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Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration

M3DF One year part-time - Next intake: January 2015

Course description

I found the course very interactive and it affords students the benefit of direct contact with enthusiastic and supportive lecturers who are recognised as leading authorities in the field of International Arbitration.
Dr Estelle Katsimani Senior Associate at Herbert Smith LLP specialising in Construction disputes.

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) offers the first Europe-based Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration with online support.

Why is the course relevant?

Arbitration is becoming an increasingly popular and more specialised method to resolve disputes: 

  • The International Chamber of Commerce in Paris has increased the number of cases from 325 in 2006 to 508 in 2011
  • LCIA from 160 in 2008 to 240 in 2012
  • New ICC Rules and Swiss Rules in 2012, imminent new Vienna Rules

Whom is the course aimed at?

The online diploma is aimed, in particular, at practising lawyers, barristers, solicitors and in-house lawyers who cannot attend classes in London and require the flexibility of distance learning. Some students don't have a law background but do have arbitration experience, typically engineers, surveyors or accountants. The diploma course attracts about 25 students worldwide per year.

Benefits of the course

The Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration is a comprehensive arbitration curriculum with in-depth coverage of arbitration theory and exposure to arbitration practical issues (including how to draft arbitration awards), taught by leading academics and practitioners in the field. The programme covers a wide range of arbitration-related courses (commercial arbitration, construction arbitration, investment arbitration, ADR, litigation, substantive commercial law).

If you have arbitration experience but no formal qualification, you will gain solid theoretical knowledge of key arbitration issues and a broader understanding of arbitration.

Teaching methods

Teaching operates via an interactive online platform and other tangible media.

The Diploma is taught by leading experts in the area and covers International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration.

Read more about the School of International Arbitration.

Programme Structure

The programme is a postgraduate degree course involving part-time study for a period of 18 months, starting during January each year. 

The diploma requires the successful completion of 120 credits which can be completed as follows:

Students will be required to take the two 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):

Modules and Dissertation

The year is divided into two seven-month terms, with a selection of elective modules 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) – topic of your own choice

Teachers contributing to this programme include:

Important information

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

Entrance Requirements

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.

Application Date

Deadline for applying: 15 December 2014

As this is a distance learning programme, we understand that applicants may live overseas or outside London and are unable to deliver supporting documents them in person. Electronics copies of supporting documents are acceptable for the online application. To comply with official admissions procedures, if you are made an offer, applicants must submit original certified or notarised copies of the supporting documents by post or courier and make a payment of part or full fees to be received no later than 12 January 2015. We have set the deadline to ensure that your documentation arrives in time for us to process it. This also allows time for you to receive the required course materials ready for the start of the programme.

How to apply

Apply online

Full guidance notes are provided during the online application process.

If you are unable to access the online form or would prefer to submit a paper application, please contact the Admissions team by email on The Admissions team will also be able to help with advice, or if you have any difficulty using the online application form.


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

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