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Contract Management for PPP/PFI
Postgraduate course
Advanced Professional Diploma in

Contract Management for PPP/PFI

Please note that teaching for this course is delivered in two 2-day blocks. Sunday 17th & Monday 18th September and Sunday 12th & Monday 13th November.
International Scholarships available


Aimed at those working with Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and Private Finance Initiatives (PFI), this course will give you the expertise to negotiate, manage and deliver framework agreements and term contracts while upholding the highest levels of customer service.

Many public services are now outsourced and there is growing support from the Local Government Association to improve the contract management skills of those working in local authorities. You will focus on examples from your own workplace and analyse case studies to sharpen your ability to lead on new contract negotiations and manage relationships.

We will develop your legal knowledge and help you make improvements to existing contracts, encouraging you to seek innovative ways of working. You will explore different strategies for resolving client-contractor and supplier conflict so that existing contracts can be successfully renegotiated.

Whether you are a public sector professional or a supplier of services, working collaboratively with your tutors and fellow students will allow you to learn from the experiences of others. You will examine different problem-solving and communication strategies which you can then apply in your own workplace.
You will be inspired by experts - each member of your course team has more than 20 years' experience in industry and they will use their knowledge of commercial supply chains to inform your teaching and bridge the gap between the public and private sector. The team are also involved in research and consultancy in this area which will feed into your teaching.

We have fantastic links with the public sector and their suppliers and regularly invite guest speakers from industry to share their experiences. Previous visitors have included employees of the Office of Government Commerce, who support procurement and acquisition in the public sector, and Morgan Sindall, a leading UK construction group. This industry input keeps your teaching current and makes sure your knowledge is always up to date.

Taught at weekends to fit around your work commitments, you will also be offered tips on writing academic essays and examine previous assignments to get a clear picture of what is expected from you.
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APD Contract Management - John Heathcote, Senior Lecturer

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should either have a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


John Cafferty


John Cafferty
Project Manager Network Rail

MSc Project Management

“After working for years in maintenance, I was keen to develop other areas of my career. My company is now more project management led and I'm able to feed into this new way of working which has helped me to progress my career in this tough economic climate.

Teaching and learning

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Gain an understanding of the core principles in a contract and how to administer contracts. You will examine contract theory, principles and clauses, legal requirements for contract administration and financial control.

Discover ways to evaluate, design and implement systems to measure and monitor the service provision provided by your contracts from both the service provision and supplier perspective.

Jon Heathcote
John Heathcote
Senior Lecturer
John is an expert in European project and contract management. From utility engineering capital projects, to supply chain management specialising in partnership framework contracts, he has more than 20 years' experience in industry. John is also the current chair of the Association for Project Management’s Value Management Specific Interest Group.
There is a reciprocal learning environment between the students and myself. My students have exposed me to problems they are having in the workplace and using my experience we’ve worked together to propose a solution.
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APD Contract Management - John Heathcote, Senior Lecturer

Fees & funding

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2017/18 on this course is £677.6 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £33.88. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.
Part-time rates for international students are not automatically displayed as there are specific visa requirements which generally limit students to study in the UK on a full-time basis. Should you wish to query your visa status you can contact Tier4 Compliance@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. If you are able to study on a part-time basis please contact fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for further information on course fees.


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