and integrate their mediation knowledge and skills. The course aims to develop the student’s ability in the analysis and critique of mediation and conflict intervention theory and research.

The course also delivers specialist professional training in the areas of Family Mediation, Organisational and Workplace Mediation, Commercial Mediation, Peace Process Studies, Restorative Practice, Conflict Resolution in Education and Restorative Practice in Schools & Research. The programme has a significant experiential element, providing ongoing opportunities to learn reflectively through exercises and in practice through individualised feedback and coaching.

Formal presentations provide background theory on mediation specialist areas and are delivered by practitioner mediators.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/courses/ma-mediation-and-conflict-intervention-0

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be required to have all of the following:
• A primary degree in any subject.
• A written Personal Statement.
• References from two referees.
• Interview.
• A Mediators Institute of Ireland Certified Training course or equivalent is desirable but not essential.

Applicants without a primary degree may be considered if they have An NUIM Diploma in Mediation & Conflict Intervention OR if they have all of the following:
A Certified Mediation Training and a Mediation Role Play Competency Assessment (accredited by the Mediators Institute of Ireland or equivalent). An extensive career portfolio of not less than 10 years in total, including at least three years practice as a mediator.
• A written Personal Statement.
• References from two referees.
• Interview.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website (https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/international/study-maynooth/postgraduate ) for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Course Structure

The programme is available both full-time (one year duration) and part-time (two years duration).

In consultation with the Course Director students select 9 modules.

Career Options

Graduates are provided with the knowledge base for practice in the specialist areas of mediation taught on the course, family mediation, workplace mediation, restorative practice, commercial mediation, peace process studies, conflict resolution in education and restorative practice in schools.

On completion of 75 case hours graduates may apply for Practitioner Status with the Mediator’s Institute of Ireland.

Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/courses/ma-mediation-and-conflict-intervention-0#tabs-apply

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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The Postgraduate Diploma in International Dispute Resolution – Mediation 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) processes. Read more

Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in International Dispute Resolution – Mediation 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) processes.

You will be taught by the School of International Arbitration, a centre for research and teaching in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at Queen Mary.

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.

This 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. The course will introduce you to the process of mediation and its role in the resolution of disputes.

The core module, Alternative dispute resolution, interprets the subject as a truly interdisciplinary field comprising of law, social science, economics, psychology and others. This is a newly emerged and vibrant area of scholarship, hence it is impossible to give yes or no answers to most of the questions. Accordingly, the module will employ critical thinking and an open discussion approach. It is expected that you will be willing to share results of your research and be involved in active discussion of all issues.

There are two distinct International Dispute Resolution diploma routes to choose from, Arbitration or Mediation.

If you choose to specialise in Mediation this programme will:
◦Introduce you to the process of mediation and its role in the resolution of dispute
◦Give you the conceptual framework of the area, as well as introduce you to the current issues and debates within the discipline.
◦Invite you to employ critical thinking, and an open discussion approach.
◦Give you an international and comparative approach to the subject.
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Structure

To qualify for the award of a Postgraduate (PG) Diploma, you must complete three taught modules, or two taught modules, plus one 15,000-word dissertation over a two-year period.

Core modules:

◦QLLM006 Alternative dispute resolution
◦Negotiation and mediation workshop (including residential weekend)

Plus one module from the list below:
◦QLLM052 International construction contracts and arbitration
◦QLLM064 International trade and investment dispute settlement
◦QLLM150 Strategic Decision Making for Lawyers (Half module semester 1)
◦QLLM151 Negotiation Theory and Practice (Half module semester 2)

◦Dissertation. 15,000-word research paper on a topic not covered by the taught elements and to be agreed with supervisor

Continuous assessment will provide regular feedback and enhance the student-tutor relationship. Students will also be able to address questions and concerns directly to the course convenor and the course director. Participants are entitled to use specialist electronic databases, such as Westlaw, Lexis Nexis and Kluwer Arbitration.

