Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution

Information valid for students commencing in 2012.

Course Code





Law, Business and the Creative Arts

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree, equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree, or graduate diploma from this or another university; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative Arts as equivalent to the above.

Completion of the Graduate Diploma of Conflict and Dispute Resolution from this university.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 9) Guidelines for Masters degrees.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of at least five years academic and professional experience in a cognate discipline.

Special admission requirements


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Masters Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 9).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

LB5525:03  Conflict and Dispute Analysis


LB5500:03  Negotiation


LB5522:03  Negotiation Theory and Practice


Select 18 credit points of LB55_ _ subjects or any other level 5 subjects, up to a maximum of 6 credit points, considered complementary to the program on the recommendation of the Head of School and subject to approval of the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor.

LB5500:03 Negotiation

LB5501:03 Mediation

LB5502:03 Conflict Management

LB5503:03 Transformative Systems

LB5514:03 Indigenous and Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution

LB5516:03 Public Interest and Multi-Party Disputes

LB5517:03 Commercial Dispute Resolution

LB5518:03 Advanced Mediation

LB5519:03 Family and Interpersonal Dispute Resolution

LB5520:03 Independent Project

LB5521:03 Conflict, Reconciliation and Peace

LB5522:03 Negotiation Theory and Practice

LB5523:03 Research Project Part 1 of 2

LB5524:03 Research Project Part 2 of 2

LB5525:03 Conflict and Dispute Analysis

LB5526:03 Conflict Management and Transformation

LB5527:03 Conflict Coaching







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A candidate who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject.  However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points for dispute resolution subjects completed at JCU; otherwise 6 credit points, unless part of an approved articulation process.


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 4 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 10 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course.

Other restrictions

Candidates who are granted advanced standing for either the Graduate Certificate or the Graduate Diploma of Conflict and Dispute Resolution, will be required to surrender that award prior to taking out the Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution.

Advanced standing will not be granted for work experience or undergraduate studies.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the relevant number of credit points and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive either the Graduate Certificate, or the Graduate Diploma, of Conflict and Dispute Resolution.

Course articulation

Not applicable