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Public Procurement Regulation in the EU and in its Global Context MA/Pg Dip

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Please note: For the Postgraduate Diploma only (first year) you apply through Informa Connect who will guide you through the application process. Informa Connect delivers the Diploma programme in conjunction with King’s.

Our classic distance learning Procurement Regulation Postgraduate Diploma, MA has been specifically designed for professionals wishing to expand their knowledge and understanding of EU procurement law and regulation, while also placing that system within its wider international context.

The course is particularly for lawyers and senior procurement professionals.  Lawyers in private practice or the public sector, in-house legal advisers and officials dealing with practice or policy in procurement will find the addition of this in-depth study and experience of procurement law of value in any aspect of their work that involves regulated procurement.  Procurement professionals can expect the addition of this legal component to their experience to be of value as practice becomes ever more closely driven by legal developments.

This programme is studied by professionals alongside full time work commitments. The estimated time commitment is 240 hours of self study plus 32 hours teaching at the weekend seminars. Further time is needed in April for the coursework and May for examination preparation. Students are expected to manage their time independently.

Please note that the optional MA (second year) is only available for application once the Postgraduate Diploma has been completed successfully. 

At King's you can enquire about the programme by sending an email via diplomastudent@kcl.ac.uk to the Senior Programme Officer.


Key Benefits

  • Gives an in-depth and up-to-date understanding of the EU procurement regime in the public sector
  • Detailed knowledge of the EU system is supplemented and enriched by consideration of the different challenges for implementation in Europe and the approaches taken in other systems beyond the EU
  • Programme materials written by leading professional experts in the field
  • Can be studied anywhere in the world
  • Weekend seminars led by course director
  • Hard copy study material with online additional support, traditional one year cohort
  • In the 2019 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 114 students out of 118 at the Centre of European Law agreed to the statement: Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year for the Postgraduate Diploma, two years for the MA (both distance learning). October to May for the Diploma plus subsequent year October to September for the MA

Study mode Distance Learning

Credit value MA 180, Pg Dip 120 / ECTS: MA 90, PgDip 60. Progression to MA only if the Prostgraduate Diploma is passed successfully.

Programme accreditations CPD accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

Course intake approx 25

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Further details

Course contact for further information

At King's you can enquire about the programme by sending an email via diplomastudent@kcl.ac.uk to the Senior Programme Officer.

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law



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The programme aims to provide you with an up to date understanding of the EU procurement regime in the public sector and in the various other special procurement regimes under EU law. The programme will look not only at the effects of these regimes and their underlying policies, but will also look at the wider global context of the EU regime so that students will be able not only to work with confidence in EU procurement law, but also understand how their knowledge can be applied to regimes elsewhere in the world.

The optional MA in Public Procurement Regulation in the EU and in its Global Context is only open to students who have successfully completed the Public Procurement Regulation Postgraduate Diploma.

Further literature

You can view the full syllabus and the authors of the 12 study units here.

Course format and assessment

The PG Diploma programme is structured into three modules of 12 units in total. Each unit comes in the form of hard copy print and as a pdf file via the programme website. The units are designed to be largely self-contained, but recommended and further reading will be suggested. Some of the further reading suggestions may not be readily available online, either at King's library or elsewhere, so students may have to source recommended reading themselves.

A unit will comprise text, copies of relevant Regulations, Commission Decisions and Notices, Judgments of the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.  Practical examples, questions and model answers will test your knowledge as you progress. It is anticipated that each unit will require a student to spend approximately twenty hours' study plus further time for reading and completion of the assignments. Extra time must be set aside in April and May to complete the coursework and to prepare for the written examination in May. Units are sent by air courier.

Alongside the paper based programme material students will also be able to view and download their material from a website specifically designed for their programme. This programme is designed as a traditional paper based distance learning course that is supported by additional online resources and facilities. Students are required to engage with the online platform during their studies.  Units will be uploaded in a pdf format on their despatch date. The programme specific website also offers students the opportunity to interact with each other, post questions to the programme director and view any other information relevant to the course.

The course is supplemented by a constantly developing range of innovative online teaching and discussion opportunities.

