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Bangor University is a major international research centre in relation to the operation of national and European law and policies on public procurement law. Read more
Bangor University is a major international research centre in relation to the operation of national and European law and policies on public procurement law.

1 year LLM option (Full time programme)
2 years (Executive intensive block release programme for professionals)
The main educational aims of the programme include:

To provide candidates with postgraduate level knowledge and skills in the area of national (UK and Irish), European and International (WTO, World Bank and UNCITRAL) Public Procurement Law and Strategy.
To build up specialist legal skills and knowledge to equip candidates to operate in the interface between legal principles that apply in the Public Procurement environment and the strategic objectives of interests to organisations in the public and private sectors.
To provide a flexible programme enabling candidates to develop national, european and international perspectives on Public Procurement law issues and practice, which will open up a whole new area of opportunity for graduates.
A strategic element of the programmes is the presentation of learning from the perspectives of both the public procurement function and private sector supplier organisations, to help advance understanding of the complex issues organisations involved in public sector tendering face, and to develop more creative legally compliant public procurement solutions.

This is achieved through carefully designed module options and collaborative teaching involving the use of academic and expert procurement law and strategy specialists.

Employment Opportunities
Employment opportunities for graduates of the programmes include opportunities with public and private sector organisations (all of which have a procurement function), law firms, research centres and international organisations such as the United Nations, World Bank, World Trade Organisation and European Union. Having taken one of our programmes, there will, also be possibilities for academically inclined candidates to pursue careers in teaching and research. Candidates may also find employment opportunities with Social and Environment Rights Groups, many of which see procurement as a way of advancing social and environmental agendas. Candidates who are already working will develop expertise on procurement law issues which would advance their career prospects and upgrade their skills in this extremely complex and rapidly changing area of law.

Programme Content
LLM in Public Procurement Law and Strategy (1 Year programme)

Compulsory modules:

Public Procurement Research and Writing Skills
National and European Public Procurement Law
Applied Procurement Research Projects – work placement and research project (s) on any topic within the programme
Optional modules: (choose 5)

Risk Management in Public Procurement
Sustainable and Social Procurement
Contract Design and Management
Innovation in Public Procurement
Litigation Strategies and the Remedies Regime
International Procurement Regimes
Procurement Relationships and Ethics
Strategic Procurement and Leadership
European Internal Market Law
Executive LLM in Public Procurement Law and Strategy (2 Year programme)

Compulsory modules:

Public Procurement Research and Writing Skills
National and European Public Procurement Law
Risk Management in Public Procurement
Sustainable and Social Procurement
Contract Design and Management
Innovation in Public Procurement
Applied Procurement Research Projects – work placement and research project (s) on any topic within the programme
Optional modules: (choose 1)

Strategic Procurement and Leadership
International Procurement Regimes
Structure
Part 1

LLM in Public Procurement Law and Strategy (1 Year programme)

Part 1 will involve the study of 120 credits.

September intake: Part 1 will be undertaken in the period of September to June.

Teaching will mostly be seminar based which will promote group and individual interaction, which also ensures that every individual candidate is encouraged to contribute to discussions.


Executive LLM in Public Procurement Law and Strategy (2 Year programme)

Taught modules are undertaken over two academic sessions and will involve the study of 120 credits.

Teaching on the Executive stream will be in the form of structured lectures facilitated by the Lecturer and driven by class discussions and case study analysis.

Delivery will be on a block release basis with classes delivered over weekends – on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday – during two academic sessions. Accommodation for participants on the Executive stream is included in the programme fee. Participants will be accommodated at the Management Centre at Bangor University.
Collaborative learning will be an important part of the learning process for the stream.
The module will be taught using a combination of expert Procurement Law academic staff and legal practitioners from leading law firms and in-house legal departments.
Case studies will be used to help the candidates to contextualise active procurement legal problems against a background of realistic scenarios where they get the opportunity to apply the relevant rules of law that they will have been lectured on.
Candidates will be expected to have prepared essential reading on case law, legislation, and other procurement rules prior to the seminar, and will discuss the legal issues raised by the reading in an interactive fashion in order that the class can engage in problem solving facilitated by the lecturer.
Part 2

The Applied Procurement Research Projects (APRP) which is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken on successful completion of Part 1.

Candidates on the one year full-time programme undertake their project during the period of June to September (September intake).

Candidates on the two year programme will undertake their project in the final year of their programme).

The research project comprises a two week work placement in a procurement function and the submission by candidates of either:

One essay with a maximum length of between 18,000 and 20,000 words OR
Two essays not exceeding 10,000-words per essay OR
Four essays not exceeding 5,000-words per essay.
The APRP will be used to familiarise candidates with a broad range of current themes in Public Procurement Law and Strategy. Indicative areas where candidates may undertake applied research projects include national and European Procurement Law, Litigation Strategies, relationship between European Internal Market Law and Public Procurement Law, International Procurement Regimes, Sustainable Procurement, Public Procurement and Innovation, Procurement Relations, Procurement Ethics, Risk Management in Public Procurement, and Contract Design and Management. Other topics proposed by candidates may be acceptable subject to ratification by the Course Leader.

