The University of Aberdeen

Dispute Resolution

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Rank: 26 (The Complete University Guide)

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Study mode on-line study

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2020/01/13

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Unlike many other programmes on dispute resolution, this programme does not seek to combine a substantive subject with dispute processes; it focuses only on those methods best placed to resolve disputes. It is dedicated to dispute resolution methodology. The non-court dispute resolution industry is vibrant and growing as organisations and individuals seek to resolve their disputes outside the often adversarial, public, slow and expensive litigation process. The programme is fully online with the exception of Advanced Mediation Practice. Students taking this course require to attend the university in Aberdeen for a three day period in late March. This is an online programme for professionals who wish to enhance their non-court dispute resolution skills. The learning pace is flexible, allowing you to choose each semester how many courses you wish to take. You can study full time over 12 months or part time taking up to 36 months. The courses provide a comprehensive grounding in essential dispute resolution techniques and theories. The quality of the programme is evidenced by its recognition by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb): certain courses may exempt you from CIArb’s Membership or Fellowship examinations. The negotiation course will help anyone who has to negotiate disputes on behalf of a client, for themselves or for an employer. The mediation courses will equip those who wish to become mediators (or who refer clients to mediation services) with the skills and techniques to do so. Employers and managers often find that mediation techniques help them to better handle staff disagreements and difficult discussions. Arbitration, whether domestic or international, is an important option, especially in commercial cases. Although it is an adjudicative process, leading to a binding decision, it differs significantly from litigation; in its flexibility, its use of decision-maker expertise and its confidentiality. This programme highlights those differences, enabling students to learn how to prepare for arbitration hearings, how to present cases in an arbitral tribunal and even how, as an arbitrator, to take case through to a decision. The programme is structured to allow you to tailor your study across the disciplines depending on your learning needs, ensuring you focus on the aspects of dispute resolution most relevant to you.


Entry requirements

Normally, a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Law will be required to be accepted onto this programme. Alternatively, a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in another discipline may be accepted. Significant experience in a professional pursuit may, exceptionally, be accepted as a substitute for a Bachelor’s degree. The exception to this is that entry to the PgCert International Arbitration requires the applicant to have a 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.

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IELTS (Academic): 6.5
TOEFL (iBT): 90.0
PTE Academic: 62.0

About this university

International students

For students travelling from outside the UK, the International Student Advisors are available to help guide them on a range of issues. This can range from immigration and visas information, non-academic guidance regarding life in the country as well as help on financial matters. They are based within the Student Advice and Support Office and there are also various pages on the website to help with confidential advice and guidance. Students are represented by the Aberdeen University Students' Association (AUSA). It does not operate a traditional students' union arrangement but does operate The Hub, a dining and social centre created in the former central refectory after a refurbishment. There are some 100 clubs and societies for students to get involved with. The AUSA organises these and among them is the Aberdeen University Debater, the oldest organisation founded in 1848. There is also a student newspaper and numerous other arts and media opportunities. Another notable organisation is the Aberdeen Future Fund, a charity that seeks positive relationships from alumni of the university with current students to help prepare for their future. Sports are organised by the Aberdeen University Sports Union and make use of the various facilities around the sites including the fields to the rear of King's College and the Aberdeen Sports Village.

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