Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

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

Designed for

Negotiators, mediators, arbitrators, administrators, managers, and various other professionals


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. 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.


  • Dispute resolution

Standard entry 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.

Study pathways

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

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
City Domestic: $18,280
International: $18,280
No information available No
  • Part-time : 1 year
  • Full-time : 0.5 years

Further information

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.

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