Dispute Resolution (Online) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS

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Course summary

Enhance your non-court dispute resolution skills with this online Masters accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Develop your qualifications in negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Prepare for a career in the non-court dispute resolution industry. Dispute resolution is faster, less adversarial and less public than the traditional litigation process. It’s why organisations and individuals are increasingly choosing to resolve disputes outside of court. Join our online LLM in Dispute Resolution to gain the skills, confidence, qualifications and connections to make a career in this area.

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and can exempt you from its Membership or Fellowship exams.
  • Flexible, so you control your workload each term.
  • Part-time, so you can keep working while you build qualifications.
This is an LLM entirely dedicated to dispute resolution methods, rather than combining dispute processes with a substantive subject. And with a wide range of course options, you can specialise in the methods that interest you. Who can study online LLM Dispute Resolution? This distance-learning LLM is open to professionals without a law degree. It’s ideal for any professional keen to enhance their non-court dispute resolution skills and qualifications.


Whatever your legal and educational background, we want to make sure you have the skills to excel in online legal study. So you’ll also work through our preparatory Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship course. Through it you’ll: develop your research, analytical, and writing skills to the highest standard; cover referencing, and understanding plagiarism; find out how to access librarian support and the wide range of resources available to you for your course and dissertation work.

Assessment method

This degree is assessed online, with the exception of our on-campus course options. These feature on-campus teaching and assessments.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Arbitrators, Chartered Institute of

How to apply

International applicants

This LLM is delivered online with the exception of: Professional Arbitration Skills – this optional course features 11 days on campus at the University of Aberdeen in June.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements differ slightly depending on the qualification you choose. LLM, PgDip, and PgCert in Mediation - 2:1 (upper-second) honours degree (or equivalent) in Law, or - 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in another discipline, or - significant professional experience. PgCert in International Arbitration - 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Law from a common law jurisdiction. The reason for this additional requirement is that students on this route do not require to take the Legal Principles course. These are our minimum entry requirements. They are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5 or above; Reading - 6.0 or above; Speaking - 5.5 or above; Writing - 6.0 or above. IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training are not accepted.
TOEFL (iBT)90TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition: Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17 or above; Reading - 21 or above; Speaking - 20 or above; Writing - 21 or above. DI code is 0818
PTE Academic62Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59 or above; Reading - 59 or above; Speaking - 59 or above; Writing - 59 or above. Online test is not accepted.
Institution's Own TestAcademic English Pre-sessional Programme (PSE) - Pass (valid for 1 year). Academic English Preparation Programme undertaken at other UK HEI - accredited by BALEAP and within 1 year of start of course.
Cambridge English AdvancedCOverall - 176 with: Listening - 162 or above; Reading - 162 or above; Speaking - 162 or above; Writing - 169 or above.

To study for a postgraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write academic English fluently. These skills will allow you to understand lectures, produce high standards of written work, and perform well in examinations. We can assess your English language proficiency through a variety of means: through your nationality, through the qualifications you gained in high school, through the degree you undertook or are undertaking at university, or through a recognised English language test. Postgraduate Higher requirements are used by the Schools of Business; Divinity, History and Philosophy; Education; Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture; Law; and Social Sciences. The MSc in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management and the MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience also make use of the Postgraduate Higher requirements. Please note certification must be within the two years prior to commencement of your degree programme, unless otherwise stated.

Please use the checklist at the following webpage to determine how you can meet our English language requirements:


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Fee information is not yet published for entry in Academic Year 2024/2025. For guidance, the fees on the website are for 2023/24.

Sponsorship information

The University of Aberdeen provides an Alumni Discount Scheme: The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen.

Dispute Resolution (Online) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS