Alternative Dispute Resolution
Develop skills in negotiation and explore the theory of resolving conflict
Why take this course?
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) enables disagreeing parties to resolve disputes through a wide spectrum of avenues such as arbitration, mediation and conciliation, without having to resort to litigation. ADR is a fast-growing area offering a challenging and satisfying career through an array of emerging professional roles. It will appeal to graduates, lawyers, business managers and professionals who are interested in exploring this fascinating and diverse subject.
If you are unable to commit to our full LLM ADR programme, we offer a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) ADR.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Examine recent ADR examples across a broad range of sectors
- Explore the techniques of resolving conflict in small and large scale disputes
- Take part in simulated arbitration and mediation proceedings using our replica court room
- Develop effective and practical skills for negotiation and dispute resolution
What opportunities might it lead to?
Undertaking this new LLM programme will enable you to understand the theory and practice of negotiation and conciliation from mediation of small scale personnel disputes to large scale international commercial arbitrations. It is a step on the route to becoming an accredited mediator or chartered arbitrator which offers a wealth of opportunities for career progression in this rapidly developing area of professional practice.
We are a recognised course provider for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). Law graduates will have the option of qualifying as a Member of the CIArb subject to meeting certain criteria. This will allow you to use the letters MCIArb after your name and offers an accelerated route to qualification as a chartered arbitrator.
- 1 year full time, 30 months part time
- 2017 entry requirements
- A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £6,400 part time: £2,130 p/a*
2017/18 entry: full time: £13,300 part time: £4,430 p/a*
*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
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Structure & Teaching
You can take the course over one year full time or three years part time. You can choose to undertake either a dissertation or professional practitioner project. In addition, you will take the following compulsory units:
- Theory of Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Negotiation Theory and Practice
- International Commercial Arbitration
- Commercial and Consumer Law (for Law graduates)
- Legal Approach to Business (for non-Law graduates)
Teaching and Assessment
The course offers a balanced structure of lectures and seminars together with practical exercises such as simulations and case studies. Teaching is in small groups providing an informal, friendly and supportive atmosphere.
How are you assessed?
Your learning will be assessed through a combination of:
- Case studies
- Preparation and negotiation exercises
- Independent research and reflection
Facilities & Features
You can be part of our mock trials and moots in our mock courtroom. The £1 million development is an exact replica of a crown court, complete with dock, witness box, public gallery, jury room and interview rooms. Gain first-hand experience of a realistic court setting.
Depending on your mode of study, you may not always be campus based. However, you will still benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.
We pride ourselves on the good reputation we have in the area. Maintaining good links with the Court Service in Portsmouth allows us to facilitate court visits, marshalling and even work experience. Our mentoring programme also brings in members of the legal profession who work in local solicitors’ firms, for the government and in a variety of other contexts and links them with you.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Budgeting for your studies
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Careers & Opportunities
There are currently thousands of roles being advertised by employers in the private and public sectors looking for the skills and knowledge required to successfully handle dispute resolution. Career prospects could be unlimited for those with a passion and ambition to aim for top roles in large and diverse organisations or to become a consultant in this arena.
Here are some routes our graduates might pursue:
- Accredited mediator
- Chartered arbitrator
- Expert adviser
- Dispute resolution consultancies
- Industry specific roles in construction, HR and related sectors
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Benefits of Postgraduate Study
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
- Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
- Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
- Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
- Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
- If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.
Online application form
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Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.
Postgraduate Information Days
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