OverviewThe Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration is for you if you are seeking a qualification in International Commercial Arbitration but need the flexibility of online learning. This distance learning course is aimed at practising lawyers, barristers, solicitors and in-house lawyers who cannot attend classes in London. If you don't have a background in law but you do have arbitration experience, for example, engineers, surveyors and accountants, you may also be interested in this course.
Arbitration is becoming an increasingly popular and more specialised method to resolve disputes: the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary is a world-renowned centre of excellence in research and teaching of international arbitration.
The Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration covers a comprehensive arbitration curriculum with in-depth study of arbitration theory and exposure to arbitration practical issues (including how to draft arbitration awards), and is taught by leading academics and practitioners in the field. The programme covers a wide range of arbitration-related topics (commercial arbitration, construction arbitration, investment arbitration, ADR, litigation, substantive commercial law).
The diploma is aimed not only at lawyers, but also at other professionals who may be involved in arbitration. A legal qualification will not be a pre-requisite for admission, although you will be expected to appreciate that the course will involve an understanding of law and legal implications. References and materials will be legally orientated, but this will enable the non-lawyer to be better equipped to deal with the issues raised in international commercial arbitration.
Law as a subject is particularly suitable for online learning as it is primarily text-based, so delivery of teaching materials is not restricted by bandwidth limitations. Most of the relevant materials for law are available in digital format from databases such as Lexis and Westlaw, which you will be able to access through your Queen Mary student account.
This programme will:
- Give you a solid grounding on all major issues arising in day-to-day arbitration practice.
- Enable you to apply your learning, knowledge
- Enable you to apply your learning, knowledge, skills and expertise to your work straight away and help to further your career
Why study your Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration at Queen Mary?The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
- You get the full benefits of studying for a recognised UK university qualification from a leading institution which belongs to both the University of London and Russell Group of leading UK universities whilst maintaining your existing professional and personal commitments.
- Benefit from regular interactive online support and feedback on mini assignments set by the academics to help you remain focused and motivated
- Network and share ideas with fellow students via online forums, which provide additional support and professional development
- Our teaching staff are experts in their field, informed by industry experience and the world-leading research of the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary
FacilitiesWe use a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as a platform to deliver clear course structures, teaching materials and to create interactive courses. You will have online access to Queen Mary’s libraries and online journals, and all of our e-learning facilities. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.
You can study the Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration, part-time over 18 months (including the assessment and graduation period) by distance learning.
- Taught modules (22.5 or 45 credits).
- Each module requires around seven and a half hours of work a week over one term. Each module assessment will vary and consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam).
- Dissertation (15,000-words) (45 credits) – on a topic of your own choice.
- Download the DL Programme Schedule including course and exam dates [PDF 23kb]
- Download the International Arbitration Award Writing details [PDF 81kb]
Distance learningIncreasingly we all face more pressures in our business lives and finding the time to attend courses can be very difficult. Distance learning is the solution to your training needs; it allows you the full benefits of studying for a recognised UK university qualification whilst still in full-time employment using this freedom and flexibility to your advantage.
You can set the pace at which you learn and decide when, where and how long you want to study for.
This programme is delivered via our web-based virtual learning environment (VLE). All written assignments are submitted through the e-learning system. You are encouraged to interact with teaching staff and other students in online discussion forums, join group activities and be part of the student community.
Modules:You will be required to take the two core modules:
- CCDD001 International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration (45 credits)
- CCDM035 International Arbitration Award Writing (30 credits)
Students must take a further 45 credits from the elective module list below (a minimum of three students are required for a module to run):
- CCDD002 Alternative Dispute Resolution (45 credits)
- CCDD003 International Construction - Contracts and Arbitration (45 credits)
- CCDD008 International Commercial Law (45 credits)
- CCDD005 International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement (45 credits)
- CCDD006 International Commercial Litigation (45 credits)
- CCDM112 Multi-party Negotiations and Mediation (22.5 credits)
- CCDM113 Labour Disputes (22.5 credits)
- CCDD007 Dissertation (45 credits)
Professional Exams Exemptions:
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) have approved the following exemptions:
- CCDD002 – exempt from CIArb Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution/Associate Level
- CCDM113 – exempt from CIArb Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution
ContactDistance Learning Administrator: Michelle Dean
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8099
Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 8101
You should have an upper second class honours degree in law (or with law as a major element) at a British university or the equivalent in other universities. Equivalent professional qualifications and experience are accepted at the discretion of the Programme Director.
International applicants:Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details on our English language entry requirements.
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
Apply by 4 December 2015.
Learning and teaching
Teaching operates via Queen Mary's virtual learning environment (QMplus) and other tangible media.
The Diploma is taught by leading experts in the area and covers international and comparative commercial arbitration.
Continuous assessment will enhance the student-tutor relationship and you will be provided with regular feedback. You will also be able to address questions and concerns directly to the course convenor and the course director. You are entitled to use specialist electronic databases, such as Westlaw and LexisNexis.
Each module will consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam).
If you take the dissertation option, you will produce a research paper of 15,000-words on a topic of your own choosing.
Teachers contributing to this programme include:
- Ms Norah Gallagher (Programme Director)
- HH Humphrey Lloyd
- Professor Loukas Mistelis
- Dr Tatiana Kyselov
- Dr Debbie De Girolamo
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Tuition fees for International students
Distance learning students are not eligible for Queen Mary funding.
Dr Estelle Katsimani
Senior Associate at Herbert Smith LLP specialising in Construction disputes,
Graduate PG Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (Distance Learning)
"I can highly recommend the Post-graduate Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration. The course is structured in such a way that it provides an excellent grounding to the student and practitioner alike on all major issues arising in day-to-day arbitration practice whilst at the same time promoting academic research of the highest standard on selected topics of interest. It is very interactive and affords the students the benefit of direct contact with enthusiastic and supportive lecturers who are recognised as leading authorities in the field of International Arbitration"
Norah Gallagher spoke at CIArb, Dublin
4 March 2013