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This Programme intends to enable participants to cope with the challenges of regulating, executing and monitoring public procurement in an economically and socially responsible manner. Read more
This Programme intends to enable participants to cope with the challenges of regulating, executing and monitoring public procurement in an economically and socially responsible manner. It is unique in its comprehensive coverage of the four pillars of effective national public procurement systems as defined by the OECD. New topics in public procurement are also explored. Emphasis is placed on practical work and case studies dealing with typical problems in the management of the tendering and contract execution phases. It imparts the necessary soft skills in contract negotiations and conflict resolution while stressing the importance of professional and ethical behaviour.

CURRICULUM OF THE MASTER:

Distance Learning

During the distance learning period, you will have to study three Modules on the core subjects of the course: law, economics and procurement management. This will make sure that the group meeting in Turin knows the fundamental principles and key steps of the procurement cycle.
The three Distance Learning (DL) Modules are:

Module 1: Introduction to the legal framework for public procurement
Module 2: Introduction to economics for procurement management
Module 3: Introduction to procurement management

During your the four months of distance learning, you will have access to an on-line platform, through which you will learn as an individual as well as in a collective way, while receiving support from tutors with expertise in the subject matter, participating in the forum, using the documentation centre and networking.

Face to Face

The second part consists of face-to-face learning: lessons will be held in Turin at the ITC-ILO campus. Attendance of classes is compulsory. This is the core period of instruction, incorporating application work and group/individual solutions of assignments.

During this part participants will study 22 compulsory “core themes” covering the expanded contents of the Three Learning disciplines of the Master as follows:

1. International Legal instruments governing PP (WTO, EU, UNCITRAL, WB, COMESA)

2. Institutional models for PP and integration with Public Expenditure Management

3. Economics of Procurement Management, game theory and reverse auctions

4. Companies’ Balance Sheet analysis and financial reporting standards 5. Procurement Process, Project cycle and risk management

6. Procurement methods

7. Intellectual Property issues related to Public Procurement

8. Public Procurement in the Health sector

9. Procurement Management of Supply Contracts

10. Procurement of Physical Services

11. Works Procurement Management

12. Procurement of Consultancy services

13. Procurement in the Utilities sector and Defence Procurement

14. Procurement remedies (bidders’complaints procedures)

15. Contract Law and Dispute settlement

16. Supply Chain Management: Logistics, Insurance Policies and Incoterms Legal framework and Economics of Public Private Partnerships

17. Legal framework and Economics of Public Private Partnerships

18. Sustainable procurement: social, economic and environmental considerations in public procurement

19. Advanced Contract Management

20. Fraud and Corruption in Public Procurement

21. Procurement Audit

22. E-Procurement (Legal issues and implementation models)

Final Dissertation

To complete the degree, you will have to carry out an individual research work on a procurement topic of your choice, under the guidance of a supervisor, and submit it in the form of a final dissertation.

Deadline for Application: 30 September 2015



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This new distance learning programme has been developed by Michael Bowsher QC in collaboration with King’s College London. It explores the EU procurement regime in the public sector, as well as under the various other special procurement regimes that exist in EU law. Read more
This new distance learning programme has been developed by Michael Bowsher QC in collaboration with King’s College London.

It explores the EU procurement regime in the public sector, as well as under the various other special procurement regimes that exist in EU law. It will also look at the wider global context so that students will be able to work with confidence in EU law and to apply their learning to regimes elsewhere in the world. You can see more detail here:

The course joins King's College London's highly respected postgraduate portfolio. A portfolio that regularly scores student satisfaction rates that are well above the average for courses at the UK's leading universities.

It is run entirely by distance learning and has been designed for full-time working professionals. And it takes just eight months to complete, after which successful students can opt to go on and do the Masters.

Find out more today:
http://www.informadl.com/FKW12392FAMB

Some more benefits:

• Led by Michael Bowsher QC described by Chambers & Partners as "the premier counsel bar none" in procurement and "the UK's most prominent procurement silk"

• Michael will be joined by a diverse panel of international tutors that have been brought together to ensure that the issues are studied from multiple angles and that students get the full picture

• Comprehensive syllabus that examines the full range of issues

• In-depth analysis of the new Public Procurement Directives and how they affect you

• This is the only distance learning programme on public procurement regulation that's offered by a UK university!

Find out more:
http://www.informadl.com/FKW12392FAMB

Rated top in the UK:

The centre which runs this programme (the Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London) was rated top in the UK for world-leading research by the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and the current postgraduate diplomas excel in feedback received from students in the annual Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey.

Who the course is for:

It is suitable for lawyers in private practice or in the public sector, in house legal advisers and officials dealing with practice or policy in the procurement field as well as procurement specialists who wish to add further legal expertise to their practical experience.

Is this the right course for you? Find out on the prospectus:
http://www.informadl.com/FKW12392FAMB

Optional weekend seminars:

There are two optional weekend seminars held in London. For those who choose to attend, the seminars provide an opportunity for revision, preparation for the examination and networking with the fellow students and tutors.

About King’s College London:

King’s College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and the fourth oldest in England. It has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and has a particularly distinguished reputation in law.

This programme is run by The Centre of European Law, The Dickson Poon School of Law, which is one of the world’s leading centres of European law. The Centre has a fine tradition of teaching and research in all areas of European Union law and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014. The Centre enjoys a reputation of excellence for its distinguished programme of public events and for its postgraduate education and was the UK law school ranked top for world-leading research in the 2014 official Research Excellence Framework.

