School of Law

International Dispute Resolution (Mediation)

Postgraduate Diploma ( 1 year Full-time )


Programme suspended

International Dispute Resolution (Mediation) Postgraduate Diploma (1 year Full-time) is BEING SUSPENDED for 2018

The Postgraduate Diploma in International Dispute Resolution – Mediation not only provides an understanding of the theoretical, practical and ethical problems relating to international mediation, but can also provide a stepping stone for professionals to become involved in international alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes.

You will be taught by the School of International Arbitration, a centre for research and teaching in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at Queen Mary.

Mediation is developing at great speed in many countries. For example, it is part of the civil justice system of England and Wales through the Civil Procedure Rules and the provisions in the rules which encourage the use of mediation.

This diploma is aimed not only at lawyers, but also at other professionals who may be involved in mediation - be it as a disputant, representative or perhaps as a mediator. The course will introduce you to the process of mediation and its role in the resolution of disputes.

The core module, Alternative dispute resolution, interprets the subject as a truly interdisciplinary field comprising of law, social science, economics, psychology and others. This is a newly emerged and vibrant area of scholarship, hence it is impossible to give yes or no answers to most of the questions. Accordingly, the module will employ critical thinking and an open discussion approach. It is expected that you will be willing to share results of your research and be involved in active discussion of all issues.

There are two distinct International Dispute Resolution diploma routes to choose from, Arbitration or Mediation.

If you choose to specialise in Mediation this programme will:

  • Introduce you to the process of mediation and its role in the resolution of dispute
  • Give you the conceptual framework of the area, as well as introduce you to the current issues and debates within the discipline.
  • Invite you to employ critical thinking, and an open discussion approach.
  • Give you an international and comparative approach to the subject.

Why study your Postgraduate Diploma in International Dispute Resolution – Mediation at Queen Mary?

The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

The Postgraduate Law Centre is based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.

The School of International Arbitration, within the School of Law at Queen Mary, has run a number of global research projects and surveys with industry partners such as White & Case and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

  • You will be taught by leading world renowned experts in the field.
  • You will be able to attend a number of events run by the School of International Arbitration.
  • You will become part of the vibrant friends and alumni network at the School of International Arbitration.


You will have access to facilities and equipment, including the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room. You will also have access to the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre at the main Queen Mary Mile End Campus dedicated solely to the use of graduate students in the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, with the use of a common room and interdisciplinary training workshops.

As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals and also offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.

Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including:

  • Lexis
  • Nexis
  • Westlaw
  • Justis
  • Eur-lex
  • Hein-Online
  • Business Source Complete
  • Index to Legal Periodicals
  • International Court of Justice Reports
  • Kluwer Arbitration
  • Oxford Scholarship Online (Law)
  • Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases
  • UK Statute law database
  • United Nations Treaty Collection

In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, postgraduate students are able to access the well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Institute, located at Russell Square, a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is one of the major law libraries worldwide. Access to the University of London Library at Senate House, which is a general library with a very large collection, of particular interest to those studying legal theory, legal history, and commercial law, is available to all Queen Mary students.


To qualify for the award of this specialised Postgraduate (PG) Diploma, you must complete core modules of 75 credits (as detailed below) and select a further 45 credits, which is a taught module, over a one year period.

Core modules

Plus a further 45 credits from the list below:

For more information:

Read more about postgraduate law.


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Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8093

    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    You should have an upper second class (2.1) honours degree in law (or with law as a major element) from a British university. Equivalent professional qualifications and experience will also be considered.

    Overseas students should contact about the suitability of your qualifications and English language skills.

    International applicants:

    Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details on our English language entry requirements.

    If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

    Learning and teaching

    As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations and group exercises as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have a team of advisers to support you, including your course tutors and your module convenors.

    Diploma students are taught alongside LLM students.


    Taught modules are assessed by written exams and in certain cases, combined exams and short essays, plus a dissertation.


    If you choose this option, you will also produce a research paper of 15,000-words on a topic of your own choosing.



    Teaching Staff

    Staff contributing to this course include:





    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Full time £10,650
    Part-time study is not available for this course

    Tuition fees for International students

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Full time £16,000
    Part-time study is not available for this course


    There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

    These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

    School of Law scholarships

    The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.

    Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

    We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

    Read more about funding a masters

    Alternative sources of funding

    Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

    Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.

    Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide.

    Read more about funding a masters.

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

    Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

    We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

    Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717