Master in Dispute Resolution

Independent College Dublin

Program Description

Master in Dispute Resolution

Independent College Dublin

The MA is a unique and innovative interdisciplinary programme which provides students with the academic knowledge and practical skills to resolve disputes between parties in a non-adversarial manner. Upon successful completion of the MA students receive both a QQI Level 9 academic qualification and a certified mediator accreditation for the Mediators Institute of Ireland. Dispute resolution is one of the fastest-growing fields and academic disciplines both in Ireland and internationally, offering professional opportunities in the corporate, legal, educational, political, HR, health, and community settings, as well as many others.

The MA in Dispute Resolution focuses on a wide range of non-adversarial dispute resolution processes including arbitration, mediation, conflict coaching and negotiation across a number of different sectors, including family, commercial, construction, and workplace. The curriculum is interdisciplinary, combining concepts from law, business management, international relations, policy studies, sociology, psychology and organisational development.

The mixture of experience-based learning through role plays and formal lectures by industry experts will give students a hands-on understanding of a full range of this exciting and fast-growing sector and it is designed for individuals new to the field, as well as for professionals who want to enhance current capabilities and skills in their chosen field. The MA in Dispute Resolution is as much practical as it is academic. The focus of the faculty teaching the course is to provide students will the skills of dispute resolution along with the theory to support those skills.

Course Content/Structure

The degree is delivered over one year on a full time basis and two years on an evening basis. Typically, students will be required to complete three/four modules each semester over two 12 week teaching semesters. The course is broken down as follows:

Semester 1

  • Research Methods
  • Understanding Conflict Resolution
  • Mediation: Theory & Practice Part 1
  • Arbitration Law

Semester 2

  • Mediation: Theory & Practice Part 2
  • Negotiation: Theory & Practice
  • Elective*
  • Dissertation

Students must also complete a dissertation of between 15,000 to 20,000 words. Students will be assigned a supervisor to assist and support students in completing their dissertation.

Electives

  • Workplace Dispute Resolution
  • Family Dispute Resolution
  • International Commercial Dispute Resolution

Assessment

Modules are assessed by way of closed book written examinations, written coursework and video recorded roleplays.

Entry Requirements

This MA is suitable for graduates of law or related disciplines (2.2 honours degree or higher) or those who have relevant work experience and who wish to develop their knowledge of this increasingly important area field. The entry requirements may be outlined as follows:

Law Graduates: Candidates should have an upper second class honours degree in law at Level 8 (or equivalent). Students with a lower second class honours degree will be considered. Qualifications from candidates based outside of Ireland will be assessed using the NARIC International Comparison System. This ensures there are equal opportunities for overseas students.

Non-Law Graduates: Candidates should have an upper second class honours degree at Level 8 (or equivalent). Students with a lower second class honours degree will be considered. Qualifications from candidates based outside of Ireland will be assessed using the NARIC International Comparison System. This ensures there are equal opportunities for overseas students.

AND

Candidates should have a minimum of two years professional experience. Such professional experience will be assessed on the basis of the College’s Regulations on Accredited Experiential Learning which may be defined as learning achieved through experience gained by an individual outside formalised learning arrangements where the learning outcomes are open to assessment by the College.

AND

Candidates will be required to complete a two week “bridging course” prior to the commencement of the programme. The focus of the course will be to provide non-law graduates with grounding in some of the basic concepts of the Irish legal system. Attendance on this course will be compulsory.

Other Candidates: Candidates who do not hold an honours degree (or equivalent) may be accepted under the College’s Academic Regulations on the basis of Accredited Experiential Learning which may be defined as learning achieved through experience gained by an individual outside formalised learning arrangements where the learning outcomes are open to assessment by the College.

AND

Candidates will be required to complete a two week “bridging course” prior to the commencement of the programme. The focus of the course will be to provide non-law graduates with grounding in some of the basic concepts of the Irish legal system. Attendance on this course will be compulsory

Fees

  • Full Time: EU Students: €6850 (Payment plan options available) Non EU Abroad Students: €9,500
  • Part Time: €3425 per annum (Payment plan options available)

Awarding Body

QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland, the new integrated agency replacing FETAC, HETAC, NQAI and incorporating the functions of IUQB). Approved at Certified Member Status by the Mediators' Institute of Ireland (MII). Level 9.

Career Opportunities

This MA programme is ideally suited for those who wish to qualify as a mediator. Alternatively, it is suitable for anyone working in management or supervisory roles.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated January 18, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Duration
Duration
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
6,850 EUR
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Deadline
Start date Sept. 2016
Place
Ireland Dublin
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 6,850 EUR
- EU, 9,500 EUR - non-EU (full time); 3,425 EUR (part time)