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Master of Laws – International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Specialisation

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Master of Laws (LLM) – International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Specialisation is offered by the NUS Faculty of Law.

Launched in August 2016, the LLM in International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution seeks to nurture lawyers and scholars to conduct rigorous and independent inquiries into relevant dispute resolution issues, to promote transnational approaches to arbitration, to articulate critical and impactful insights, and to propose solutions beneficial to the local and global communities.

This specialisation enables students to get an in-depth understanding of the laws of international arbitration and dispute resolution. It has the advantage of being located in Singapore, which is the one of the preferred locations for arbitration in the world, and where many top arbitrators and academics often converge.

Students will also have access to some of the top arbitrators and academics in the field.

The modules offered in this specialisation comprise a mix of public international law and international private law.

The increasing opportunity for offshore legal work both in the region and in the world also make the modules offered in this programme particularly relevant to the field.

Students who have been admitted into the NUS LLM in International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution may submit an online application for the NUS LLM in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution & University of Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) double degree programme.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

International students are allowed to work not more than 16 hours per week.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Admission to the NUS LLM programme is granted on a competitive basis as places in the programme are limited. Applicants should possess the following minimum requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in Law
English Language
Applicants from English-medium institutions in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States:
  • No requirement
Applicants whose LLB or LLM degrees were conducted entirely in the English medium:
  • May submit a request with supporting documents for consideration (on a case-by-case basis) to be granted a waiver
Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not completely in English:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 100 (Internet-based), or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score of 7.5.
Candidates who have obtained a TOEFL score of 92—99 (Internet-based) or minimum IELTS (Academic) overall band score 7.0 may also apply, but may be invited to attend an interview or be required to undertake a prescribed intensive English language training course, prior to commencing law studies.
Note: TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application. In view of COVID-19, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition, TOEFL ITP® Plus (with a score of at least 627) for China and IELTS indicator (with the same scores as the standard IELTS test) will be accepted in the interim until testing centres reopen.