University of Aberdeen

Postgraduate Certificate
12 months
4240 EUR/module
1060 EUR/module
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Equip yourself with the tools to effectively manage disputes through mediation with our flexible online postgraduate certificate. Postgraduate Certificate in Mediation is a programme offered at University of Aberdeen.


Why Study Postgraduate Certificate in Mediation at University of Aberdeen?

Designed for graduates in any discipline, this highly practical and experiential qualification takes students to an advanced understanding of how mediation operates and how to mediate. No legal background is necessary, as mediation in practised by those working across wide range of professional groups. Those with mediation skills can use them not only to mediate disputes, but more widely. The techniques learned can be used when planning and having any challenging conversation or interaction of any kind. They are broad life skills, transferable anywhere.

Mediation is flourishing as a method to resolve a very wide range of disputes including in the commercial, employment, family, education, community, health and housing sectors (to name some). Mediation can break down a dispute by using tools, techniques and inter-personal skills simply not available in any other resolution forum. Even the most intractable disputes can be mediated to a resolution.


This programme can assist those who wish to become mediators or to represent participants during a mediation process. This is against a background of an increase in mediation across a range of sectors, both in the UK and abroad. Learning involves understanding mediation theory as well as acquiring a bank of skills and techniques to allow the mediator to get to the bottom of the problems between those in disagreement and help them to identify a solution. These skills and techniques are practised by students in a hands-on way on the courses, so that students have practical experience of mediating. The final assessment is based on a simulated mediation. Successful PGCert graduates will gain a set of skills and learn techniques all of which will enable them to operate more effectively when dealing with difficult situations in the workplace and in other environments, as well as when dealing with formal disputes. Graduates will lean how to use meditative language (both spoken and body language) as well as techniques such as summarising and reframing.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Mediation Theory and Practice (September – December) 
  • Advanced Mediation Practice (January – May) 

Students must complete the courses in this order.

Attendance is required in Aberdeen for three days in March/April during the year of study. Otherwise, all work for both courses is carried out online.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements


  • Normally, a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) will be required to be accepted onto this programme. Significant experience in a professional pursuit may, exceptionally, be accepted as a substitute for a Bachelor’s degree. The Programme Director retains sole discretion for any admission decisions.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4240 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4240 EUR per module and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1060 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1060 EUR per module and a duration of 12 months.

Fee quoted is per 15 credits.


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