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.


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.

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 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

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Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

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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.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.