Taught course

Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration

Queen Mary, University of London · School of Law

Entry requirements

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

Course description

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) offers the first Europe-based Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration with online support.

Why is the course relevant?

Arbitration is becoming an increasingly popular and more specialised method to resolve disputes:

  • The International Chamber of Commerce in Paris has increased the number of cases from 325 in 2006 to 508 in 2011
  • LCIA from 160 in 2008 to 240 in 2012
  • New ICC Rules and Swiss Rules in 2012, imminent new Vienna Rules

Whom is the course aimed at?

The online diploma is aimed, in particular, at practising lawyers, barristers, solicitors and in-house lawyers who cannot attend classes in London and require the flexibility of distance learning. Some students don't have a law background but do have arbitration experience, typically engineers, surveyors or accountants. The diploma course attracts about 25 students worldwide per year.

Benefits of the course

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

If you have arbitration experience but no formal qualification, you will gain solid theoretical knowledge of key arbitration issues and a broader understanding of arbitration.

Teaching methods

Teaching operates via an interactive online platform and other tangible media.

The Diploma is taught by leading experts in the area and covers International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration.

Programme Structure

The programme is a postgraduate degree course involving part-time study for a period of 18 months, starting during January each year.

The diploma requires the successful completion of 120 credits which can be completed as follows:

Students will be required to take the two core modules:

  • CCDD001 International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration (45 credits)
  • CCDM035 International Arbitration Award Writing (30 credits)

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):

  • CCDD002 Alternative Dispute Resolution (45 credits)
  • CCDD003 International Construction - Contracts and Arbitration (45 credits)
  • CCDD005 International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement (45 credits)
  • CCDD008 International Commercial Law (45 credits)
  • CCDD006 International Commercial Litigation (45 credits)
  • CCDD007 Dissertation (45 credits)
  • CCDM112 Multi-party Negotiations and Mediation (22.5 credits)
  • CCDM113 Labour Disputes (22.5 credits)

Modules and Dissertation

The year is divided into two seven-month terms, with a selection of elective modules 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) – topic of your own choice

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Michelle Dean
+44 (0)20 7882 8099
+44 (0)20 7882 8101