Taught course

International Dispute Resolution (Arbitration)

Queen Mary, University of London · Centre for Commercial Law Studies - CCLS

Entry requirements

Application deadline: Due to the introduction of new specialist modules, we are now to remain open for applications for September 2016 entry. However, please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. If you are an international student and require a visa you will need to allow for the length of time needed to process your visa. For further information please visit our International Student pages. We reserve the right to close for applications at any stage. You may continue to apply for 2016 until notified of our closure date via this website. You should have an upper second class (2.1) honours degree in law (or with law as a major element) from a British university. Equivalent professional qualifications and experience will also be considered. Overseas students should contact the programme administrator lawdiplomas@qmul.ac.uk about the suitability of your qualifications and English language skills. 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.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration not only provides an understanding of the theoretical, practical and ethical problems relating to International Dispute Resolution, but also provides a stepping stone for professionals becoming more involved in international alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes.

You will be taught by the School of International Arbitration, a centre for research and teaching in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at Queen Mary.

There are two distinct International Dispute Resolution diploma routes to choose from, Arbitration or Mediation.

If you choose to specialise in Arbitration, this programme will:

  • Deepen your understanding of the conceptual framework of the area, as well as introduce you to the current issues and debates within the discipline.
  • Give you an international and comparative approach to the subject.
  • Provide you with a comprehensive arbitration curriculum with in-depth coverage of arbitration theory and exposure to arbitration practical issues (including how to draft arbitration awards)
  • Give you a detailed overview of a wide range of arbitration-related courses (commercial arbitration, construction arbitration, investment arbitration, ADR, litigation, substantive commercial law).


To qualify for the award of this specialised Postgraduate (PG) Diploma, you must complete core modules of 97.5 credits (as detailed below) and select a further 22.5 credits, which is a taught module, over a one year period.

Core modules:

Plus a further 22.5 credits from the list below:

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Michelle Dean
+44 20 7882 8099