Dispute Resolution programme at University of Aberdeen is an online programme for professionals who wish to enhance their non-court dispute resolution skills. The learning pace is flexible, allowing you to choose each semester how many courses you wish to take. You can study full time over 12 months or part time taking up to 36 months. The courses provide a comprehensive grounding in essential dispute resolution techniques and theories.
The negotiation course will help anyone who has to negotiate disputes on behalf of a client, for themselves or for an employer.
The mediation courses will equip those who wish to become mediators (or who refer clients to mediation services) with the skills and techniques to do so. Employers and managers often find that mediation techniques help them to better handle staff disagreements and difficult discussions.
Arbitration, whether domestic or international, is an important option, especially in commercial cases. Although it is an adjudicative process, leading to a binding decision, it differs significantly from litigation; in its flexibility, its use of decision-maker expertise and its confidentiality. This programme highlights those differences, enabling students to learn how to prepare for arbitration hearings, how to present cases in an arbitral tribunal and even how, as an arbitrator, to take case through to a decision.
The programme is structured to allow you to tailor your study across the disciplines depending on your learning needs, ensuring you focus on the aspects of dispute resolution most relevant to you. Should you have less time to commit to study, or are returning to study, our one year PGCert programmes provide a strong grounding in either arbitration or mediation. Alternatively, you can take a single course as a ‘taster’ before committing to further study.
This programme can enhance dispute negotiation skills, essential to all dispute-related jobs.
Becoming a mediator requires, for credibility, a robust, quality postgraduate qualification which imparts the skills necessary to help parties to reach a negotiated solution. Those representing clients who may use mediation would also benefit from understanding their advice on the techniques a mediator will use. Anyone in a management position would benefit from an understanding of the principles, theories and practical techniques an education in mediation imparts. Although some mediators are lawyers, many are not, and this programme caters for those from all disciplines who may wish to become a mediator.
Those representing clients in an arbitral process need to fully understand how it differs from litigation and this programme would allow a legal professional to diversify his/her practice into this lucrative, growing area, especially internationally. Transactional lawyers and professionals need to know what is involved in arbitration too, since many commercial contracts contain a dispute resolution clause; if it is poorly drafted, this can cause considerable problems later. Arbitrators are drawn from a range of professional groupings, including lawyers, engineers, surveyors, construction professionals, the financial and accounting professions and many others. This programme is designed to allow any professional wishing to become involved in the world of arbitration (or to build on their involvement) to enhance career prospects.
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International Arbitration Practice has international Arbitration Law as a pre-requisite. The dissertation attracts 60 credits. With the exception of Legal Principles, each course will run once per academic year.
The courses are fully online with the exception of Advanced Mediation Practice. Students taking this course require to attend the university in Aberdeen for a three day period in late March. Students are required to fund their travel, subsistence and any other costs of this attendance. The tuition fee for this part of the course is included in the course/programme fee.
Students taking this course require to attend the university in Aberdeen for a three day period in late March. Students are required to fund their travel, subsistence and any other costs of this attendance. The tuition fee for this part of the course is included in the course/programme fee.
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DisciplinesPatent & Intellectual Property Law Public Law Business Law View 22 other Masters in Public Law in United Kingdom
- 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.
- Significant experience in a professional pursuit may, exceptionally, be accepted as a substitute for a Bachelor’s degree.
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International1060 GBP/moduleTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 1060 GBP per module and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA1060 GBP/moduleTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 1060 GBP per module and a duration of 12 months.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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