Professional Diploma Procurement and Supply (CIPS Level 6)

Course summary

Delivery of this course is through part-time evening sessions with some modules delivered via blended learning. 

UWL is a Chartered Institute of Procurement (CIPS) study centre which has been granted Centre of Excellence status for the past fifteen years. Tuition is provided by experienced qualified procurement professionals.
CIPS is global with a community of 88,000 people in 150 countries. CIPS awarding body is regulated by Ofqual in England. You can study part time to achieve MCIPS in two years intensive study or three years at normal pace.

Over 60% of those studying CIPS at UWL hold degrees. This is the route for Business Graduates into the Procurement Profession. Detailed information at 
There are three levels of qualification
CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply
Topics covered are:

  • Contexts
  • Business Needs
  • Sourcing
  • Negotiating and Contracting
  • Managing Contracts and Relationships.

CIPS Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply
Topics covered are:

  • Management
  • Managing Risks
  • Improving Competitiveness of Supply Chains
  • Category Management
  • Operations Management.

CIPS Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply
Topics covered are:

  • Leadership
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management
  • Programme and Project Management
  • Legal Aspects in Procurement and Supply.

Contact the Course Leader for a Brochure containing details of the courses including units, timetables, assessment data, fees.


More information
You can find information on qualifications, sample assessments, exam timetables and registration.

Course detail

Qualification and Unit Titles

Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply
Core Unit

  • Leadership in Procurement and Supply
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management


  • Progrmme and Project Management
  • Legal Aspects in Procurement and Supply (UK)

Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply
Core Unit

  • Management in Procurement and Supply
  • Managing Risks in Supply Chains
  • Improving the Competitiveness of Supply Chains


  • Category Management
  • Operations Management in Supply Chains

Diploma in Procurement and Supply
Core Unit

  • Contexts of Procurement and Supply
  • Business Needs in Procurement and Supply
  • Sourcing in Procurement and Supply
  • Negotiating and Contracting in Procurement and Supply
  • Managing Contracts and Relationships in Procurement and Supply

For further details of the course content go to:
Successful completion of levels 4, 5 and 6 together with three years work experience in procurement leads to full membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and MCIPS status.

Exemption from some units may be obtained upon application to CIPS by suitably qualified people.
Contact the Course leader Beryl Matthews to obtain a brochure of CIPS at UWL and to be given advice concerning the course.

Entry requirements

Two A level qualifications / international equivalent or CIPS Cert in Procurement and Supply Operations. Also at least two years business experience in a responsible position.

You must be a mature student to study this course.

International Entry Criteria
IELTS 6.5 overall and a (UKBVA required) minimum of 5.5 for each of the four individual components (reading, writing, speaking and listening.)

Membership : to take CIPS qualifications all students need to be CIPS members. Enrol at the CIPS website The latest time to do this by is one week into the first course.

Membership provides professional development resources to support studies and careers.



Fees for all EU students are £450 per unit. Therefore as there are five units per Level, the total fee for each level is £2,250. Fees for non EU students are £490 per unit. Therefore the total fee for each level is £2,450 for non-EU students.


Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply online by clicking on the ‘Apply for this course’ button below. Fill in the form and return it to Admissions. Your form will be processed and you will receive a letter from Admissions. Complete all paper work which is subsequently required and you will be in a position to enrol on the course.

Apply as early as possible because the whole process can be lengthy, particularly before a September start.

Remember to become a member of CIPS. Whilst membership status is being achieved please make contact with the Course Leader Beryl Matthews to obtain all necessary advice about where and what to study on the CIPS Course at UWL.

All of CIPS levels 4, 5 and 6 are offered at St Mary's Road, Ealing site. Classes are on two evenings a week 6.30pm - 9.30pm.

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

You can apply to study this course using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

International students

Complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

More about how to apply for undergraduate courses.

During the course

Notable aspects

Supply Management Monthly Journal
Which provides news, views and articles that cover all areas of procurement and supply, along with case studies and updates.

Study Packs and Recommended Reading
These Study Guides are usually used on CIPS courses.

Qualifications Update Quarterly Newsletter
Produced for CIPS students with information on exams, study tips, and news from the student network.

CIPS Intelligence
A huge bank of research papers and essential professional resources for studies and career.

Teaching methods

This is a taught course through lectures, group work, and some electronic participation.

What our students say

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

Most CIPS students at UWL already hold responsible positions in procurement and MCIPS enhances their ability to achieve advancement. CIPS offers the route for business graduates into and through the procurement profession.