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LLM/MSc in Mediation and Conflict Resolution : Course Overview

Expertise in mediation and conflict resolution is becoming essential in business and in the public sector in Scotland. Family, community, small claims, commercial and workplace mediation are already established, while recent legislation has led to the setting up of schemes for Additional Support for Learning and the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission. In addition, a number of professions regard conflict resolution and mediation skills as a key requirement of effective practice. Scotland’s first graduate level course in mediation offers a thorough practical and theoretical introduction to this growing area and will be of interest to lawyers, managers, HR professionals, social workers, graduate students of all disciplines with an interest in dispute resolution and practising mediators.

Recent legislative and policy developments are transforming the way in which disputes are handled in Scotland. The 2009 ACAS Code of Practice gives mediation a prominent role in the resolution of employment conflict. The recent Gibbons Review of Administrative Justice, the Scottish Civil Courts (Gill) Review and the European Directive on Cross Border Mediation all recognise the importance of mediation in a 21st Century approach to justice.

Students can also gain practical experience through our Mediation Clinic.

Successful completion of the course will provide:

  • 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

Entry Requirements

Normally a pass degree and/or relevant professional experience.

International applicants normally minimum of 2:2 honours degree and/or relevant experience.

If English is not your first language you will 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 with no element below

6.0 or TOEFL ibt minimum total score 100 (minimum scores of 20 in each section) [or equivalent].

The deadline for applications is normally mid-August, to start end of September each year.

Course Structure

Course Structure

The LLM/MSc can be studied over one year (full time) or two years (part time) and students may choose to sign up for or exist at PG cert or PG Dip stages. Teaching is divided into two semesters with a combination of evening and weekend classes, personal study and on-line learning. As well as a rigorous theoretical grounding in the principles of conflict resolution, the course will provide opportunities to acquire the skills of a mediator through simulations and case studies.

There are three core modules:

Theory and Principles of Conflict Resolution: this will examine the theoretical underpinnings of conflict resolution and mediation, including conflict studies, psychological theories, therapeutic approaches and negotiation theory. It locates mediation in the hierarchy of dispute resolution and considers prominent critiques of mediation from, among others, feminist, social justice and critical legal studies perspectives.
Mediation in Practice: this module will focus on face to face contact and skills acquisition. Students will learn about a ‘mainstream’ 5-stage model of mediation and alternative models including transformative mediation and narrative mediation.
Research Methods: an introduction to empirical and theoretical research methods (in preparation for the MSc thesis)
Students on the PG Dip and MSc choose another three optional module drawn from a list including: Mediation and the State; Employment Mediation; Mediation the Law and Policy; and other PGI modules offered across the Law School and HASS Faculty

For further details on these modules please click Mediation Summary Course Information 


Assessment

A mix of different assessment tools are used in this course including analytical essays, observed role plays and reflective diaries.

Staff

Delivered by experts from Strathclyde University and the mediation profession, this course provides a unique opportunity to gain an invaluable postgraduate qualification from one of Scotland's leading Law Schools.

  • Professor Charlie Irvine is one of Scotland’s leading mediation practitioners and is currently Chair of the Scottish Mediation Network.
  • Professor Bryan Clark is Head of the Law School and has published extensively on commercial mediation and the law.
  • Professor Mark Poustie, is a leading environmental lawyer.
  • Professor Peter Watson,  Visiting Professor
  • Mr David Hoey is an expert on employment law and partner in a leading Scottish employment law practice
  • Dr Roger Sidaway specialises in environmental dispute resolution and is a Visting academic at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Dr Barbara Wilson has been a family mediator since 1990. She is an international tutor and trainer, and has been published in the UK, USA and Australia. Her research interests are applied ADR theory, ethics, and the development of mediator expertise.
  • Jeremy Lack has broad commercial ADR practice and works in several fields. His areas of specialism are cross-cultural or international disputes and deal mediations, typically where there are business, technological or intellectual property issues involved. 
  • Alison Ebbit trained as a mediator in 2003.  She has developed courses in mediation, managing conflict, challenging behaviour, preventing youth homelessness and organisational change.  She practices in workplace conflicts and family mediation where she specialises in mediating with high-conflict and court-referred disputes.  
Funding and Scholarships

For up-to-date information about scholarships for full-time postgraduate study at Strathclyde, including details on eligibility and the application process please see our funding and scholarships pages.

The Carnegie Trust is offering 14 awards for students wishing to undertake a one-year taught postgraduate course.  Alternatively, it is permissible that the one-year course be taken on a half-time basis over two consecutive years.  The award will cover the standard home tuition fee only (up to £3750 full-time or £1875 part-time) and does not pay a maintenance stipend. Applicants must be Scottish by birth, descent (at least one parent born in Scotland) or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of at least three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.  Bursaries are intended to enhance a students’ employability in their chosen field, develop their specialist skills or supplement existing ones.  The bursaries should not be considered as a stepping stone for further study at PhD level.  Preference will be given to candidates with a clear career plan outside academia. The closing date for applications is 1 July 2013.  Further details and an application form for this award can be downloaded from the link below:

http://www.strath.ac.uk/rio/postgraduatescholarships/award_165050_en.html

 

Lord Hope Scholarship for LLM/MSc Law School Programmes (New for 2014 entry)

Application can be made here: Lord Hope Scholarship Application Form

The Law School is delighted to announce the launch of the Lord Hope Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme.  Under this initiative, up to twelve partial scholarships of £1,000 each shall be available for applicants across our range of LLM/MSc programmes in the academic year 2014/15 (all courses above).   The awards shall be granted on a competitive footing offered on the basis of financial need and academic merit.   In addition to the financial award, the successful applicants shall also be invited to attend a celebratory dinner hosted by patron of the scheme and Emeritus Professor of the Law School, the Rt Hon Lord Hope of Craighead KT, PC, FRSE, former Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session, Second Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and most recently Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. 

 

GREAT Scholarships

As part of the GREAT Scholarship programme -India and British Council Initiative awards to students of outstanding academic calibre from India are available.  More information can be found here: http://www.strath.ac.uk/rio/postgraduatescholarships/award_771767_en.htm

for Sep 2014 entry to full-time MSc mediation and conflict resolution (Admission Code : LAMSC1)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2014 entry to full-time PG Diploma mediation and conflict resolution (Admission Code : LAPD1)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2014 entry to part-time MSc mediation and conflict resolution (Admission Code : LAMSC2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2014 entry to part-time PG Diploma mediation and conflict resolution (Admission Code : LAPD2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2014 entry to part-time PG Certificate mediation and conflict resolution (Admission Code : LAPC2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

 

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 isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today. 

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time MSc mediation and conflict resolution (Admission Code : LAMSC1)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time MSc mediation and conflict resolution (Admission Code : LAMSC2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time PG Diploma mediation and conflict resolution (Admission Code : LAPD2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time PG Diploma mediation and conflict resolution (Admission Code : LAPD1)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time PG Certificate mediation and conflict resolution (Admission Code : LAPC2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.