MA/MSc/PGC (Top Up for MCIArb)


University of Chester, with origins traced back to 1839, is an accredited British public university with three campuses located in Chester, UK, offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses to 15,000 students. The University is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the North West Universities Association and Universities UK.

University of Chester

– Ranked 73 out of 131 Universities
Times Good University Guide, 2019

– Silver Standard Award
Teaching Excellence Framework 2017,
Department of Education, UK



In 2010, the UK Quality Assurance Agency highly commended Work Based & Integrative Studies framework for its flexible and high quality negotiated work based learning framework. The Higher Education Funding Council for England showcased CWRS’s flexible approach to accrediting workplace learning.

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Programs Offering
MCIArb (Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators)
may choose to work for Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) or Master degree
according to individual needs

PGCert (Top Up)
for MCIArb (Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators)
Program Structure
– Self Review & Negotiation of Learning (20 credits)
– MCIArb portfolio as APEL (20 credits)
– Choice of online module or Work Based Project (20 credits)
MA / MSc (Top Up)
for MCIArb with recognized Master or PGDip
Program Structure
– Designing Practitioner Research (20 credits)
– Work Based Project (60 credits)


– Award Title
The work based & integrative studies method (WBIS) enables you to design and
negotiate distinctive award title with University specialists.  For example:
– PGCert in Mediation (WBIS)
– PGCert in Mediation & Management (WBIS)
– MA / MSc in Mediation & Financial Management (WBIS)
– MA / MSc in Mediation & Hotel Management (WBIS)
– and more

– You can gain academic credit for your prior experiential and cretificated learning
– Your learning is tailored to meet your specific needs and interests
– You can choose from online modules or workplace project
– You can learn at a distance using the online WBIS Portal and learning technology,
which enables academic achievement alongside work & family, etc. commitments.

Language Medium

100% by coursework

Delivery Mode
Distance. You will study mainly through the University of Chester WBIS Portal.

Study Method
Work Based and Integrative Studies (WBIS)
– Students wil get academic advice from tutors and access to learning materials
and sample as part of learning experience
– Students will have access to online learning resources, e-books, e-articles,
sample materials, etc.  No textbook is required.
– As part of your learning experience, you will be able to submit draft to tutor
for comment before submit final draft for marking

Entry Requirements
– Applicants should process
a MCIArb membership (in good standing) plus
– for PG Cert:  a recognized undergraduate degree or equivalent; and
– for MA/MSc: a recognized PGD or equivalent; and
– be in work (paid or unpaid) or have access to a workplce; and
– meet English language proficiency requirements, if English is not your first language


For detailed information on the course and application procedures, please contact us
by email at; or
click here to submit your enquiries online.

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