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24 months

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Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

Arbitration Conflict Management (Business)

Course type


Course Summary

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.

This degree is accredited by

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

We’re a recognised course provider for CIArb Membership and Fellowship on the International Arbitration and Mediation Pathways.

Complete specific courses to the required standard and you’ll be exempt from the CIArb’s Membership or Fellowship exams.

How you’ll study

Course options

Our distance-learning LLM in Dispute Resolution gives you a range of course options to choose from.

Tailor your qualification to the areas of dispute resolution you’re most interested in. And choose the way you want to study too:

Online, or via a mix of online and on-campus courses
Complete your final year with flexible courses, a dissertation, or a Professional Skills Summer School.

Online learning

Your online teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day.

You’ll also have online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Taylor Library, a dedicated resource for law students. Both have first-class collections of reference works in law and related subjects.


This degree usually combines online assessment with written exams that you attend in person.

However, due to Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place until the September 2022 term at the earliest. Until then, we’ll be using alternative online assessments.


This degree will prepare you to pursue work in all dispute resolution disciplines.

Mediation careers

You will graduate from the LLM as a qualified mediator. Although some mediators are lawyers, many are not. This degree caters for professionals from all disciplines who want to become mediators.


Students are expected to spend considerable time on independent research throughout the course of the dissertation module, including; preparation of dissertation plan, amendment of plan in accordance with supervisory comments, preparation for the support session, and, of course, in the final 10,000 word dissertation itself.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students should have 2:1 (upper-second) honours degree (or equivalent) in Law. You can also apply if you have: a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in another discipline or significant professional experience.