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This new part-time qualification has been developed to give students a deeper understanding of the skills and methods required for successful mediation and conflict management. Read more
This new part-time qualification has been developed to give students a deeper understanding of the skills and methods required for successful mediation and conflict management. It incorporates Regent’s existing five-day Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution course as a module and goes further with two modules that provide an overview of the theoretical frameworks relevant to conflict resolution and mediation.

Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa.

Why should I choose this programme?

The programme is unique in its psychological approach. It covers the psychological principles underpinning conflict, and gives students the opportunity to apply a variety of approaches to the prevention, avoidance,management and resolution of disputes.

Although of benefit to members of the legal professions, the programme is relevant to a wider audience.
In disputes across a vast range of sectors, the parties involved want an accredited mediator who is not a lawyer but has an in-depth knowledge of the theory and practical application of mediation in conflict situations.

This is a part-time course designed to fit around students’ existing work commitments. It is aimed not only at current and prospective professional mediators, but at anyone who is likely to encounter conflict on a day-to-day basis.

In addition, Regent's University London alumni who have already successfully completed the existing Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution five-day course (within seven years of commencing the Postgraduate Certificate in Mediation & Conflict Resolution) are exempt from completing the Alternative Dispute Resolution module and pay a reduced fee of £3,550.

Key skills, aims and objectives

The skills developed will prove invaluable in all areas of life, dealing with every type of person, whether clients, opponents, witnesses, colleagues or staff.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of the course, students may join RSPP’s database of accredited mediators – a unique opportunity for accredited mediators to market their services, and for potential clients to research, select and contact mediators directly. The School also has useful links with other organisations delivering mediation work throughout the UK.

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

•Apply online
•Apply directly to us using the application form available here http://www.regents.ac.uk/media/1188903/Regents-application-form.pdf
Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

•Copies of academic transcripts and certificates of all academic study undertaken after secondary school
•One letter of academic reference
•A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience if applicable.
•A 300 to 500-word personal statement in support of your application, outlining your reasons for applying to your chosen programme and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
•A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
•One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at )
•If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Please note: most candidates will be assessed for admission on the basis of their submitted application materials. However, RUL reserves the right to invite candidates for interview and to reject those who decline to attend.

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, we will make you a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

•Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
•Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
•Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)
•Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/how-to-pay.aspx

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website for current information: http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).

For more information on course structure, admissions and teaching and assessment, please follow this link: http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/programmes/postgraduate-certificate-in-mediation-conflict-resolution.aspx#tab_course-overview

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From resolving labour grievances and employment-standard complaints to representing clients in the civil justice system and pursuing no-fault automobile insurance benefits, our well-rounded Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) graduate certificate program benefits employees wanting to be better conflict resolution facilitators, as well as agents representing parties in mediation and arbitration. Read more
From resolving labour grievances and employment-standard complaints to representing clients in the civil justice system and pursuing no-fault automobile insurance benefits, our well-rounded Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) graduate certificate program benefits employees wanting to be better conflict resolution facilitators, as well as agents representing parties in mediation and arbitration.

With a core curriculum spanning insurance law, labour law, family law, commercial law, system design and community mediation, the program uses intensive workshop training to teach the core principles of negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Applying these principles, participants learn to resolve disputes between individuals, businesses, insured and insurers, individuals and government agencies, and within families.

It is an ideal program for recent university graduates wanting to enhance their academic credentials, as well as those currently employed in areas such as law, human resources, health care, education, social work, real estate and insurance.

The program is offered over two semesters (Fall and Winter) and (Winter and Summer), with approximately 18 hours of class time per week over 15 weeks each semester. Students also gain practical experience through a mandatory four-week placement (160 hours) and through the opportunity to apply the theory and skills they’ve learned at the on-campus Dispute Resolution Clinic. The placement component of the program typically takes place in the third semester after completion of the academic portion.

The program is approved by the ADR Institute of Ontario, Inc. (ADRIO). Graduates may wish to gain membership in ADRIO by completing the necessary application form and paying the appropriate fee directly to the institute.

Professional Accreditations

The program is recognized by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario as meeting the educational requirements for membership. Specific courses and program components may also be accepted for additional recognition toward industry certification(s).

