Dispute Resolution

University of Aberdeen


Off campus


This is a flexible part-time online programme for professionals who wish to enhance their alternative dispute resolution skills across a range of sectors, including: commercial, employment, consumer, family. The courses collectively provide a comprehensive grounding in essential techniques and theories to ensure that the best result can be secured.

The negotiation course will help anyone who has to negotiate disputes with colleagues or on behalf of a client, for themselves or for an employer.

The mediation courses will equip those who wish to become mediators, or who plan to refer clients to mediation services, with the skills and techniques to do so. These skills and techniques build on those employed by good negotiators, but from a different perspective. Employers or line managers will find that mediation techniques will enable them to better handle disagreements among staff, as well as difficult discussions.

Arbitration, whether in domestic or international disputes, is a very important option, especially (although not exclusively) in commercial cases. Although it is an adjudicative process, leading to a binding decision, it differs significantly from litigation in a number of key respects, not least its flexibility, its use of decision-maker expertise and its confidentiality. This programme highlights those differences, and students will learn how to prepare for arbitration hearings, how to present cases in an arbitral tribunal and how to arbitrate a case through to a decision.

You can exit after 12 months with PgCert Dispute Resolution.

You can exit after 24 months with PgDip Dispute Resolution.

Entry Requirements

Normally, a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Law will be required to be accepted onto this programme.

Alternatively, a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in another discipline may be accepted; this is especially so for those applicants not pursuing a route which focusses on Arbitration.

Significant experience in a professional pursuit may, exceptionally, be accepted as a substitute for a Bachelor’s degree.

Start Date

September, January


Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

24 months


Arts and Social Sciences



SCQF Level