LLM in International Dispute Resolution (Arbitration)


Program Description


Queen Mary University of London’s online programmes in International Dispute Resolution aim to inspire a new generation of lawyers to rethink traditional approaches to conflict and its resolution and to equip them with the tools required to succeed in the field. They combine solid theoretical grounding, broad interdisciplinary training, and opportunities for individual study and skills development. Further, our dynamic programmes are designed to offer you all the excellent learning opportunities you would get on campus, without the restrictions of fixed times and locations.

The online programmes in International Dispute Resolution can be studied part-time as Master of Law (LLM), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert). The PGDip and the PGCert are shorter versions of the LLM programme. Unlike the LLM, they do not require completion of a dissertation but provide you with masters-level content. The difference between the PGDip and the PGCert is the number of modules required (the PGCert is shorter than the PGDip).


The LLM in International Dispute Resolution is available for part-time study offered over two academic years. During that time you will undertake four taught modules and a 20,000-word dissertation. For each module, you will be awarded 30 credits and you will receive a further 60 credits for your dissertation. To graduate you must have accrued the full 180 credits, which involves completing every aspect of the modules and passing all relevant assignments.


The two core modules on commercial arbitration in particular offer students a detailed view of all key legal issues arising in the course of arbitration proceedings. This will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to excel in this field, whether as in-house lawyers, outside counsel, academics or arbitrators.

  • International Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Context
  • International Commercial Arbitration: Selected Issues
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration
  • Investment Arbitration: Substantive Protection
  • Dissertation

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry to the LLM, PGDip or PGCert International Dispute Resolution programme you should have the following:

Law graduates

  • The usual qualification for entry to the programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honors (or international equivalent).
  • Law graduates with 2.2 honors who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

Non-law graduates

  • Non-law graduates with a minimum 2.2 honors degree who have also obtained a Merit (or 60 percent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognized by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify.
  • Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of substantial professional experience in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.

In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of comprehensive application documents.

A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.

International applicants

At Queen Mary, we are proud of our global community and we have a long history of welcoming students from around the world. Over the years, many thousands of our international graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers.

To be able to make the most of the modules and teaching on offer, and to keep up with the online discussions, all applicants must meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission. You will need to provide evidence of sufficient English language ability in line with our standard English requirements. The IELTS requirement is a 7.0 overall and at least a 7.0 in the writing component.

If you have not achieved the required English language level, then you should continue to take English language tests in your country to reach the level needed.

How you are assessed

As a student at Queen Mary Online, we ask you to play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. We use a mixture of discussion forums and group webinars, designed to generate informed discussion around set topics.

Each module will consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam). Continuous assessment will enhance the student-tutor relationship and you will be provided with regular feedback by expert tutors. You will also be able to address questions and concerns directly to the course convenor and the course director.

The final dissertation required for the LLM will involve more in-depth study and independent research, on a topic, agreed with your supervisor.

Where we could lead you

We know from the success stories of our LLM graduates the variety of careers that are likely to be open to you on successful completion of this course. As you would expect a large portion have applied their degree knowledge directly working as solicitors, barristers, lawyers, legal associates or paralegals. Others have gone on to work in areas such as financial and energy regulation, consultancy, patents, and trademarks. Many students who are already fully qualified and have been practicing for several years have found themselves able to advance their position within their existing company or to specialize in a new area of law. A significant number have gone on to undertake PhD’s in law and have been successful in attracting funding for these projects either at QMUL or other universities in the UK or overseas.

The skills developed through our programme – combined with the extra-curricular activities we offer – have enabled our recent graduates to move into careers in the UK and around the world at companies such as:

  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Dentons
  • Cubb Insurance
  • Nomura
  • Deloite
  • Latham & Watkins
  • European Union Delegation
  • Ofgem
  • Honda
Last updated Jan 2020

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