MSc Strategic Procurement Management (Top Up)

This 60 credit top-up course is designed to allow experienced supply chain professionals who hold a PgDip in an operations management subject (or equivalent) to “top-up” their existing qualifications and experience to a Masters Degree by completing a 20 credit Research Methods module and a 40 credit independent dissertation project.

The focus of this course is the development of advanced analytical and communication skills that allow graduates to critically engage with theory at the leading edge and apply it to their practice. Whether you choose to study the course at our Newport City campus or online, both modes are designed to fit around your existing work commitments. As this is a fast-track course, it can be completed in 9-12 months.

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Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Online 8
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Online 8

Contemporary Procurement

  • To explore the potential strategic impact and contribution of Purchasing and Supply towards the overall competitiveness of the organisation operating in the public, private and non-profit sectors
  • To identify how procurement and purchasing and supply communities could be organised and utilised in relation to its strategic contribution, including the strategic make/buy question
  • To explore the appropriate strategic internal and external relationships required to manage procurement and purchasing and supply at the strategic level
  • To explore new and innovative cutting-edge edge procurement and purchasing principles and philosophies impacting the field and business organisations 

Research methods

The aims of this module are to develop the students understanding and skills of research in a management subject discipline. To critically review a range of research methodologies and select one most appropriate to address a research need. To critically review a range of research methods and select the one(s) most appropriate to address the research design and to equip students with the skills required for the practical aspects of planning, conducting and producing a Masters level work.


The Dissertation is a significant piece of student-directed learning, based on a detailed investigation into a business-related phenomenon. The dissertation requires students to demonstrate the following:

  • Originality
  • A clear definition of the issue under investigation and a clear statement of the aims of the study
  • An understanding and use of appropriate research methodology indicating skills in data collection and analysis
  • If appropriate, an analysis of existing practice within the organisation(s) in terms of the theoretical framework established for the study and in terms of comparative practice
  • The extent to which all of the above result in a set of conclusions which are consistent with the research
  • The setting out of clear recommendations for action, adoption or otherwise


Each of the taught modules are delivered over a 12-week period. For those attending classes at the Newport City campus, there are 2 teaching blocks per module. These are delivered on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and are timetabled approximately every 6 weeks.

For those students who choose to study the course online, the modules are taught using pre-recorded material which is supported by and a series of 8 online synchronous sessions which last approximately an hour each.  The total recommended study time for a 20-credit module is 200 hours.

The dissertation is an individual research project which is supported by a dissertation supervisor who is assigned to each student to guide and mentor them through the research process.


The course is assessed entirely by coursework.

This course requires MCIPS or an equivalent qualification.

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 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1000 per 20 credits

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.

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Admissions statement

The course is aimed at experienced procurement and supply chain professionals who are likely to be in full time positions.

Possible career options for this course would be along the lines of: Head of Procurement, Procurement Manager and Supply Chain Director.

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