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LLM/MSc/PgDipMediation & 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 multidisciplinary, 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, 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 is accredited by the Scottish Mediation Register.

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 classes in each of two semesters followed by a dissertation in a chosen research topic. Part-time students would normally undertake three classes 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. It provides 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.

Read more on mediation

Charlie Irvine, a Senior Teaching Fellow on LLM/MSc Mediation & Conflict Resolution writes regular content on the ‘Kluwer Mediation Blog’ on the subject of mediation, conflict and the law. You can follow his findings here.

Course content

As well as the following classes, you may take a class from 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. 


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.

Please note: a Law degree is not a prerequisite for entry to this course

English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (with no score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Vis and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

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

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding


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


  • full-time - £7,600

Rest of UK

  • full-time - £7,600


  • full-time - £15,700

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 £4,000 towards the first year of tuition fees of a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Strathclyde Alumni

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Alumni Discount

10% tuition fee discount is offered to all Strathclyde alumni completing a full-time postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

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.

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Qualification: LLM, Start date: Sep 2020, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Qualification: LLM, Start date: Sep 2020, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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