MSc Dispute Resolution is designed for those who want to gain skills in avoiding, managing and resolving disputes in the workplace, and focuses on domestic arbitration in England and Wales.
The course is focused on domestic arbitration in England and Wales and is designed for engineering, surveying, construction or business graduates who wish to gain skills in avoiding, managing and resolving disputes in the workplace.
The MSc Dispute Resolution is also suitable for employees from outside this discipline, such as the medical profession, legal profession and clergy, as the skills you will gain will benefit all industries. Being skilled in techniques which aim to prevent, manage and resolve disputes amicably and cost effectively is essential to all areas of the working environment.
This course has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) via the domestic arbitration route. CIArb is one of the world’s leading professional bodies on arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, and we are the only university in Wales to have this prestigious recognition.
Licenciado/Título de Ingeniero/Título de Arquitecto with an average of 6.0-6.9, Aprobado or above
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score 6.5 with at least a 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score 88
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programmes
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each elemen
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
Law of Obligations
Aimed at non-law students and international students, this module covers the importance of contract formation, liability, privity of contract, damages for breach of contract and remedies for breach, as well as vitiating factors. You will learn about the key aspects of the law of tort, in particular tortious negligence. Other areas of study include restitution, remedies in quasi contract and the role of equity.
Background to Arbitration, Skills and Analysis
Providing you with a grounding in the law of arbitration, in this module you will learn about sources of arbitration law, and the roles of an arbitrator. You will develop skills to draft an arbitration agreement covering a range of issues and the necessary statutory requirements under the Arbitration Act 1996. The law of civil evidence, the importance of ethics and ethical behaviour is also considered.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Skills and Practice
This is a module that looks at real-life scenarios and is fully assessed through role plays. You will be required to perform various roles in a negotiation, mediation, adjudication, expert determination and arbitration scenario.
You can also choose between one of the following modules
Dissertation or Award Writing
Your dissertation will be an in-depth piece of research into an area of your choice. This will comprise of a literature review, quantitative and qualitative data, and expert witness report analyses.
The Award Writing module takes place over five days and involves completing four separate Award Writing exercises to be completed overnight on four consecutive evenings.
Construction Laws and Practice
This module provides a critical understanding of the alternative procurement methods in use in construction, and the operation of claims under various construction contracts, both nationally and internationally. You will develop skills in predicting and managing differences and disputes, including experience in negotiation, conciliation and mediation, adjudication and arbitration.
Commercial Property Law and Practice
This module involves evaluating the law and procedures in relation to business tenancies and compulsory purchase legislation. You will further develop your skills in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), managing and resolving conflict in relation to commercial property leases, and compulsory purchase.
This module focuses on the legal aspects relating to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Students will gain the legal knowledge and confidence to manage CSR effectively which include health and safety, sustainable environment, employment issues, human rights and the community, effective CSR in procurement and supply chain management, and corporate governance.
Integrative Project Planning and Management
This module aims to develop your skills so you can work on complex projects across a variety of disciplines. The cohort is comprised of students from subject areas such as civil engineering, law, construction and business, and will work together on a large, real-life project to deliver a solution that is cost-effective and environmentally sustainable.
Learning and teaching methods
The teaching team is a mixture of highly-qualified academics and practitioners, including Professor Mair Coombes Davies, a well-known arbitrator, architect and barrister, Professor Robert Shawyer, a solicitor specialising in construction disputes and Professor Gareth Thomas, a dentist and solicitor by profession who will concentrate on medical disputes. The team is complemented by ex-Chairman of the CIArb, Professor Geoffrey Beresford-Hartwell who will be concentrating on the ethical requirements of arbitration.
You will learn through lectures, supported by Panopto which records lectures for you to view again; role play sessions and project work. Where possible, your project work will be based on live projects and case studies, with an active contribution from industry professionals.
The combination of academic and practical course content will provide you with key transferable skills such as negotiation, communication and planning which are attractive to employers in the public and private sector. Graduates can find work within a range of sectors including the construction, surveying, engineering, legal, medical and clergy.
This course has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) via the domestic arbitration route. CIArb is one of the world’s leading professional bodies on arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, and we are the only university in Wales to have this prestigious recognition. On successful completion of the course via the domestic arbitration route and a peer interview by CIArb, you will be awarded the top level Fellowship status. This means that as well as gaining a Masters qualification, this will add further credibility to your CV.
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