Additional requirements may apply.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
• Complete all work in a manner consistent with professional ethics and practice, mediation process and skills, a respect for self, others, and relevant law and legislation.
• Recognize and analyze conflict situations.
• Select and apply appropriate conflict resolution and negotiation skills and techniques to enable parties to prevent and/or resolve conflicts.
• Create and implement personal and professional development plans to achieve ongoing competence in the practice of mediation and/or alternative dispute resolution professional practice.
• Analyze and produce documents required in the practice of mediation and/or alternative dispute resolution.
• Collaborate with colleagues, clients, and community to enhance professional working relationships.
• Apply knowledge of specialized substantive and procedural laws as they relate to mediation and/or alternative dispute resolution.
• Use management and administration skills in mediation and/or alternative dispute resolution practice.
• Conduct interviews to gather, screen, and disseminate information required in mediation and/or alternative dispute resolution situations.
• Explain the process, principles, techniques and significance of mediation and/or alternative dispute resolution and how they apply to family disputes.

Modules

Semester 1

• ADR 5000: Introduction to ADR: Mediation, Negotiation, Arbitration
• ADR 5001: ADR Mechanisms within the Court Process
• ADR 5002: Administrative Tribunals: Practice
• ADR 5003: Ethical Issues in ADR
• ADR 5004: Advocacy Skills for ADR Professionals
• ADR 5005: Community Mediation

Semester 2

• ADR 5006: Advanced Negotiation and Mediation: Case Analysis
• ADR 5007: The ADR Entrepreneur: Process Design
• ADR 5008: Commercial Dispute Resolution and Contracts
• ADR 5009: Employment and Labour Dispute Resolution
• ADR 5100: Family Mediation
• ADR 5110: General Insurance Mediation
• ADR 5120: Alternative Dispute Resolution Placement

Your Career

Upon completing the program, graduates may find employment as a dispute resolution officer, conflict resolution facilitator, labour organizer, community outreach co-ordinator, conciliator, employee relations officer, employment equity officer, labour relations officer and union representative. They may also work independently as ADR consultants.

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html

Funding

For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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This Post Graduate Certificate is designed to meet the learning needs of mediators who want to deepen their knowledge and skills for practice in the education sector. Read more

Overview

This Post Graduate Certificate is designed to meet the learning needs of mediators who want to deepen their knowledge and skills for practice in the education sector.

This highly interactive and integrated programme explores how theory applies to practice and skills development through exercises and role-play which enables the mediator to integrate their career experience and abilities with mediation and conflict intervention practice.

It prepares mediators for the demanding work of facilitating the resolution of interest based conflict as it arises in education settings. You may choose two modules from four listed depending on your learning needs, please refer to our website for further detailed information http://kennedyinstitute.nuim.ie . Indicators of the module content are list below.

Conflict Resolution in Education: Aspects of conflict resolution in education from skills learning in the classroom through to organizational dispute resolution for schools. Different models of conflict resolution in education and learn how to apply them.

Restorative Practice in Schools: Transformative learning relationships with students, parents, staff, Boards of Management and the wider society, principles, theories and philosophy of a restorative approach, processes and practices of language, circles, conferencing and interventions that allow a school community to enhance their positive ethos and move towards being a Restorative School.

Mediation Theory & Conflict Analysis: Dynamics of conflict, ideologies shaping conflict resolution, processes of negotiation, conciliation and mediation, conflict interveners role, functions and skills, the many ways of intervention, communication in conflict, mediation: art or science, theory informed practice and ideological perspectives.

Values And Relationship In Conflict Intervention: Core principles guiding mediation practice, problem solving mediation, transformative mediation, conflict coaching, reflective practice, ethical debates.

Closing date:
Applications are taken on a rolling basis each year.

Commences:
To be confirmed

- Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University
This programme is run in conjunction with the Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University. The Institute, dedicated to the late Senator Edward M Kennedy as an acknowledgement of his immense commitment to Ireland, is an interactive hub which actively promotes learning, research, best practice and dialogue in the field of conflict intervention. While the Institute is university based at Maynooth University, it has a high level of engagement with the wider community including key practitioners and organisations active in the practice of conflict intervention.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/courses/postgraduate-certificate-conflict-resolution-education

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be required to have all of the following:
- A primary degree in any subject.
- Career experience relevant to mediation & conflict intervention.
- Interview.

