The MA is an innovative interdisciplinary programme which provides students with the knowledge and practical skills to resolve professional disputes.
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. 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.
Independent College has approval to offer students learner protection insurance. Learner Protection insurance is only in place when each student receives their Insurance Policy.’ Each learner should ensure that they receive a Learner Protection Insurance Policy in their name. Learner Protection insurance is provided by O’Driscoll O’Neil and underwritten by Hiscox Insurance Company Limited. The learner protection policy provides for a refund of fees as specified in the 2012 Act. In some circumstances, it may be possible for a learner to transfer to a similar programme in another provider. In such circumstances, the learner may opt to receive the cost of an alternative similar academic programme. Transfer to another programme is always only a second option. The learner protection insurance policy is governed by s. 65(4)(b) of the 2012 Act.’
The entry requirements are outlined as follows:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Candidates will be required to complete a “bridging event” 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.
5. 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.
6. English language level equivalent to 6.5 IELTS or equivalent score for students where English is not the applicants mother tongue
In order to register your interest in enrolling on the September 2017 intake the following information needs to be submitted to the College:
Copy of transcript of results from previous courses
Completion of Independent College Dublin application form
Copy of applicant’s passport
Copy of GNIB card if already resident in Ireland
Copy of updated CV
Copy of English certificate – IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent test is required
Dispute Theory & Dynamics
Mediation: Theory & Practice Part I
Negotiation: Theory & Practice
Mediation: Theory & Practice Part II
Arbitration: Law and Procedure
Community Mediation (Elective)
Family Mediation (Elective)
Workplace Dispute Resolution (Elective)
Commercial Dispute Resolution (Elective)
The annual tuition fee for the upcoming February 2019 academic year is €6,300 for domestic based students already located in Ireland or the European Union. The annual tuition fee is €8,300 for Non EU based students.