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Mediation and International Commercial Dispute Resolution LLM, PGDip, PGCert

Study online and be equipped with an advanced understanding of the law, theory and practice in the fastest growing area of dispute resolution.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024
  • January 2025


This innovative programme will be taught fully online by internationally renowned academics and mediation practitioners. You’ll gain in-demand professional skills and learn from thought leaders in the field.

This course will give you a pathway into careers in international dispute resolution. It will prepare you for the rapidly growing field of international commercial mediation.

The LLM, PGDip and PGCert courses are delivered in partnership with Mediator Academy, a pioneering digital learning organisation and world-leading mediation training company.

You will gain critical skills and knowledge for 21st Century dispute resolution practice. Graduates from any discipline, anywhere in the world can enrol on this programme.

You will study the latest legal and policy developments in international commercial mediation. You will also explore theories of conflict and dispute resolution.

The course takes an innovative and immersive approach to online learning. It combines asynchronous lessons and expert-led live interactive online classes. It will help you:

  • develop mediation and mediation advocacy skills
  • learn about UK and international legal frameworks
  • examine online dispute resolution and the role of technology in dispute management

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What you'll learn

You'll develop your knowledge, skills and expertise in international commercial mediation including:

  • law and policy on international commercial dispute resolution
  • the causes of disputes and the role of culture in dispute resolution
  • mediation advocacy skills and practice
  • technology and online dispute resolution

You will hone your legal research skills by undertaking our bespoke Legal Research Skills and Methods module. This will also prepare you for your dissertation.


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

During this course, you will develop a variety of different skills in mediation, negotiation and communication. You’ll also gain legal practice in dispute resolution.

You will develop legal research and writing skills. You will also enhance your critical thinking, analysis and reflective practice.

You will also engage in the study of technology in dispute resolution.

Your future

You will get the knowledge and expertise to build a career in international commercial dispute resolution.

You have a range of options for pursuing this pathway

Further study – This course provides a route into PhD level study.

Careers – This course will help enhance your career prospects in law and business. You will be ready to tackle dispute handling and resolution in the realm of commerce.

We have strong industrial links through our research and degree programmes.

We will encourage you to join our Student Mediation Society. Giving you an opportunity to meet professionals working in the field and gain further mediation training. You can also represent Newcastle in international competitions.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


This programme is delivered fully online. You will have access to an extensive range of online sources via databases such as Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Professor Bryan Clark
Joint degree programme director


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