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 which will offer you 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.
This part-time Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) ADR comprises two taught modules and has been designed for those who are unable to commit to the full LLM ADR programme. It gives you an introduction to the theory and practice of a variety of dispute resulotion mechanisms as well as a grounding in the relevant law. At a later date, you have the option to take two further taught units and a dissertation or professional practitioner project to top up to the full LLM qualification.
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 state-of-the-art replica court room
- Develop effective and practical skills for negotiation and dispute resolution
What opportunities might it lead to?
Undertaking this new 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) and law graduates will have the option of qualifying as a Member of the CIArb if appropriate options are selected. 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 part time
- 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
2016/17 entry: part time: £2,130 p/a*
2017/18 entry: part time: £2,130 p/a*
Course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
2016/17 entry: part time: £4,230 p/a*
2017/18 entry: part time: £4,430 p/a*
*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
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Structure & Teaching
You will study two mandatory units from list the list below:
- Legal Approach to Business (core if you do not already hold a Law degree or equivalent qualification/experience)
- Commercial and Consumer Law (for students with a qualifying Law degree)
- Theory and Practice of ADR
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 full blown 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 firsthand 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.
Courts increasingly require parties in dispute to under go ADR before resorting to litigation and the EU ADR Directive 2013 is likely to increase demand for professionals holding a specialist qualification. Mediation and conciliation are regularly used across sectors such as HR, construction and corporate transactional disputes, where parties are keen to avoid the costs and publicity of litigation.
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
Apply direct using our online form
Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.
Postgraduate Information Days
Our Postgraduate Information Days give you the opportunity to visit the University and meet with course leaders. You can also go to a range of academic and support-based talks to get the information you need to consider when studying at postgraduate level with us.
Our Postgraduate Information Days for 2017 entry are:
- Wednesday 1 March 2017, 1pm - 5pm
- Wednesday 26 April 2017, 1pm - 5pm
Portsmouth Business School open events
Find out about our this course meet lecturers and get advice on funding your studies at our events for postgraduates and part-time undergraduates.
- Thursday 16 February 2017, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
- Wednesday 21 June 2017, 5pm - 7pm
- Tuesday 5 September 2017, 5pm - 7pm
Other opportunities to visit
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We have an open-door policy so you will be able to take a look in our buildings, speak to some of our support services and get a feel for the campus.
If you are unable to visit us, contact the admissions team – see the 'Key Facts' section above for contact details.
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Fees and Funding
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