Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Diploma in Procurement and Supply

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Professional Diploma is awarded to those who successfully meet the requirements of the Diploma or Advanced Diploma stages. The Diploma is the first stage. Once this has been awarded, you can proceed to the Advanced Diploma and then the Professional Diploma. This ladder of qualification leads to Corporate Membership of the CIPS, namely MCIPS. This is regarded by most businesses and organisations as the gold standard route to MCIPS, because of its practical learning element.

The University of South Wales is a long-established Centre of Excellence for delivering the CIPS Professional Diploma and is well-regarded locally for the open programme and the specific public sector route, delivered in conjunction with Value Wales. The University also works in partnership with procurement professionals and has established the Procurement Best Practice Academy to identify, develop and disseminate best practice in procurement and supply chain management. For you, this means you will be taught by staff who are at the forefront of their subject area. 

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UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 1 Year August Treforest A

Diploma (Level Four)

You will study five core subjects:

  • Negotiating and Contracting in Procurement and Supply
  • Sourcing in Procurement and Supply
  • Contexts of Procurement and Supply
  • Business Needs in Procurement and Supply
  • Managing Contracts and Relationships in Procurement and Supply

Advanced Diploma (Level Five)

You will study five core subjects:

  • Category Management in Procurement and Supply
  • Management in Procurement and Supply
  • Managing Risks in Procurement and Supply
  • Sustainability in Supply Chains
  • Improving the Competitiveness of Supply Chains

Professional Diploma (Level Six)

You will study five core subjects:

  • Leadership in Procurement and Supply
  • Legal Aspects in Procurement and Supply
  • Programme and Project Management
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management


Subject to revalidation

This course is subject to revalidation, this means it is under review as part of the University’s standard quality assurance and enhancement processes. Course and module content is indicative and may change through the revalidation process. As soon as the course is revalidated, the details will be confirmed and published on the University website. 
In the unlikely event the course does not go ahead as planned, or is significantly amended, we will write to inform you. If this happens, we’ll help you to find a suitable alternative course either at USW or at another provider. 


This qualification is in line with the government’s National Qualification Framework and contains modules on contemporary topics that are essential in procurement and supply chain management.

You may also complete a work-based project for the Strategic Supply Chain Management module, which could involve identifying a problem in your/an organisation, completing research and making recommendations for a solution.


You will be assessed through a final CIPS examination for each module.


The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) is the awarding body for procurement and supply management qualifications, regulated by OFQUAL in the UK. On successful completion of the Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Professional Diploma, along with three years' experience in a position of responsibility in procurement and supply, you will be awarded MCIPS status signifying you are a fully qualified member of CIPS. This is an internationally recognised award which represents the global standard within the profession for a procurement and supply professional.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

If you wish to start at Diploma level, you should either have at least two A-levels (or international equivalent), a CIPS Advanced Certificate qualification or 2 years experience in a business environment.

If you have relevant prior experience obtained within the last five years, CIPS may grant exemption from some modules.

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Diploma in Procurement and Supply is the first stage of the CIPS Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply qualification. Once this has been awarded, you can then proceed to the Advanced Diploma and then the Professional Diploma.


Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK

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Admissions statement

This professional stage qualification leads to corporate membership of CIPS. This award is particularly suitable if you are employed or have experience in purchasing, logistics, stores, inventory, contracts and other areas of supply chain management in the public or private sector.

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