A pass degree and/or relevant professional experience.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you’ll be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency before you can begin the course.
Please note that English language tests are valid for two years. Our programmes generally require IELTS 6.5.
Months of entry
This postgraduate programme in mediation and conflict resolution, now in its fifth year, provides a thorough, practical and exciting introduction to this developing area.
Still the only course of its kind in the UK, the programme is rigorous and multi-disciplinary, exposing you to a wide range of approaches as well as being taught by experts from across the UK.
The skills of conflict resolution are crucial in contemporary life. Professionals in business, public bodies and the law are increasingly expected to act in a collaborative way and to resolve disputes without the delay and expense of litigation. Mediation is fast becoming a core skill. For those working in international settings the core modules can be combined with other classes such as International Human Rights Law to provide the foundation for work with charities and non-governmental organisations committed to conflict resolution.
In response to popular demand, from 2014/15 you can graduate with either an LLM or MSc. Students whose dissertations deal with significant legal or justice questions receive recognition via an LLM. Those who take a social science or empirical approach will graduate with an MSc. This division reflects the range of students taking the course, who include:
- human resource professionals
- recent graduates of all disciplines
- social workers
- coaches, as well as experienced mediators seeking a more academic grounding for their work
The course combines theoretical and practical elements. It's recently been accredited by the Scottish Mediation Network.
You’ll enhance your confidence in dealing with interpersonal and organisational conflict while developing your communication and problem-solving skills. You can also gain practical experience through our Mediation Clinic.
Successful completion of the course will provide you with:
- specialised knowledge and practical mediation and negotiation skills
- potential career advancement
- a further academic qualification as tangible evidence of expertise
- a rigorous, multi-disciplinary perspective on conflict
- opportunities for further research
A unique aspect of studying for this qualification is that, as a student on the course, you can become a member of the Mediation Clinic. This is a student-led mediation service for the Greater Glasgow area.
The clinic exists to help people resolve disputes without going to court or tribunal. Since February 2014, it's been providing an in-court mediation service for small claims party litigants at Glasgow Sheriff Court. Each mediation is conducted by a lead mediator and student mediator.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Opportunities include:
- John Fitzsimons Memorial scholarships
- International Scholarships (instructional)
- University of Strathclyde Progression Scholarships
To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.
Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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