School of Law

Executive Programme in Public Procurement Law and Policy


The Executive Programme in Public Procurement Law and Policy is a part-time, distance learning programme provided under the school's world-renowned Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG).

Recognising the growing importance of legal regulation in controlling public procurement, the programme offers a comprehensive grounding in the legal aspects of the subject.

It can be studied to Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or LLM level.

Who can take the programme?

No law degree or legal training is required. The programme is designed for:

  • policy makers responsible for designing and implementing legal rules on public procurement
  • procurement officers who require an understanding of the legal rules
  • lawyers advising on public procurement and those undertaking research or teaching in the area


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 (including UNCITRAL, the WTO, the EU and the UK)
  • how to implement best practice in the context of a legal framework
The programme surpassed my expectations. It broadened and deepened my understanding of the aspects of procurement law I thought I knew well.
Caroline Nicholas, Senior Legal Officer, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, and Secretary, UNCITRAL Working Group I (Procurement)

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Will the programme be affected by Brexit?

For those wishing to undertake the programme who are based in the UK, following Brexit, the UK has acceded to the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and signed a Trade Cooperation Agreement with the EU. This requires the UK system to align with the WTO GPA and EU systems which are very similar. Therefore, you will continue to benefit from detailed instruction on the WTO GPA and EU legal systems and associated case law which will continue to inform the application of UK law. Further, the UK Government's Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper proposals are likely to result in the adoption of legislation in late 2021 or early 2022. The intention is to radically change the way public procurement is regulated in the UK. It is therefore strongly advised that you enrol on the Programme in 2021 or 2022 at the latest if you wish to gain a detailed understanding of the new regime from the outset.

Our programme will keep you up to date with how the reforms are developing. You may be interested to know that Professor Sue Arrowsmith, who teaches on the programme, was on the Government's Procurement Transformation Advisory Panel set up to advise on these reforms. Once the reforms are in place, we will, of course, include them fully in our modules. Should any further changes occur soon after you complete, we will provide you free of charge with our new materials that cover any changes.

For those outside the UK, even should EU law change we intend to continue teaching EU procurement law, in which we retain a strong interest, with a number of our PPRG staff hailing from European countries outside the UK.

Honorary Professors

The group also benefits from the input of three Honorary Professors:

  • Peter Kunzlik
  • Susie Smith 
  • Robert Anderson

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