Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration and Mediation (CEF) - HKU SPACE: Alternative Dispute Resolution courses
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Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration and Mediation

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
17 Jun 2021 (Thu)
Next intake(s)
1 year
Course Fee
How to Apply
Deadline on 31 May 2021 (Mon)
2508 8864
2508 6403

The application of arbitration and mediation has become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. With a common law legal system and geographical convenience, Hong Kong provides the ideal venue for speedy and reliable dispute resolution for commercial conflicts. Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration and Mediation was launched to meet the expanded application of arbitration and mediation.


One of the best methods of dispute resolution for construction contracts international trade, shipping and trans-national businesses is arbitration for the benefits that judgments are enforceable across different jurisdictions as a result of the New York Convention[1958]. Hong Kong has a competitive advantage that there is an enormous pool of experienced professionals in the legal, shipping, international trade, and construction fields, and that they can support dispute settlement. The reservoir of specialist is expanding and the application of arbitration in various areas has increased. Another advantage is the bilingual jurisdiction adopted in Hong Kong and that is beneficial to parties from the Mainland, Taiwan and even Japan to arbitrate in Hong Kong. It is under such circumstances that the programmes are restructured with an expanded coverage cater for other fields.



Mediation is another alternative to dispute resolution widely accepted and practised across different businesses and industries in view of its positive outcome in facilitating a more efficient, expeditious and fair disposal of disputes. The reform of the Hong Kong Civil Justice systems in 2009 promoted the use of mediation for a more efficient use of judicial time and resources. The use of mediation in family matters, construction disputes, building management disputes, probate, and even financial products are all very promising.


Programme Objectives

The programme aims to provide professional training in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation, in particular the principles and practices of arbitration and mediation. It provides training on the application of these alternative dispute resolution methods in some identified fields including international trade, business transactions, construction, shipping, and the use of mediation in more domestic cases in housing management, family matters etc. The programme is designed as the initial step for those who want to become professional arbitrators, mediators and experts in alternative dispute resolution in a variety of fields to equip themselves with a sound academic foundation and practical knowledge.    




  • Law of Obligation and Civil Evidence
  • Law of Arbitration
  • Arbitration Practice
  • Award Writing
  • Mediation PracticeCEF

Elective COURSEs (choose 1 out of 3)

  • Construction Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Law of Shipping

Teaching will be conducted through lectures, seminars and workshops. Tutorials and/or case studies discussions may be arranged where appropriate. Series of workshops will be arranged throughout the Mediation Practice (40 contact hours) modules. Sessions will be held on 2 weekday evenings and 4 whole days on Sturday & Sunday. The medium of instruction is English.

Assessment for all modules is based on both written examination and a set of assignments submitted during the academic year.

Application Code 1890-HB013A -

Days / Time
  • Thursday, 6:45pm - 9:45pm
  • Saturday, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 6 module(s)

Applicants shall hold:-

  1. A bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized university or equivalent, in a relevant discipline with at least 2 years of experience; OR
  2. A relevant professional qualification (e.g. RIBA/HKIA, RICS/HKIS, CIOB/HKICM, CIBSE/ICE/HKIE, HKIH/CIH, CILT, ICS, CIPS/HKIPS etc)

If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English,

applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency such as

  1. an overall band of 6.0 or above with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or
  2. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or
  3. HKALE Use of English at Grade E or above; or
  4. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3 or above; or
  5. equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.

Application Fee

HK$200 non-refundable

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$67,000 (2 instalments; *Members of HKIA, HKIE, HKIS, HKIH and CILTHK are given a 5% discount to the advertised course fees for the arbitration modules.)
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Mediation Practice (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration and Mediation)
COURSE CODE 21Z10110-2 FEES $15,500 ENQUIRY 2508-8864
Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)
Some modules of this course have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration and Mediation

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])

Renewal as the Recognised Course Provider by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), UK is under progress.

Students that successfully complete the programme will be able to join CIArb at MCIArb level .

