Public Procurement Law and Policy PGCert


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Qualification name:Public Procurement Law and Policy
Duration:12-21 months part-time
Entry requirements:2:1 (upper second class honours degree or international equivalent).
Other requirements:Additional experience/qualifications may also be considered. In particular, applications are welcome from those who possess the CIPS Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply (Level 6 of the CIPS qualification framework) and others with relevant qualifications or experience from the purchasing and supply field.
IELTS:7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening)
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:67 (no less than 67 in writing, 62 inreading, and 55 in listening and speaking)
Start date:September
Campus:University Park

School of Law

Course Overview

The PGCert programme in Public Procurement Law and Policy is an innovative part-time programme provided by the School of Law under the auspices of the school's world-renowned Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG).

This is the first course of its kind anywhere in the world and has been developed in recognition of the growing importance of legal regulation in controlling public procurement. 

Although it is intended to provide a "gold standard" in legal training in public procurement, the programme is aimed both at those with a legal background and those without, and does not require that applicants possess a law degree.

Those taking the programme will obtain a thorough understanding of:

  • the nature of law and the legal process
  • the principles and rules of public procurement law
  • the application of these rules in key national and international systems/models including those of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the World Trade Organistaion (WTO), the EU and the UK
  • how to implement best practice in the context of a legal framework

The programme is designed, in particular, for:

  • policy makers responsible for designing and implementing legal rules on public procurement
  • procurement officers whose roles demand an understanding of the legal rules
  • lawyers advising on public procurement
  • those seeking to undertake research or teaching in public procurement 

Visit the School of Law website for further information.

Key facts

  • The School of Law at The University of Nottingham is consistently ranked among the leading law schools in the United Kingdom. The school was rated 6th in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and has a grade of 'Excellent' for teaching.
  • The Public Procurement Research Group is the global leader in its field, and enjoys important professional relationships with relevant national and international institutions.
  • The excellent law library has in excess of 65,000 volumes, immediate access to a wide range of electronic materials and resources and a dedicated law librarian.
  • A dedicated administrator is employed to assist students with all aspects of the programme.

Course Details

The PGCert is studied part-time by distance learning over 1-2 years. 

Course participants are provided with extensive course materials both online and in hard copy, and receive online support and advice. In addition, each module will be supported by approximately 14 hours of intensive teaching which will take place at weekends.

You will undertake four modules from our list of modules.

Find out more on the school website.


You are able to choose FOUR of the following modules:

  • Introduction to Public Procurement Regulation: Basic Principles and Concepts (mandatory module)
  • Organisation and Management of Public Procurement Systems 
  • Government Procurement in the WTO 
  • EU Procurement Law 1 
  • EU Procurement Law 2 
  • EU Procurement Law 3 (can only opt for this if also doing EU Procurement Law 1 and EU Procurement Law 2) 
  • Corruption in Public Procurement 
  • Legal Research Methods in Public Procurement
  • Development and Procurement OR UK Procurement Law

For details on our modules, please see the school website.


Please see the University's online funding information for sources of postgraduate funding.  

International Students

Opportunities for funding may be available to overseas students through the International Office at The University of Nottingham.


Average starting salary and career progression

In 2013, 90% of postgraduates in the School of Law who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,333 with the highest being £25,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2012/13.

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. 

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

The Enquiry Centre

The University of Nottingham
King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

t: +44 (0) 115 951 5559
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