Public Procurement Law and Strategy LLM

Overview

Course facts

  • Name: Public Procurement Law and Strategy
  • Qualification: LLM
  • Duration: 1 year LLM (full time)

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.

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 

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 and strategy 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.

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.

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.

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 us at: LLMProcurement@bangor.ac.uk

Further information

Contact us

Email: LLMProcurement@bangor.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 1248 382907 
www.bangor.ac.uk/law
Twitter: @BangorLawSchool 
Facebook: @BangorLawSchool 
LLM Procurement (Admissions), 
Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS), 
School of Law, 
Bangor University, 
Aethwy, College Road, 
Bangor, Gwynedd, 
LL57 2DG. 
Wales, UK

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