University of Portsmouth

Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) enables disagreeing parties to resolve disputes through a wide spectrum of avenues such as arbitration, mediation and conciliation, without having to resort to litigation. ADR is a fast-growing area offering a challenging and satisfying career through an array of emerging professional roles. It will appeal to graduates, lawyers, business managers and professionals who are interested in exploring this fascinating and diverse subject.

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

You can undertake the course over one year full time or three years part time. You will be able to choose from a range of specialist options and be able to select from a dissertation, work-based learning project or professional practitioner project. Core units: Legal Approach to Business (core if you do not already hold a Law degree or equivalent qualification/experience); ADR Theory and Practice. You will be guided in your choice of options to achieve your personal learning goals. Currently these options include: International Commercial Arbitration; Negotiation Theory and Practice; Commercial and Consumer Law; Employment Law; Employment Dispute Resolution; Expert Witnessing and Dispute Resolution.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment:

The course offers a balanced structure of lectures and seminars together with practical exercises such as simulations and case studies. Teaching is in small groups providing an informal, friendly and supportive atmosphere.

How are you assessed?

Your learning will be assessed through a combination of:

Case studies,
Preparation and negotiation exercises,
Independent research and reflection and


*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

UK/EU fees include Channel Islands and Isle of Man students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time September 2018 7,700 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 4,670 (Year 1) International 30 30 Months
LLM Part-time September 2018 2,570 (Year 1) Home/EU 30 30 Months
LLM Full-time September 2018 14,000 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years

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