LLM/PGDip/PGCert Public Procurement Law and Policy


Program Description


To meet the need for in-depth training in this area, this unique, part-time programme provides a 'gold standard' for education in this field.

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.

This programme is open 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

Key facts

  • 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 a two-day intensive teaching session, held at the University of Nottingham

* 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.

Will the programme be affected by Brexit?

You may be wondering whether there may be changes to the content of our programme as a result of Brexit.

Obviously it is very difficult to predict what Brexit will involve. That will depend, essentially, on what trade agreements, if any, the UK negotiates on departure from the EU. So far as the impact on our programme is concerned, however, what we do know is:

  1. Whatever the impact on the UK, we intend to continue to teach our EU procurement modules after Brexit in the same way as we do now. (We also intend to continue with our research in this field.) Thus potential students from outside the UK should not be affected.
  2. The EU procurement modules will remain relevant for those in the UK until at least mid-2019 - and probably longer, since the current UK regulations based on EU law are likely to remain until conclusion of negotiations with both the EU and other Parties to the WTO's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA).
  3. The EU procurement modules may well remain permanently relevant to the UK, since one very likely outcome of negotiations is a trade agreement that includes the current EU procurement rules.

If any change to UK rules does occur, we intend to introduce new modules covering these rules – and, of course, our existing module on UK procurement will continue to give extensive coverage to developments as they unfold!

Should the UK system change substantially, we intend (subject to IP constraints) to make any new UK module materials available free of charge to anyone who has undertaken the programme in the preceding three years, so that they may easily update themselves with the new system.

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Course details


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.


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.


The PGCert programme is offered on a part-time basis, to be completed over 10-24 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 teaching sessions

Each module includes a two-day intensive teaching session, 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.

Entry requirements

2:1 or high 2:2 (or international equivalent); applicants with alternative academic backgrounds also considered where they have relevant work experience and/or professional qualifications such as a MCIPS

English language requirements

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


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.

Last updated February 2019

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