Qualify as an Adjudicator - gain the credentials and the skills to act as an adjudicator and to deliver reasoned, valid and legally enforceable decisions.  

Adjudication is a widely used means of resolving disputes which differs from arbitration in that it is usually quicker and more intensive, and the adjudicator is required to take the initiative in determining the evidence and principles upon which to determine the dispute. It is already widely used in a number of fields, including Employment, Mental Health, Residential Lettings, and Sports. The Construction Contracts Act 2013 now introduces for the first time a right to adjudication in all major construction contracts, and a national Panel of qualified Adjudicators is to be set-up under the Act to resolve construction payment disputes. This course will equip you with the competence, knowledge and skills to act as an adjudicator and to advise parties involved in adjudications.

Duration 1 academic year part-time
Starting September (Not on Offer 2017-18)
Fees 2016/17 EU €4000 Non-EU €7950


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Applications are considered from:

  • present and future Architects, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors and Building Surveyors, Chartered Engineers
  • Barristers and Solicitors
  • Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

What is the Application Procedure?

Applicants should take careful note of the following:

  • The on-line Applications for the Diploma are now open. 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.

Further Information

Letter Of Recommendation

To obtain further information and application details please contact:

Justine McCann

Graduate Programme Administrator
T: +353 1 716 4109 
E: lawdiplomas@ucd.ie

The course involves a detailed focus on the law and practice of Adjudication in the Irish context, with particular emphasis on promoting knowledge and skills to ensure fair procedures by adjudicators that will lead to valid and enforceable adjudicators’ decisions. The Construction Contracts Act 2013 and the Irish and UK, and overseas law and practice of adjudication will be examined in depth, and a separate module will also examine adjudication in the non-construction setting. The course includes a significant Decision Writing component giving a thorough grounding in reasoning and writing skills towards the production of reasoned adjudicators’ decisions. A special module in Irish Law and Procedure is also provided if you do not already hold a recognised law qualification. The course includes contributions from experts in the field from the major construction bodies, and accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators will be sought for the programme. 

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

Semester 1:

Adjudication Law and Procedure

Irish Law and Legal Procedure

Adjudication Award Writing


Semester 2:

Adjudication Skills

Adjudication Award Writing

The course will be of particular interest to present and future Architects, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors and Building Surveyors, Chartered Engineers, Barristers and Solicitors, and Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as those categories of professional will be eligible for appointment to the Panel of Adjudicators to be set up under the Construction Contracts Act 2013. Others such as Human Resources professionals, Mental Health professionals, and Residential Property professionals and Sports Management professionals will also find the programme of special interest, as will any legal professionals, civil servants, and regulators or others engaging with decision making tribunals or adjudicative panels.  

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, Dr. Oonagh Breen, 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/