Find out more today:
http://www.informadl.com/FKW12392FAMB

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Developments over the last two decades have made public procurement law one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving areas of law. Read more
Developments over the last two decades have made public procurement law one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving areas of law. Given the extent to which legal rules now govern the day to-day conduct of most procurement activity, knowledge of procurement law has become vital for anyone working in public sector procurement.

To meet the need for in-depth training in this area, we have created a unique part-time programme, available by distance learning, that provides a ‘gold standard’ for education in this field.

The programme is open both to those with a legal background and those without, and does not require a law degree.

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The Executive Masters in Public Administration (XMPA) aims to reflect changes in the public sector environment and changes in service provision, at a strategic level as well as critical analysis of Government policy. Read more
The Executive Masters in Public Administration (XMPA) aims to reflect changes in the public sector environment and changes in service provision, at a strategic level as well as critical analysis of Government policy. It supports the Government's commitment to provide lifelong learning and the skilling, training and development of public managers to achieve this. Further to reflect changes in styles of public management theory and practice and to recognise the changes in public administration and the requirements of managers for the skills and knowledge to manage cross sectorally, inter-sectorally.

The XMPA will develop your academic and vocational skills, equipping you for careers in the public sector and as a potential manager, able respond to an ever-changing and challenging environment. You'll gain relevant current knowledge, skills and understanding to enable you to work effectively given the changes in the public sector environment and in public policy.

- Full time and part time modes
- Membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
- Dual award – academic qualification from LSBU and professional award from the CMI (Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Direction and Leadership). Please note that direct entrants to year 2 will need to pay a mapping fee if they wish to register for the CMI award.
- Attendance of week-long International Summer School in conjunction with six other leading European universities offering comparable XMPAs
- Intensive and interactive weekend residential
- Learning outcomes mapped to CMI level 8 qualification
- Transferability of learning to workplace and vice versa
- Aimed at middle and senior managers

The teaching team on the Executive MPA was recently short-listed for the Prospects Postgraduate Awards in the category of 'best teaching team' by our students, and received a judges commendation, as a runner-up out of 150 teams.These awards celebrate excellence and development in postgraduate education. Our MPA programme has also been selected as an approved supplier by the Government Procurement Service as part of the skills framework.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/executive-master-public-administration-mpa

Modules

Year 1:
- Leadership, Public Management and Governance
Creation of the public sector and the development of public management theory, principles and application of governance understanding leadership.

- Public Policy and the Managerial Environment
Development of public policy and its application within the context of a changing public sector environment and the effects of the political context.

- Managing through Critical Research
Research theory and the development of research skills and tools to undertake the dissertation. Understanding of how to develop a research proposal.

Year 2:
- Integrative Management and Change
Looking at change management theory and the management of change in a challenging public sector environment.

- Contemporary Issues for Public Managers
Highlights current issues facing public managers and specifically designed to be able to take up and respond to specific developments whilst retaining a core component.

Plus two of the following optional modules:
- Managing Within a Regulatory Framework
- Equality and Diversity in the Workforce
- Policy Making in Action
- Strategic Management in the Public and Not for Profit Sectors
- Public Sector Entrepreneurship
- The Practice of Management Consulting in the Public Sector
- Social Enterprise
- Law and Ethics for Health Care Managers
- Leadership in Health Services
- International Policy and Governance
- Current Quality Issues in Health Service Management
- Commissioning and Procurement in Health and Social Services
- International Management and Change in Public Services
- Ethical Leadership in International Public Services

Year 3:
- Dissertation
Research question of the student's choice and opportunity to develop this linked to public management and administration or policy.
Assessment is by course work, assignments, presentations and case studies. There re no formal examinations on this course and this is a deliberate decision.

Diploma in Management Studies

If you hold a Diploma in Management Studies you'll be accredited with 60 course credits and study the following modules:

- Leadership, public management and governance
- Public policy and the managerial environment
- Managing through critical research
- Dissertation

You'll also be required to attend the residential weekend and the International Summer School.

Employability

Types of careers:
The course is aimed at senior managers (and in this respect differs from the Master of Public Administration which is aimed at overseas students and those wanting to enter a career in public and social sectors). This course enables further career enhancement and development to more strategic levels, providing career sustainability and employability.

Former students have gone onto roles as:
- Director of Health and Social Care
- Strategic Director of Children and Adult Services
- Assistant Director of Education and Training

You can also progress onto the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA).

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Professional links

European Partner Institutions: Bocconi Milan, Erasmus, Rotterdam, Esade Barcelona, Copenhagen Business School, Potsdam University, Limerick University and Hint and Hist University, Norway. Partners in the International Summer school.

Course participants receive a dual ward from the Chartered Management Institute - The Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Direction and Leadership. They become associate members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and can access CMI services and publications. On successful completion of the XMPA course participants may be eligible to become Members of the CMI. Part of the assessment of the XMPA course contributes also to professional recognition and Chartered Manager status which course participants can continue on completion.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught using a variety of methods including individual discussions and tutorials, case study analysis, group and individual presentations, and individual logs.

At induction you'll receive support and advice from the Study Skills section, the Employability Unit, the IT training section and the Information Skills Advisor.

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The Master in Public Administration (MPA) at LSBU has been selected by Procurement Services as part of the Government Skills Framework and ranked number one. Read more
The Master in Public Administration (MPA) at LSBU has been selected by Procurement Services as part of the Government Skills Framework and ranked number one. We are the only London-based University to be approved to deliver both the MPA and MBA awards to government staff.

