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A new, online short course for non-lawyers on the legal context and principles which underpin dispute resolution.

Designed specifically for professionals whose work includes resolving disputes, arbitration, or mediation, in the commercial, employment, consumer, or family field.

Learn from academics acknowledged as leaders in teaching and researching this field as you enjoy the convenience of online learning you can fit around your employment, location, and personal commitments.



Overview

The non-court dispute resolution industry is vibrant and growing, as organisations and individuals seek to resolve their disputes outside the often adversarial, public, slow and expensive litigation process.

Specialist skill in resolving disputes is increasing being recognised as a distinct area of expertise increasingly in demand in many sectors of business, employment and law. Mediation is also becoming increasingly popular as a cost effective, successful process across the commercial, family, employment, consumer, education, public sector and civil court arenas, as well as in complaints procedures.

As a manager in any field you are likely to become involved in resolving disputes, mediating or simply handling disagreements among staff and imparting difficult discussions. A good understanding of the legal principles which underpin the processes involved in dispute resolution will be a tremendous boost to your professional skills and career development.

You’ll cover the main principles and mechanics of contract law, which is important in underpinning negotiation, arbitration and mediation contracts. You’ll also study the law of tort (delict in Scottish law), which deals with potential liability, negligence or breach of duty of care, and you’ll look at the rules of civil evidence, which apply to how a case is proved.

The opportunity to study online, at any location, and to fit your learning around your employment and personal commitments makes this short course ideal for you as a working professional.


Why Aberdeen for this course?

The combination of track record, breadth and depth of expertise and experience, plus acknowledged teaching and research strength, makes Aberdeen an outstanding provider of education in all areas of law. A qualification in law from Aberdeen is highly respected by employers.

Our international School of Law is one the UK's elite training grounds for lawyers, ranked 10th  out of over 90 law schools in the UK, (The Complete University Guide 2018) and number 1 for for Graduate Prospects ( The Times Good University Guide 2018), highly rated for teaching, research and student care, 93%  student satisfaction score (NSS 2017).

The topic of dispute resolution is a particular strength at Aberdeen, with academics highly experienced in teaching and researching this subject. We teach this at undergraduate, professional postgraduate and Masters levels, with the on-campus Masters programme in Professional Arbitration Skills accredited by a leading professional arbitral body, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

You may wish to use this credit-bearing, short online course as a taster for continuing your professional education through a PGCert, PGDip or as a foundation course for the popular online LLM in Dispute Resolution, giving a real boost to your career.

You will enjoy access to the wonderful online resources of the award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Law Library, with a first-class collection of reference works in law and related subjects.

As a member of the Aberdeen community you will gain all the benefits of over 500 years of rich academic heritage combined with 21st century innovation and dynamism which today creates and delivers sought-after, flexible, industry-focused, world class programmes.


What you'll study

The course provides a thorough grounding for non-lawyers of the legal context and principles which underpin dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration.

You’ll cover the main principles and mechanics of contract law, which is important in underpinning negotiation, arbitration and mediation contracts. You’ll also study the law of tort (delict in Scottish law), which deals with potential liability, negligence or breach of duty of care. And you’ll look at the rules of civil evidence, which apply to how a case is proved (whether you are presenting or arbitrating on it), and have implications around privilege and confidentiality for negotiation and mediation.

You’ll learn from highly-experienced lawyers at a UK top-ten School of Law, and other practising experts, as you grow your own knowledge, expertise and career prospects while enjoying the convenience of online distance learning.


How you'll study

This online, 12-week distance-learning short course offers all the flexibility and convenience to study when, where and how you choose, and to fit your learning around your location, employment and personal commitments.

Our online courses are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as self-contained units of learning taught and assessed to the same quality as our degree programmes, and developed specifically for an online audience using a range of learning materials and assessment activities.

We aim to create an online classroom experience and student community which enables you to enjoy the same learning experience as students on our full degree programmes, including access to a suite of learning resources and support.

You’ll be guided through your programme with online lectures and tutorials, online materials, case studies, projects, videos, and access to the wonderful online resources of our award-winning libraries and plenty of interactive discussion and support.

Our first-class support structure will ensure that you are not alone in your study. Contact with your course tutors may be by email, Skype or Facetime, and you can use social media and discussion boards to find and talk to your fellow students wherever they are.

Wherever you are in the world, as you enjoy the convenience of online distance study, you will still feel part of the very special Aberdeen community.


Assessment

Our online courses are delivered through an online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) developed specifically for an online audience using a range of learning materials and assessment activities.

You will have a range of different types of assessment during your course which may include online tests and group work.


Entry Requirements

Normally, a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Law will be required to be accepted onto this course. Relevant practical experience in a related field will also be beneficial.

All students entering the University, including online courses, must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study our programmes effectively. Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. For details of our pre-sessional English courses see our Language Centre website.