I am a prospective
student, looking to study at
Newcastle City
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
FeesFind information about indicative course and program fees.
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.5, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 098481A
Program Code40193

Study Dispute Resolution

Do you want to work effectively in dispute resolution applying techniques and processes within court, across government sectors and within the private sector? Then the University of Newcastle’s Master of Dispute Resolution is the program for you.

The program is professionally-focused and innovative exposing students to new perspectives and deep analyses, ensuring high-quality teaching and learning experiences. Graduates are equipped with advanced knowledge and skills, positioning them at the forefront of a range of industries and government where there is a growing demand for staff with dispute resolution skills.

Why study with us?

  • Be taught by experts in the field – learn from leading academics and practitioners such as Professors Boulle, Sourdin and Toohey who are amongst the most distinguished and experienced in Australia.
  • Flexible study options – choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your professional and personal needs. Our advanced online learning system gives you the flexibility and support to study anytime. All courses are offered in intensive mode which means that you can come to our modern campus for workshops that focus on skills and theory development.
  • Choose what you learn – study 8 individual courses or choose a specialty, focusing on developing skills and knowledge that will provide the best outcomes according to your particular needs.
  • Study a fast-growing practise area – in 2018, dispute resolution was the fasting growth law practise area, with 19.1% growth
  • Study at NUspaceNUspace, located in Newcastle’s CBD, provides the optimum environment for you to excel in your studies.

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What you will study

The Master of Dispute Resolution delivers a core focus on ensuring a strong student understanding of the Australian and International dispute resolution framework and techniques employed in the dispute resolution process. Students are required to complete 8 courses (80 units) which they can choose from our list of cutting-edge courses including:

  • Advocacy Skills
  • Advanced Legal Research Project
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration
  • Expert Evidence
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Mediation Skills and Theory
  • Conciliation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Negotiation in a Legal Context

This degree is available to study full-time or part-time to provide added flexibility to your study program.

Students who complete the Mediation course will meet partial accreditation requirements under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS). To seek full accreditation students must complete further industry requirements outlined in the NMAS. For further information on this please contact the Program Convenor Tania Sourdin.


Career opportunities

Upon completion of the Master of Dispute Resolution you will be able to use your specialised knowledge to advance your career and work in various fields including consulting firms, community organisations, educational institutions and government agencies.

Some typical roles include:

  • Expert complaints staff
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Independent Dispute Resolution Scheme Managers and senior staff
  • Government dispute resolution expert
  • Arbitrator
  • Mediator
  • Conciliator
  • Negotiator
  • Ombuds senior staff

How to apply

Applying for Master of Dispute Resolution

I am a prospective
student, looking to study at
Newcastle City

Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

The Master of Dispute Resolution will equip students with advanced knowledge and skills, positioning them to engage as professionals in the dispute resolution field and as leaders in further education, research, and professional development relating to the field in Australia and across the world. Dispute resolution practitioners are drawn from a range of discipline areas and may have varying disciplinary backgrounds.

Entry into the Master of Dispute Resolution Program (80 units) will be available for applicants who have:

  • an AQF Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in a professional discipline (e.g., law, education, social science, psychology, science, engineering, architecture, medicine, legal studies, business, commerce or human resources and management); or
  • an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a professional discipline (e.g., law, education, social science, psychology, engineering, legal studies, business, commerce or human resources and management); or
  • an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in a professional discipline (e.g., law, education, social science, psychology, engineering, legal studies, business, commerce or human resources and management), and at least one year relevant work experience; or
  • an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree not in a related discipline, and at least two years of relevant work experience; or
  • attained and held National Mediator Accreditation in Australia for a period of no less than three years, or are an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner; or 
  • at least five years of work experience, of which two years should have been in a management or consultancy position dealing predominantly with complaints management or dispute resolution.

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

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