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C04145v4 Master of Dispute Resolution

Award(s): Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR)
UAC code: 940402 (Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 027886A
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Course intended learning outcomes
Career options
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Levels of award
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


The UTS Dispute Resolution program, a first in Australia, focuses on the wide range of non-adversarial dispute resolution processes. The subjects available accommodate distinct streams that include commerce, family, community and court-annexed programs.

Dispute resolution at UTS is focused on experiential learning involving a fusion of critical and reflective thinking paradigms with the application of theory in practical, work-based contexts.

The mixture of experience-based learning and formal lectures by professional practitioners give students a hands-on understanding of the full range of dispute resolution processes, from negotiation through the consensual processes to decisional theory.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 An advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of legal knowledge including:
A range of non-adversarial dispute resolution processes including commercial, family, community and court annexed processes; and
The broader contexts within non-adversarial dispute resolution processes operate and arise including consensual processes, decisional theory, regulatory, cultural, social justice, and ethical contexts.
2.0 An advanced and integrated capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards including an understanding of approaches to ethical decision making, the rules of professional responsibility, an ability to reflect upon and respond to ethical challenges in practice, and a developing ability to engage in the profession of law and to exercise professional judgment.
3.0 A capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively about non-adversarial dispute resolution processes, including the ability to identify and articulate complex issues, apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to problems and engage in critical analysis
4.0 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues and demonstrate intellectual and practical skills necessary to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions.
5.0 Effective and appropriate academic and professional communication skills including:
Highly effective use of the English language, to convey and comprehend, legal concepts and views, in relevant and appropriate modes and to different audiences;
An ability to communicate to inform, analyse, report, evaluate, argue and persuade; and
An ability to express and structure a sustained and logical argument
6.0 A high level of autonomy, adaptability, accountability and professionalism, and, the ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies including:
The ability to support personal and professional development by reflecting on and assessing their own capabilities and performance, making use of feedback as appropriate, and then developing and implementing strategies for improvement, making use of available resources and assistance as appropriate; and
A capacity to adapt to and embrace change and a commitment to ongoing learning.

Career options

Career options include arbitrator, manager, negotiator and professionals in a wide range of areas such as health and education, government and industrial relations.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

An appropriate first degree is a bachelor's degree with honours in a relevant field; a master's degree in a relevant field; or a bachelor's degree without honours in any discipline together with a graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a relevant field. Relevant fields of education are information technology; engineering and related technologies; architecture and building; education; management and commerce; society and culture; or communications and media studies, as described by the Australian Standard Classification of Education.

Admission is at the discretion of the associate dean (education).

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in a minimum of one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.

The core introductory subject is offered in intensive block mode over several days of attendance at the beginning of session. The other subjects are taught in intensive block mode over several full days of lectures, workshops and seminars.

Course structure

The course requires completion of a core introductory subject (6 credit points) plus a further seven subjects (42 credit points).

Subjects are regularly timetabled but not all subjects listed are offered in any one session. The UTS Timetable Planner enables current and future UTS students to view subject timetables.

Course completion requirements

79771 Dispute Resolution 6cp
Select 42 credit points of options: 42cp
77746 Advanced Mediation6cp 
78247 Collaborative Law6cp 
78173 Dispute Resolution in Civil Practice6cp 
77761 Dispute Resolution in Commerce6cp 
78138 Facilitation6cp 
77760 Family Dispute Resolution6cp 
78029 Mediation Practice6cp 
77745 Negotiation6cp 
77850 Psychology and Dispute Resolution6cp 
77740 Research Paper6cp 
STM90111 Research project (Law PG)12cp 
77867 Workplace Dispute Resolution6cp 
Total 48cp

Levels of award

To qualify for distinction in the master's program, candidates must attain a weighted average mark of 75 per cent across all subjects attempted.

Articulation with UTS courses

Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution (C11125) candidates may internally transfer to the Master of Dispute Resolution. Subjects undertaken within the graduate certificate are recognised within the master's.

Other information

Further information for future students is available on:

telephone +61 2 9514 3660

Further information for current students is available on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)