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Postgraduate Certificate in Mediation PgCert

Postgraduate Certificate in Mediation PgCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Legal Practice / Procedures Conflict Management (Business) Negotiating Skills (Business)

Course type


Course Summary

This programme develops your mediation skills, methodology and practical application to solve disputes in business, employment, family, education, community, health and housing.

  • It offers accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIarb)
  • Law has been taught at Aberdeen since 1495 and it now enjoys a ranking of 9th in the UK (CUG 2020).
  • 98% of students felt that their LLM had added value to their career prospects and 97% would recommend their course to others.
  • Law is ranked 9th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020)

You can study mostly online and enjoy a short period of time at University of Aberdeen, which is set in a beautiful medieval campus in the city of Aberdeen. The city is within easy reach of Royal Deeside, The Cairngorms National Park, a ferry ride to Orkney and Shetland, and you can travel to other Scottish cities and the Highlands.

Mediation is now seen as an essential part of the dispute process to solve a wide variety of disputes which include challenges within: commercial, employment, family, education, community, health, housing, and many other areas. This programme is an ideal route into becoming a mediator and it is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). There is a further programme in Dispute Resolution which may also be of interest.

The certificate can be studied by anyone from any discipline and no legal background is necessary. The University of Aberdeen offers similar courses in Dispute Resolution and Arbitration plus a wide range of internationally focused commercial, environmental, civil and wide-ranging law programmes at all levels. The School of Law is well recognised in the UK as a top 10 School of Law (Complete University Guide 2020) and law has been studied and researched since 1495. You are taught by an international team of researchers and lecturers with professional experience.

You study in The School of Law via blended learning, which means that most of your studies are online. Attendance is required in Aberdeen for three days in March/April during the year of study. The School offer an excellent range of research led teaching, programmes at all levels, consultancy work, expert evidence to inform policies at UK and EU level and they publish some exciting innovative research. You apply your skills and knowledge to mediation exercises. The School of Law researches across several centres which include: The Centre for Commercial Law; the Centre for Constitutional and Public International Law; the Centre for Energy Law; The Centre for Private International Law and the Centre for Scots Law.

Careers can include a range of situations in employment areas where mediation is required such as employment, contracts, and areas of legal argument, business negotiations and issues, relationship challenges, diplomacy and many more situations where disagreements may occur.

Online Learning

When you study online your study and research needs are taken care of online. You have access to the Virtual Learning platform at Aberdeen. On this platform you can view lectures, speak to lecturers and your tutor, communicate with your peers, enjoy group work where relevant, blogs and many other facilities to ensure your learning experience is like being on campus. You have access to the Sir Duncan Rice Library and its extensive e-resources to ensure you have the same quality of experience as you would on campus.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495. It is “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.”

Different course options

Study mode

Distance with attendance


12 months

Start date



Mediation Theory and Practice - Core
Advanced Mediation Practice - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Honours degree or significant professional work experience