A Mediators Institute of Ireland Certified Training course or equivalent is desirable but not essential.

Applicants without a primary degree may be considered if they have a Maynooth University Diploma in Mediation & Conflict Intervention OR if they have all of the following:
- A Certified Mediation Training and a Mediation
- Role Play Competency Assessment (accredited by the Mediators Institute of Ireland or equivalent).
- An extensive career portfolio of not less than 10 years in total, including at least three years practice as a mediator.
Interview.
- Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
- TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
- TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
- PTE (Pearson): 62

National University of Ireland Maynooth's TOEFL co de is 8850

Course Structure

The programme is delivered as part of our ongoing Masters programme in Mediation & Conflict Intervention. This Post Graduate Certificate in consists of two modules of 6 days each. Each 6 day module in turn is broken down into two 3 day blocks (Thursday/Friday/Saturday).

Career Options

Graduates from this programme can expect to use their enhanced mediation knowledge and skills to improve their performance in their current employment with many introducing new concepts to make changes in their own organisation’s approach to conflict. This programme is accredited as two modules of the Masters in Mediation & Conflict Intervention.

Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/courses/postgraduate-certificate-conflict-resolution-education#tabs-apply

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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The Diploma in International Dispute Resolution not only provides an understanding of the theoretical, practical and ethical problems relating to International Dispute Resolution, but also provides a stepping stone for professionals becoming more involved in international alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes. Read more
The Diploma in International Dispute Resolution not only provides an understanding of the theoretical, practical and ethical problems relating to International Dispute Resolution, but also provides a stepping stone for professionals becoming more involved in international alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes.

All taught modules are taught as part of the LLM degree. On this Diploma there are core modules which you must take in order to qualify.

There are two distinct Diploma routes, Arbitration or Mediation, to choose from, each with their own specialised focus.

Continuous assessment will provide regular feedback and enhance the student-tutor relationship. Students will also be able to address questions and concerns directly to the course convenor and the course director. Participants are entitled to use specialist electronic databases, such as Westlaw, Lexis Nexis and Kluwer Arbitration.

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 £100,000 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.

core 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)

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This aim of this degree programme is to specifically teach students to become professionals who are experts in the resolution of family conflict, mediators and family coaches. Read more
This aim of this degree programme is to specifically teach students to become professionals who are experts in the resolution of family conflict, mediators and family coaches. The purpose of this is to provide knowledge, tools and specific competences so they can undertake their allocated tasks.

According to statistics from the Institute of Family Policies, conflict in broken families is progressively increasing, as is the number of divorces.

The lack of professionals specialised in this area who can help to resolve conflicts in crisis situations of all kinds and who can also mediate in irreversible situations of family breakdown is notorious. However it is necessary to carry out positive mediation in an attempt to prevent any type of conflict and to create tools for communication and to help resolve future conflict.

We have lecturers and professors with both teaching and research experience, and some staff members from the professional field of mediation.

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EUCLIDE (Pôle Universitaire EUCLIDE | Euclid University), an international intergovernmental organization with a university mandate, offers to select students from the general public this external (distance or online) degree program called the EUCLID Master in Mediation and Conflict Resolution (MMCR). Read more
EUCLIDE (Pôle Universitaire EUCLIDE | Euclid University), an international intergovernmental organization with a university mandate, offers to select students from the general public this external (distance or online) degree program called the EUCLID Master in Mediation and Conflict Resolution (MMCR). It is the only Master's degree program organized by an international intergovernmental organization and officially used by active diplomats over 3 continents.

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The certificate requires the successful completion of 15 hours of course work, in addition to the hours required for the masters in the student’s discipline. Read more

CONSUMER CONFLICT MANAGEMENT, NEGOTIATION, AND MEDIATION

The certificate requires the successful completion of 15 hours of course work, in addition to the hours required for the masters in the student’s discipline. All 15 hours may count toward the master’s degree. Students must apply and gain admission to the UA Graduate School. Students must adhere to all UA Graduate School admission policies and deadlines.

