Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice by Distance Learning LLM

Overview

Course facts

  • Name: Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice by Distance Learning
  • Qualification: LLM
  • Duration: Duration: 2 years, part-time by distance learning. January or September start date. For candidates who do not wish to proceed to the Masters level, there are also 2 exit qualifications available: a Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma, depending on the number of modules completed.

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Focusing on procurement law, strategy and practice, this innovative distance learning programme will equip students with the key skills required to occupy senior level positions within public and private sector procurement. You will gain a prestigious Masters-level qualification with a specialisation in procurement law, strategy and practice, which will provide a springboard for those already working in procurement-related professions to accelerate their career progression. Those who desire to pursue a career in this area will be provided with a unique opportunity to rapidly elevate their understanding and to enter the profession at a senior level.

The programme will be delivered by the expert multi-disciplinary team at Bangor University’s internationally recognised Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies, and supplemented by expert guest masterclasses.

Delivered on a part-time, distance learning basis, this course will appeal to candidates who wish to remain in full-time work whilst engaging in part-time study, or those who cannot physically move to the UK to engage in postgraduate study.

Course Duration

This course offer both a January and September start date. This is a 2-year part-time programme, upon successful completion of which the candidate will be awarded an LLM Masters in Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice.

For some candidates who do not wish to proceed to the Masters level, there are also 2 exit qualifications available, namely the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice.

In order to gain the Postgraduate Certificate, the candidate will complete either 4 modules (normally taken over a 1 or 2 year period); or 8 modules to attain the Postgraduate Diploma (normally taken over a 2 year period). 

Those wishing to be awarded the LLM Masters in Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice will additionally have to successfully complete a dissertation / applied procurement research project, typically on a “live” procurement problem or challenge facing a public/private sector organisation.

This research project will not only provide a demonstration of how to apply your learning to a “real world” problem, but will also enhance your employability and career progression prospects.

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

Course Content

The LLM in Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice will consist of the following modules:

  • Procurement Law and Practice
  • Procurement Relationships & Ethics
  • Contract Design & Management
  • Procuring Innovation
  • Strategic Issues in Procurement
  • International Procurement Regulation
  • Leadership & Risk Management
  • Research Methods & Skills
  • Applied Procurement Research Project

Students who wish to graduate with an LLM will also be required to successfully complete a dissertation / applied procurement research project.

For a detailed account of what you will study on each module, please contcat us. 

Module content/availability may be subject to change depending on staff exigencies. Please refer to the website for the latest programme and module information.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this programme candidates will have developed their legal and procurement management expertise, and the qualification will provide a springboard for career progression in Public Procurement, or into public or private bodies, all of whom have procurement functions which need to be serviced.

Candidates who are already working in industry will have developed their expertise in order to advance their career prospects, and upgrade their level of skills.

At the end of this programme, participants will have:

  1. Tackled the complex issues which Public and Private sector Procurement purchasers, suppliers or advisers around the world face when dealing with a procurement exercise;
  2. Become familiar with the latest thinking and practices in the procurement of innovation and smart technology;
  3. Become familiar with techniques to evaluate and manage risk; and to appreciate the distinction between management and leadership in the procurement domain;
  4. Become familiar with the principles of good contract design and management;
  5. Been sensitised to what is good ethical behaviour in the procurement context, and gained an appreciation of what good governance in procurement and effective supplier relationship strategies looks like;
  6. Acquired critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, informed by the latest academic literature, legislation and case law;
  7. Been familiarised with how to interpret domestic, European Court of Justice, and WTO procurement case law and decisions correctly;
  8. Learnt how to interpret Procurement Laws correctly, and whether they have been correctly implemented into domestic laws by domestic implementation measures;
  9. Developed originality in the application of knowledge, together with an understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the area;
  10. Developed their conceptual abilities as the programme will enable students to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline, as well as evaluate methodologies and critique them, and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses;
  11. Interpret correctly European Union procurement legislation, WTO rules, and UNCITRAL rules.

Distance Learning

Teaching will be in the form of a dynamic combination of pre-recorded lectures available online and live lectures facilitated by our leading experts.

Each module will be driven by class discussions and relevant case study analysis at designated module times.

Study materials will also be made available to participants online. Those participants unable to partake at the time of delivery would be able to download these live lecturers at a convenient time of their choosing.

However, we do recommend that all participants engage with the online delivery schedule in order to advance the level of engagement with fellow virtual class mates.

There will also be ample opportunity to engage with module leaders on a one-to-one basis to ensure that all participants are advancing as expected and keeping up with their study.

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 Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice by Distance Learning Modules page.

Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from those who have:

  • a 2.2 undergraduate degree in areas such as Law, Business, Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Engineering (or any other discipline); OR
  • 3 years’ work experience in a procurement-related field (degree not necessary); OR
  • a suitable professional qualification (e.g. MCIPS).

For those holding an undergraduate degree, whilst we do not require any particular type of degree, applications from candidates in the following areas are particularly welcome: Law; Business; Management; Entrepreneurship; Finance; Marketing, Engineering or related areas.

