MBA (Strategy and Procurement Management)

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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.

Why study Strategy and Procurement at Birmingham?

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 research-led business school, we give our students access to the latest trends, data and knowledge within the procurement industry

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 are accredited by (AMBA) the Association of MBAs and (EQUIS) European Quality Improvement System

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

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Email:  mba@bham.ac.uk

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Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: 15 months full-time; 2.5-6 years part-time (modular)

Start date: September full-time; flexible entry part-time – entry is possible at any time at which a module is delivered (October, January, April and July)

Contact

MBA Admissions Office: Victoria Harold
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 4378
Email: v.l.harold@bham.ac.uk

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Details

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 orientated 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 organizations. The programme is available in both part-time and full-time delivery modes. 

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 15 months. In the first semester (September to December) you complete seven 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 two further compulsory modules, including the same specialist procurement and supply module taught on the part-time programme, and choose one elective. 

When the taught modules have been completed, you spend three months working on a 12,000 word dissertation, 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. 

Why study this course

  • 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

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Fees and funding

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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

For further information contact the School directly or www.studenthelp.bham.ac.uk.

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

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Contact

MBA Admissions Office: Victoria Harold
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 4378
Email: v.l.harold@bham.ac.uk

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Learning and teaching

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

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Contact

MBA Admissions Office: Victoria Harold
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 4378
Email: v.l.harold@bham.ac.uk

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Employability

Career opportunities

The programme will equip graduates to move into more senior management positions either in their own organization or elsewhere.

Birmingham Business School understands the importance of undertaking an MBA Business programme for your career development. Finding the right employment afterwards will clearly be an important objective and our primary aim is to help you do so.



The Careers in Business team and experienced consultants provide a specialist careers support service located in University House for the exclusive use of Business School postgraduates.

What our MBA graduates go on to do

For many who join us, the Birmingham MBA is a major step towards developing an international or strategic focus within their careers. Some accelerate successful careers with existing employers.  Others create potential for change.  Major directions include jobs in banking, business analysis and development, management and strategy consulting, corporate finance and investment, human resource management and marketing.

  • careersFinance/Banking/Accounting 32%
  • Consulting 13%
  • Hi-Technology/IT/Telecomms 9%
  • Healthcare/Pharmaceutical 9%
  • Media/Entertainment 4%
  • Government/Non-Profit 16%
  • Consumer Goods/Retail 6%
  • Other industries10%

‘Careers in Business’

Our in-house careers unit is for the exclusive use of postgraduate students in the Business School.  Their role is to support your career development and this can be done in a variety of ways.

  • Advice and guidance, provided by professionally qualified Careers Advisors, who offer individual consultations,
  • Career Development lectures and workshops and a Career Management skills programme;
  • Employer liaison, bringing in a variety of organisations to give presentations
  • Offer vacancies for full-time work and dissertation projects and deliver skills sessions and mock interviews.

Personal skills are increasingly valued by employers and this is reflected in our Personal Development module and Skills Series that include sessions on a wide variety of topics such as Networking, Team Working, Time Management, Leadership, Consulting Skills, Personal Image and Presentation, Assertiveness, Influencing and Persuading Skills, Stress Management and Emotional Intelligence.

‘Incubator’ support

Many students will have their own business idea that they would like to develop and we can provide support for this.  Our Entrepreneurship & Innovation Centre gives practical support for embryo businesses. The Centre provides professional office and meeting (incubator) space and one-to-one expert guidance and advice.  Access to the Business School network (industrial links, partners, advisers/mentors, alumni and other students) is available, as are networking events, work space, skills programmes, funding, and, where possible, access to the media. The Centre also runs a Postgraduate Enterprise Summer School, which MBAs are encouraged to attend, designed to prepare you to:

  • Develop a business idea from the concept stage to a fully fledged business proposition
  • Know the steps required to set up their own business
  • Be aware of the requirements to commercialise research in an academic environment.
  • Be able to work effectively in a team environment
  • Identify which role they are best suited to in a business team

Contact

MBA Admissions Office: Victoria Harold
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 4378
Email: v.l.harold@bham.ac.uk

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