Students who wish to complete the Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management, Negotiation, and Mediation must meet admissions criteria for the Master’s degree in General Studies in Human Environmental Sciences with a 3.0 or higher GPA. If the prospective student does not have the 3.0 overall GPA or a 3.0 on the last 60 hours of course work, then the student must provide the GRE or MAT with an appropriate score. The Graduate Certificate may be completed on campus or via distance education.

Visit the website http://www.csm.ches.ua.edu/conflict-management.html

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Graduate Certificate Program Consumer Conflict Management, Negotiation, and Mediation

Workplace research indicates that managers and supervisors spend as much as forty percent of the workday resolving nonproductive conflict issues. Conflict that is poorly managed results in burdening costs for both the individual and the organization. Expanding worldwide development, the global economy, and population growth and associated social issues drive the intermingling of cultures and practices that increase the incidence of workplace conflict and destructive disagreement. Interest in and demand for conflict management has consequently risen.

The Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management, Negotiation, and Mediation provides students with the tools to manage, resolve, negotiate, and mediate conflict and to develop intrapersonal and interpersonal skills for living and earning. Conflict management training actively engages the student in self-exploration regarding issues of perception, bigotry, bias, values, beliefs, differences, and culture. The student will learn how to verbally and physically converse without allowing differences to interfere with collaboration. Business, government, and community agencies value these skills to increase productivity and to maximize a positive workplace climate. The ability to creatively manage conflict is a skill that most employers value.

The certificate requires the successful completion of 15 hours of course work, in addition to the hours required for the masters in the student’s discipline. All 15 hours may count toward the master’s degree. Students must apply and gain admission to the UA Graduate School (graduate.ua.edu). Students must adhere to all UA Graduate School admission policies and deadlines. See Section 4.3 (services.graduate.ua.edu/catalog/14200.html) of the UA Graduate Catalog.

Application and Admission Criteria

Students who wish to complete the Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management, Negotiation, and Mediation must meet admissions criteria for the Master’s degree in General Studies in Human Environmental Sciences with a 3.0 or higher GPA. If the prospective student does not have the 3.0 overall GPA or a 3.0 on the last 60 hours of course work, then the student must provide the GRE or MAT with an appropriate score. The Graduate Certificate may be completed on campus or via distance education.

The required courses for the certificate are as follows:

• CSM 525 Introduction to Consumer Conflict Resolution
• CSM 527 Consumer Mediation, Negotiation and Management/Advanced I/Emotional Intelligence
• CSM 528 Consumer Conflict Mediation, Management, & Negotiation/Advanced II
• CSM 559 Techniques of Consumer Counseling
• CSM 586 Consumer Human Capital Management/Advanced III

Find out how to apply here - https://studentaccounts.ua.edu/

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This specialism offers a rigorous and practical program of study into the process of civil litigation and alternative forms of dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation. Read more
This specialism offers a rigorous and practical program of study into the process of civil litigation and alternative forms of dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation.

Who is it for?

The Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution LLM degree should interest and benefit a broad range of students. If you are already professionally qualified having taken the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) it will develop your understanding of practice and enhance your career. If you have legal qualifications in another jurisdiction it will provide understanding of legal process in England. You can enrol in the course straight after a law degree, although some experience of legal practice is an advantage.

Objectives

This Specialist LLM in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution programme provides a unique opportunity to enhance the development of a career in legal professional practice as a barrister, solicitor or other qualified legal practitioner. The course investigates the ways in which civil litigation can be managed strategically and effectively, and provides a practice-focused understanding of mediation and arbitration as alternative ways of resolving a dispute, both of which are becoming increasingly important to commercial and non-commercial practice alike.

This innovative specialist Masters degree is designed to provide a sound understanding of the rules under which litigation, arbitration and mediation operate, based on current scholarship including areas such as procedure, evidence and ethics.

Teaching and learning

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies.

All modules are structured as 10 weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform Moodle.

Assessment

Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification.

You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help them develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.

