Mode of Study



1 year part-time


If you can see yourself in the demanding arena of dispute resolution, then our PgCert Dispute Resolution course will give you the skills you need to realise your ambitions.

On this course, you'll learn about the causes and nature of conflict, how to minimise it's damage, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes. You'll also understand about the role of ADR practitioners, and ADR processes such as arbitration, mediation and conciliation.

When you finish the course, you'll have the option to complete two further units and a dissertation, or professional practitioner project, to top up to the full LLM qualification. You'll have the skills for a successful career in ADR, and related professional roles in the fields of commerce, business and law.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Examine recent examples of ADR across private and public sectors
  • Learn techniques for negotiation and dispute resolution in both small and large scale disputes
  • Take part in simulated arbitration and mediation proceedings in our replica court room
  • Have 24/7 access to our library's extensive resources, which include books, ejournals and database collections
  • Benefit from our strong links with the Court Service
  • Receive mentoring from local professionals, including solicitors and civil servants

Careers and opportunities

Careers and opportunities

Mediation, arbitration and conciliation are regularly used across sectors such as HR and construction, and in corporate transactional disputes where parties are keen to avoid the costs and publicity of litigation.

When you complete this course, you'll understand the theory and practice of ADR and be able to apply this to a range of situations, from small scale personnel disputes to large scale international commercial arbitrations.

You'll have completed the first step towards becoming an accredited mediator or chartered arbitrator, opening the door for career progression within the public and private sectors.

Career opportunities include:

  • Accredited mediator
  • Chartered arbitrator
  • Expert adviser
  • Dispute resolution consultant
  • HR officer

Professional Accreditations

We're a recognised course provider for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and law graduates will have the option to qualify as a Member of the CIArb if appropriate options are selected. This means you can use the letters MCIArb after your name, and provides an accelerated route to qualification as a chartered arbitrator.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2018 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Part-time: £2,570 per year (subject to annual increase)

International students

  • Part-time: £4,670 (subject to annual increase)

What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.


Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical exercises
  • simulations
  • case studies

You'll be assessed through:

  • case studies
  • preparation and negotiation exercises
  • independent research and reflection
  • examinations

You'll be able to test your knowledge informally before submitting assignments that count towards your final mark.

You'll get feedback on assessments to help you improve in future.