Taught course

International Dispute Resolution (Mediation) (January start) Postgraduate Diploma ( 2 years Part-time)

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

Entry requirements

You should have 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.

Months of entry


Course content


This programme is now open for applications for January 2017 entry. Closing date for applications is 8 January 2017.

For more information on application dates, please see the Entry Requirements.

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 automatic referral to mediators for small claims court matters.

In Europe, the EU Directive on Cross-Border Mediation 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 Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Mediation has a strong focus on mediation and conciliation. The course will introduce you to the process of mediation and its role in the resolution of disputes. 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.

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: a legal qualification will not be a prerequisite for admission, although you will be expected to appreciate that the course will involve 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.

Law as a subject is particularly suitable for online learning as it is primarily text-based, so delivery of teaching materials is not restricted by bandwidth limitation. Most of the relevant materials for law are available in digital format from databases such as Kluwer, Lexis and Westlaw, which you will access through your Queen Mary account.

This programme will:

  • Give you a thorough grounding on all major issues arising in day-to-day international mediation practice.
  • Promote academic research of the highest standard on selected topics of interest.
  • Allow flexibility to enable you to plan and balance your study and work commitments.


You can study the Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Mediation, part-time for a period of 18 months, starting in January each year.

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 (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) – on a topic of your own choice.
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)

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

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Michelle Dean
+44 (0)20 7882 8099