Taught course

Dispute Resolution

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh · School of Business, Enterprise and Management

Entry requirements

Students will normally have a degree or equivalent in any subject and relevant professional experience. Prospective students without a degree but substantial relevant professional experience are also welcome to apply following discussion with the programme leader. Accreditation of prior learning: You may be granted exemption from studying a module or modules up to a maximum of 60 credit points, provided you can demonstrate successful achievement of all the learning outcomes.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative MSc gives professionals with an interest in dispute resolution a deep understanding of both theory and practice in this crucial area. Taught mainly online by our experienced team of academics and practitioners, the course provides tailored and flexible learning for professionals seeking to deepen and widen their knowledge of disputes and how they are resolved.

There are several distinctive aspects of the MSc Dispute Resolution:
  • We focus on a particular type of dispute - those between ordinary individuals and powerful organisations, such as consumers and banks, for example, or citizens and the state - and we are particularly concerned with the mechanisms and principles which relate to these areas.
  • We provide both theoretical and practice-related learning, drawing on our expert team to provide a learning experience that is theoretically rich as well as highly practical.
  • The course is available as a PgCert, PgDip or MSc according to each student’s preferred outcome. The PgCert is available entirely online while the PgDip and MSc are available by blended learning (a mix of online and campus-based modules).

The MSc Dispute Resolution provides a comprehensive survey of the main forms of dispute resolution and the principles that underpin each one. This includes looking at mediation, investigative and adjudicative approaches, and complaint handling. In addition, the course allows students to consider issues that are relevant to all forms of dispute resolution through modules such as Communication in Dispute Settings. In keeping with the practice-related nature of the course, we offer students the opportunity to undertake a project-based module in an area of particular interest to them. Students completing the full MSc also undertake a significant piece of empirical research, with the potential to help develop the theory and practice of dispute resolution.

Information for international students

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Fees and funding

UK students
£688 per 20 credit module

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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Carol Brennan
0131 474 0000