Course details

Course code


Start date

September or January

Course length

Part time: variable, typically one to two years


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description


Many purchasing professionals who have previous business experience or qualifications commence their CIPS studies with Level 4. Together with Level 5 and 6 it is the most common route to reach full membership and obtain the designatory letters MCIPS.

You'll study five compulsory modules:

Structure, certificates and assessment

The Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply is made up of five modules.

In this module you'll cover:

  • The added value that can be achieved through procurement and supply chain management
  • The stages of sourcing processes in creating added value outcomes that can be achieved with suppliers
  • The main aspects of organisational infrastructure that shape the scope of a procurement or supply chain function
  • The need for compliance with requirements when undertaking procurement activities in different sectors.

In this module you'll cover:

  • How to devise a business case for requirements to be sourced from external suppliers
  • The fundamentals of specifications and key performance indicators that are included in contractual arrangements made with suppliers
  • The main clauses that are included in formal contracts
  • The main implications of outsources work or outsources services for procurement.

In this module you'll cover:

  • The main options for sourcing of requirements from suppliers
  • Developing a plan for sourcing goods or services from external suppliers
  • Assessing the financial stability of potential suppliers
  • The processes that can be applied to the sourcing of requirements from external suppliers
  • Compliance issues when sourcing from suppliers.

In this module you'll cover:

  • The legal issues that relate to the formation of contracts
  • The main approaches in the negotiation of commercial agreements with external organisations
  • Preparing for negotiations with external organisations
  • How to undertake commercial negotiations.

In this module you'll cover:

  • The dynamics of relationships in supply chains
  • The legal aspects relating to the performance of contracts
  • The main approaches to achieve the management of contracts
  • The main techniques for the management of contracts and suppliers.

The five modules are delivered by a combination of morning, afternoon and evening lectures, usually on a Tuesday.

You will learn by a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical exercises. In the revision phase you will learn by attempting exam standard questions and debriefing advice by tutors on how the questions should be approached to maximise marks. It is advised that you sit one to three papers per sitting.

How you're assessed

Assessment is by sitting external examinations set by the professional body CIPS.


On completion of the CIPS Diploma you'll gain confidence and further understanding of your role, as well as a professional qualification.

You can move on to the CIPS Advanced Diploma, which will give you more opportunities for career progression and take you closer to achieving MCIPS - a fully qualified member of CIPS.

Full membership confers the post nominals MCIPS and represents an expression of professionalism associated with achieving the highest recognised global standard of excellence in procurement.

As a University of Derby student you have access to our careers service.

Entry requirements

You should have one of the following:

Fees and funding

This price includes the provision of the core CIPS text book.

*These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2017 and August 2018. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year and there may be extra costs eg for  trips or special modules.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply


Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

Contact us

Course:  Pouria Liravi (Programme Leader) +44 (0)1332 591506

† Additional information about your studies

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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