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Mode of Study



1 year full-time

Start date

September 2023, January 2024


Procurement involves finding and purchasing materials, products or services that are essential to an organisation, and contributes to the financial, operational, sustainable, ethical and strategic success of the company.  This course is designed to create procurement professionals and senior buyers of the future. 

A good buyer has a deep understanding of the business environment, the short and long term needs of their organisation, and a thorough knowledge of the current and future state of the market from which they are buying. 

This is a new course and we're finalising the detailed information for this page. 

Entry requirements

MSc Strategic Procurement entry requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a business/management subject, or a masters degree in an appropriate subject.
  • Or, a second-class honours degree in any subject plus two or more years experience in a relevant business function(s). Relevant functions include: procurements, buying, supply chain, operations, logistics, sales, or production. Exceptionally, equivalent qualifications in combination with relevant business experience will be considered.

All applicants are subject to interview.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll study

At the start of the course, you'll put together a Learning Contract with the University and your employer that outlines what you'll study.

To get a Master's degree, you need to accumulate a total of 180 credits. If you leave the course before you accumulate 180 credits, you can get a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if you've accumulated 60 credits or a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if you've accumulated 120 credits. You can get these credits in three ways.


All modules on this course are core. 

  • Procurement methods (30 credits) 
  • Strategic procurement (30 credits) 
  • Digital procurement (15 credits) 
  • Financial skills for procurement (15 credits) 
  • Commercial skills for procurement (15 credits) 
  • Business Analytics for procurement (15 credits) 
  • Business Risk and procurement (15 credits) 
  • Behavioural procurement (15 credits) 
  • Advanced procurement investigation (30 credits) 

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2023 or January 2024 start)

  • £12,700

Including the Transition Scholarship for EU students.

  • £12,700
  • £20,600


Standard applications

Start this course in September 2023 – please contact us.

Start this course in January 2024 – please contact us.

I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

Finalising this course

All our courses go through a rigorous approval process to make sure they’re of the highest quality. This includes a review by a panel of experts, made up of academic staff and an external academic or professional with specialist knowledge.

This course is in the final stages of this process and is open for applications. If any details of the course or its approval status change after you apply, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and will be here to discuss your options with you.