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Queen Mary University of London’s online programmes in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration aim to inspire a new generation of lawyers to rethink traditional approaches to conflict and its resolution, and to equip them with the tools required to succeed in the field. They combine solid theoretical grounding, broad interdisciplinary training and opportunities for individual study and skills development. Further, our dynamic programmes are designed to offer you all the excellent learning opportunities you would get on campus, without the restrictions of fixed times and locations.

The online programmes in International Dispute Resolution can be studied part-time as Master of Law (LLM), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert). The PGDip and the PGCert are shorter versions of the LLM programme. Unlike the LLM, they do not require completion of a dissertation but provide you with masters-level content. The difference between the PGDip and the PGCert is the number of modules required (the PGCert is shorter than the PGDip).

LLM

The LLM in International Dispute Resolution is available for part-time study offered over two academic years. During that time you will undertake four taught modules and a 20,000 word dissertation. For each module you will be awarded 30 credits and you will receive a further 60 credits for your dissertation. To graduate you must have accrued the full 180 credits, which involves completing every aspect of the modules and passing all relevant assignments.

Postgraduate Diploma

The PGDip in International Dispute Resolution is available for part time study offered over two academic years. During that time you will undertake four all taught modules. For each module, you will be awarded 30 credits. To graduate you must have accrued 120 credits, which involves completing every aspect of the modules and passing all relevant assignments.

Postgraduate Certificate

The PGCert in International Dispute Resolution is available for part time study over one year. During that time, you will undertake two taught modules. For each module, you will be awarded 30 credits. To graduate you must have accrued 60 credits, which involves completing every aspect of the modules and passing all relevant assignments.

After completing your PGCert or PGDip you have the opportunity to progress onto the next level (PGDip or LLM). Please get in touch with a course adviser to discuss the details.

How you are assessed

As a student at Queen Mary Online, we ask you to play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. We use a mixture of discussion forums and group webinars, designed to generate informed discussion around set topics.

Each module will consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam). Continuous assessment will enhance the student-tutor relationship and you will be provided with regular feedback by expert tutors. You will also be able to address questions and concerns directly to the course convenor and the course director.

The final dissertation required for the LLM will involve more in-depth study and independent research, on a topic agreed with your supervisor. 

Independent study

At Queen Mary Online we take your studies seriously and in return we hope that you will do the same. Each week you will need to invest additional time on individual study. This could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and undertaking research for you dissertation.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the online weekly content, along with your reading lists and assignments. We expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study helps foster the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help you throughout your working life.

Where we could lead you

We know from the success stories of our LLM graduates the variety of careers that are likely to be open to you on successful completion of this course. As you would expect a large portion have applied their degree knowledge directly working as solicitors, barristers, lawyers, legal associates or paralegals. Others have gone on to work in areas such as financial and energy regulation, consultancy, patents and trade marks. Many students who are already fully qualified and have been practicing for several years have found themselves able to advance their position within their existing company or to specialise in a new area of law. A significant number have gone on to undertake PhD’s in law and have been successful in attracting funding for these projects either at QMUL or other universities in the UK or overseas.

The skills developed through our programme – combined with the extra-curricular activities we offer – have enabled our recent graduates to move in to careers in the UK and around the world at companies such as:

  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Dentons 
  • Cubb Insurance
  • Nomura
  • Deloittes
  • Latham & Watkins
  • European Union Delegation
  • Ofgem
  • Honda

Source: DLHE 2014-15 Leavers


Visit the International Dispute Resolution LLM page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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