University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Master of Dispute Resolution

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

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

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. Career options include arbitrator, manager, 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 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. 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.


  • Dispute resolution

Standard entry requirements

  • A UTS recognised bachelor degree with honours in a relevant field
  • A master degree in a relevant field
  • Or a bachelor 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. 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 in Dispute Resolution candidates may internally transfer to the Master of Dispute Resolution. Subjects undertaken within the graduate certificate are recognised within the master's.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
City International: $47,160 Yes
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

Further information

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