Faculty of Business and Society - Treforest - University of South Wales

Master in Strategic Procurement Management - Máster en Gestión Estratégica de Compras

Faculty of Business and Society - Treforest - University of South Wales
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If you want a career in procurement management, this specialist masters programme offers high-level strategic teaching in all areas of this growing field.

In an increasingly competitive environment, purchasing and supply chain managers need to develop and demonstrate a variety of key competencies.

Graduates from this Masters course have the specialist knowledge to co-ordinate and adapt their purchasing and supply chain activities, and respond to the dynamic needs of a modern business. This course is accredited by the sector’s professional bodies – the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Institute of Operations Management (IOM). Upon successful completion, you will gain either MCIPS (with three years’ work experience) or MCILT (with an average of 50% across the course, including Operations Management module).

The University has a long and distinguished history of research, training and education in procurement and supply chain management and is one of the largest CIPS Centres of Excellence in the UK.


Licenciado/Título de Ingeniero/Título de Arquitecto with an average of 6.0-6.9, Aprobado or above

English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score 6.5 with at least a 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score 88
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programmes
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each elemen
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.


This Masters course is delivered in three distinct stages. During your first stage you will be introduced to key management principles and theories, followed by a secondary stage that is designed to continue to build and develop your existing knowledge. The final stage of the course will focus research and application to live projects, alongside a critical understanding of concepts covered throughout.

Stage One

Purchasing Principles & Management (20 credits)*
Compare and contrast the strategic links between procurement, purchasing and the notion of supply chain management, this module is aimed at developing your ability to effectively and ethically manage supply as a holistic process.
Strategic Operations Management & Operational Research (20 credits)*
Develop your ability and skills in strategic operational management tools and techniques with an appreciation of operational processes, planning and control systems.
Management Theories & Philosophies (20 credits)*
Critically evaluate the development of management theories and philosophies. This module will examine the history of management theory and use this to illustrate emerging concepts in the field of management study.
Stage 2

Finance & Law (20 credits)*
Gain a critical understanding of the contribution of strategic accounting information to decision making in business. You’ll be introduced to major-themes underlying trading law with commercial and consumer contracts.
Sustainable Supply Chain Management (20 Credits)
The module will explore the strategic need, role and value for logistics, purchasing and supply chain research within organisations in order to achieve sustainable supply chain networks in the future.
Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethics (20 credits)
This module provides you with an understanding of the strategic issues surrounding the practice of corporate social responsibility and its ethical underpinnings in readiness for the workplace.
Stage 3

Advanced Procurement (20 credits)
Examine the strategic internal and external relationships required to manage procurement and purchasing and supply, and the new and innovative cutting-edge procurement and purchasing principles and philosophies.
Research Methods (20 credits)
Develop your understanding and research skills in a management and/or professional development context; critically reviewing a range of research methodologies and methods of providing management information for decision making.
Project / Dissertation (20 credits)
You’ll be required to produce an extended piece of written postgraduate research, involving a significant piece of student-directed learning, based on a detailed investigation into a key area.
Footnote: *Exemptions are available on the above modules to holders of MCIPS and the CIPS Graduate Diploma with the option of entry onto a 18 months Fast Track programme block delivered on weekends. This Fast track programme is only available to start in November 2015.

Learning and teaching methods
The teaching approach involves a blend of styles with an emphasis on an interactive environment. You will learn through lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, and analyses of contemporary issues in strategic procurement management. Part-time delivery is designed around the needs of practising industry professionals and takes place at weekends, where you come to the University’s Treforest Campus for one weekend every six weeks.

Salidas profesionales

Providing you with the transferable skills to develop in a strategic role in a growing field of business, this qualification will enable you to build a sustainable and rewarding career in private and/or public sector organisations.

Graduates from this programme are able to demonstrate as managers, specialist knowledge to help them co-ordinate and adapt their purchasing and supply chain activities, responding to the dynamic needs of the 21st Century business environment.

Graduates also pioneer purchasing and supply chain management in this growing field, transferring their specialist knowledge in a sustainable and rewarding career.


MSc Strategic Procurement Management

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