Top Up MSc Strategic Procurement Management

Masters Degrees for Procurement Professionals

Are you a full member of CIPS, CILT, IIPMM, APC or ISM? This could be your next step!

At Management Development Centre Ltd (MDC), our suite of postgraduate top up programmes are aimed at experienced professionals who are members of professional institutes. The course content doesn’t attempt to teach you something that you have spent years of your career accumulating, but it focusses on encouraging you to think in a critical way and learn ‘masterliness’.  Graduates from the programme report that they have developed a whole new way of thinking as a result of exploring the concept of masterliness.


Key points:

  •     Full UK university Masters degree awarded by University of South Wales
  •     Exclusively for CIPS, CILT, IIPMM, APC & ISM full members
  •     Can complete in 12 months
  •     Two taught weekends at Moor Hall near Heathrow + home study
  •     Over 1,200 Masters students enrolled or graduated so far with MDC
  •     Truly international - around 20% of delegates fly in from overseas for the two residential weekends
  •     Great peer group support through e-groups via MDC’s own platform, Webucate
  •     Multiple workshops show you all the techniques you will need to complete your research dissertation
  •     Next intake begins April 2017


Why study with MDC?


Experienced middle and senior managers who are full members of their institutes can enrol on this top up programme with exemptions allowing them to study only 2 modules and a dissertation and complete within 12-18 months.  In offering this fast track route the University recognises the levels of knowledge attained in the achievement of full institute membership.

Minimum disruption to working week

Busy executives can often not afford to take time out every week to study in a typical university part-time course. However the top up MSc allows individuals to gain a major management qualification whilst still in their jobs, as teaching takes place over 2 residential weekends supplemented by online group support via MDC’s own technology, Webucate. Assignment completion typically takes 10-15 hours per week but can be fitted around existing work and family commitments. The programme offers the unique opportunity to continue working as you study rather than taking the time of to complete a part time or full time course based on campus.

Intellectual stimulation

The executive programme creates a tremendous group dynamic where approximately 30 like-minded individuals join together for the 2 intensive weekends. This creates an extremely stimulating experience for all course participants and it ensures that individuals are helped to complete the programme.

Corporate payback

Most of the students who enrol on the programme are practising managers. This enables them to apply the ‘action learning’ concept and utilise the theoretical knowledge learned during the modules back to their own organisations. This has proven to be both an effective way of learning for the individual and of real benefit to the individual’s company. The programme involves a 20,000 word dissertation which can equate to a large and expensive piece of consultancy work for an individual’s employer or company. The subject of the research project is chosen by the student, depending on the issues currently facing their company and the needs of their business. The aim of the project is to not only conduct a one-off piece of consultancy work, but to change the way students think about the business as a whole in order to become more proactive in areas of the company other than their day-to-day tasks. It encourages employees to reach beyond their job descriptions and to proactively seek opportunities and combats problems within the company strategy.

Teaching at Moor Hall


Information about the MSc Strategic Procurement Management

Have you often wondered how life might have been different if you had taken the academic route rather than the professional qualifications of your procurement institute?  Well now you can find out, and use all that practical training to gain generous exemptions.  Complete the MSc in 12 to 18 months - with just two weekends away.  Of course the programme involves a lot more work than occurs in those two weekends, but they are the only times you need be actually away from work or family.  The bulk of the work is done with your university supervisor and the virtual on-line group comprising the people who started at the same time as you.  This will be the most intellectually demanding (and rewarding) year of your life.  This Masters degree is exactly the same level as an MBA and the final project will be immensely useful to you and your organisation, as it's work based and you negotiate the subject with the university staff.

This is an executive model MSc allowing a fast-track route for chartered procurement institute members.  The programme is sometimes referred to as a 'top-up' as it builds on the professional qualifications and substantial experience that a professional institute member has built up over a working life.

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