International applicants may be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency in order to satisfy UK visa requirements.

International Students 

International applicants are normally required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. However, this requirement may be waived where the UK Home Office rules so provide. For clarification, please email to our Admissions Advisor for more information: LLMProcurement@bangor.ac.uk  

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask our Admissions Advisor for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available please contact our Admissions Advisor on +44 (0) 1248 382907 or email LLMProcurement@bangor.ac.uk 

Apply

Home/EU students

Apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online. 

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact: 

Email: LLMProcurement@bangor.ac.uk 
Phone: +44 (0) 1248 382907

International Students

Need help applying? International students please contact: 

Email: LLMProcurement@bangor.ac.uk 
Phone: +44 (0) 1248 382907

When to apply?

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer.

Careers and Employability

This programme will be of interest to several categories of applicants.

First, those working in a procurement role in either the public or private sectors: it will provide the ideal platform for those who wish to accelerate their career progression.

Second, the course is also suitable for those not yet in full-time employment, but who have a desire to pursue a career in this area. The programme’s focus on procurement law, strategy and practice will equip students with the portfolio of key skills required to occupy senior level positions within public and private sector procurement. 

This programme enables candidates to develop their legal and procurement management expertise, and will provide a springboard for career progression in Public or Private Sector Procurement, or into public or private bodies, all of whom have procurement functions, which need to be serviced.

Candidates who are already working in industry will develop their expertise in order to advance their career prospects, and upgrade their level of skills.

The course is also suitable for those not yet in full-time employment, but who have a desire to pursue a career in this area. 

Previous graduates from our 1-year full-time LLM in Public Procurement Law & Strategy have found our programme to be particularly effective in enhancing employability.

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.

The Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies (ICPS)

Bangor University is a GOLD STAR UK University (highest rating possible), as ranked in the 2018 UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework, which awarded Bangor GOLD STAR status for Teaching Excellence, placing it in the top tier of UK Universities for teaching excellence.

Bangor Law School, which houses the famed Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies, home to the Procurement Masters programme, is the no.1 ranked Law School in Wales (Guardian 2018 rankings, ranking Bangor in the Top 25 UK Law Schools).

Bangor Lecturers have made it to the Top 6 in 3 successive UK Finals of the Oxford University Press Teacher of the Year for three years in a row, 2014; 2015; 2016, including Dr Ama Eyo who lectures on the Masters programme; and Bangor Law School ranks in the TOP 20 Law Schools in the UK for Overall Student Satisfaction (out of over 120 Law Schools surveyed annually: UK National Student Survey 2018).

The work of the Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies has been recognised both nationally and internationally by industry bodies and Governments: every year the Institute attracts top names from around the globe to speak at its unique Procurement Week conference.

The Institute is also a major player in the international applied procurement research field, being either a lead partner or co-partner in many European or global procurement research initiatives.

The Institute’s work on the Winning in Tendering EU-funded project, seeking to identify and break down barriers to cross border procurement, was shortlisted for Best International Procurement Project Award by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Annual Awards in London; and the research work of the Institute has been recognised by the UK Government for research excellence at international level in the Universities Research Excellence Framework, which recognised the Impact of the Institute’s research on the “real world”, such as the adoption of the Institute’s research by the Welsh Government to provide the basis for breaking down barriers inhibiting small business seeking to win Government and public sector business.

Recent guests at Institute events have included top level officials from the European Commission in Brussels; the World Trade Organisation in Geneva; the First Canadian Procurement Ombudsman; the Crown Commercial Service; major Judicial figures; procurement thinkers from leading global corporations including Apple, Siemens, Fujitsu, Novartis; leading Procurement professors such as Prof. George Schooner (USA); Prof. Geo Quinot (South Africa); Prof. Gustavo Piga and Roberta Caranta (Italy) amongst many others; as well as speakers from top international law firms including Freshfields, Norton Rose Fulbright, and Hogan Lovells.

Funding

Tuition Scholarships 

EU candidates can apply to be considered for a £2,000 tuition scholarship.

International applicants (non-EU) can apply to be considered for a £3,000 or £4,000 scholarship.

Applicants seeking scholarship support shall be given priority consideration for the award of the Tuition Scholarship of between £2,000 and £4,000 (bursary level dependent on whether applicant is an EU or non-EU applicant), and applications should demonstrating a strong profile and motivation to undertake their Applied Procurement Research Project in one of the following 8 areas shall be given priority considerations:

  • Global Governance & Procurement 
  • Ethical Procurement & Government Purchasing
  • Smart Procurement & Climate Change
  • Procuring Good Outcomes in Healthcare
  • Procurement Leadership & Change Management
  • Procurement Law & Transnational Legal Regulation
  • Defence Procurement
  • Using Procurement to drive Change in Society

Where awarded (at time of programme entry), the Tuition Scholarship awarded will be applied to the Tuition Fee element applicable to the Applied Work Project stage of the programme, i.e., Part 3 the Applied Procurement Research Project (the final part of the programme).

For more information on tuition scholarships please email: LLMProcurement@bangor.ac.uk

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