Course details

Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution
Domestic tuition $7,592 per year
International tuition $27,980
NZQF Level 7

About the course

Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution at the University of Waikato will equip you with skills to deal with challenging situations in your business or workplace in a positive and constructive manner.

Conflict is an ever-present part of social and business life. While conflict is not inherently negative, disputes have the ability to develop in ways that can cause problems.

The Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution is designed to enable people in a wide range of professions to develop the skills needed to resolve the disputes and differences through skilled intervention, mainly arbitration, conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation.

Our Diploma builds on teaching, research and practical experience within the Faculties of Law, Education and the Waikato Management School. From Managing Conflict and Consensus to Negotiation and Persuasion and Human Resource Management and Employment, we offer 16 papers for you to choose from to make up your Diploma.

Entry requirements

To be admitted to the programme you need to have a bachelor's degree in a subject other than law or have relevant work experience. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

With your online application, please provide your:

  • CV
  • Personal statement (letter of application) of up to 300 words outlining your work experience (paid or unpaid), community involvement, your previous study and reasons for wishing to undertake the diploma programme
  • A verified copy of your academic transcript and/or details of relevant experience
  • A verified copy of your birth certificate or current passport

About the provider

The University of Waikato, located in the central North Island cities of Hamilton and Tauranga, is an internationally recognised tertiary institution offering degree programmes designed to produce job-ready graduates. Each year, the University provides more than 2,000 industry placements and internship opportunities, believing its students benefit from the chance to put the theory they have learnt in classrooms, into practice in a real-world employment environment.

When students choose to study at waikato, they gain a globally recognised education. In 2019, the QS World University Rankings placed the University of Waikato 266th in the world, an improvement of 135 places in five years. The University is also in the top 5% of all globally ranked institutions for research impact, meaning their research is among some of the most influential in the world.