A Masters degree in Public Administration is an internationally recognised qualification designed for anyone working in local, regional, or central government, or for a charity or public-private partnership wishing to develop their academic and vocational skills.

This Programme addresses some of the key issues facing the public sector such as effective leadership, anticipating and responding to change, performance management, governance and ethical practice and sustainability and gives students the opportunity to develop specialist expertise as well as the ability to respond to an ever-changing and challenging environment.

Upon graduation students you will be equipped to make a practical difference in the delivery of public services programmes and agendas.

The MPA teaching team was recently short-listed for the Prospects Postgraduate Awards in the category of 'best teaching team' by our students, and received a judges commendation, as a runner-up out of 150 teams.These awards celebrate excellence and development in postgraduate education. Our MPA programme has also been selected as an approved supplier by the Government Procurement Service as part of the skills framework.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/master-public-administration-mpa

Modules

Core Modules:
- Leadership, public management and governance (20 credits)
- Public policy and the managerial environment (20 credits)
- Managing through critical research (20 credits)
- Managing people and HRM in the public sector (20 credits)
- International public management, policy and governance (20 credits)

Specialist Units:
- Managing within a regulatory framework (10 credits)
- Equality and diversity in the workforce (10 credits)
- Policy-making in action (10 credits)
- Strategic management in the public and not for profit sectors (10 credits)
- Public sector entrepreneurship (10 credits)
- The practice of management consulting in the public sector (10 credits)
- Social enterprise (10 credits)
- Law and ethic for healthcare managers (10 credits)
- Leadership in health services (10 credits)
- Reflecting on public service (10 credits)
- Current quality issues in health service management (10 credits)
- Commissioning and procurement in health and social services (10 credits)
- Ethical leadership in international public services (10 credits)

Dissertation:
- Dissertation (60 credits)

Employability

Employment prospects are excellent. Successful students can, in addition to senior management roles, build senior management careers in a variety of roles in public service, government policy and management.

Recent successes include appointment to Directorate Level and Heads of Service.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Professional links

The Master in Public Administration (MPA) has been selected by Procurement Services as part of the Government Skills Framework and ranked number one. We are the only London-based University to be approved to deliver both the MPA and MBA awards to government staff.

Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.

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The Diploma in Procurement and Supply is for students moving into a junior or middle management procurement role, or supervising the procurement function. Read more
The Diploma in Procurement and Supply is for students moving into a junior or middle management procurement role, or supervising the procurement function. It is a valuable management tool which focuses on how organisational procedures and processes perform in purchasing and supply, including negotiating, planning, risk management and data analysis.

Modules:
- Negotiating and Contracting in Procurement and Supply
- Sourcing in Procurement and Supply
- Contexts of Procurement and Supply
- Business Needs in Procurement and Supply
- Managing Contracts and Relationships in Procurement and Supply

The Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply is for senior buyers, contract managers or supply chain managers
It is designed to give you the expertise to improve organisational procurement and to fulfil organisational objectives. It helps you develop the knowledge base to reduce cost, improve quality and timescales, manage the supply chain and deal with legal issues.

Modules:

- Category Management in Procurement and Supply
- Management in Procurement and Supply
- Managing Risks in Procurement and Supply
- Sustainability in Supply Chains
- Improving the Competitiveness of Supply Chains

The Professional Diploma in Procurement in Supply is for senior procurement professionals or heads of department
It is targeted at building strategic procurement competence, giving managers the ability to formulate strategic direction and advice, in terms of change management, stakeholder management and team leadership.

Modules:

- Leadership in Procurement and Supply
- Legal Aspects in Procurement and Supply
- Programme and Project Management
- Corporate and Business Strategy
- Strategic Supply Chain Management

Learning and teaching methods:

This qualification is in line with the government’s National Qualification Framework and contains modules on contemporary topics that are essential in procurement and supply chain management.

You may also complete a work-based project for the Strategic Supply Chain Management module, which could involve identifying a problem in your/an organisation, completing research and making recommendations for a solution.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects:

This professional stage qualification leads to corporate membership of CIPS. This award is particularly suitable if you are employed or have experience in purchasing, logistics, stores, inventory, contracts and other areas of supply chain management in the public or private sector.

Assessment methods:

You will be assessed through a final CIPS examination for each module.

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If you want a career in procurement management, this specialist masters programme offers high-level strategic teaching in all areas of this growing field. Read more
If you want a career in procurement management, this specialist masters programme offers high-level strategic teaching in all areas of this growing field.

In an increasingly competitive environment, purchasing and supply chain managers need to develop and demonstrate a variety of key competencies.

Graduates from this Masters course have the specialist knowledge to co-ordinate and adapt their purchasing and supply chain activities, and respond to the dynamic needs of a modern business. This course is accredited by the sector’s professional body – the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Upon successful completion, you will gain the MCIPS (with three years’ work experience)*.

The University has a long and distinguished history of research, training and education in procurement and supply chain management and is one of the largest CIPS Centres of Excellence in the UK.

Working in partnership with procurement professionals, the University has established its very own Procurement Best Practice Academy to identify, develop and disseminate best practice in procurement and supply chain management. This informs our teaching, so you will benefit from a course that embodies the latest industry thinking.

