Online LLM in International Dispute Resolution (Arbitration)

General

Program Description

Queen Mary University of London is ranked 30th in the world for law and legal studies in the QS World University Rankings 2020. 

Queen Mary's online programmes in International Dispute Resolution - Arbitration 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 tutors are really active, responsive, knowledgeable, highly encouraging and helpful at all times. I have had the most stupid doubts and they have cleared them up without any hindrance whatsoever. It's only made me have a better understanding of International Commerical Arbitration."
International Dispute Resolution LLM student, Queen Mary Online

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).

School of International Arbitration (SIA)

The programme is offered by the School of International Arbitration (SIA) within Queen Mary University of London’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS). The SIA is a global leader in teaching and research in International Dispute Resolution. As a research-led centre, the SIA studies the specific problems that arise in arbitration and contributes to the development of arbitration theory. Taking a practice-orientated approach to teaching arbitration, the SIA helps lawyers grasp the complex theoretical problems and parameters of the subject.  

CCLS is a centre of national and international excellence in legal study and research. CCLS specialises in the knowledge and skills in commercial law that can be placed at the service of the government, public bodies, overseas institutions, the legal profession, industry and commerce.

Facilities

Our online students enjoy the same status as those who attend Queen Mary on campus. You will have access to our extensive online resources and if you are able, are welcome to attend any of the extra-curricular events run by various research centres to complement your studies. We provide free access to extensive online databases and collections, including:

  • Kluwer Arbitration
  • Lexis
  • Westlaw
  • HeinOnline
  • Oxford Scholarship Online
  • Jstor

Queen Mary has law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with the top UK and international law firms. Senior practitioners and academics from leading law firms, chambers and other universities also contribute to our programmes, providing excellent online networking opportunities for our students.

In addition, you will benefit from dedicated tutor support, enhanced online material and a range of interactive features. There will be lively online discussions with your peers and webinars led by academic members, all accessible at a time that suits you. For face-to-face contact, networking and social interaction, online students are offered one residential weekend a year at our centres throughout the world. These are not compulsory but we would encourage you to attend if possible.

An online Student Adviser will be appointed to you when you first enrol. They will help you with any non-academic questions and to ensure your experience with Queen Mary is positive and stress-free.

There is no substitute for hard work. ― Thomas A. Edison

Structure

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.

Modules

The two modules on commercial arbitration offer students a detailed view of all key legal issues arising in the course of arbitration proceedings. The two modules on investment arbitration will give students an in-depth understanding of the work of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSD) and the issue of Substantive Protection. This will equip students 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

Assessment

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. 

Independent study

At Queen Mary Online we take your studies seriously and in return, we hope that you will do the same. Each week you will need to invest additional time on individual study. This could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and undertaking research for your dissertation.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the online weekly content, along with your reading lists and assignments. We expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study helps foster the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help you throughout your working life.

Career prospects

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 practising for several years have found themselves able to advance their position within their existing company or to specialise 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 in careers in the UK and around the world at companies such as:

  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Dentons 
  • Cubb Insurance
  • Nomura
  • Deloittes
  • Latham & Watkins
  • European Union Delegation
  • Ofgem
  • Honda

Source: DLHE 2014-15 Leavers

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry to the LLM 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 honours (or international equivalent). 
  • Law graduates with 2.2 honours 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 honours degree who have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised 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.

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English, you should also have one of the following:

  • IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall including 7.0 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
  • TOEFL: 100 overall including 27 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.
  • PTE Academic: 68 overall including 68 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. 

For 2020 start dates only, the following tests are also being accepted:

  • HOME TOEFL: 100 overall including 27 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.
  • Duolingo English Test: 130+/160 

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 the 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.

If you would like to apply but are unsure whether you are qualified, please contact our course advisers.

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.

For any questions about the English language requirements or about entry qualifications specific to your country, please contact our course advisers.

How to apply

You can apply for the International Dispute Resolution LLM via one of the two methods explained below.

Option 1 – apply via our agent

We have a dedicated agent (Samantha) who will support you with your application. Please email Samantha (Sigbinidu@online.qmul.ac.uk), attaching all the following documents:      

  • Completed and hand-signed Consent and Additional Info Form (Word doc download);
  • Colour scanned copies of your academic certificates and transcripts for all university-level qualifications. If these documents are in another language, please provided the originals and the official translated copies; 
  • Your statement of purpose. One page in a Word doc detailing your motivation to study, your professional achievements and career goals. We recommend that you refer to specific modules on the course that you are looking forward to studying and why you want to study with Queen Mary;
  • An up-to-date CV; 
  • One reference letter to support your application. The letter must be [1] on headed paper, [2] be signed, [3] highlight your relationship with the referee, [4] provide a summary of your character and achievements [5] state that they recommend you for the programme with Queen Mary University of London.

Once you have sent all the required documents to Samantha, she will act as your agent and submit the application on your behalf. 

Option 2 – apply using the online application form

Please attach the following documents to the online application form:

  • Colour scanned copies of your academic certificates and transcripts for all university-level qualifications. If these documents are in another language, please provided the originals and the official translated copies; 
  • Your statement of purpose. One page in a Word doc detailing your motivation to study, your professional achievements and career goals. We recommend that you refer to specific modules on the course that you are looking forward to studying and why you want to study with Queen Mary;       
  • An up-to-date CV;     
  • One reference letter to support your application. The letters must be [1] on headed paper, [2] be signed, [3] highlight your relationship with the referee, [4] provide a summary of your character and achievements [5] state that they recommend you for the programme with Queen Mary University of London.

What happens next?

Once you or the agent has submitted your application, our admissions selectors aim to review this within two weeks (provided we have received all the required documents).

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Queen Mary Online offers four part-time, 100% online programmes delivered by the Queen Mary University of London – a world-leading Russell Group university. Gain access to cutting-edge research, a glo ... Read More

Queen Mary Online offers four part-time, 100% online programmes delivered by the Queen Mary University of London – a world-leading Russell Group university. Gain access to cutting-edge research, a global community, and world-class teaching that will empower you to make a global impact. By choosing to study online with Queen Mary, you still enjoy the same status and access to exemplary teaching as our campus students. The advantage you have is the flexibility to pursue your future career at a time and intensity suited to your own unique circumstances and without interrupting your income and career progression. Read less