Public Procurement Law and Policy LLM

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

Public Procurement Law and Policy LLM

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Public Procurement Law and Policy LLM

The Executive LLM programme in Public Procurement Law and Policy is an innovative part-time programme provided by the School of Law under the auspices of the School’s world-renowned Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG).

This is the first course of its kind anywhere in the world and has been developed in recognition of the growing importance of legal regulation in controlling public procurement.

Although it is intended to provide a "gold standard" in legal training in public procurement, the programme is aimed both at those with a legal background and those without, and does not require that applicants possess a law degree.

Those taking the programme will obtain a thorough understanding of:

  • the nature of law and the legal process
  • the principles and rules of public procurement law
  • the application of these rules in key national and international systems/models including those of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the World Trade Organistaion (WTO), the EU and the UK
  • how to implement best practice in the context of a legal framework

The programme is designed, in particular, for:

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

Key facts

  • The School of Law at The University of Nottingham is consistently ranked among the leading law schools in the United Kingdom. The school was rated 6th in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and has a grade of 'Excellent' for teaching.
  • The Public Procurement Research Group is the global leader in its field, and enjoys important professional relationships with relevant national and international institutions.
  • The excellent law library has in excess of 65,000 volumes, immediate access to a wide range of electronic materials and resources and a dedicated law librarian.
  • A dedicated administrator is employed to assist students with all aspects of the programme.

Course details

The Executive LLM is studied part-time by distance learning over two years.

Course participants are provided with extensive course materials both online and in disc copy, and receive online support and advice. In addition, each module will be supported by approximately 14 hours of intensive teaching which will will take place at weekends.

You will undertake all of the core modules plus one each of the optional modules, in addition to a 45-page dissertation.

The dissertation is a free-standing element of the programme and allows you to explore more fully an area of procurement law or policy which is of particular interest to you.


Core Modules

  • Introduction to Public Procurement Regulation: Basic Principles and Concepts
  • Government Procurement in the WTO
  • EU Procurement Law 1
  • EU Procurement Law 2
  • Corruption and Collusion in Public Procurement
  • Legal Research Methods in Public Procurement

Optional Modules

  • Procurement and Development OR UK Public Procurement Law
  • EU Procurement Law 3 (can only opt for this if also doing EU Procurement Law 1 and EU Procurement Law 2) or Organisation and Management of Public Procurement Systems

Entry requirements:2:1 (upper second class honours degree or international equivalent). Other requirements:Additional experience/qualifications may also be considered. In particular, applications are welcome from those who possess the CIPS Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply (Level 6 of the CIPS qualification framework) and others with relevant qualifications or experience from the purchasing and supply field.

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

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:67 (no less than 67 in writing, 62 inreading, and 55 in listening and speaking)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 2, 2015
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Aug. 2016
2 years
Part time
Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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