ProfDip Arbitration

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 20)

The focus of the Diploma in Arbitration is on domestic arbitration. It is designed to equip students with the level of competence in Irish law and procedure required to conduct or participate in arbitrations between Irish parties. 
  • A special feature of the course is the Award Writing component which gives a grounding in the construction and analysis of reasoned arbitral awards.
  • The programme also provides a valuable background knowledge which will be of assistance to those who act as expert witnesses in their own professions or trade and who are consulted for the purpose of giving evidence in court or at arbitrations

Careers & Employability

The Programme is for Professionals coming in to contact with arbitration. You will be expected to have either a legal qualification or a qualification or experience in a professional practice such as accountancy, architecture, engineering, etc. where arbitration is frequently encountered, such as

  • Practising barristers or solicitors
  • Barristers or solicitors actively engaged in legally connected employment,
  • Graduates holding an approved university degree or law-based interdisciplinary university degree,
  • Persons with other academic and/or professional qualifications and/or such experiences as would satisfy the School that they are able to participate on this course.

Curricular information is subject to change


Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The topics covered in the course will be of particular importance to all professionals coming in to contact with arbitration. Students will be expected to have either a legal qualification or a qualification or experience in a professional practice such as accountancy, architecture, engineering, etc. where arbitration is frequently encountered.

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The Diploma in Arbitration is taught by means of lectures and seminars over the course of an academic year. Lectures are held once a week (in semester 1)on and are supplemented by six or possibly seven Saturday seminars (in semester 2) from practising arbitrators and arbitration events. The Saturday seminars normally run fortnightly, and constitute a mandatory integral part of the course. Lectures in the Irish Law and Legal Procedure component for non-lawyers are held on one additional evening per week, over the duration of the course. In semester 1. This annual course commences in September.

ProfDip Arbitration (B533) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4270 da
nonEU    fee per year - € 6840 da

daNon law graduates have to take an additional module for this course, the fee for which is an additional charge (tba)
***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, and students awarded the Diploma will be eligible for election to Membership of the Institute (M.C.I.Arb.) and exemption from the Institute’s Fellowship (F.C.I.Arb) and Chartered Arbitrator examinations - credentials which are recognised worldwide. Further details of the Institute's fellowship requirements may be obtained directly from the Institute's website at www.arbitrators.org. Local information may also be obtained from the institute's Irish Branch at Merchants House, 27-30 Merchant’s Quay, Dublin 8, Tel: 01-7079739, e-mail ciarb@iol.ie