M3D6 One year part-time - Next intake: January 2014
- Why is the course relevant?
- Whom is the course aimed at?
- Course content
- Application date
- How to apply
The Postgraduate Diploma in International Mediation (DipIM-ADR) has a strong focus on mediation and conciliation. 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.
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:
- A pilot scheme for the automatic referral to mediation in the UK County Court Money Claims Centre for claims of less than £5,000.
- Automatic referral to mediators for small claims court matters (claims up to £5,000).
- A Court of Appeal scheme whereby appeals of personal injury and contract claims of up to £200,000 will be automatically recommended for mediation.
- The Department for Business, Innovations and Skills has instituted a pilot scheme for two regional mediation networks for small and medium sized enterprises.
In Europe, the EU Directive on Cross-Border Mediation (2008/52/EC) 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 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 - due to some expert knowledge that they have: a legal qualification will not be a pre-requisite for admission. The course will introduce you to the process of mediation and its role in the resolution of disputes. All candidates will be expected to appreciate that the course will involve, inevitably, 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.
The programme is a postgraduate degree course involving part-time study for a period of 18 months, starting in 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 following two core modules:
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Negotiation and Mediation Workshop (Residential)
Plus either a further two half modules or one full module from the list below:
- Multi-party Negotiation and Mediation (half module)
- Labour Disputes (half module)
- International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement (full module)
- International Construction – Contracts and Arbitration (full module)
- 15,000 word research paper on a topic not covered by the taught elements and to be agreed with supervisor (full module)
Modules and Dissertation
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 – full modules - 45 credits; half modules 22.5 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
Continuous assessment will enhance the student-tutor relation and will provide regular feedback. Students will also be able to address questions and concerns directly to the course convenor and the course director. Participants are entitled to use the specialist electronic databases, such as Westlaw and LexisNexis.
Teachers contributing to this programme include:
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.
- January 2014 start - deadline for applications is 16 December 2013
As this is a distance learning programme, we understand that applicants may live overseas or outside London. To comply with official admissions procedures, we require certified copies of qualifications that have to be sent by post or courier if you are unable to deliver them in person. 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 using our online application form.
Choose the relevant PG Diploma online application form.
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 email@example.com. The Admissions team will also be able to help with advice, or if you have any difficulty using the online application form.
For further information on all our online courses, please contact:
Michelle Dean, Distance Learning Administrator
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Cyril McCarthy, Chartered Engineer, MIEI, MCIArb, B.E., MSc, P. Grad. Dip.
Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Mediation 2012-13
"As a chartered engineer with responsibility for public works contracts in Ireland I identified a need for knowledge in mediation and construction law as an increasing requirement within my role. The International Mediation Diploma gave me an opportunity to pursue this interest from home thanks to the distance learning option.
"The course I took comprised a module on mediation followed by an elective module on construction law and arbitration. I had previously completed a post graduate diploma in construction law at Trinity College Dublin and found the familiarity with legal concepts useful.
"The mediation module required a critical analysis of current research papers and topical debate. My efforts, coupled with the excellent feedback, built a conceptual understanding of mediation within a commercial, political, ethical and psychological context.
"The module on arbitration and construction law was steeped in real world experience. The focus on principles and their application to real problems provided learning that is readily applicable to my professional role. This course demanded a rigour and clarity of expression commensurate with its subject matter.
"The course notes and materials provided by the tutors were very good such that efficient study was facilitated. I found the workload demanding but would say that every minute of my time invested was worthwhile."