LLM/MSc/PgDip/PgCert Mediation & Conflict Resolution

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Accreditation: Scottish Mediation Register
  • Study mode and duration: LLM/MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
    PgDip: 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time
    PgCert: 8 months part-time
  • Practical experience: opportunity to join the Mediation Clinic

Study with us

  • practical skills and a thorough academic foundation – the only course of its kind in the UK
  • real-world experience through our innovative Mediation Clinic
  • a rich blend of students from a range of professional backgrounds including law, psychology, social work, education and management
  • full-time and part-time study options
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Why this course?

Mediation is fast becoming a core skill. Professionals in business, public bodies and the law are increasingly expected to resolve disputes without the delay and expense of litigation.

This Scottish Mediation Register-accredited programme is the only course of its kind in the UK. It's rigorous and multidisciplinary, combining both theoretical and practical elements. You'll be exposed you to a wide range of approaches as well as being taught by experts from across the UK.

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

For those working in international settings, the core modules can be combined with classes such as International Human Rights Law to provide the foundation for work with charities and non-governmental organisations committed to conflict resolution.

You can graduate with either an LLM or MSc. Those 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

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THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner
The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2019.
QS Stars, Rated for Excellence - 5 stars.
The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 - Scottish University of the Year.

What you’ll study

You’ll enhance your confidence in dealing with interpersonal and organisational conflict while developing your communication and problem-solving skills. You'll also have opportunities to acquire the skills of a mediator through simulations and case studies as well as gaining 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, multidisciplinary perspective on conflict
  • opportunities for further research

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

On the full-time pathway, the Masters level requires you to complete three classes in each of two semesters followed by a dissertation in a chosen research topic. Part-time students normally undertake three classes per year.

Learning & teaching

Lectures are delivered on weekday evenings and weekends.


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

Mediation clinic

A unique feature of the course is that you can become a member of the Mediation Clinic – student-led mediation service for the Greater Glasgow area.

The clinic helps 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.

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.


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.

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Course content

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.

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.

Conflict resolution & the State
Jonathan Rodrigues postgraduate law student
It is led by a faculty who are open-minded and approachable to the inclusive value that mediation preaches. You are tested to challenge your existing philosophy of mediation, invited to relearn by choice and encouraged to reflect on your practice.
Jonathan Rodrigues
LLM Mediation and Conflict Resolution
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Entry requirements

Academic requirements/experience

A second class honours degree or higher in a related discipline or international equivalent. Other qualifications may be recognised where there is relevant work experience to support application.

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 Visas and Immigration (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 Visas 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.

Do you have an undergraduate degree and are interested in Law?

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International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Christina Tay, Mediation & Conflict MSc student
I would absolutely encourage anyone interested in working in the field of mediation and conflict resolution to complete the MSc through the University of Strathclyde. The calibre of the lecturing staff, the course components and camaraderie was outstanding. The cohort I studied alongside were from all around the world which made it a truly international masters degree.
Christina Tay

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We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Fees & funding


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



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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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International students

We've 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 & 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.

Find out more about our alumni discount
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I started our Mediation Clinic in 2012 and it now operates in several local courts, giving students the chance to work alongside experienced mediators in small claims cases. Recently shortlisted in the Scottish Legal Awards, the Clinic has become a respected part of the Scottish justice system.
Charlie Irvine
Programme leader
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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.

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Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Qualification: PG Diploma
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Qualification: PG Diploma
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Qualification: PG Certificate
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

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Postgraduate Enquiries

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