Modules

As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either 5 modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or 4 modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take 4 modules you will take 2 per term in each term and if you take 5 modules you will have 3 in one term and 2 in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.

In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write their dissertation on a subject within the specialism.

Specialism modules - choose from the following 30-credit modules:
-Commercial/High Value Litigation in London
-Civil Dispute Resolution Options - Strategic Use of ADR
-Arbitration
-Mediation and Negotiation
-International Commercial Arbitration
-International Dispute Settlement
-EU Litigation

Elective modules - for your remaining elective modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering diverse subjects – everything from Human Rights and Energy Law to Mergers or Money Laundering.

Dissertation - those students who start the course in January will take two (or three) taught modules in the spring term (January-April), write their dissertation over the summer, before completing the remaining taught modules in the autumn term (September – December). Please be reassured that this structure does not disadvantage January entry students in any way; the dissertation is a separate piece of individual work, it does not directly build on the teaching and assessment which takes place on the taught modules. All students are allocated dissertation supervisors who assist students topic selection and in research methodology.

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training)
-10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) OR
-20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits)

Career prospects

It is an important objective of this course to assist individual students who wish to build effective careers in managing and conducting civil cases, whether through litigation, arbitration, negotiation or mediation. With so much competition for those seeking to enter and develop a career in the legal profession, this LLM is designed to provide a depth of understanding and a range of skills that can make a real difference in building your career.

As a graduate of this specialist LLM you will be well placed to pursue careers in this area of law in private practice, in-house in a law firm, policy and government, non-governmental organisations and a wide range of non-legal careers in litigation and dispute resolution.

100% of graduates responding to the 2014/15 DLHE survey were in employment or further study six months after graduation.

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If your goal is to become a barrister, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at Manchester Law School is designed to provide you with the best possible skills, experience and training to prepare you for a successful career. Read more
If your goal is to become a barrister, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at Manchester Law School is designed to provide you with the best possible skills, experience and training to prepare you for a successful career. We offer advocacy training and group sessions that offer true-to-life mock trials, assessments, 'mini chambers' and real-life legal work experience opportunities.

Manchester Law School has a proud history of providing barrister training in the North West and as a result has outstanding links to both the local legal profession and the Northern Circuit (Chambers in Cheshire, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston). Practitioners from the Northern Circuit will provide you with Additional Advocacy Classes for students and are on-hand at regular events to offer advice about your future as a barrister and obtaining pupillage.

You can expect exceptionally high standards of tutoring and a wealth of pro bono opportunity. We will support you preparing pupillage applications, with access to our specialist careers service.

About the Course

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The BPTC focuses on developing highly practical skills and features an innovative 'mini-chambers' approach designed to mirror the real life working parctices of a barrister. You will be placed in a group (or chambers) with 12 other students and provided with a permanent, multi-media equipped base room. You will be expected to 'perform' regularly in front of your fellow students to encourage the development of strong working relationships similar to a professional chambers.

The BPTC begins with a participative and dynamic induction programme introducing students to the highly practical BPTC, compared with academic study. Students are almost immediately offered the opportunity to network with local practitioners during a team building exercise and social event. Following this induction, the remainder of the course features a combination of compulsory subjects and an opportunity to study two subjects of your choice, depending on your particular career aspirations.

You will also take part in career prospect enhancing activities that range from guest talks by Judges and Clerks of Chambers to lessons in voice projection, which are all ideal preparations for BPTC students seeking pupillage. An important feature of the course is the Additional Advocacy Classes provided by members of the Northern Circuit to help you realise your full potential in developing these vital skills. Each chambers group will also receive classes on professional conduct from a working barrister acting as the group’s Practitioner Mentor. You will also receive the opportunity to gain an independent mediation qualification, included as part of the course.

Core units

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• Advocacy
• Civil Litigation Remedies and Evidence
• Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing
• Professional Ethics
• Opinion Writing
• Drafting
• Conference Skills
• Resolution of Disputes out of Court

Elective units

There are approximately eight elective units for BPTC students to choose from, of which six will run depending on the popularity of each units chosen by the students. For part-time study, the four most popular will be selected.

