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International Dispute Resolution (Mediation) (January start)

Postgraduate Diploma ( 2 years Part-time )


Mediation is developing at great speed in many countries. For example, it is part of the civil justice system of England and Wales through the Civil Procedure Rules and the provisions in the rules which encourage the use of mediation. Additional government initiatives in England and Wales have been introduced such as automatic referral to mediators for small claims court matters.

In Europe, the EU Directive on Cross-Border Mediation has led to the implementation of mediation legislation throughout the EU. Beyond Europe, other developments continue: for example, Japan has introduced mediation in its financial services sector; Hong Kong is promoting mediation through new legislation protecting confidentiality of the process; the International Bar Association has drafted investor-state mediation rules; Nigeria continues to develop its multi-door courthouses through which mediation is a primary process.

The Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Mediation has a strong focus on mediation and conciliation. The course will introduce you to the process of mediation and its role in the resolution of disputes. The diploma not only provides an understanding of the theoretical, practical and ethical problems relating to international mediation, but can also provide a stepping stone for professionals to become involved in international alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Traditional online modules are supplemented by a residential weekend that concentrates on practical negotiation and mediation exercises.

The diploma is aimed not only at lawyers, but also at other professionals who may be involved in mediation - be it as a disputant, representative or perhaps as a mediator: a legal qualification will not be a prerequisite 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 business mediation.

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 limitation. Most of the relevant materials for law are available in digital format from databases such as Kluwer, Lexis and Westlaw, which you will access through your Queen Mary account.

This programme will:

  • Give you a thorough grounding on all major issues arising in day-to-day international mediation practice.
  • Promote academic research of the highest standard on selected topics of interest.
  • Allow flexibility to enable you to plan and balance your study and work commitments.

Why study your Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Mediation 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.


We 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 - Mediation, part-time for a period of 18 months, starting in January each year.

The year is divided into two seven-month terms, with a selection of optional modules and dissertation being offered during the second term.

  • 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.

Distance learning

Increasingly 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. 
One of the most beneficial factors of distance learning study is that you can apply your learning, knowledge, skills and expertise to your work straight away and help to further your career.

Teaching operates via our Virtual Learning Environment (QMplus) and other tangible media. The diploma is taught by learning experts in the area and covers international and comparative commercial arbitration.

Core modules

Students must take a further 45 credits from the elective module list below: (a minimum of 3 student is required for a module to run)

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


Distance Learning Administrator: Michelle Dean
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8099
Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 8101

Entry requirements

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.

Application Date

Apply by 4 December 2015.

Learning and teaching

Teaching operates via an interactive online platform and the circulation of CDs 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:


Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.


Distance learning students are not eligible for Queen Mary funding.

Graduate Employment


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"

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