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.

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 World Bank, 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 by Subject 2016
  • This innovative programme is taught by leading academics from the school's world-renowned Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG)
  • You will 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

LLM

The Public Procurement Law and Policy 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.

PGDip

The PGDip programme is offered on a part-time basis, to be completed over 21 months. This requires the completion of eight modules. There is no dissertation.

PGCert

The PGCert programme is offered on a part-time basis, to be completed over 12-24 months (according to the modules chosen). This requires the completion of four modules. There is no dissertation.

Course materials

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

You will 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 format, 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. You are strongly encouraged to attend, although this is not mandatory for obtaining a qualification.

Modules

LLM and PGDip

Core

  • 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

Organisation and Management of Procurement Systems (M34141)

OR

  • EU Procurement Law 3 (M34176)
  • Procurement and Development (M34142)

OR

UK Public Procurement Law (M34148)

PGCert

Core

Introduction to Public Procurement Regulation: Basic Principles and Concepts (M34140)

Optional

Organisation and Management of Procurement Systems (M34141)

OR

  • EU Procurement Law 3 (M34176)
  • Procurement and Development (M34142)

OR

  • UK Public Procurement Law (M34148)
  • 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)

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.

Careers

The acquisition of this postgraduate qualification demonstrates knowledge in this specialist field of public procurement regulation that is both high level and spreads across the whole field, as well as advanced skills in the law for those who have no prior legal training.

The vast majority of students on the programme are already working the field of public procurement, often in a very senior capacity, whether as lawyers (in-house or in private practice), procurement practitioners in the public/utility sectors, consultants, policy makers or (in a few cases) suppliers. For these students the specialist knowledge and understanding of procurement law gained from the programme greatly enhances their ability to perform their roles, as is evidenced by the numerous testimonials received to this effect.

Students have also used their qualification to move on to more senior roles in their current organisations or other organisations, as well as to move into new sectors - for example, from working in EU procurement law to working in development procurement, or from procurement practice to consultancy - as is again evidenced in testimonials. Many students also report that their professional performance has benefited significantly from the contacts made during the programme with other high-level specialists across the field.

Some of our students are new to the field and have used the qualification gained to move into this rapidly growing field. A few have also taken the programme in order to obtain a comprehensive knowledge of public procurement regulation as a background to pursuing a PhD in the field, or have decided to undertake a PhD after completing their study.

Entry requirements 2:1 (or international equivalent)

Other requirements Applicants with alternative academic backgrounds will also be considered where they have relevant qualifications or experience in the field. Applications are particularly welcome from those with the CIPS Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply (Level 6)

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 October 16, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
Duration
Duration
2 years
Part time
Price
Price
8,770 GBP
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Start date Sept. 2017
Place
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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Duration 2 years
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