Please note: the delivery of each elective is subject to the requirement that there must be sufficient students selecting to study it.

Study patterns

The BPTC is taught by an experienced team of barristers as well as Tribunal Chairs. You predominantly learn through the mini-chambers system outlined above (requiring significant student preparation) and occasionally by traditional lecture. Teaching is complemented by online resources ranging from self-testing resources and podcasts to advocacy demonstrations.

Additionally, the Law School runs several pro bono legal schemes, offering students the opportunity to practise their skills on live legal projects. The Law School also enters teams of students into national competitions to test your skills in realistic situations. We have had great success at winning coveted national and international competitions for mooting and client interviewing.

Features & benefits of the course:

• Full-time and part-time routes available.
• Additional independent professional qualification in mediation available to all BPTC students - at no extra cost. Presented by highly experienced tutors and mediation practitioners. Practically orientated and focused on equipping you with the skills you need to perform well at mediation.
• State-of-the-art facilities in the modern Manchester Law School building, adjacent to the £75m Faculty and Student Hub building.
• Friendly, supportive staff who are all qualified lawyers, and in many cases still practising.
• The course has very close links with the local Bar.
• Classes on professional conduct led by each 'chambers' group's Practitioner Mentor.

Additional Fee Information

Refer to the course listing on Manchester Met's website for UK, EU, and non-EU international student fees.

Please note, you will also be required to pay a Bar Standards Board student fee of £550. Previous Manchester Met students who have completed a full-time undergraduate degree receive a 20% loyalty discount on their BPTC fees.

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The focus of governments and humanitarian NGOs has progressively shifted towards conflict prevention and building sustainable peace. Read more
The focus of governments and humanitarian NGOs has progressively shifted towards conflict prevention and building sustainable peace. Yet to prevent conflict or to build a secure and inclusive state and society after conflict involves a complex set of skills straddling conflict analysis, conflict mediation and negotiation, peace processes, state stabilisation, post-conflict reconstruction, peace building and early warning.

This inter-disciplinary, custom-designed MSc offers the opportunity to develop operational and vocational skills for conflict prevention and peacebuilding within the context of the latest theories on conflict and conflict prevention. Students will acquire the analytical skills to map conflict dynamics, design conflict sensitive projects and develop early warning mechanisms, enabling them to better predict, and so avoid, the outbreak of violent conflicts. They will also gain the skills necessary to assess and evaluate the impact and outcomes of interventions.

The MSc is designed for practitioners looking to enhance their existing skills, as well as graduates with a career in conflict prevention, conflict mediation, or post-conflict reconstruction in mind. It is particularly aimed at those seeking to work or already working in the (I)NGO sector, governmental departments or inter-governmental organisations.

While rooted in peace and conflict studies, the MSc draws on strategic and security studies as well as development studies, enabling much needed cross-fertilisation between these traditionally divergent perspectives. It draws on real-life case studies as well as interactive role plays, and exposes students to both cutting-edge academic developments and the latest practitioner experience, with a particular focus on bottom-up approaches.

Courses are taught by a mixture of academics and practitioners, and cover both critical and problem-solving approaches. Conflict dynamics are analysed drawing on multiple disciplines, including security studies, peace studies, anthropology, law, archaeology, history and political theory. Modules include both traditional, term-long modules and short, usually more skills-oriented continuing professional development courses as well as fieldtrips (e.g. fieldtrips have been organised to Nepal, Kenya, Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Kosovo).

Student Profiles

"What I really like about DGSi programs is that they are able to match a great theoretical understanding of the issues I am interested in with a clear focus on the practical skills that are required for working in the field." Lianne Vostermans, 2013/14

“Having co-sponsorship from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK and Durham University, I was able to accomplish my Chevening scholarship doing MSc Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding (CPP) at Durham Global Security Institute (DGSi). Although it was found to be quite intensive and intellectually challenging, I have no doubt that this master programme will equip junior diplomats like me with necessary knowledge and skills, especially in security and peacebuilding domains, so that we can contribute our best capacities in the making of the world a more peaceful home to the whole mankind.” Chan Aye, 2015/16