In addidtion, Mediation Practice module has been accredited locally by the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL) as meeting Stage One training requirements leading to accreditation as a member of the Association General Panel of mediators. The attendee needs to complete two further satisfactory assessments or conduct two actual mediations to apply for such accreditation. Each course is individually accredited.

Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method

HKU SPACE provides 24-hour online application and payment service for students to make enrolment for most open admission courses (courses enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes via the Internet.  Applicants may settle the payment by using either PPS, VISA or Mastercard online.

  1. Complete the online application form

    Applicant may click the icon Apply Now on the top right hand corner of the programme/course webpage to make online application, and then follow the instructions to fill in the online application form.

    Some programmes/courses may be admitted by selection, and may require applicants to provide electronic copy of any required documents (e.g. proof of qualification) as indicated on the programme/course webpage.  Only file format in doc, docx, jpg and pdf are supported. 

  2. Make Online Payment

    Pay the programme/course fees by either using:

    PPS via Internet - You will need a PPS account and a PPS Internet password. For information on how to open a PPS account and how to set up a PPS Internet password, please visit

    *Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or MasterCard including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”.

    *HKU SPACE MasterCard cardholders who wish to enjoy 10-month interest free instalment scheme must pay  their tuition fees in person at any our HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

To know more about online enrolment and payment, please refer to the user guide of Online Enrolment and Payment:


In Person / Mail

For first time enrolment

  1. For first come, first served short courses, complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26 and bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.  
  2. Award-bearing and professional courses may require other information. Forms are usually available at the enrolment centres or on request from programme staff. Bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

For continuing enrolment in the same course

A. In person or by post
  1. The standard ‘Enrolment/Payment Slip’ is designed for students of award-bearing programmes or remaining programmes in a suite of programmes requiring continuing enrolment and it applies to most programmes.
  2. Students should complete the “Enrolment/Payment Slip” which will be made available by relevant programme staff and return the slip to any HKU SPACE enrolment centre or post it to the relevant programme staff with appropriate fee payment.
B. Online

Selected programmes offer online continuing enrolment service. Programme staff will inform students if they offer this service and offer further enrolment details.

If you are in doubt about the procedures, please check the individual course details, or contact our programme staff or enrolment centres. 

Please note the followings for programme/course enrollment:

  1. To make an application online, you will need a computer with connection to the Internet and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. Internet Explorer 5.01 or above is recommended for the web browser.
  2. Applicants should not leave the online application idle for more than 10 minutes.  Otherwise, applicants must restart the application process.
  3. Only S-MILES and Early Bird Discount are supported in Online Applicants (Application).  To enjoy other types of discount, please visit one of our enrolment centres.
  4. During the online application process, asynchronous application and payment submission may occur.  Successful payment may not guarantee successful application.  In case of unsuccessful submission, our programme staff will contact you shortly.
  5. Applicants are reminded that they should only apply for the same programme/course once through counter or online application.
  6. For online enrolment, payment confirmation page would be displayed after payment has been made successfully.  In addition, a confirmation email would also be sent to your email account.  You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
  7. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment).
  8. If admission is by selection, the official receipt is not a guarantee that your application has been accepted.  We will inform you of the result as soon as possible after the closing date for application.  Unsuccessful applicants will be given a refund of programme/course fee if already paid.


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The School (and its respective employees and subsidiaries) is not liable for any loss or damage in connection with any online payments made by you by reason of (i) any failure, delay, interruption, suspension or restriction of the transmission of any information or message from any payment gateways of the relevant banks and/or third party merchants for processing credit/debit/smart card or other payment facilitation mechanism; (ii) any negligence, mistake, error in or omission from any information or message transmitted from the said payment gateways; (iii) any breakdown, malfunction or failure of those gateways in effecting online payment service or (iv) anything arisen out of or in connection with the said payment gateways, including but not limited to unauthorised access to or alternation of the transmission of data or any unlawful act not permitted by the law.

Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS  or WeChat Pay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS or WeChat Pay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

The course fees of all open admission courses (courses enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes can be settled by using PPS via the Internet. Applicants may also pay the relevant course fees by VISA or MasterCard online. Please refer to the Online Services for details.


  • For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, WeChat Pay, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For additional certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres. 
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