This innovative programme will be taught 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.
We’ll deliver the online LLM in partnership with Mediator Academy, a pioneering digital learning organisation.
Who is this Master's course for?
This LLM is for students who want to gain critical skills and knowledge for 21st Century dispute resolution practice. Graduates from any discipline, anywhere in the world can enrol on this programme.
The course takes an innovative and immersive approach to online learning. It combines asynchronous lessons and expert-led live interactive online classes.
You will study the latest legal and policy developments in international commercial mediation. You will also explore theories of conflict and dispute resolution.
This Law Master’s degree 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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some courses have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
How you'll learn
This LLM will be taught fully online using a range of methods including:
- interactive, immersive online lessons, activities and learning experiences
- expert-led, live online seminars and skills development sessions
- online group projects
- community and tutor-led engagement and discussion
- self-directed study and research
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Oral presentation
- Practical lab report
- Reflective log
We will assess you by a variety of methods during your studies. The assessment will depend on the theme of the class.
Theory-based classes will be assessed by written exercises such as essays and blogs.
You will also have skills-based classes. These will include practical assessments such as oral presentations, skills practice and reflection.
A big part of this LLM will be the research dissertation. This will assess your knowledge, research and writing ability. You will have tutor support and supervision for your dissertation.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
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.
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.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
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 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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Questions about this course?
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Professor Bryan Clark
Joint degree programme director
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