Taught course

Public Procurement Law and Policy

University of Nottingham · School of Law

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciences. Allowance may, however, be made for special qualifications, experience and background. In particular, we welcome applications from those who possess the CIPS Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply (Level 6 of the CIPS qualification framework) and from others with relevant qualifications of experience from the purchasing and supply field.

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCert programme in Public Procurement Law and Policy is an innovative part-time programme provided by the School of Law under the auspices of the Schools world-renowned Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG).

This is the first course of its kind anywhere in the world and 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.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Law web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
21 months


part time
24 months


part time
12-21 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559