Master of Dispute Resolution | Law

Master of Dispute Resolution

Program code: 
Units of credit: 
48 uoc
No. of courses: 
8 courses (2 compulsory)
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Semester start: 
Semester 1 & Semester 2
Additional entry requirements: 
Undergraduate degree - minimum credit average (65% or higher) OR undergraduate degree with minimum two years' relevant professional experience
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Please note: Semester 2, 2018 is your last chance to enrol in this postgraduate program. From Term 1, 2019 it will be replaced with a new Master of Laws (LLM), open to students from law and non-law backgrounds. 

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Program overview

The Master of Dispute Resolution provides a comprehensive, academically rigorous program for those seeking a specialist postgraduate qualification in dispute resolution theory and practice. The program will enable students to develop skills in identifying the underlying issues that shape and inform a range of dispute resolution processes, and to think creatively about approaches and solutions to them. The courses promote inter-disciplinary study through exposure to dispute resolution practitioners in a range of fields.

This program is suited to those lawyers who wish to focus on dispute resolution to support their practice; Alternative Dispute Resolution professionals who are seeking a specialist, postgraduate qualification in ADR; and those wishing to move into this growing professional area from the private and government sector..

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Program structure

Students must successfully complete a total of 12 uoc in the core courses Dispute Resolution and Principled Negotiation. Students then choose a total of 36 uoc (6 courses) from the relevant elective courses.

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Note: Students who have completed 36 UOC but become unable to complete their Masters program may be eligible to exit with a Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution.

Entry requirements

The UNSW English Language requirements also apply to this program.

Did you know?

  • Scholarships are available. Find out more
  • Mediators who have undergone mediator training and been accredited to the national standard by LEADR, the Association of Dispute Resolvers, may be eligible for advanced standing of 6 uoc or 1 course in the Master of Dispute Resolution.

  • Graduates of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Australia who have completed the CIArb Diploma may be eligible for up to 12 uoc or 2 courses in the Master of Dispute Resolution.

Master of Dispute Resolution students can also: