MBA (Strategy and Procurement Management)

Gain the expertise to be a successful procurement manager anywhere in the world. The MBA in Strategy and Procurement Management includes professionally oriented modules designed for managers with procurement responsibilities across a range of sectors and industries.

You will develop your general management knowledge and skills and gain access to leading-edge thinking and research in procurement and supply management.

The MBA (SPM) is accredited by the UK’s Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), and graduates who fulfil the relevant work experience requirements of CIPS are also awarded full membership of the Institute (MCIPS).

The programme offers a range of specialist professionally oriented modules designed for managers with procurement responsibilities across a range of sectors and industries. It provides an opportunity for those involved in procurement to develop their general management knowledge and skills, and to gain access to leading-edge thinking and research in procurement and supply management. Those teaching the specialist components of this programme have had substantial practical and consultancy experience of the modern procurement function in a range of manufacturing, service and public sector organisations.

Part-time mode

The part-time programme can be completed in a minimum of two and half years and a maximum of six, and is designed to be as flexible as possible to meet the needs of busy professionals juggling career and other commitments with study. You complete eight compulsory taught modules, six covering the core management disciplines and two with a specific focus on procurement and supply management issues.

Each taught module is delivered in an intensive six day block spread over two consecutive long weekends – Friday to Sunday. This minimises disruption to your workplace commitments. Modules are offered at four points during the academic year – October, January, April and July. The main entry point is in October, but entry is also possible at other times during the year when a module is being delivered.

When the taught modules have been completed, a 12,000 word dissertation is submitted to fulfil the requirements for the award of the degree. The subject of the dissertation can be related to your work environment or to an area of interest to your employer, which may encourage them to support you with time for study or financial assistance.

Full-time mode

The full-time programme is completed in 12–15 months. In the first semester (September to December) you complete six compulsory taught modules alongside students on our other full-time MBA programmes. These cover the core management disciplines. In the second semester (January to April) you take three further compulsory modules, including the same specialist procurement and supply module taught on the part-time programme, and chooseone elective.

When the taught modules have been completed, you spend three months working on a research or company based project, which allows you to relate the concepts and analytical frameworks taught during the programme to practical management problems typically drawn from the domain of procurement and supply management.

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Why study this course

Become a well-rounded procurement manager – develop general management knowledge and skills alongside a thorough understanding of strategy and procurement.

Access the latest research – as a researchled business school, we give our students access to the latest trends, data and knowledge across operations and procurement management.

A life-time of career coaching – from the moment you join us you will have a mentor and career coach available to guide you through your career in procurement.

Accredited business school – We hold the prestigious ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System).

Birmingham city – study in the heart of British industry and an exciting, metropolitan city, just over an hour away from London.


Please select from either full-time or part-time to view the modules for your chosen MBA programme.

Please note: all modules are subject to change.

Part Time

The programme comprises taught modules and a research or company based project.

As well as these modules, students will also participate in a Dissertation Skills Workshop.

Module Dates

View the MBA Strategy & Procurement Management module dates for 2015/16.

Full Time

Semester 1

Core modules:

Semester 2

Core modules:

Choose ONE optional module from the list below:

Fees and funding

MBA Fees

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Scholarships and studentships  

Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

MBA Scholarships

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Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or an equivalent professional qualification (e.g. CIPS Graduate Diploma), and a minimum of three years relevant experience in purchasing and supply management. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this in more detail. 

International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements 

Standard English language requirements apply:

  • Full-time programme: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any band); TOEFL IBT 95 (with no less than 22 in any band); Pearson Academic Test of English 67 (in all four skills).
  • Part-time programme: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band); TOEFL IBT 88 (21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); Pearson Academic Test of English 59 (in all four skills).

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Programme activities include:

  • Core taught elements in functional business disciplines. As a research-led School, the latest thinking and techniques can be rapidly incorporated and teaching kept at the cutting edge
  • Classes and seminars supplement lectures, where fuller analysis and discussion takes place and important business skills, such as analysis, argument and synthesis, can be developed
  • Case studies are used as a means of relating theory to practical situations and students will often work in small groups with other students on assignments designed to develop problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • A series of industrial seminars, given by outside speakers from industry and commerce, provides contemporary ‘real world’ perspectives on the business environment – recent visitors to the School have included Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England (and a former professor of the University of Birmingham) and Sir John Bond, Chairman of HSBC Holdings
  • A residential weekend business simulation requires you to manage a ‘company’ team in competition with others, against tight deadlines and with a range of rapidly changing data to assimilate and act upon (Full-time only)
  • A Teamwork Skills course at an outdoor pursuits centre in the Malvern Hills develops skills in leadership, team building and team working (Full-time only)
  • Cross-Cultural Management skills are developed in a variety of workshops and Issues in Global Competitiveness are the focus of a specialist series of seminars
  • Researching and writing a project develops skills in information gathering, analysis and report writing
  • A supporting programme of consultant delivered career-development workshops allow you to reflect on the impact of what you have learnt on your future career development

An MBA alumni, who is now a Marketing Director at Thomson Local, discusses his time studying a Birmingham MBA.

From the very start of your MBA, you receive bespoke advice from our employment consultants. Through one-to-one coaching, our industry experienced they work with you to clarify your aspirations and support you in your future career, jointly developing a winning employment strategy to take you to the next level and to open doors to a range of potential employer.

Employer engagement

Whilst on your MBA you will have the opportunity to engage with top international companies. Our MBA students have participated in a range of activities with employers including BP, GE, IBM, Accenture, Capgemini, Unilever, Deloitte and HSBC.

Group and individual activities to enhance your skills

Throughout the programme, you will have the opportunity to be involved in group and individual activities all aimed at helping you to develop the skills and techniques which lead to highly successful employment outcomes.

A few examples of these activities that you will undertake throughout your MBA programme include online profile building, Careers in Consultancy networking event, Distinguished leaders alumni seminar series, mock assessment centre, skills coaching, and video recorded interview practice.

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.

Career development advice

Our consultants offer an individual advice service, which includes:

  • Career review and objective setting
  • Job-seeking strategies
  • CV review
  • Application advice
  • Interview and selection advice
  • Working in the UK
  • International work enquiries

Skills coaching

Employers aren’t just looking for great qualifications. They want to see high-quality personal skills too, such as team working, leadership, presentation and interpersonal skills. Our Skills Development Consultants offer individual appointments to help you shape and hone these qualities.

Keeping you up to date

Our Employer Liaison Team regularly undertakes initiatives to attract employment/ project opportunities into the Business School. You can find information about vacancies and other openings on Careers in Business Online and on Business School noticeboards, as well as through the Careers and Employability Centre vacancy database .

Careers events and workshops

This is your chance to find out about employment opportunities, develop your skills and network with industry professionals. Our range of career management, personal development and employer events are a great opportunity to discover what’s open to you upon graduation – just sign up to the events to take part.

Using the Careers and Employability Centre

Postgraduate students in the Business School are very welcome to use the services provided by the Careers and Employability Centre such as online vacancy listings, employer presentations and fairs and accessing online careers information. You can use the Careers in Business team for individual appointments, CV checking, mock interviews and other job search-related activities.