Law and Dispute Resolution


dispute resolution degree
The Dispute Resolution pathway of the LLM Law programme will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the various methods and concepts relevant to dispute resolution. It is designed to cater for the interest of those with and without legal background to be able to have an excellent grasp of relevant issues that may arise in dispute resolution process.

The LLM Law and Dispute Resolution pathway has been designed to incorporate maximum flexibility both in the topics you cover and the way that you learn, whether on campus or through blended learning.

You will study major dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitration, mediation and construction adjudication.

LLM Law degree is rated in the top 20 Law degrees in the UK
The Guardian (2018)

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance
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Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
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Course Length
1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
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3 years

Mode of Attendance
  • Blended
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  • Part Time
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3 years

This course involves the study of eight taught modules plus a dissertation on a Dispute Resolution topic. Five subject related modules must be chosen in order to obtain an LLM Law and Dispute Resolution degree.

If you do not hold an LLB degree of equivalent, you will be required to study the Legal Framework module.

The choice of modules for any one candidate may be limited by module availability in any particular year, by timetabling factors, by prerequisites that a module may have, by the limit on online modules that may be taken by international students for visa purposes, and for any other reason approved by the Head of School.

Detailed module information

You are able to study entirely online, choose whether to take only modules that are taught on campus in face to face classes or to add to the mix by taking online and on campus modules.

In full-time on campus mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

In Online and Blended Learning mode you will study through the CampusMoodle and taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses. You will 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.

Activity Summary
  • Lectures - 15-30 students per group, 3 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 10-15 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Independent Study - 4 hours per week
  • Forum Posting - 2 hours per week
Independent Study

You are required to engage in your own research as part of your weekly independent study time. Course preparation and private study typically calls for an average of 16 hours of independent learning per week.


You will be taught and supported by a teaching team which contains a balance of experienced industry professionals and high quality academic staff who will help create a challenging interactive environment for your study.
All our academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship.  This is a professional recognition of an individuals practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.


Please note the below provides you with an indicative summary of assessment methods for Full-Time On Campus mode. This may differ depending on modules chosen and other delivery modes.

  • 2 written exams, typically for 3 hours
  • 8 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 presentation

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.



All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


On completion of the LLM Law and Dispute Resolution course you will be able to progress into a variety of different careers. This could include a Solicitor or Advocate in a law firm with domestic and international clientele, or as an in-house Counsel providing advice on resolution of dispute on private and public matters.


  • Applicants will normally hold a  a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.

  • Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.

International Students 

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

The International College at Robert Gordon University offers a 10-week Pre-Masters to students who may not meet the entry requirements into any of the LLM pathways.


Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £9,100 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,410 Stage 1
  • £3,410 Stage 2
  • £2,280 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

UK/EU Students


  • £5,500 entire course (on campus)

International Students


  • £12,100 entire course (on campus)

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £9,390 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,520 Stage 1
  • £3,520 Stage 2
  • £2,350 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

UK/EU Students


  • £5,500 entire course (on campus)

International Students


  • £12,470 entire course (on campus)
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.


Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.


Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728


Depending on the modules chosen, on successful completion, you can obtain exemption either for Associate or Full Membership of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. (ACIArb/MCIArb).

Chartered Institute of ArbitratorsEnergy Institute Accredited (non course)

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