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.
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.
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 2020 and in March 2021. 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.
The 2020 seminar is likely to be an online seminar and the format of the 2021 spring seminar will be subject to social distancing measures.
Students will be required to submit three 2000 word assignments during the first year. Together these assignments constitute 30% of the final overall mark for the Postgraduate Diploma.
The three-hour written examination will take place during May 2021 either at King's College London or a different venue in London. Arrangements can be made to sit the exam overseas. This arrangement carries a fee by King's College London and the invigilating institution. Results are graded into Pass (50-59%), Merit (60-69%) and Distinction (70%+).
At the time of writing, May 2020, it is expected that the examination format will be a sit-down 3-hour examination, but the examination can take a different format if required by social distancing measures in 2021.
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%.