LLM/MSc/PgDip/PgCert Mediation & Conflict Resolution

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Strathclyde Mediation Clinic information session Tuesday 11 June 2024, 12 pm to 1 pm (BST) This online session will explain how the Clinic operates and set out the opportunities it provides for students to observe and practise mediation in real cases during, and after, their degree.

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

  • Scholarships: EU Engagement Scholarships worth £10,000 available to applicants from EU countries

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
  • you can choose to do a 60-credit enhanced research proposal, professional internship or a professional project instead of a traditional dissertation
  • 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 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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Interested in postgraduate study?

At the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, our friendly and knowledgeable team will be available to provide you with all the information you need to kick-start your postgraduate journey at the University of Strathclyde. Register for upcoming events below:

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 final project. Part-time students normally undertake three classes per year.

Learning & teaching

Lectures are delivered on weekday evenings and weekends.

Assessment

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.

Facilities

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

Dissertation

Your Masters will culminate in a dissertation. This is an extended project of enquiry into an area of your own choice. You'll create knowledge in answer to a question which really intrigues you.

While you'll be very much in the driving seat, your work is nurtured and guided by a member of our academic staff team. You'll be guided by some of the world’s foremost experts.

Or

Enhanced Research Proposal

60 credits

This module supports students writing an enhanced research proposal, with a view to supporting their transition into PGR study (PhD/MPhil studies) and creating an early research supervision relationship with a prospective supervisor.

Or

Please note that enrolment in the Professional Project and Professional Internship modules is by application and is not guaranteed.

Professional Internship

60 credits

This module gives students the opportunity to apply to pursue an internship in a national or international organisation relevant to their course. The internship allows students to be placed in a relevant host organisation for a specified number of hours agreed with the Strathclyde tutor. The student will be responsible for producing an internship report which will include an account of the knowledge and skills attained applying theoretical concepts and with reference to discipline specific literature as well as an in-context self-reflective analysis of the experience, the organisation and the work undertaken enabling broader critical reflections on the student’s place in the professional world.

Or

Professional Project

60 credits

This module gives students to apply to do independent work in the final semester of their LLM/MSc. Students will be required to identify and co-design the project supported by their Strathclyde mentor. The project report includes the response to the research question co-designed with a relevant host organisation as well as an in-context self-reflective analysis of the project, the organisation and the student’s experience in executing the work enabling broader critical reflections on the student’s place in the professional world.

You may also choose a class from other Strathclyde Law School Masters programmes.

Negotiation

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.

Our students

Mediation and Conflict Resolution student Jo Harknett

Jo Harknett

I loved all of my time at Strathclyde! The reading and seminars which raised as many questions as they answered but deepened my understanding of how mediation can be useful.
Jonathan Rodrigues postgraduate law student

Jonathan Rodrigues

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.
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Gordon McKinlay

I absolutely loved my time at Strathclyde. Taking the time to think deeply, read widely and engage with others has proved to be extremely valuable.
Christina Tay, Mediation & Conflict MSc student

Christina Tay

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.
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Entry requirements

Academic requirements/experience

A degree, or overseas equivalent, and/or relevant practical experience.

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

English language requirements

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-UK/Ireland) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde.

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

Please note: Previous Maths & English qualifications and your undergraduate degree must meet GTCS minimum entry requirements as well as the pre-Masters course and an interview will be conducted before an offer can be made.

Scottish Mediation Register Accredited
Scottish Mediation Register Accredited

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 140 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

Visit our international students' section

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Fees & funding

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

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Scotland, England, Wales & Northern Ireland

LLM/MSc: 

  • Full-time: £10,800
  • Part-time*: £5,400

PgDip:

  • Full-time: £7,200
  • Part-time*: £3,600

*Please note, Year 2 fee will be subject to an increase

PgCert:

  • £3,600
International

LLM: £21,700

PgDip: £14,467

Available scholarships

British Council GREAT Scholarships 2024 for Justice and Law scholarships worth £10,000 open to applications from students from Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya or Pakistan.

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Visa & immigration

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

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

How can I fund my course?

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish 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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Scholarships

  • EU Engagement Scholarships are available to EU applicants who would have previously been eligible for Home (Scottish/EU) fee status.
  • EU and International 50% Merit Scholarships available to self-funded, international fee-paying offer-holders (includes those classed as EU fee group). The scholarship entitles the recipient to a discount of 50% on tuition fees.
View all our scholarships

Law Postgraduate Community Bursary

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences offers £700 fee reduction to applicants working at a third sector/NGO organisation in the field of criminal justice and penal change, human rights or conflict resolution.

Find out more about the bursary
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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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Careers

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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