Public Procurement Law and Policy PgCert


Key information

Qualification type


Subject areas

Procurement & Sourcing (General) Policy Studies Constitutional / Public Law

Course type


Course summary

This programme 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.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


12 - 21 months

Start date



Introduction to Public Procurement Regulation: Basic Principles and Concepts - Core

This module examines basic concepts in procurement regulation. It considers first the different objectives of regulatory provisions (value for money, integrity, environmental/social development etc.), and the key principles of transparency and competition through which these objectives are implemented. 

Legal Research Methods in Public Procurement - Optional

This module examines the different methods relevant for research in public procurement regulation, including the objectives, benefits and limitations of each, and their inter-relationship.

EU Procurement Law 1 - Optional

This module examines the basic rules and policies of the EU regime on public procurement and their implications for procurement strategy, and also provides a critical assessment of those rules against the background of sound procurement practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees

For this course


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or international equivalent; additional experience/qualifications may also be considered; 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; a qualification or background in law is not required; Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening), TOEFL paper-based 600 with 5.0 in the TWE, TOEFL IBT 100 with no less than 21 in any element.


University Park Campus

University Of Nottingham



Nearest train station:

Beeston 0.8 Miles away