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Dublin City University

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M.B.S. in
Strategic Procurement
(PAC Code: DC955) 2 Years Part-Time Programme

Programme Overview Entry Requirements

DCU Business School (DCUBS) offers an innovative new The potential participants will be professionals seeking
Masters programme in Strategic Procurement. The first of further development in the area of procurement or
its kind in Ireland and one of only two such programmes graduates of other disciplines who are seeking to move
in Europe, the aim of this programme is to build the into the area.
capacity for strategic thinking in procurement and to
The following will be eligible to apply for the programme:
meet the changing skills requirements for professionals
either engaged in or working closely with the n Those who hold an honours degree (in any discipline)
procurement function. The programme is suitable for n Those who hold other qualifications (including
both public and private sector employees. It has been professional qualifications)
endorsed by the National Public Procurement Policy Unit
Applicants will be expected to have at least three years’
(NPPPU) in the Department of Finance as being a suitable
experience in the broad area of procurement or supply
programme to improve the strategic procurement skills
chain/operations management (including areas such
of individuals in the public sector.
as buyer, contract management, and supply chain
The programme is ideally suited for international management) or extensive experience of procurement
students, due to its delivery by block release format and issues. Applicants must be also in a position to undertake
the proximity of DCUBS to an international airport. and implement project-based assignments within their
work. Selection of applicants may include an interview.
M.B.S. in Strategic Procurement 2 Years Part-Time Programme

Aims and Objectives Assessment of each of the programme’s six

integrated units will be by competency test,
Procurement has been identified as one of the key continuous assessment (including project work),
areas in the Irish public sector for development and terminal examination, or a combination of these
training. elements. The nature of assessment and the
As business organisations are going through rapid percentage of marks allocated to the various
external environmental and internal organisational elements of the assessment will depend
changes due to increasing globalisation, e-business on the unit.
and outsourcing, increasing attention is being paid to
the issue of how purchasing fits within business Programme Content
organisations and how it adds strategic value and
Indicative content for the programme is as follows:
contributes to corporate success. The aims of this
programme are to meet these changing skills demands n Economic and Risk Analysis I & II
for professionals either engaged in procurement or n Change Management
working closely with the procurement function.
n Supply Networks I & II
There is a distinct need for senior managers to n Business Analysis
understand the role of supply chain management
n Strategic Management/Leadership Skills
philosophy in the overall business improvement
process. This programme aims to take one area of the n Strategic Procurement

supply chain – procurement – and focus on the role of n Project Management

procurement in the supply chain and, more n Research Methodology
importantly, on its strategic impact.
n Thesis
The specific objectives of the programme are:

n To introduce students to leading-edge thinking in Additional Feature

the area of procurement with a view to adapting it This programme has been endorsed by the National
to make it appropriate to the business and Public Procurement Policy Unit in the Department of
organisational contexts in which they operate Finance as being a suitable programme to improve the
n To develop students who are more strategy strategic procurement skills of individuals in the public
oriented and less operationally oriented sector.
n To develop a knowledge base through both the
taught and research elements of the programme, Chairperson of the Programme
such that students can continue professional Paul Davis, B.Sc., M.I.E., M.B.A. (Open), P.I.I.E., M.I.I.P.M.M.,
development post-qualification. C.M.I.L.T.

Contact Details
Programme Structure
Enquiries should be directed to Bernadette McCulloch
The programme is offered on a part-time basis over at the DCUBS Centre for Executive Programmes on
two years, commencing in autumn, and is delivered Tel: +353 (0)1 700 8915 or
by block release on three days per month i.e. Thursday, email: bernadette.mcculloch@dcu.ie
Friday and Saturday. Maximum class size will be 25,
comprising students from both the public and Or to Paul Davis on Tel: +353 (0)1 700 5627
private sectors. or email: paul.davis@dcu.ie

As a requirement of the Masters programme, a View full programme details, including fees and
research thesis must be delivered by the end of the closing dates for application, at www.dcu.ie/dcubs
second year. This thesis will be based on research To apply for a postgraduate taught programme,
conducted over the course of the two years. visit the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) at
www.pac.ie to complete an online application.