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Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Diploma in Procurement and Supply

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Professional Diploma is awarded to those who successfully meet the requirements of the Diploma or Advanced Diploma stages. The Diploma is the first stage. Once this has been awarded, you can proceed to the Advanced Diploma and then the Professional Diploma. This ladder of qualification leads to Corporate Membership of the CIPS, namely MCIPS. This is regarded by most businesses and organisations as the gold standard route to MCIPS, because of its practical learning element.

The University of South Wales is a long-established Centre of Excellence for delivering the CIPSProfessional Diploma and is well-regarded locally for the open programme and the specific public sector route, delivered in conjunction with Value Wales. The University also works in partnership with procurement professionals and has established the Procurement Best Practice Academy to identify, develop and disseminate best practice in procurement and supply chain management. For you, this means you will be taught by staff who are at the forefront of their subject area. Please note: If you are interested in studying this Diploma, please apply via our Commercial Services website.

What you will study

Diploma (Level Four)

You will study five core subjects:

  • 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

Advanced Diploma (Level Five)

You will study five core subjects:

  • 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

Professional Diploma (Level Six)

You will study five core subjects:

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


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.


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


The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) is the awarding body for procurement and supply management qualifications, regulated by OFQUAL in the UK. On successful completion of the Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Professional Diploma, along with three years' experience in a position of responsibility in procurement and supply, you will be awarded MCIPS status signifying you are a fully qualified member of CIPS. This is an internationally recognised award which represents the global standard within the profession for a procurement and supply professional.


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.

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Servicethroughout your studies and after you graduate.

Visit the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Diploma in Procurement and Supply page on the University of South Wales website for more details!





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