LLM/MSc in Mediation and Conflict Resolution

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LLM/MSc in Mediation and Conflict Resolution : Course Overview


The University of Strathclyde Law School’s Postgraduate programme in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, now entering 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 students to a wide range of approaches as well as being taught by experts from across the UK.

In response to popular demand, from 2014/15 students may graduate either LLM or MSc. This new qualification will enable students whose dissertations deal with significant legal or justice questions to receive recognition via an LLM. Those who take a social science or empirical approach will still be able to graduate 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 and coaches as well as experienced mediators seeking a more academic grounding for their work.

The course combines theoretical and practical elements and has recently been accredited by the Scottish Mediation Network. Participants will enhance their confidence in dealing with interpersonal and organisational conflict while developing their communication and problem-solving skills. As well as core courses on mediation theory and practice, there are modules on employment mediation, mediation law and policy, arbitration, transitional justice the key business skill of negotiation. Students may also elect classes from the whole range of postgraduate programmes such as Human Rights, Construction Law and International Economic Law.

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

What students have said about the course:

‘This was a most enjoyable and intellectually stimulating course.’

‘I have already used some of the approaches in situations at work and in my personal life and will continue to do so’. ‘An excellent course – thoroughly enjoyed it’.

‘The course created an agenda and discipline for me to further my studies in mediation and read more widely. Although I have an interest in doing this without the discipline, taking part in the course added a lot of impetus to that and introduced me to a lot of texts that I would not have thought of looking at’.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Typically an applicant must hold the equivalent of a first or upper second-class Honours degree from a UK university or college in a related discipline. However where an applicant has the equivalent of a lower second-class Honours degree from a UK university or college in a related discipline, entry may still be possible when this is taken together with other relevant professional experience, especially where the applicant can show significant work experience relevant to the course.

For those candidates without a formal law background the programme leader may at his or her discretion admit such individuals in the first instance to the PGDIP or CERT with a view to conversion to LLM upon satisfactory performance.

Applications are normally accepted up until August/September each year for entry in September.

Please note overseas students will not be granted a Tier 4 Visa for part-time study.  

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

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 


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

To pass each module, you need an average overall score of 50% across all assessments.


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:



Lord Hope Scholarship for LLM/MSc Law School Programmes 

Application can be made here:Lord Hope Scholarship Application Form 15-16

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 2015/16 (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

LLM Mediation and Conflict Resolution Application

The link for the LLM will appear on this page soon.   In the meantime, please either apply for the MSc and indicate your interest in the LLM or please contact pauline.mckay@strath.ac.uk


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.

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

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time LLM mediation and conflict resolution (Admission Code : MCRLM2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2016 entry to full-time MSc mediation and conflict resolution (Admission Code : LAMSC1)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2016 entry to full-time PG Diploma mediation and conflict resolution (Admission Code : LAPD1)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.