*Subject to approval

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/470-msc-strategic-procurement-management

What you will study

This Masters course is delivered in three distinct stages which comprises of 180 academic credits. 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 and 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 and Operational Research (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.

Footnote: *Exemptions are available on the above modules to holders of MCIPS and the CIPS Graduate Diploma with the option of entry onto a 18 months Fast Track programme block delivered on weekends.

Learning and teaching method

The teaching approach involves a blend of styles with an emphasis on an interactive environment. You will learn through lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, and analyses of contemporary issues in strategic procurement management. Part-time delivery is designed around the needs of practising industry professionals and takes place at weekends, where you come to the University’s Treforest Campus for one weekend every six weeks.

Students who already hold the CIPS Graduate Diploma, or equivalent, will be eligible for exemptions and entry to an 18-month fast-track programme (weekends) which starts in April.

The University also has the The Procurement Best Practice Academy which carries out research and consultancy. This means that the latest research and industry best practice are used to teach students.

All full-time members of staff in the purchasing and supply team are fellows or senior fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Providing you with the transferable skills to develop in a strategic role in a growing field of business, this qualification will enable you to build a sustainable and rewarding career in private and/or public sector organisations.

Graduates from this programme are able to demonstrate as managers, specialist knowledge to help them co-ordinate and adapt their purchasing and supply chain activities, responding to the dynamic needs of the 21st Century business environment.

Graduates also pioneer purchasing and supply chain management in this growing field, transferring their specialist knowledge in a sustainable and rewarding career.

Many of our graduates have become senior managers in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

Assessment method

The assessments are currently assignment based with no written exams. Assignment word count may vary but tends to be two 3,000 word assignments per 20 credit module.

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The Built Environment consists of buildings and all other things that have been constructed by human beings. The programme therefore examines the key contemporary issues in the built envirnonment sector. Read more

What is this course about?

The Built Environment consists of buildings and all other things that have been constructed by human beings. The programme therefore examines the key contemporary issues in the built envirnonment sector. It blends theory and practice to ensure that the learner will be able to provide practical ability underpinned with theoretical foundations. In addition, learners will be able to feed into and drive built environment developments, practice and research in the future.

What will I be able to do when I finish the course?
By studying modules in Leadership Strategy & Self-Management, Construction Project Management, BIM Management and Building Economics & Life Cycle Cost Analysis, Research Methods and a Dissertation as well as two electives from the options of Legal Aspects of Management in the Built Environment, Public Procurement of Construction, Energy & Buildings, Retrofitting & Building Fabric and Facilities Management, a graduate will be well placed to take up management positions across the full built environment sector.

Potential employment for graduates:
The course is aimed at improving management competency in the built environment, both on the developer/design team side and contracting side. Graduates of the programme will be ideally qualified to work anywhere across the built environment sector from development, design, procurement, construction and managemet of new buildings or the refurbishment of existing structures.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme.

What subjects will I study?
Leadership Strategy & Self-Management
Construction Project Management
BIM Management
Building Economics & Life Cycle Cost Analysis
Legal Aspects of Management in Built Environment
Public Procurement of Construction
Retrofitting & Building Fabric
Energy & Buildings
Facilities Management
Research Methods
Dissertation

What are the entry requirements?

A minimum 2nd class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Facilities Management, Architectural Technology, Construction Management, Building Surveying, Architecture, Architectural Science or equivalent Degree. Chartered members of built environment professional bodies such as: Chartered Institute of Building, Engineers Ireland, Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.

Candidates with significant experience in the built environment sector (as determined through the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy), in addition to an honours primary degree in another discipline area may also be considered for entry.

Applicants applying for entry via routes other than that listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis through IT Carlow’s RPL system.

For further information contact

Anthony Dempsey
MSc, CPM, HDip, GIS, BEng(Hons), CE, CEng, MIEI
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This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Public-Private Partnerships is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in heart of the City of London via block release and supported by distance learning. Read more
This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Public-Private Partnerships is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in heart of the City of London via block release and supported by distance learning. It is specifically designed for senior public officials and private sector middle managers involved in delivering PPP projects in the UK and international markets wishing to develop their understanding of PPP as they engage with PPP projects.

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This course addresses key issues in the field of Public-Private partnerships, including the rationale for PPP and the role of government, project definition, risk mitigation and insurance, legal and tax issues, project funding, procurement and project methodology. As such it provides a comprehensive grounding on international best practice in both developing successful PPP programmes and delivering new public facilities and services to include theory, policy, strategy and delivery.

The course is delivered by experts in the field of PPP, including acclaimed author John Davie (The PPP Book: Public-Private Partnerships Unbundled) and other specialists from PPP firm Altra Capital, as well as respected academics in the fields of finance and law.

This course enhances participants’ practical work experience and their career prospects through the requirement to engage in the production of a PPP work-based project proposal. This presents an extremely valuable opportunity to engage in real-world practical research, framed by academic thinking, thus developing participants’ competencies in a business environment.

This course also offers the opportunity to engage with site visits to PPP projects and experts from the PPP field who will be involved in class-based delivery of teaching and learning.

The first module entitled Public-Private Partnerships: Theory and Practice will be assessed by a piece of coursework that integrates and ensures coverage of the module’s learning outcomes (approximately 5,000 words). This will be submitted online in week 15.

