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LLM/MSc/PgDip/PgCertMediation & Conflict Resolution

Why this course?

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:

  • lawyers
  • human resource professionals
  • recent graduates of all disciplines
  • managers
  • teachers
  • 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

You’ll study

The course can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis via a combination of evening and weekend classes, distance learning and personal study.

On a full-time basis, the LLM/MSc requires you to complete three modules in each of two semesters followed by a dissertation in a chosen research topic. Part-time students would normally undertake three modules per year.

As well as a rigorous theoretical grounding in the principles of mediation and conflict resolution, the course provides opportunities for you to acquire the skills of a mediator through simulations and case studies.

Mediation clinic

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.

Find out more about the mediation clinic.


Our library has a wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs. It also has duplicate sets of key law report series, houses extensive collections in government publications and other related areas.

You’ll have access to a wide range of electronic information sources which can be accessed from home, including all the major legal databases.

Course awards

Graduates at Certificate, Diploma or Masters level all fulfil the training requirements for the Scottish Mediation Register.

Find out more about mediation at Strathclyde

Watch an interview with Charlie Irvine, a Senior Teaching Fellow on the LLM/MSc in Mediation & Conflict Resolution, on the Mediator Academy website.

Course content

As well as the following classes, you may take a class for one of the other MSc/LLM courses in the Law School

Compulsory classes

Theory & Principles of Conflict Resolution

The aim of the module is for you to develop a critical awareness of the theoretical and disciplinary sources of conflict resolution.

Mediation in Practice

You'll develop an ethical and self-critical approach to mediation practice that takes account of the current range of models.

Compulsory for LLM/MSc/PgDip

Legal Research

The aim of the class is to help you enhance your research abilities and skills with a view to improving your performance in your courses. The class is divided into five main topics.

This class is taught entirely by way of distance learning. Lectures have been recorded in webcast and podcast form.

Elective classes

Mediation, the Law & Policy

This class examines the relationship between mediation and the law, in particular looking at issues of confidentiality, adversarialism and civil justice, and the role of lawyers within the process. It considers recent reviews of civil and administrative justice and employment practice for their impact on mediation, as well as critiques of mediation’s ‘institutionalisation’ from Scotland and abroad. It also examines the development of a mediation profession and issues such as training, continuous professional development, accreditation and regulation.

You'll be expected to participate in all seminars while some students will be identified to lead the discussion on each topic. 

Conflict Resolution & the State

You'll develop a critical understanding of the ways in which the state utilises alternative dispute resolution.


This class teaches negotiation in a variety of settings. It provides an overview of theories and models, establishing key principles for effective negotiation. It also uses practical negotiation exercises to build your knowledge and skills, covering such topics as business contracts, the public sector and personal injury.

Employment Mediation

You'll develop knowledge and skills in the use of mediation in employment disputes.

MSc Dissertation / LLM Dissertation

Once a student on the LLM/MSc programme passes all six classes they will be permitted to proceed to dissertation. 

Three months are normally given to complete the dissertation and a supervisor will be allocated to students after the Progress Board of Examiners Meeting in May/June each year.

Legal Process & The Law of Contract & Other Obligations

This module is for students with a non-law background.

Delivery of this module is through both on-line learning with webcasts and attendance at four seminars in the Law School.

Learning & teaching

Lectures are delivered on weekday evenings and weekends.


There are normally two assessments for each class – a practical and written assessment.

Entry requirements

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.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • LLM/MSc/PgDip (full-time) £7,500
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert (part-time) £3,750
  • PgCert (part-time) £3,550

Rest of UK

  • LLM/MSc/PgDip (full-time) £7,500
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert (part-time) £3,750
  • PgCert (part-time) £3,550


  • LLM/MSc/PgDip (full-time) £13,500

How can I fund my course?

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Opportunities include:

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.

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


Many students take their qualification into their existing professions, for example law, human resources, construction, education, management, social work and trade unions. A number of large law firms now have dispute resolution departments. Legal practitioners find the qualification a useful addition to their CV. HR managers who have taken the course report regular use of their mediation skills. Managers and social workers say they use them daily.

Former students are now working in community, homelessness and family mediation. Others have integrated mediation into their business offering.

Contact us


The University aims to give you a decision within two weeks. It will speed up the application process if you upload all your relevant documentation at the time of applying.

If you need some assistance in completing your application you may find the Applicant Guide to Postgraduate Taught Admissions useful.

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