MA in Dispute and Conflict Resolution

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA in Dispute and Conflict Resolution

SOAS University of London

MA in Dispute and Conflict Resolution

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

Start of programme: September intake only

The MA in Dispute Resolution and Conflict allows students to study the full spectrum of legal methods of solving disputes and managing conflicts, taking a broad view of conflict and law, and examining both the local, regional and international areas, including international tribunals and post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction. All SOAS modules are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on modules offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners.


To facilitate the study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods in the September before beginning the MA programme.

Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.

Students who wish to graduate with a specialised MA are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised MA, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the MA Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the MA specialisation.

Specialism Module List (at least 60 credits to be taken)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution 15PLAC104 (30 credits) Full Year
  • EU Law in Global Context 15PLAH051 (15credits) Term 1
  • Foundations of Comparative Law 15PLAH031 (15credits) Term 1
  • Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 (15credits) Term 1
  • Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 (15credits) Term 1
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration 15PLAH063 (15credits) Term 2
  • International Commercial Arbitration 15PLAC153 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Societies 15PLAH040 (15credits) Term 2
  • Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals 15PLAH026 (15credits) Term 2
  • Law, Human Rights and Peace Building: The Israeli-Palestinian Case 15PLAC133 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 (15credits) Term 1
  • International Criminal Law 15PLAH055 (15credits) Term 2

General Law Postgraduate Module List

An additional 30 credits must be taken from the School of Law General Postgraduate Taught Module List or the Specialism Module List above.

Postgraduate Open Option Modules

A final 30 credits must be taken from the SOAS Open Option Module list, or from the General Law Postgraduate Module List above or from the Specialism Module List.


Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree

  • MA Dissertation in Law 15PLAC999 (60 credits) Full Year
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 8, 2018
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United Kingdom - London, England
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