The second module entitled Developing a Project Proposal for PPP Procurement will be assessed by two pieces of coursework. The first will comprise a research proposal (approx. 1,000 words) to be submitted on-line in week 5. The second assessment will comprise a PPP project proposal and reflection (approx. 4,000 words). This will be submitted online in week 15.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Developing a Project Proposal for PPP Procurement (core, 20 credits)
-Public-Private Partnerships: Theory and Practice (core, 20 credits)

After the course

This course is aimed at middle management professionals and technical specialists who are already working in the area of PPP. It will be of special interest to those employed in procurement and those who have undertaken a CIPS qualification.

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The Master of Public Administration at Exeter is designed to help you meet the challenge of shaping and delivering effective public services. Read more
The Master of Public Administration at Exeter is designed to help you meet the challenge of shaping and delivering effective public services.

The Exeter MPA takes an international perspective to equip you with the skills and understanding you need to operate effectively in an increasingly global and constantly changing environment.

You will have the opportunity to benefit from the latest ideas on public policy, administration and regulation while learning alongside practitioners working in a variety of roles and organisations from the UK and overseas.

The MPA is relevant whether you are working in local, regional, or central government, or for a charity or public-private partnership. It addresses some of the key issues facing the public sector such as effective leadership, financial crisis management, anticipating and responding to change, performance management, governance and ethical practice, risk and decision-making and sustainability.

The MPA is run by the Department of Politics with expertise from senior civil servants and leading financial consultants. It draws on the work of academics who have an impressive reputation for research and whose ideas are published around the world. We have a long history of working with ministries and national governments, and members of our team have advised organisations such as the United Nations, World Bank, European Commission, the Department of Work and Pensions, the OECD and the Treasury.

Our programme is modular with excellent online resources. While equipping you with core skills, the MPA will provide you with the opportunity to research and seek solutions to issues and challenges you face in the workplace. The involvement of leading practitioners from the public sector, together with real world case studies, will make sure learning is relevant and informed by best practice.

The University of Exeter is a supplier of MPA qualifications through the Crown Commercial Service (formerly Buying Solutions), the national procurement partner for UK public services and has been rigorously assessed for quality and value for money.

Candidates for the MPA with Applied Study must have proof of employment in and sponsorship from a public sector organisation. Entry to this programme will be agreed between the University and the sponsoring organisation.

For further information on this programme please visit our website: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/politics/public-administration

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International trade is a complex and ever evolving area, requiring practitioners to be at the cutting edge of the subject. Read more
International trade is a complex and ever evolving area, requiring practitioners to be at the cutting edge of the subject.

On the LLM International Trade Law you will acquire a wide range of knowledge on issues relevant to international trade, such as international sale contracts, carriage of goods and international dispute resolution and in areas such as international finance, intellectual property, international energy law and transnational competition law. You will gain specialist legal knowledge within a practical context, whilst developing expertise in these areas and enhancing your research skills.

With maximum flexibility in mind, this distance learning course allows you to work towards your LLM in stages. To access the LLM you will have previously completed the awards of Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma.

Students are required to pass three modules: Legal Research, International Sale Contracts, and Carriage of Goods. There are no examinations for each module. Instead, students research and write a 3,000 word essay on a topic selected by the module tutor. They graduate with the PgCert International Trade Law and may, if they wish, continue on to study for the PgDip International Trade Law the next academic year.

Learn From The Best

Study on the LLM International Trade Law and you will learn from inspirational academics that have a real passion for their subject. The course is accredited by the Law Society of England and Wales and the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales, and is shaped by internationally excellent research to ensure the course is up-to-date and relevant.

Lecturers on this course have research expertise and practice-based experience in the areas of international business transactions; international commercial litigation; international commercial arbitration, international public procurement regulation; comparative corporate and financial law, and EU law; knowledge that you can draw on for your LLM project.

The course is delivered by Northumbria Law School, three times winners of the prestigious “Best Law School” accolade, awarded by the Attorney General’s Student Pro Bono Awards.

Teaching And Assessment

On this innovative distance learning LLM International Trade Law course you will acquire a wide range of knowledge on issues relevant to international trade, such as international sale contracts, carriage of goods and international dispute resolution and in areas such as international finance, intellectual property, international energy law and transnational competition law. There is an emphasis on reflective practice and applying what you have learnt to your own organisation.

You will learn through a combination of online lectures and seminars and eLearning technology, able to tailor the course to suit your interests and career aspirations. Modules are assessed through coursework and for the award of LLM, you will complete a 15,000-17,000-word project, based on an area related to your own practice or intended practice.

Module Overview
LW7003 - Legal Research (Core, 20 Credits)
LW7036 - Carriage of Goods (Core, 20 Credits)
LW7051 - International Sale Contracts (Core, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

The eLearning Portal provides students with written materials that are the equivalent to ten (10) one-hour lecture periods and five (5) two-hour workshop periods on the FT LLM International Trade Law. Written lecture materials tend to focus on the delivery of a particular legal topic and written workshop materials tend to focus on the actual application of topics in practical situations which business persons or lawyers would encounter. The DL PgCert/PgDip/LLM International Trade Law is practically oriented.

There is an on-line surgery at the beginning of each module with the module tutor, and an optional Study Day is held on campus on a Saturday near the beginning of each module. The Study Day is recorded using Panopto so that students who are unable to attend in person can view and listen to the day’s learning activities. There is no difference in the substantive content of each module between the DL PgCert/PgDip International Trade Law and the FT LLM International Trade Law.

