Mediation Course PgCert

Postgraduate Certificate in Mediation

1. Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate Mediation course is designed for professionals who wish to improve their dispute resolution and, in particular, negotiation skills.

This new Postgraduate Certificate Mediation course integrates practice with the growing body of research and theoretical work. It provides practical mediation training at a high level leading to a postgraduate qualification.

The course is suited to those who wish to qualify as mediators and will appeal to anyone with an interest in mediation. It is taught part-time over one year. Study is primarily on a distance learning basis which offers flexibility of study to those in employment.

On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate Mediation. 

2. What you will study

The Postgraduate Certificate in Mediation is a flexible course combining interactive online learning with on-campus attendance.

The online component allows much of the theory and understanding of mediation to be absorbed in an interactive environment in advance of the hands-on sessions on-campus.

There are 5 days of compulsory on-campus attendance in semester 2. This face-to-face tuition provides students with practical skills sessions and with assessments.
NB on-campus attendance is financed by the student.


There are no examinations on this course. Students are assessed in a number of ways - by submission of written coursework, completion of a reflective journal and by observed role-play and presentations (the latter two to take place during the on-campus sessions).

Modules studied

There are four modules on this course:

Semester 1
Theory and Principles of Conflict Resolution
Mediation in Practice

Semester 2
Mediation in Context
Advanced Mediation Practice

Exit Award: Postgraduate Certificate Mediation

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

Given the highly practical nature of this course, the bulk of the tutoring (and preparation of materials) will be carried out by a team of trained and experienced mediators, under the supervision of academic staff.

Tutors will be assigned to teach on each of the modules throughout the semester, not just during the on campus sessions. This means that tutors will be offering students constant feedback, advice and encouragement during the whole academic year. Students will also be assigned an Advisor of Studies for any study or personal problems. That person will be a full time academic member of staff and will not be part of the course team.

The Course Leader (also a full time academic member of staff) will be available for course related problems and as a point of information on the course generally. He/she will be in charge of the smooth delivery of the course and will be supported in this task by a team of academics including the Postgraduate Programme Manager, the Head of Department and the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies. Highly professional and experienced administrative support will also be available.

Distance Learning

Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chat
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material
  • Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.

Students will be expected to attend the 5/6 day compulsory On campus workshop at the end of Semester 2.

4. Entry requirements

Students would normally be expected to have an undergraduate degree (or the equivalent).

Applicants who do not meet this requirement may still be admitted to the course if, at the discretion of the course leader, s/he has sufficient industry experience, when combined with non-degree level educational qualifications, to be exempt from the usual undergraduate degree rule.

5. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £3,100 .

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £3,000 .

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £2,900 .

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

  • £2,750 for the PgCert

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

  • £3,500 for the PgCert

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


6. How to apply

Applications should be made online by visiting Apply Online

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office on:


Tel: +44 (0) 1224 262132

Further details are also available from Course Leader:

Andrey Kotelnikov
Aberdeen Business School
Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE

Tel: +44 (0)1224 263940




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Start date


Course length

1 year

Mode of Attendance

Blended Learning

Academic school
The Law School
More information:
Dr Andrey Kotelnikov Lecturer
+44 (0)1224 263940
Accredited By
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

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