The MA is a unique and innovative interdisciplinary program that provides students with the academic knowledge and practical skills to resolve disputes between parties in a non-adversarial manner. Upon successful completion of the master’s degree, students are awarded a QQI Level 9 academic qualification. Dispute resolution is one of the fastest growing academic fields and disciplines both in Ireland and internationally, offering career opportunities in corporate, legal settings , educational, political, human resources, health and community, among others.
The Master of Dispute Resolution focuses on a wide range of non-contentious dispute resolution processes, including arbitration, mediation, conflict training, and negotiation in several different sectors, including family, business, construction, and workplace. job. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and combines concepts of law, business management, international relations, policy studies, sociology, psychology, and organizational development.
The combination of experiential learning through role-playing games and formal lectures by industry experts will provide students with a practical understanding of a full range of this exciting and fast-growing sector and is designed for people new to the the field, as well as for professionals who want to enhance current capabilities and skills in their chosen field. The Master of Dispute Resolution is both practical and academic. The focus of the faculty teaching the course is to provide students with dispute resolution skills along with theory to support those skills.
Goals and objectives of the program:
- Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the fundamental theories, concepts, and methodologies of dispute analysis.
- Provide and develop professional competence in the techniques necessary to define and evaluate disputes.
- Provide and develop the skills necessary to employ a methodical and critical approach to challenges in dispute management and resolution.
- Provide students with the ability to communicate strategies and solutions in conflict contexts.
- Provide students with the knowledge and foundation to continue their graduate studies.
- Facilitate the student’s development of applied skills that are directly complementary and relevant to the workplace.
- Allow the student to identify, develop, and apply analytical and creative problem-solving and research skills.