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Description of Strategic Procurement Management

If you want a career in procurement and supply management in the private or public sector, this specialist Masters programme offers high-level strategic teaching in all areas of this growing field.

Our graduates can respond to the dynamic needs of 21st century business, using their specialist knowledge to co-ordinate and adapt purchasing and supply chain activities. You will develop a sound grasp of current and emerging theories associated with purchasing and supply chain management, with emphasis on relationships with other corporate functions and activities. During the course, you will expand your knowledge of concepts and practices, which you can apply to the benefit of your own organisation. By graduation, you will be able to pioneer purchasing and supply chain management and fulfil a strategic role in private and/or public sector organisations for a sustainable and rewarding career.

We are one of the top six UK universities in the field of purchasing and supply chain management. Our Division of Supply Network Management is also a Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Centre of Excellence, a CIPS Level 7 Executive Diploma accredited Centre and the preferred supplier of Professional and Masters programmes for the Chartered Institute of Logistics (CILT). This course is accredited to both professional bodies and upon successful completion, you will gain either MCIPS (with three years work experience) or MCILT (with an average of 50% across the course). All full-time students will gain student membership of both CIPS and CILT.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 12300 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 6180 Year (EEA)
Start date February  2016 September
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 36 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

This Masters course is delivered in three distinct stages. During your first stage you will be introduced to key management principles and theories, followed by a secondary stage that is designed to continue to build and develop your existing knowledge. The final stage of the course will focus research and application to live projects, alongside a critical understanding of concepts covered throughout.

Stage One

  • Purchasing Principles & Management (20 credits)*Compare and contrast the strategic links between procurement, purchasing and the notion of supply chain management, this module is aimed at developing your ability to effectively and ethically manage supply as a holistic process.
  • Strategic Operations Management (20 credits)*Develop your ability and skills in strategic operational management tools and techniques with an appreciation of operational processes, planning and control systems.
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management (20 credits)*Explore the strategic need, role and value for logistics, purchasing and supply chain research within organisations in order to achieve sustainable supply chain networks in the future.

Stage 2

  • Commercial Relationships (20 credits)*Gain a critical understanding of the contribution of strategic accounting information to decision making in business. You’ll be introduced to major-themes underlying trading law with commercial and consumer contracts.
  • Advanced Procurement (20 credits)Examine the strategic internal and external relationships required to manage procurement and purchasing and supply, and the new and innovative cutting-edge procurement and purchasing principles and philosophies.
  • Research Methods (20 credits)Develop your understanding and research skills in a management and/or professional development context; critically reviewing a range of research methodologies and methods of providing management information for decision making.

Stage 3

  • Dissertation in Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain (60 credits)You’ll be required to produce an extended piece of written postgraduate research, involving a significant piece of student-directed learning, based on a detailed investigation into a key area.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Strategic Procurement Management

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree or an equivalent qualification, or in exceptional circumstances, three years’ or more significant managerial experience.

If you already hold a CIPS qualification, you may be able to gain exemptions from the course.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Work Experience for Strategic Procurement Management

No work experience is required.

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