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Your programme of study

Whilst you may read the case law of cases that do go to court, a surprising amount of cases don't reach court. This is in part due to a combination of more regulation insisting the disputes are discussed and negotiated if possible before court action, and the fact that taking actions to court is a highly expensive process. This is often due to court fees, barrister fees and experts, all required to supply evidence prior and during court trials. There are many methods to improve situations before resorting to court action. You are taught a range of negotiation and dispute resolution methods and this programme can be invaluable to you in any profession within the law.

Being able to negotiate a solution in which all parties agree can be a very worthwhile process in which evidence and issues are openly discussed for all sides to hear and understand. Dispute resolution applies to many different areas of law which include family, employment, contracts, international, environment, intellectual property and many areas of law. Not only is dispute resolution a preferred option it is now an obligatory option for many actions before progressing to court. At Aberdeen you are taught by professionals and experts with prior experience in dispute resolution.

The programme is delivered online so you can fit it around your life at any stage of your career. You gain enhanced negotiation skills across a range of sectors including commercial, employment, consumer and family. Mediation is becoming an important method of solving all manner of disputes as it is cost effective and reduces court costs. You are taught by a top 10 law School (Complete University Guide 2018) and graduates have a very high employment rate.

Courses listed for the programme

LLM - 28 months

Year 1 Compulsory

Arbitration Route -Legal Principles followed by International Arbitration Law

Mediation Focus - Legal Principles followed by negotiation skills

Optional Courses

Legal Principles

International Arbitration Law

Year 2 Compulsory

Arbitration Route - Negotiation skills followed by International Arbitration Practise

Mediation Route - Mediation Theory and Practise followed by Advanced Mediation Practise

Optional Course

Negotiation Skills

International Arbitration Practice

Advanced Mediation Practice

Year 3

Arbitration Route - Mediation, Theory and Practice

Mediation Route - International Arbitration Law



Compulsory Courses

International Arbitration Law

International Arbitration Practice

Postgraduate Certificate Mediation

Mediation Theory and Practice

Advanced Mediation Practice

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page


Why study at Aberdeen?

• The School of Law is ranked in the top 10 in the UK (Complete University Guide 2018)

• The programmes are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

• Anyone in a management position would benefit from understanding the principles, theories and practical techniques in successful


• There are many employment options for professional arbitrators who come from legal and other professional backgrounds

• Both programmes of study are entirely delivered online with access to the electronic library and plenty of support

Where you study

• University of Aberdeen

• Online

• Combination

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.


View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page



Living in Aberdeen

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• Your Accommodation

• Campus Facilities

• Aberdeen City

• Student Support

• Clubs and Societies

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Living costs


Visit the Dispute Resolution (Distance Learning) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!






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