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.


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


Not applicable

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 7.0.

Candidates who have obtained a TOEFL score of 92–99 (Internet-based) 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.


Not applicable


The NUS LLM programme is offered on the following basis (with estimated time to complete the programme indicated below):

 Full-time  12 months 

Note: International applicants must be accepted into an approved full-time course in Singapore to apply for a Student’s Pass. For more information, refer to the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.


The NUS LLM is a 40–44-modular credit (MC) coursework-based graduate degree programme comprising:

  • Core/essential modules (at least 24 MCs), and
  • Elective Modules (up to 20 MCs).
Core/Essential Modules

Students who wish to specialise in International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution must complete at least 24 MCs of modules from the International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution subject cluster, including three compulsory modules International Commercial Arbitration (5 MCs), International Dispute Settlement (5 MCs), and Topics in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (1 MC). In addition, students are required to take at least two super-intensive elective modules conducted during the Semester’s Recess Week (these super-intensive elective modules are taught by top arbitration specialists from around the world who cannot spend more than a few days with us given their busy schedule).

View Modules

Module Code Module Title MCs
LC5029 International Commercial Arbitration 5
LC5285 International Dispute Settlement 5
NA Topics in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution 1
 Super-Intensive Elective Modules
Module Code Module Title MCs
LL5383Z International Arbitration & The New York Convention – Prof Albert Jan van den Berg 2.5
LL5359Z SIAC and Institutional Arbitration – Mr Gary Born and Others 2.5
LL5360Z Current Challenges to Investment Arbitration – Prof Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler 2.5
LL5361Z Complex Arbitrations: Multiparty - Multicontract – Mr Bernard Hanotiau 2.5
 International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
Module Code Module Title MCs
LL5299 Advanced Issues in the Law & Practice of Int'l Arbitration (Sem 2) 4
LL5338V Advanced Practicum in International Arbitration (Sem 2) 5
LL5100 Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in China (Not Offered in AY2020-2021) (Sem 1) 4
LL5339 Comparative Evidence in International Arbitration (Sem 1) 4
LL5295 Conflict of Laws in Int'l Commercial Arbitration (Sem 2) 4
LL5382V Core Aspects of Private International Law (Sem 1) 5
LL5349V Energy Arbitration (Sem 2) 5
LL5396V International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Research (Sem 1) 5
LL5396V International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Research (Sem 2) 5
LL5397V International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Research (Sem 1) 5
LL5397V International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Research (Sem 2) 5
LL5317V International Arbitration in Asian Centres (Sem 1) 5
LL5235V International Contract Law: Principles and Practice (Not Offered in AY2020-2021) (Sem 2) 5
LL5032 International Investment Law (Sem 1) 4
LL5150V International Investment Law and Arbitration (Not Offered in AY2020-2021) (Sem 2) 5
LL5178V Law and Practice of Investment Treaties (Sem 1) 5
LL5044V Mediation (Sem 2) 5
LL5045V Negotiation (Sem 1) 5
LL5364V Principles of Civil Law: Law of Obligations & Property (Sem 2) 5
LL5309V Strategies for Asian Disputes - A Comparative Analysis (Sem 2) 5
LL5289V The Evolution of International Arbitration (Sem 2) 5
LL5060B World Trade Law (Sem 1) 8
Elective Modules

Up to 20 MCs of modules may be selected from those offered in other subject clusters in the LLM programme.

For a complete list of modules in all the subject clusters, please refer to the NUS Law website Course Listing.

Note: For more information about the modules listed above (as well as other modules offered in the current academic year), please visit NUSMODS.


To graduate from the NUS LLM programme with an International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution specialisation, students must meet the following requirements:

Programme and/or Specialisation

Read and pass a total of 40–44 MCs. 

Module and/or Qualification

At least 24 MCs must be from modules in the International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution subject cluster, including the three compulsory modules (International Commercial Arbitration, International Dispute Settlement, and Topics in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution) and at least two super-intensive elective modules.

Cumulative Average Point (CAP) 

Not applicable


Not applicable


Kindly note that all fees for the NUS LLM programme quoted on this page are exclusive of prevailing GST, unless otherwise stated. The University reserves all rights to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.


S$34,299.07 (excluding GST) per annum /
S$36,700.00 (including GST) per annum

Financial Assistance

Students in this programme have in the past been eligible for, or received funding support from:

• Kwa Geok Choo Graduate Scholarship (All nationalities)

• Faculty Graduate Scholarship (FGS) (All nationalities)

• Scholarship for Young Asian Academics (SYAA) (Asian students)

For more about loans and other financial assistance, please email Law Graduate Admissions.


S$50 (including GST)

• Non-refundable and non-transferable


Not applicable

Student Services

As published by NUS Registrar’s Office

• Payable every regular semester

Programme at a Glance*

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Next Intake:

Application Period:

Online Submission:
15 Sep 2021–15 Nov 2021


Submission of Supporting Documents:
By 22 Nov 2021

* For full details, please refer to main write-up.

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10 November 2021