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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    15 August 2018

Bangor University is a major international research centre in relation to the operation of national and European law and policies on public procurement law. Building on this extensive experience, we offer a full-time LLM specialising in Public Procurement Law and Strategy.

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 programme 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.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

Part 1

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.

  • Seminar based teaching enables lecturers and candidates to discuss issues and investigate topics in greater depth, develops critical thinking and solution based learning skills in candidates, whilst also allowing the course teachers to monitor closely each individual’s progress.
  • Emphasis will be placed on the use of expert Procurement Law academic staff and expert practitioners from leading law firms and public sector organisations.
  • Case studies will be used to help the candidates to contextualise active procurement legal problems against a background of realistic scenarios with the opportunity to apply the relevant rules of law that they will have been lectured on.
  • Particular emphasis will be placed on the interaction between national practices and European procurement law principles and jurisprudence.
  • 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. Further reading will be recommended after each seminar to progress and further the candidate’s Procurement Law knowledge and skills.

Part 2

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

Candidates undertake their project during the period of June to September (September intake).

Candidates will be required to submit one essay with a maximum length of between 18,000 and 20,000 words.

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.

Compulsory modules:

  • Legal Research 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 3)

  • 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

Programmes and modules are constantly updated and reviewed. As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that specific modules or programmes may not be offered in any particular year, because a member of staff is on study leave, for instance, or too few students opt for it. Bangor Law School reserves the right to vary or withdraw any course or module.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Public Procurement Law and Strategy Modules page.

Research / Links with Industry

The delivery programme is led by Bangor University’s internationally-recognised Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies, with its multi-disciplinary team of professors and senior academics. The course is further enriched by expert guest lecturers – a central feature of every module. Students will also benefit from the opportunity to network with, and learn from, procurement thought leaders and innovators who participate in Bangor University’s highly acclaimed annual Procurement Week conference, which features presentations, workshops and seminars by leading procurement professionals from around the world. Those not able to physically attend Procurement Week can participate over the web.


Visit the Public Procurement Law and Strategy - LLM page on the Bangor University website for more details!

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