“I chose the Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Master because of its interdisciplinary character, topics and the combination between theory and practice. During the course I have had the opportunity to meet very many interesting scholars, practitioners and very intelligent and diverse fellow students, from different cultural and academic backgrounds. The course gave me insight in things I had only read about in books before by confronting us with people who have actually been in the field, and by taking us there ourselves through the study trip and fieldwork opportunities for our dissertations. I have learned to look at conflict situations from new perspectives, something I hope to use in future employment in order to help create a more peaceful world.” Marit Jansen, 2014/15

Course Structure

The MSc will provide students with advanced knowledge of the complex and specialised areas of peacebuilding, among it conflict analysis, conflict prevention, conflict resolution and conflict transformation, community driven reconstruction, peace processes within the context of contemporary conflicts and in the context of broader international (humanitarian) interventions. Integrated into the MSc structure are opportunities to develop operational and vocational skills for example in negotiations, conflict mediation, conflict sensitive programme design and programme management, or urban peacebuilding. Students are provided with theoretical and empirical knowledge and with practical skills that are helpful for current and future employment opportunities. The courses are thus attractive to both graduates and mid-career practitioners. Whilst the academic and applied focus of the MSc comes through a peace and conflict studies analytic lens, course material will also draw from traditional strategic/security and development studies, enabling cross fertilisation between different perspectives. It allows the exploration of unique and new paradigms and practices in the fields of conflict, peace, security, defence, diplomacy, development and humanitarian intervention.

Five core modules worth 75 credits plus a Dissertation worth 60 credits plus three optional modules to the value of 45 credits.

Core Modules
-Defence, Development and Diplomacy in Conflict: Evolving Actors, Factors and Paradigms
-Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace
-Responses: Peace Processes and Political Negotiation
-Recovery and Reconstruction: Consolidating Peace after Violence
-Capstone Exercise: Humanitarian Intervention Simulation (in MSc-specific roles)

Dissertation.
Optional Modules - Optional modules in previous years have included:
-Religion, Culture and Conflict
-Conflict Mediation
-Fieldtrip
-Conflict Sensitive Programme Management
-Re-thinking Counter Terrorism
-Urban Violence - Urban Peacebuilding
-International Negotiation as Instrument in Conflict Management
-Policing Post-Conflict Cities
-Conflict Analysis

Learning and Teaching

At the beginning of the academic year, as well as the general induction programme offered by the School and the university, Durham Global Security Institute (DGSi) students are invited to a programme specific induction. This induction provides an overview of the programme an opportunity to meet members of the team and an opportunity to discuss optional module choices.

The 180 credits one-year MSc degree programme is divided into five core and three optional modules of 15 credits each. Students also have to submit a dissertation (60 credits) of not more than15,000 words. Practitioners have the option of writing an in-depth policy document as their dissertation.

Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and students spend the remaining time to write the dissertation. Assessment methods include: an examination, essays, presentations, reflective journal, reports, article reviews and policy briefs.

Although all modules have 18/19 contact hours, the core modules are spread over 9/10 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2-hour sessions which take the form of a one hour lecture and a one hour tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students—the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another. The optional modules of the programme are either delivered over two full days, through a mixture of lectures, Q&A sessions, seminar discussions, and role plays or over a single term in 2-hour seminar sessions. There is also the opportunity to participate in a study visit which provides an opportunity to investigate issues ‘in the field’ concerned with conflict prevention, conflict resolution, state and peace-building. Of particular interest is the theory-practice linkage

Students can also meet their module coordinators or programme coordinator during their weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When students are working on their dissertations during the latter half of the year, they are required to attend two 4-hour workshops. In addition, they have the opportunity to meet their assigned supervisors for an average of 6 meetings. Students also have access to the MSc Programme Director and the School’s Director of Taught Post Graduate Studies whenever there is a need.

The School hosts events throughout the year which all postgraduate students are invited to attend. Students are also fully integrated into the Durham Global Security Institute which also hosts guest lectures and seminars throughout the year. These events provide students with the opportunity to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies, and in conflict, peace and security studies.

Towards the end of the programme students can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these.

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