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Public-Private Partnerships Adv Dip Pro Dev

Course Description

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.

About the course

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 on-line 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 course comprises two 20 credit modules set at level 7. In summary: Module 1 is delivered as a face-to-face delivery block of 5 full days (6 hours per day); module 2 is delivered as 2 full days face-to-face tuition + 2 days of project site visits + 1 day of project tutoring by distance learning (total 10 days delivery = 30 hours + 15 hours for scheduled assessment periods) = 45 hours per module.

The first module entitled Public-Private Partnerships: Theory and Practice examines the financial, legal and project aspects of PPP through face-to-face teaching delivery in London. This is delivered across five days as a block at the beginning of the first semester of entry to the course. Students then have the remainder of the 15 week semester to complete the integrative coursework assessment remotely.

The second module is entitled Developing a Project Proposal for PPP Procurement. Its face-to-face content and site visits are also delivered at the beginning of the course (in the first semester of study) as part of the block delivery in London with two days devoted to tuition and two days to PPP project visits. Students then continue their tuition remotely via distance-learning tutorials during their second semester of study with one day’s remote tutoring provided to support their project proposal development.

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.

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

Visit the Public-Private Partnerships Adv Dip Pro Dev page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

To gain entry onto this course you must have work experience equivalent to experienced middle management.

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.

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