Gain a internationally recognised and accredited qualification in arbitration, a common alternative method of dispute resolution. Study at your own pace without interrupting your career with our innovative online Postgraduate Certificate course.

This programme is studied fully online.

Arbitration is growing in importance and volume as a dispute resolution method. In the international arena, it is one of the most common ways to resolve commercial disputes. It the main alternative to litigation, allowing disputes to be resolved by an expert tribunal, confidentially and speedily. The legal and practical issues are technical and complex, and anyone representing clients in this area has to understand not only the basic concepts but also the international reference materials, and the different legal cultures which exist.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months
Study Mode
Part Time
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What You'll Study

A Postgraduate Certificate requires passes in 60 credits of relevant subjects. You will obtain the Certificate by taking two courses, each worth 30 credits, between September and May. The two courses are as follows: LS501Z International Arbitration Law (September – December) LS552B International Arbitration Practice (January – May) Students must complete the courses in this order. All work for both courses is carried out online, with no requirement to attend in Aberdeen. If you would prefer to take the International Arbitration Law course as a stand-alone course first, you can do that and gain 30 credits before deciding whether or not to take the International Arbitration Practice course and complete the Certificate. If you wish to take a single course and leave the option to build in this way, please go to the short course page for International Arbitration Law.

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Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

How You'll Study

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 Postgraduate Certificates. They are 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 on campus courses and programmes, including access to a suite of learning resources and support.

Students learn by a mixture of podcasts and interaction. Interaction can be by live online tutorials, by discussions online in a forum and by participation in mock scenarios. Students are encouraged to interact and engage with exert tutors as well as with each other

Learning Methods

  • E-learning

Assessment Methods

The assessment varies across the two courses but includes online interaction, coursework and final exam.
Exams can be taken in a venue local to the student.

Why Study Postgraduate Certificate in International Arbitration?

This programme, taught by experts in the field, is suitable for those representing clients in arbitral proceedings as well as those wishing to become arbitrators. It takes students from a basic understanding of arbitration right through to how to conduct an arbitration, including conducting a preliminary meeting, drafting pleadings, the evidential hearing and even preparing an award. The quality of this programme is demonstrated by its Membership and Fellowship recognition from the globally leading Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen. Normally, a 2:1 honours law degree (or equivalent) will be required to be accepted onto this programme. Significant experience in a professional pursuit may, exceptionally, be accepted as a substitute for a Bachelor’s degree. The Programme Director retains sole discretion for any admission decisions.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

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Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

International Applicants

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Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,030
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. Charged on a modular basis. Fee quoted is per 15 credits.
Indicative Programme Fee £4,120
Indicative programme fee based on studies beginning in the 2019/20 academic year. Fees increment annually. This fee is calculated on the basis of 30 credits of study per semester.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

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This programme will assist those who wish to become arbitrators or to represent participants during an arbitration process, to do so with confidence and authority. This is against a background of an increase in arbitration in international commerce, but also in some jurisdictions in the domestic arena, for example in shipping, consumer, employment and even personal injury cases. This lucrative sector is competitive, and having a qualification in international arbitration will improve career prospects. This is especially since students can take their studies to CIArb Fellowship level while completing this qualification. Of course, knowing arbitration law is one thing; knowing how it applies in practice is another. This programme reflects this both in content and from a tutor perspective. Some leading figures in international arbitration share their experiences and perspectives on how to effectively represent clients in a case and how, as arbitrator, they expect a good case to be presented. Students gain hands on experience by taking a case through from its inception to the award and enforcement. Students will be expected, for example, to participate in a mock preliminary hearing, to draft a procedural order and to draft an arbitral award. The content of arbitral pleadings will be discussed. Problem solving on issues such as conflict of interest and jurisdictional challenges will assist in these important practical areas in real arbitrations. The conduct of the evidential hearing (whether in an adversarial or inquisitorial environment) will be closely considered. All of this will enable the graduate to present as a credible professional in this complex and highly practical discipline.


This course is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) as taking the graduate to Member (International Arbitration Law) and Fellowship (International Arbitration Practice) levels. The International Arbitration Law course, if passed, exempts the student from CIArb’s Module 1 on the International Arbitration Pathway. The International Arbitration Practice course exempts the student from Module 3 on the International Arbitration Pathway. Since applicants require a law degree to take this PgCert, most will already be exempt from CIArb’s Module 2. However, anyone considering applying for this PgCert and who wish Membership/Fellowship exemption upon completion, should check with CIArb that they will be exempt from CIArb’s Module 2 before applying to join the programme.

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Contact Details

School of Law
University of Aberdeen
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AB24 3UB