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C11125v4 Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution (GradCertDispRes)
UAC code: 940403 (Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 032360M
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus

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


The Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution, a first in Australia, focuses on the wide range of non-adversarial dispute resolution processes. A comprehensive range of subjects is available accommodating distinct streams such as commerce, family, community and court-annexed programs.

Dispute resolution at UTS focuses 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 disciplinary knowledge including the Australian legal system, social justice, cultural and international contexts, the principles and values of ethical practice, and contemporary developments in law and dispute resolution and professional practice.
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 including an ability to identify and articulate complex socio-legal and other cross disciplinary issues, apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate theoretical and practical responses, and, demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching complex socio-legal and dispute resolution issues and generating appropriate responses.
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, dispute resolution methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions.
5.0 Effective and appropriate professional communication skills including highly effective use of the English language, an ability to inform, analyse, report and persuade using an appropriate medium and message and an ability to respond appropriately.
6.0 A high level of autonomy, accountability and professionalism, the ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies including initiating self-directed work and learning, judgment and responsibility, self-assessment of skills, personal wellbeing and appropriate use of feedback and, a capacity to adapt to and embrace change.

Career options

Career options include arbitrator, managers, 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.

Applicants who provide evidence of equivalent work experience are also considered.

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 session of full-time or one year 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 options 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 three subjects (18 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 18 credit points of options: 18cp
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 
77867 Workplace Dispute Resolution6cp 
Total 24cp

Articulation with UTS courses

Graduate certificate candidates may internally transfer to the Master of Dispute Resolution (C04145). Candidates are not awarded the graduate certificate, rather subjects undertaken within the graduate certificate are credited towards 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)