Support throughout your studies
Organisational and administrative support is readily available through the Distance Learning Organiser at Informa Connect and the Senior Programme Officer at King's College London. However this programme is designed and delivered in a format that requires the student to study independently. Although academic staff will be available via the programme website for student queries, they do not normally tutor on a one-to-one basis. Students who enter this programme need to be aware of the commitment required to study for this challenging and rewarding degree course. The distance learning programme offers much freedom to suit professionals, therefore students need to bring self-discipline and self-motivation to be successful.

There will be two intensive weekend seminars held in central London. These will be held in November 2021 and in March 2022.  Authors will lecture and revise study material during two full days of teaching. Seminars are recorded to view for those students who cannot attend the seminars. It is strongly recommended that students benefit from these intensive revision sessions. 

Students will be required to submit three 2000 -word assignments during the first year. 

The examination is to be held as a 24-hour take home open book examination in May 2022.

Results are graded into Pass (50-59%), Merit (60-69%) and Distinction (70%+).

The follow-up MA is open to students who successfully complete the Diploma.  It involves the research for and writing of a dissertation under supervision. You are expected to spend at least 110 hours engaged in self-directed study. You are assessed exclusively by your dissertation which needs to be passed with at least 50%.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take:
• PG Dip – modules totalling 120 credits
• MA – modules totalling 180 credits
Required Modules

PG Dip
You are required to take the following modules:

  • Policy, Scope and Principles of the Regime and the Essential Procurement Decisions (40 credits)
  • Application of Procurement Law Issues in the Face of Modern Challenges and the Need to Achieve Efficiency (40 credits)
  • Enforcement and the Wider World (40 credits)

You are required to take the following module:

  •  Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1

Applicants must normally hold a 2:1 undergraduate degree in law or a related discipline, or be a qualified barrister or solicitor. Applications from candidates who have achieved a comparable academic level through past studies and where previous study, work or experience has made the applicant a suitable candidate for admission may also be considered. Holders of the CIPS Professional Diploma level 6 in procurement and supply with a majority of 60% in the final exams may also be eligible. 

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

  • For the Postgraduate Diploma students apply through the portal at Informa Connect.

  • All MA applicants need to have completed the Diploma. Please apply directly to King's through the King's online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk 

    We aim to turn around applications within four weeks for the Diploma applications. MA applications are turned around in two weeks after the application deadline has closed.

Start of the Pg Diploma 29 September 2021.  Start of the MA 1 October 2021. 

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement  Yes Applicants are required to submit a short personal statement as part of their application.
Previous Academic Study Yes A certified copy of your official degree certificate. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
Reference Yes Please include one professional or, if you are a recent graduate, one academic reference.
Other Yes You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application. In addition you are asked to submit a certified copy of your passport page. English language proficiency test results if you are not a native English speaker. 
Note   King’s College London and Informa Connect reserve the right to request certified copies of any documents provided in the event that clear copies are not received or to verify their authenticity


Application closing date

PG Diplomas only: 1 September 2021 for PG Diplomas. Later applications will be considered, but only if the full application documents are submitted by 15 October 2021. 

MAs only:  28 August 2021 (strict deadline)

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: PG Dip: £7,000 per year (2021/22); MA: £3,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: PG Dip: £7,000 per year (2021/22)MA: £3,500 per year (2021/22)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


Only MA students are required to pay a deposit. This is £1000 to be paid at the point of accepting the offer of a place of study.  

Pg Diploma students are invoiced by Informa Connect. 

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Library fees and fines
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Binding and courier costs for MA dissertations 
  • Personal photocopies  
  • Stationery  
  • Travel and accommodation at weekend seminars  
  • Overseas examination arrangements if requested (King's fee and fee of overseas venue)
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Completing this rigorous programme will you give you a competitive edge in the job market. With its practical approach you can apply your expertise immediately to your work environment. You will also have opportunities to network with professionals in your area from all over the world. Programme graduates are mostly professionals who enjoy specialisation and promotion in their existing workplace or new employment destinations. Graduates from this programme typically work for

  • Law firms in London, Brussels and worldwide
  • Public sector legal departments
  • Corporate sector legal advisors
  • European Institutions
  • European Commission
  • Competition commissions worldwide
  • Regulatory bodies worldwide
  • Private legal practice


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