Course details

Course code


Start date

September or January

Course length

Part time: variable, one to two years


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

You will study eight modules in total, five of which are core mandatory. You will choose your remaining three modules to suit your role and career aspirations.

Five core mandatory modules:

Choose three elective modules from*:

*Elective modules run subject to number of students and availability of subject specialist lecturers.

Structure, certificates and assessment

The Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply is made up of eight modules, five of which are core mandatory. You must complete eight modules to complete the award.

A total of 60 credits are required for completion. The five core mandatory modules make up 42 credits. The three elective modules make up 18 credits. 

12 credits 

Management is the administration of an organisation, whether it be a business, a not-for-profit organisation, or government body. Management includes the activities of setting the strategy of an organisation and coordinating the efforts of its employees or volunteers to accomplish its objectives through the application of available resources, such as financial, natural, technological, and human resources. In keeping with other organisational functions, those who are called upon to manage procurement and supply activity must possess expertise in developing and fulfilling organisational and functional objectives. It is therefore, essential that learners gain a wider appreciation of theories and techniques that relate to managing teams and individuals involved with the procurement and supply function.

12 credits 

In any organisation, a significant element of the procurement and supply function is based around the contracting process. Those involved in the formulation and management of contracts with external suppliers must therefore have a clear understanding of the strategic nature of contractual performance measures in procurement and supply. Financial management refers to the efficient and effective management of money (funds) to accomplish organisational objectives. This module is designed for those working in the procurement and supply field, with responsibility for contracting elements of the procurement and supply function who must also have a strategic awareness of the impact of the main financial aspects of their discipline.

6 credits 

Risk management is a central part of an organisation’s strategy. It is a process whereby the organisation will identify, record and then address the risks associated with their activities with the aim of driving out or controlling those risks to the overall benefit of organisational efficiency and effectiveness. The supply chain is by its very nature a complex activity therefore, susceptible to risk and its associated impacts. This module enables learners to examine the nature of supply chain risk and to evaluate available mitigation techniques as they deal with the associated challenges. They will undertake risk analysis and consider the advantages of a risk register as they apply a range of appropriate risk management tools and techniques to the supply chain.

6 credits

As organisations outsource more and more activity it is vital that they ensure that the associated contracts deliver expected services and/or products. Hence, a fundamental area that those who are tasked with managing the procurement and supply function are faced with is the identification, monitoring and management of contractual risk. This module is designed to enable learners to examine the nature of contract risk and the associated legal implications that relate to contract formation and non-conformance. They will also consider the impact of breach of contract and the main coping strategies to address such breaches.

6 credits 

The global economy and the associated advantages of sourcing from a global base of suppliers requires organisations to be prepared to address the ethical challenges that such approaches may present for procurement and supply activity. Similarly, the concept of sustainability and its impact on the supply chain should not be underestimated as organisations strive to be seen to play their part in the global agenda. This module gives those with managerial responsibility for the procurement and supply function an understanding of ethical and sustainability impacts on the supply chain, and the opportunity to analyse initiatives to improve practice and ensure organisational compliance with international standards in respect of ethical and sustainable procurement and supply chain management.

Choose three elective modules from*:

  • Category Management (6 credits) 
  • Advanced Negotiation (6 credits) 
  • Achieving Competitive Advantage Through the Supply Chain (6 credits) 
  • Project and Change Management (6 credits) 
  • Operations Management (6 credits) 
  • Logistics Management (6 credits) 

The three elective modules make up the final 18 remaining credits

*Elective modules run subject to number of students and availability of subject specialist lecturers.

Modules are taught on Tuesdays and delivered through a combination of morning, afternoon and evening lectures.

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

How you're assessed

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


The CIPS Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply gives you confidence and further understanding in your job, as well as a formal qualification.

You can move on to the CIPS Professional 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 will need to have achieved the CIPS Diploma in procurement and supply, or be exempt from it.

To apply for exemptions, please contact CIPS directly.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)

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

*These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2020 and August 2021. 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.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply


Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

Who will teach you

Dr Pouria Liravi
Programme leader

Pouria is Programme Leader of the CIPS Centre of Excellence Study Centre at the University of Derby. He is a Chartered Member of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transportation (UK). He supervises student projects at undergraduate, postgraduate and DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) level.

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Additional information about your studies

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent 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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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