ProfDip Arbitration

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 20)

Arbitration is a widely used alternative to litigation before the Courts. The use of arbitration is on the increase, and new legislation, the Arbitration Act, 2010, was introduced in 2010 to make Ireland a world leader in the field of arbitration. The Diploma is the only one of its kind in Ireland and will equip you with the competence required to conduct or participate in arbitrations.

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 January-April) and are supplemented a number of seminars on Award Writing and Arbitration Skills (in June-July). Lectures in the Irish Law and Legal Procedure component for non-lawyers are held on one additional evening per week (January -April). The Programme Commences in January.

Careers & Employability

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. Founded in 1997, the programme has been successfully completed by a wide and varied complement of professionals, many of whom are leaders in their fields.

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.

We have an excellent Careers Development Centre here at UCD, designed to help you with information regarding future employment or studies. UCD hold a number of graduate events throughout the year including a dedicated law fair at which at which many of the big Law firms will be in attendance. The School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on it’s Academic staff and a staff member from the careers office will be in attendance at the School of law on a number of occasions throughout the academic year. To see the full range of services offered by the careers office go to http://www.ucd.ie/careers/

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

Applications will be considered from

  • 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.

ProfDip Arbitration (B640) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4105 da
nonEU    fee per year - € 6635 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

The fee for 2021/22 is €4105

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

What is the Application Procedure?

Applicants should take careful note of the following:

  • The on-line Applications for the Diploma will open in September. Go to www.ucd.ie/apply to make an application. Remember to keep a note of your login and password as you will need to return to the application.
  • Official references must be submitted as proof of work experience by all applicants.
  • Official Transcripts must be submitted as proof of examination results, where relevant, except in the case of UCD students. Students of UCD applying for the Diploma do not need to supply Transcripts but should submit relevant professional references.
  • The personal statement is an important component of the application. It should contain information demonstrating your capability to undertake the course successfully. Thus, you should detail your relevant professional and practical experience.
  • Applicants must nominate two academic referees unless the applicant has been in employment for more than two years, in which case one of the named referees must be an employer. Applicants are required to submit the name, position held, postal address, email address and contact number for the two academic referees.