Taught course

International Dispute Resolution

Durham University · Department of Law

Entry requirements

A good 2:1 degree (or its equivalent) in law, or in a degree in which law is a major component.

  • Students whose native language is not English must show evidence of general proficiency in the English language by normally achieving 7.0 or higher in IELTS with a minimum of 7.0 in the writing component and a minimum of 6.5 in all other components.

  • Students from EU member states whose native language is not English may show evidence of general proficiency in the English language by normally achieving 102 or higher in TOEFL with a minimum of 27 in the writing component and a minimum of 25 in all other components.

Months of entry


Course content

Our LLM in International Dispute Resolution provides you with you with an advanced understanding of international arbitration law. In the first term, you will take a compulsory module providing a solid grounding in the subject. In the second term, you have the opportunity to take more advanced core modules that cover a range of topics in international dispute resolution. On completion of your choice of taught modules, you will be able to apply the knowledge, lawyering skills and legal reasoning to real-life situations to resolve issues, problems and disputes within the legal parameters.

We deliver teaching through student-led seminars. Your dissertation is pursued by independent research with individual supervision. You will be part of an inclusive and diverse community of students from different countries and backgrounds, who enrich the course with their academic and professional experiences.

Our School hosts the Durham International Dispute Resolution Institute and the Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law. You are encouraged to participate in their many activities. Upon completing the curriculum, you will be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of legal knowledge and be able to critically analyse and evaluate legal principles and arguments at a required level to meet the legal profession’s standards and expectations and the community. You will also be able to present effective legal arguments in the professional context and explain the Law effectively to lay clients and members of the larger community.

Course Structure

Core modules:

  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Investor-State Arbitration
  • Commercial Mediation

Examples of optional modules:

  • Advanced Issues of Corporate Law
  • Advanced Issues of International Law
  • China and the International Legal Order
  • Competition Law
  • Contemporary Issues in International Intellectual Property Law
  • Cross-Border Commercial Litigation
  • Frontiers in Biolaw
  • Global Environmental Law
  • Global Financial Law
  • Fundamentals and advanced issues in International Commercial Arbitration
  • Commercial Mediation
  • International Investment Law
  • International Tax Law
  • International Trade Law and Policy
  • Introduction to Corporate Governance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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