Research-Rich Learning

Research rich learning (RRL) is embedded through the programme. Law School research focuses on the areas of Law and Society, Legal Education and Professional Skills, and the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies. These internationally recognised groups act as a focus for research activity across the Law School, and their work feeds into the courses to ensure taught course content is informed by research developments in the sector.

The LLM culminates in the project module in which you will undertake a piece of independent legal research, informed by current practice and advanced scholarship and research, including a critical awareness and evaluation of current issues and developments in the field.

Give Your Career An Edge

The LLM is designed to enhance your career prospects in the international trade law arena. You will be encouraged to reflect upon your own practice, applying legal skills to the common problems you are experiencing or are likely to experience in practice, examine policies and undertake independent legal research to update your knowledge. You will have the opportunity to produce a project in your chosen field undertaking research and personal development in an area of particular relevance to your work.

The course is accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Law Society of England and Wales and the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales.

Your Future

The LLM International Trade Law course has been designed to meet the needs of practitioners in business and industry and law firms engaged in the area of international trade law.

You will graduate fully equipped with expert legal knowledge, greater awareness of legal commercial issues, and the ability to critically evaluate legal issues in the context of international trade law. You will be able to further develop your intellectual curiosity, to recognise uncertainty in the law, to produce and present reasoned arguments and to offer creative solutions to complex legal and ethical problems. You will develop your critical, analysis, research and the professional and reflective skills necessary for practice in this exciting field.

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The University of Nottingham is widely recognised as a centre of excellence in European law. The LLM in European Law attracts students from all over the world with an interest in the governance of Europe and the role of its institutions in the global legal order. Read more
The University of Nottingham is widely recognised as a centre of excellence in European law. The LLM in European Law attracts students from all over the world with an interest in the governance of Europe and the role of its institutions in the global legal order. We offer a broad perspective that encompasses both the law of the supranational European Union and the intergovernmental Council of Europe, including the European Convention on Human Rights.

The School provides a welcoming environment – educational, social and cultural – for the study of European law. Students enjoy participating in seminars led by leading scholars drawn from the School and its specialist centres, including the Human Rights Law Centre, the Centre for Environmental Law and the Public Procurement Research Group. We have a thriving European Law Society that organises seminars and events open to all. Recent visitors include Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston of the European Court of Justice and Professor Joseph Weiler of New York University.

The Programme Director of the LLM is Professor Jeffrey Kenner, who is Chair of European Law and convenor of a popular module on International Relations Law of the EU. Professor Niamh Moloney, the Chair of Capital Markets Law, has introduced a new module on EU Financial Services Law. We also have recruited new colleagues with expertise in European Law, including Dr Emilie Cloatre, Dr Aris Georgopoulos, Dr Annamaria La Chimia and Dr Ping Wang. The arrival of new colleagues enables us to plan to introduce more options in the future. It also means that we will be able to expand our highly regarded PhD and MPhil programmes.

European Law is an area of established expertise and activity at Nottingham. It has a bright and exciting future of which we warmly hope you will be a part.

Since its introduction in 1987, our LLM programme has continued to grow in popularity and prestige. Offering a wide and diverse range of over 50 options, the programme now attracts some 150 to 180 candidates each year, from more than 50 countries, confirming its status as one of the leading and most exciting LLM programmes available.

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This Programme aims to provide participants with a deep understanding of the main legal issues in international trade law, contract law and contract drafting. Read more
This Programme aims to provide participants with a deep understanding of the main legal issues in international trade law, contract law and contract drafting. The Programme also explores key legal issues in contract formation, pre-contractual agreements, letters of intent and e-commerce. A variety of special topics are also explained, such as technology-licence agreements, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property rights, trademarks and patents, state contracts, construction and engineering contracts, as well as related modes of payment and dispute resolution mechanisms.


The LL.M. is an intensive course of one full year duration starting November 2014 structured in three different parts as follows:

Part I DISTANT LEARNING

In this preparatory phase the students will pursue the following topics:
- introduction to trade economics, including evolution and features of the world's current trading system 
- introduction to contract law in major legal systems 
- international trade and other regulatory issues
-  preferential trade agreements and regional trade agreements

During this phase of distance learning, participants will have access to an on-line platform, through which they will be given
access to the material, while receiving advisory support from a dedicated tutor.

Part II FACE TO FACE LEARNING

Module I - Diversity and Institution

- Harmonisation of laws of Contracts and International Trade from the perspective of international and regional organizations (such as UNCITRAL, UNIDROIT, OECD, ICC, WTO etc.)
-  Introduction to legal commercial writing and terminology

Module II : International Contracts -

 - General Principles Governing the Law of International Contracts (in particular UNIDROIT Principles) and formation of contract
-  Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods
 - Applicable Law and jurisdiction (Council Regulation (EC) n. 44/2001/Rome Regulation)
- Export Transactions - Links between the Sale, Carriage and Banking Contracts
 - Corporate Governance -merger and acquisition from the pre-contractual documents to the purchase agreement; how to structure international Joint Venture, etc.)
 - Examples of International contracts (Agency and Distribution Agreements; Construction, Engineering and Supply Contracts; Public Procurement contracts; State and Oil Contracts)
 -Contracts Financing (leasing contracts/franchise contracts) and Project financing
- Intellectual Property Rights (Trade Marks and Patents; Technology Licence Agreements)
 - Antitrust law
- International Taxation Rules and aspects of Insolvency Law

Module III: Moot Court & Arbitration -

- International dispute resolution and jurisdiction
-  International commercial arbitration (recognition and enforcement)
- Alternative dispute resolutions, mediation 
- Moot court

PART III FINAL DISSERTATION

The third part consists of the submission of the final thesis/dissertation by the end of November 2013 (50 pages approx)
supervised by an advisor or by a Module coordinator.

