Course details

Course code


Start date

September or January

Course length

typically 1-2 years


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description


This course gives you the essential information and leadership skills you'll need to provide effective management in procurement.

You'll study four core mandatory modules:

You'll then 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 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply is made up of seven modules, three of which are core mandatory. You must complete seven modules to complete the award. 60 total credits are required for completion. The five core mandatory make up 42 credits. The three elective modules make up 18 credits. 

Globalisation and the ever changing markets in which organisations operate require effective leaders who are able to think and act in a strategic manner. This is particularly true for those who lead the procurement and supply function ensuring that it makes a positive contribution to overall organisational success. Strategic Leadership is the ability to make and communicate decisions that enhance the prospects for the organisation’s long-term success while maintaining long-term financial stability. This module is designed for those professionals who are expected to deliver effective and efficient procurement and supply. It emphasises the leadership skills and behaviours required for the achievement of the objectives and improvements sought by the organisation and enables students to understand the influence that ethical practices and standards have to play in their decision making.

The global agenda is becoming more and more prevalent in organisational success. As organisations increase overseas development, investment and sourcing, business leaders are called upon to formulate and implement global commercial strategies. This module is designed for professional procurement and supply chain leaders and takes as its focus the development; configuration and implementation of global commercial strategy to enable such leaders to help organisations achieve competitive advantage.

One of the significant impacts of globalisation has been a marked increase in the complexity of the supply chain and associated networks. These challenges require procurement and supply leaders to develop and lead modern day supply chains and understand the vital role that they havei n the overall success of corporate and business strategy. This module is designed for such professionals as it focuses on the development, implementation, monitoring and optimisation of global supply chains and on the strategic influence of such chains on the achievement of competitive advantage.

The volatile global environment poses a threat to traditional concepts of international trade and presents strategic challenges to the procurement and supply function and profession. Strategic procurement and supply leaders require knowledge of the present challenges for their function and profession, and must be able to look ahead to prepare themselves for the future strategic challenges that they will undoubtedly be faced with. This final module for those learners studying on the CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply is designed to challenge professional procurement and supply leaders to look ahead and to identify and consider ways to address the future strategic challenges that they and their professionals will face.

You'll choose three elective modules from*:

  • Strategic Programme Leadership (6 credits)
  • Innovation in Procurement and Supply (6 credits)
  • Commercial Data Management (6 credits)
  • Supply Network Design (6 credits)
  • Global Logistics Strategy (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.

The modules are delivered on Tuesdays through a combination of morning, afternoon and evening lectures.

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.


You'll gain confidence and further understanding of your role, as well as a formal qualification.

You will also be eligible for MCIPS membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

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

Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved the CIPS Advanced 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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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, 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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