Taught course

Postgraduate Diploma in International Dispute Resolution (Arbitration) ( 1 Year Full-time or 2 years Part-time) (January start)

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

Apply by 15 December 2014

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

The Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration is for you if you are seeking a qualification in International Commercial Arbitration but need the flexibility of online learning. This distance learning course is aimed at practising lawyers, barristers, solicitors and in-house lawyers who cannot attend classes in London. If you don't have a background in law but you do have arbitration experience, for example, engineers, surveyors and accountants, you may also be interested in this course.

Arbitration is becoming an increasingly popular and more specialised method to resolve disputes: the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary is a world-renowned centre of excellence in research and teaching of international arbitration.

The Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration covers a comprehensive arbitration curriculum with in-depth study of arbitration theory and exposure to arbitration practical issues (including how to draft arbitration awards), and is taught by leading academics and practitioners in the field. The programme covers a wide range of arbitration-related topics (commercial arbitration, construction arbitration, investment arbitration, ADR, litigation, substantive commercial law).

The diploma is aimed not only at lawyers, but also at other professionals who may be involved in arbitration. A legal qualification will not be a pre-requisite 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 commercial arbitration.

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 limitations. Most of the relevant materials for law are available in digital format from databases such as Lexis and Westlaw, which you will be able to access through your Queen Mary student account.

This programme will:

  • Give you a solid grounding on all major issues arising in day-to-day arbitration practice.
  • Enable you to apply your learning, knowledge
  • Enable you to apply your learning, knowledge, skills and expertise to your work straight away and help to further your career


You can study the Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration, part-time over 18 months (including the assessment and graduation period) by distance learning.

The year is divided into two seven-month terms, with a selection of elective modules being offered during the second term. The diploma requires the successful completion of 120 credits.

  • 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.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Law
+44 (0)20 7882 8099