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.
Note: a qualification or background in law is not required; one of the key aims of this programme is to provide relevant legal training for those without a legal background.
IELTS:7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening)
TOEFL IBT:100 (with no less than 25 in writing, 22 in reading, 20 in speaking and 19 in listening)
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
The PGCert is studied part-time by distance learning. Single weekend intensive teaching sessions are offered in Nottingham for each module taken.
Visit the School of Law website for further information.
The School of Law at The University of Nottingham is consistently ranked among the leading law schools in the United Kingdom. It was rated as the 4th best for research out of 67 law schools in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008) 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.
Please see the University's online funding database for sources of postgraduate funding.
Opportunities for funding may be available to overseas students through the International Office
at The University of Nottingham.
In 2011, among our postgraduates available for employment, the average starting salary was £34,750 with the highest being £50,000. Career destinations for our graduates include scientific researchers, secondary teachers, university lectures and university researchers.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2012, 89.6% 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 £25,294 with the highest being £50,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2011/12.