MBA Strategy and Procurement Management

University of Birmingham | Birmingham , United Kingdom
The MBA (SPM) is accredited by the UKs Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), and graduates who fulfil the relevant work experience requirements of CIPS are also awarded full membership of the Institute (MCIPS).



The programme offers a range of specialist professionally orientated modules designed for managers with procurement responsibilities across a range of sectors and industries. It provides an opportunity for those involved in procurement to develop their general management knowledge and skills, and to gain access to leading-edge thinking and research in procurement and supply management. Those teaching the specialist components of this programme have had substantial practical and consultancy experience of the modern procurement function in a range of manufacturing, service and public sector organizations. The programme is available in both part-time and full-time delivery modes.

Part-time mode

The part-time programme can be completed in a minimum of two and half years and a maximum of six, and is designed to be as flexible as possible to meet the needs of busy professionals juggling career and other commitments with study. You complete eight compulsory taught modules, six covering the core management disciplines and two with a specific focus on procurement and supply management issues.

Each taught module is delivered in an intensive six day block spread over two consecutive long weekends Friday to Sunday. This minimises disruption to your workplace commitments. Modules are offered at four points during the academic year October, January, April and July. The main entry point is in October, but entry is also possible at other times during the year when a module is being delivered.

When the taught modules have been completed, a 12,000 word dissertation is submitted to fulfil the requirements for the award of the degree. The subject of the dissertation can be related to your work environment or to an area of interest to your employer, which may encourage them to support you with time for study or financial assistance.

Full-time mode

The full-time programme is completed in 15 months. In the first semester (September to December) you complete seven compulsory taught modules alongside students on our other full-time MBA programmes. These cover the core management disciplines. In the second semester (January to April) you take two further compulsory modules, including the same specialist procurement and supply module taught on the part-time programme, and choose one elective.

When the taught modules have been completed, you spend three months working on a 12,000 word dissertation, which allows you to relate the concepts and analytical frameworks taught during the programme to practical management problems typically drawn from the domain of procurement and supply management.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 22590 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 22590 Year (EEA)
Start date part-time-flexible entry-entry is possible at any time at which a module is delivered (October, January, April and July)
Duration full-time 15 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

The programme comprises taught modules and a research or company based project.

  • Perspectives on Strategic Management
  • International Business Environment
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Part 1 & Part 2
  • Financial Management

English Language Requirements

CAE score
200(Grade A)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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Normally a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or an equivalent professional qualification (e.g. CIPS Graduate Diploma), and a minimum of three years relevant experience in purchasing and supply management. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this in more detail.

International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries learn more about international entry requirements
Standard English language requirements apply:
  • Full-time programme: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any band); TOEFL IBT 95 (with no less than 22 in any band); Pearson Academic Test of English 67 (in all four skills).
  • Part-time programme: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band); TOEFL IBT 88 (21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); Pearson Academic Test of English 59 (in all four skills).

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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