LLM Public Procurement Law and Policy

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

LLM Public Procurement Law and Policy

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

LLM Public Procurement Law and Policy

Developments over the last two decades have made public procurement law one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving areas of law. Given the extent to which legal rules now govern the day to-day conduct of most procurement activity, knowledge of procurement law has become vital for anyone working in public sector procurement.

To meet the need for in-depth training in this area, we have created a unique part-time programme, available by distance learning, that provides a 'gold standard' for education in this field.

The programme is open both to those with a legal background and those without, and does not require a law degree. It is designed in particular for:

  • procurement officers whose role demands an understanding of the legal rules
  • policy makers responsible for designing and implementing legal rules on procurement
  • lawyers advising on public procurement
  • those seeking to undertake research or teaching in public procurement

It provides a thorough understanding of:

  • the nature of law and legal process
  • the principles and rules of public procurement law
  • the application of these rules in key national and international systems/models (including UNCITRAL, the WTO, the EU and the UK)
  • how to implement best practice in the context of a legal framework

Visit the School of Law website for further information.

Key facts

  • The School of Law was ranked 41st best law school in the world by the QS World Rankings 2016
  • This innovative programme is taught by leading academics from the school's world-renowned Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG)
  • Students receive an extensive range of course materials, comprising bespoke mini-textbooks supplemented with additional readings and self-test questions and answers
  • Each module* is supported by around 14 hours of intensive teaching, held over two days in the middle of each module study period

*For 'Legal Research Methods' the approach differs in that there is an introductory session and a session on how to conduct legal research (held alongside teaching for other modules), followed by completion of the module assignment.

Course details

The LLM programme is offered on a part-time basis, to be completed over 24 months. This requires the completion of eight modules plus a dissertation.

Course materials

The course is predominantly delivered by distance learning and designed to be studied part-time to fit around students' commitments. For each module, students are provided with extensive materials including basic text, case studies, further reading and self-test questions.

Students also receive a reading pack of core academic articles and legislation for each module. Material is provided both online and in hard copy or disk form, and there is online academic support as well as an online discussion forum for each module.

Intensive residential sessions

Each module includes an intensive residential weekend held at The University of Nottingham. This provides the opportunity to develop understanding through traditional face-to-face teaching (lectures, seminars and workshops). These will be delivered mainly by academic staff from The University of Nottingham, with a few sessions also presented by guest lecturers from professional practice and international institutions.

The intensive teaching sessions constitute an important element of the programme, helping to ensure it is of the same high quality as the school's full-time programmes. All participants are encouraged to attend, although this is not mandatory for obtaining a qualification.


Core modules

  • Introduction to Public Procurement Regulation: Basic Principles and Concepts (M34140)
  • EU Procurement Law 1 (M34143)
  • EU Procurement Law 2 (M34144)
  • Corruption and Collusion in Public Procurement (M34145)
  • Government Procurement in the WTO (M34146)
  • Legal Research Methods in Public Procurement (M34147)

Optional modules

  • Organisation and Management of Procurement Systems (M34141)
  • Procurement and Development (M34142)
  • UK Public Procurement Law (M34148)
  • EU Procurement Law 3 (M34176)

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Gaining a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research, or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Average starting salary and career progression

Over 94% of our postgraduates who were available for work entered employment or further study within the first six months after graduation. The average starting salary for a Nottingham taught masters student is £23,082 with the highest salary being £48,000.*

*Known destinations of the 2013/14 leaving cohort of Nottingham home/EU postgraduates who studied full-time.

Entry requirements Upper second class hons degree or international equivalent. Will also consider those with CIPS Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply (CIPS Level 6) or other qualifications or experience relevant to the programme.

IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 12, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
2 years
Part time
8,770 GBP
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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Duration 2 years
Price 8,770 GBP