Equip yourself with the tools to effectively manage disputes through mediation with our flexible online postgraduate certificate.

This programme is studied by blended learning - a mixture of on campus and online.

Mediation is flourishing as a method to resolve a very wide range of disputes including in the commercial, employment, family, education, community, health and housing sectors (to name some). Mediation can break down a dispute by using tools, techniques and inter-personal skills simply not available in any other resolution forum. Even the most intractable disputes can be mediated to a resolution.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Blended Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month

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: LS501Y Mediation Theory and Practice (September – December) LS552A Advanced Mediation Practice (January – May) Students must complete the courses in this order.

Attendance is required in Aberdeen for three days in March/April during the year of study. Otherwise, all work for both courses is carried out online.

If you would prefer to take the Mediation Theory and Practice course as a stand-alone course first, you can do that and gain 30 credits before deciding whether or not to take the Advanced Mediation 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 Mediation Theory and Practice.

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Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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

There are no examinations in these courses. Instead, students are tested on their written and oral skills in essays, discussions and mock mediation exercises

Why Study Postgraduate Certificate in Mediation?

Designed for graduates in any discipline, this highly practical and experiential qualification takes students to an advanced understanding of how mediation operates and how to mediate. No legal background is necessary, as mediation in practised by those working across wide range of professional groups. Those with mediation skills can use them not only to mediate disputes, but more widely. The techniques learned can be used when planning and having any challenging conversation or interaction of any kind. They are broad life skills, transferable anywhere.

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 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

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

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

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, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


This programme can assist those who wish to become mediators or to represent participants during a mediation process. This is against a background of an increase in mediation across a range of sectors, both in the UK and abroad. Learning involves understanding mediation theory as well as acquiring a bank of skills and techniques to allow the mediator to get to the bottom of the problems between those in disagreement and help them to identify a solution. These skills and techniques are practised by students in a hands-on way on the courses, so that students have practical experience of mediating. The final assessment is based on a simulated mediation. Successful PGCert graduates will gain a set of skills and learn techniques all of which will enable them to operate more effectively when dealing with difficult situations in the workplace and in other environments, as well as when dealing with formal disputes. Graduates will lean how to use meditative language (both spoken and body language) as well as techniques such as summarising and reframing.


This course is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) as taking the graduate to Member and Accredited Mediator status. This means that graduates can use the title ‘Accredited Mediator’ on joining the CIArb.

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Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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Contact Details

School of Law
University of Aberdeen
Taylor Building
AB24 3UB