Taught course

Strategic Procurement

University of Portsmouth · School of Organisations, Systems and People

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a business/management subject, or a masters degree in an appropriate subject

Or, a second-class honours degree in any subject plus two or more years experience in a relevant business function(s). Relevant functions include: procurements, buying, supply chain, operations, logistics, sales, or production. Exceptionally, equivalent qualifications in combination with relevant business experience will be considered.

Applicants may be asked to submit a portfolio in support of their application.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content


Prepare for your procurement and buying career with this MSc Strategic Procurement course. With a focus on leadership, strategy and digital operations, you’ll graduate ready to make a direct impact on the industry. You’ll even have a professional exam exemption, so if you become an associate Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) member you’ll have one less exam to complete.

As a professional with a Master’s degree in procurement, you’ll contribute to the strategic decisions of the companies you work for as well as making purchasing decisions and managing supplier relationships.

Build an in depth understanding of the stages and functions of procurement in business as you explore digital procurement technologies, use SAP tools, and access our SAP Next Gen facilities on this degree.

You’ll learn how to enact the procurement process, produce industry documents, and manage key suppliers. You’ll explore procurement and sourcing strategies for different business, discover goal and performance metrics, and perform in active simulations and training events.

Whether you hold an undergraduate degree in a logistics or business related subject, or you’re a professional looking to upskill, this course will help you develop your buying and negotiation skills as well as your understanding of procurement processes. You don't need to have studied maths to enter this course.

Course highlights

  • Gain hands-on experience with SAP digital procurement tools
  • Earn a CIPS exam exemption when you complete the course
  • Discover strategies for different business needs
  • Attend an in-house conference with procurement professionals
  • Apply your knowledge in active simulations and training events
  • Network with professionals including procurers, consultants and head-hunters
  • Learn from lecturers with experience as senior procurement managers and CPOs from multiple industries

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Business and Law Career-Ready Programme. This support will continue for 5 years after you graduate.

Career support

You'll benefit from:

- Networking events

- Regular emails from the Career Ready Programme sharing job opportunities, application tips and events

- Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council

- Workshops to enhance your employability skills

- Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair

- 1-to-1 appointments

- CV and cover letter advice

- Interview preparation and practice

- Support starting your own business

Careers and opportunities

Procurement professionals excel in both the public and private sectors, with the UK government alone holding more than a thousand procurement vacancies in 2022.

You’ll graduate from this MSc Strategic Procurement degree in an excellent position to enter the evolving procurement sector or progress your current career in the industry.

The procurement profession is governed by the UK Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), with a structured career path from graduate buyer to Chief Procurement Officer. If you choose to join CIPS as a member after you the course, you’ll start your career journey with a module exemption.

The average UK salary for a graduate trainee/buyer in 2021 was £27.5k, with UK procurement professionals earning an average of £53k (CIPS 2023 Salary Guide).

Procurement has a role in all fields of commerce, including private and public sectors, large and small organisations, and manufacturing and service based enterprises — so you can work in any sector that interests you.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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