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.