Taught course

International Dispute Resolution (Arbitration)

Queen Mary, University of London · School of Law

Entry requirements

Law graduates

The usual qualification for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in International Dispute Resolution (Mediation) is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

Non-law graduates

Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.

Months of entry


Course content

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

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months
part time
24 months
24 months

Course contact details

School of Law
+44 (0)20 7882 8099