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Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice by Distance Learning LLM


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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This innovative distance learning programme will equip students with the key skills required to occupy senior level positions within public and private sector procurement. Our course is one of the few Master's programmes to combine procuremnt law and procurement strategy. It ahas also been specifically designed to be delivered entirely through distance learning.

You will gain a 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.

You will benefit from a programme delivered by an expert multi-disciplinary team at Bangor University’s internationally recognised Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies, and is further enriched by expert guest lecturers.

This is a part-time, distance learning course, ideal for those seeking to remain in full-time work whilst studying. It is also a  great option for those who do not wish to physically relocate to the UK for their postgraduate studies.

Course Duration

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. We  offer both a January and September start date.

For those who do not wish to proceed to the Masters level, there are also 2 exit qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice.

Please note: For the Postgraduate Certificate, candidates must successfully complete  4 modules (normally taken over a 1 or 2 year period); for the Postgraduate Diploma , candidates must successfully complete 8 modules (normally taken over a 2 year period). 

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

Course Content

This course delivers practical and contemporary content to elevate knowledge, skills and understanding of the legal rules surrounding regulated procurement, as well as core business and strategy elements of procurement.

The course consists of the following taught 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

For the full Masters qualification, students must also complete the Applied Procurement Research Project (an 18,000-20,000 word project comparable to a dissertation). Students undertake a research topic of their choice linked to the programme, and potentially to employer interests. This will typically be on a 'live' procurement problem or challenge facing a public/private sector organisation. This research project will provides a valuable opportunity to apply your learning to a 'real world' problem, and will enhance your employability and career progression prospects.

How will I Learn?

Distance Learning provides the flexibility to study around work and family commitments. Our programme has been designed to be sensitive to the needs of busy professionals - and we have a proven track record in providing high-quality pastoral support. Students will be able to engage with module leaders on a one-to-one basis, helping to ensure that students are progressing well and keeping up with their studies.

For each module, you will be provided with a suite of learning and teaching materials for each learning session which will include: lecture materials, study guides, case studies, exercises, self-test questions, study guides, case studies and carefully tailored additional reading materials.

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

All lectures are recorded (including live sessions) and made available online. If unable to partake at the time of delivery, students are to download at a convenient time.

Core programme delivery is supplements through organised guest lectures and unique case studies that demonstrate best practice procurement.

There is no requirement to visit the UK for any element of the course. 

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

A 2.ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as Law, Business, Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Engineering (or related discpline).

Applicants with a suitable professional qualification (e.g. MCIPS) and/or 3 years or more work experience in a procurement-related field and applications from working professionals with non-graduate qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us for more information.

IELTS 6.5 (with no element below 6.0).

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:  

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 Team for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1248 382085 or email 


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: 

Phone: +44 (0) 1248 382907

International Students

Need help applying? International students please contact: 

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 course responds directly to the incraesing demand for prpofessionalism in procurement and the growing need for procurement modernisation. 


This programme will be of interest to a wide range of applicants, e.g.:

  1. Those working in a procurement role in either the public or private sectors: this course provides an ideal platform for those seeking to accelerate their career progression.
  2. This course is also suitable for those not yet in full-time employment, but who want to pursue a career in this area. The programme’s focus on procurement law, strategy and practice will equip you with a portfolio of key skills required to occupy senior level positions within public and private sector procurement.
  3. 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.
  4. Those already working in industry will develop their expertise in order to advance their career prospects, and upgrade their level of skills.
  5. 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.

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