Deadline for Application: 31 August 2015



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NEW TO 2013. Clinically-Led Commissioning provides a sophisticated understanding of the requirements for commissioning health care with a view to developing change leaders with a compelling vision for how healthcare can be improved. Read more
NEW TO 2013

Clinically-Led Commissioning provides a sophisticated understanding of the requirements for commissioning health care with a view to developing change leaders with a compelling vision for how healthcare can be improved. Specifically the programme aims to equip its graduates with the ability to:

•Develop and critically reflect upon their own professional practice in leading change to address local commissioning priorities.

•Develop and implement innovative approaches for improving the quality and efficiency of health care services which benefit from insights from a wide range of perspectives and methodologies

•Develop strategies for collaboration and stakeholder engagement that benefit from analyses of a wide range of different modes of partnership governance and accountability.

•Interaction with other healthcare professionals, learning from others in the field

•Variety of visiting lecturers from many disciplines

Course Modules:

(The outlined modules are subject to a module modification process currently being undertaken):

•Leading commissioning (30 credits)

Enables you to reflect critically upon your own practice and the particular leadership challenges you face in the commissioning of
public services. You will critically analyse competing models of public leadership, deploying such models to evaluate your own practice and to identify personal development opportunities.

The module thus begins by evaluating different tools of reflective practice and action learning. It then assesses the specific leadership challenges of commissioning public services, reflecting upon different models of transformational leadership, collaborative working and change management and their implications for policy and practice in commissioning across
the public, private, voluntary and community sectors.

From the outset, you are required to identify the critical leadership challenges you face in commissioning public services and
the range of potential responses to such challenges to your personal practice. In meeting such challenges, the module develops and builds on skills in critical thought and reflective practice as well as the skills of written, oral and interpersonal
communication.

Outline content:
- Action learning methodology
- Tools for reflective practice
- Models of leadership
- Perspective on managing change

•Quality, innovation and governance (30 credits)

Rising
expectations, new technologies, changing needs and ever-present budgetary constraints have increasingly focused the attention of healthcare professionals on quality of provision and innovative approaches to healthcare service improvement.
Responding to such concerns, this module begins by exploring concepts of framework for quality in the contemporary healthcare context.

It then analyses the role of quality improvement and innovation within the commissioning cycle. The planning, procurement and
monitoring phases of the cycle are each explored with respect to the requirements for information and skills that they impose on
the stakeholders involved in commissioning at the local level.

In order to address these needs the module then draws on a range of perspectives (epidemiological, legal, financial, ethical, managerial, social science) for insights, tools and techniques that students can use to enhance their own practice.

Finally it brings the learning together via a focus on the scope for integrated models of care as an innovative approach to improving the quality of care for patients whilst simultaneously delivering an overall reduction in public expenditure.

Outline content:
- Concepts of quality, innovation and governance
- Quality frameworks and benchmarks in the NHS
- Quality, innovation and governance in the commissioning process
- Methodologies for health needs assessment
- Perspectives on procurement in the public sector context
- Approaches to monitoring and evaluation
- Integrated care and clinical pathways

For both modules you will experience block study days with workshops led by practice experts. An all learn, all teach approach is promoted with participation in an action learning set as a key element of the teaching, learning and assessment strategy. Students will also have the support of a Blackboard site populated with distance learning materials on key content and study support.

Teaching and Assessment:

The teaching methods and the assessment tasks on this course have been specifically designed to meet your needs for action
and problem-based learning and reflection on your professional practice. You will learn within workshops, action learning sets and interaction with e-learning packages.

Assessment will be via essays, presentations and reflective pieces. You will need to be prepared to work in groups, deliver presentations, challenge and discuss ideas with your tutors, and motivate to study many hours outside the classroom.

Expertise:

As an established provider of high quality education and training for the public sector, the new course draws heavily on the subject expertise already available within the faculty. This will ensure that the course remains current and has credibility within the target market.

Graduate Careers:

We recognise that many learners on this course will already be holding senior practitioner roles. As such this course will be an opportunity to consolidate and advance your commissioning skills.

This course will also enhance career prospects for individuals who are clinical leaders experiencing a transition into a commissioning role as a result of the governmental agenda.

The course has been developed in conjunction with our local health stakeholders who support this initiative and contribute to the
teaching. Input from practitioners means that you will benefit from learning the most current debates, concerns, issues and topics in the field of practice. It will assist managers and staff to meet their objectives in relation to agenda for change.


"Clinically-Led Commissioning has been designed with existing and future leaders in mind; to ensure that they are equipped to tackle the immense challenge of effective and safe commissioning: to deliver on the promise of patient centred care."

Dr Rishabh Prasad MBBS, MA MRCGP
Honorary Principal Lecturer and RCGP Clinical Commissioning Champion

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