Micro Master's Degree in Procurement and Supply Management

Level 7 is equivalent to Master's level

The unit seeks to provide learners with a thorough understanding of procurement and supply management from a strategic, technological,  process, and relationship perspective. The goal is to provide insights into the role of procurement within supply chain management, the tools and techniques to assess sourcing options, the negotiation and contractual issues encountered with suppliers, effective supplier relationship management, and technological enablers in procurement.

Level 7 is equivalent to Master’s level and could transfer 20 credits and total tuition fees to Master programs of Paris-U.

Programs in details

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the contexts of procurement and supply management.

1.1 Analyse the different sources of value addition in procurement.

1.2 Explain the main aspects of sourcing processes. 

1.3 Analyse the impact of organisational policies and procedures on procurement.

2. Understand the application of tools and techniques for sourcing.

2.1 Explain how costs and prices can be estimated for procurement activities. 

2.2 Explain the main processes used for obtaining quotations and tenders from suppliers.

2.3 Develop selection and award criteria for selecting suppliers. 

2.4 Evaluate technology’s role in enhancing procurement efficiency and effectiveness.

3. Understand approaches to finalise contractual agreements with suppliers.

3.1 Explain the main types of contractual agreements between customers and suppliers. 

3.2 Compare the types of approaches that can be pursued in commercial negotiations.

3.3 Evaluate the main methods that can influence achieving desired outcomes in a negotiation.

4. Understand and manage the dynamics of relationships with suppliers.

4.1 Apply portfolio analysis techniques to assess relationships with suppliers. 

4.2 Explain the main approaches to conflict resolution in commercial contracts. 

4.3 Explain the main techniques for supplier relationship management.

  • Importance of procurement to organisations,  changing role of procurement, procurement integration, purchasing decisions and business strategy, procurement strategy, centralised and decentralised purchasing, key sourcing process elements, purchasing organisation, overview of purchasing-related differences across contexts. 
  • Spend analysis, supply industry analysis, supply data sources, market and cost-based pricing models,  value analysis, portfolio analysis (Kraljic matrix),  request for information (RFI) documents, request for quotation documents, critical supplier selection criteria,  the total cost of ownership, multi-criteria supplier selection models, reverse auction approaches, e-procurement operative mechanics, contexts where relevant, benefits and challenges in implementation.
  • Legal aspects of purchasing, nature of purchasing contracts, offers and counteroffers, options contracts, contract law, terms of an agreement, contract management, contract disputes, importance of negotiation, pre and post-negotiation phases,  negotiation strategies, BATNA, competition and cooperation in negotiation, game theory, persuasion/coercive approaches.
  • Nature of supplier relationships: arm’s length,  partnership, strategic alliance, joint venture, vertical integration and where each is appropriate, supply base rationalisation, tiering of suppliers, choice of single/multiple suppliers, supplier associations,  supplier performance measurement and supplier development.

Indicative reading list 

  • Bailey, P., Farmer, D., Crocker, B., Jessop, D., and Jones, D. (2015). Procurement Principles and Management. 11th Edition, Pearson
  • Benton, W, C. (2014). Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. 3rd Edition, McGraw Hill
  • Lysons, K. and Farrington, B. (2020). Purchasing and Supply Chain Management., 10th Edition Pearson, Handfield, R., Giunipero, L., and Patterson
  • J. and Monczka, R. (2015). Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. 6th Edition, Cengage

Entry requirements

To enroll in the Micro Master program, the learner must possess:

  • Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or achieved a Level 6 Diploma according to the European Qualifications
  • For a non-global accredited university degree, The learner should have followed the Accreditation of Prior Experimental Learning for Qualification (APELQ) policy of Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U). 
  • Learners must be over 21 years old.

Université Libérale de Paris reserves the highest decision-making power for admission whether to accept or not accept after a specific review of each candidate’s profile to ensure they can comprehend and gain benefits when participating. For the fake university or diploma mills, SIMI shall not be accepted.

English language requirements

If a learner is not from a predominantly English-speaking country, proof of English language proficiency must be provided.

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent
  • Or A minimum TOEFL score of 101 or IELTS 6.5; Reading and Writing must be at 6.5 or equivalent

After graduating from Micro Master programs, students receive all certified documents from Université Libérale de Paris.

Certified Documents:

  • e-Certificate from Université Libérale de Paris. 
  • Hard copy certificate from Université Libérale de Paris
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualification (APELQ) certified from Paris-U for credit and tuition fee transfer
  • Certification & Recognition certified from Paris-U

Because the program is accredited and recognized, students can easily use permitted in the working environment and have many opportunities for career advancement. In addition, if you want to study for a university degree, students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the program Paris-U.

Université Libérale de Paris’s Micro Master Degree means:

Paris-U Micro Master Degree is certified at the master level and is equivalent to:

  • Level 7 Certificate of Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) of the UK
  • Level 10 certificate of Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
  • Level 7 Certificate of Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW)
  • Level 7 certificate of European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Level 9 certificates of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • Level 7 certificate of ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF)
  • Level 9 certificate of the African Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF)

Students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the Paris-U academic programs if they want to study for an academic degree.

Credits transfer:

Learners can accumulate 20 credits from the Micro Master program when participating in the Master of Arts in Education Management and Innovation Pedagogy (MAEMIP) of Paris-U. Please see the credit transfer policy HERE.

Tuition fee transfer:

When participating in the MAEMIP program, students who have graduated from the Micro Master program will receive a discount equivalent with short courses tuition fee for each certified. Please see the tuition fee transfer HERE

[APEL.Q] – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for Award of Academic Qualifications (Q) is the award of academic qualifications to individual learners through the evaluation and assessment of prior experiential learning towards fully accredited programmes offered by Paris-U. A degree with [APEL.Q] pathway is granted on the basis of the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired through formal, informal, or non-formal learning.

As a crucial component of Liberal Education, Paris-U is the first university in the world to fully implement the APEL.Q approach to acknowledge experience and knowledge. Assist students in becoming rapidly recognized and entering the labor market.

Short Courses Certified programs are completely approved and recognized, according to the same rigorous standards as academic degree programs. Learners might include this qualification in their portfolios when submitting for the APEL.Q examination.

Please note that, the APEL.Q process will lead to only the MLSCM degree of Paris-U, not a dual degree. For more information, read more HERE

Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) Certified program is not-for-profit, so the tuition fees are fully supported by Paris-U its partners. Université Libérale de Paris reserves the right not to accept more students if the number exceeds the quotas.

Apply Policy:

  • To participate in Paris-U’s Short courses program, students need to meet the entry criteria corresponding to each level. Please see the “Entry” tab for more details.
  • Paris-U will not accept applicants if their entry qualifications are from diploma mill universities or schools/universities that are not accredited.
  • For Level 7 short courses programs, if an entry bachelor is unavailable, students must demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of work experience in the relevant field. Please note that a bachelor’s degree is required for the Master’s program of Paris-U so that you could take the Micro Master program but could not move to the Master’s program of Paris-U.
  • English is not a mandatory entry requirement for short course programs, but candidates need to ensure that English is used in reading documents, listening to lectures, and doing assignments. Candidates should note that English is a mandatory requirement when switching to an academic program at Paris-U.

Apply Process:

  1.  Choose the program that suits your requirements. Note that applicants without a university degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 7, and applicants without a Master’s degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 8.
  2. Email your application to support@paris-u.fr with all the required documents. You could download the application form here.
  3. Our admission department will reach out to you and guide you through further processes if the registration documents need to be supplemented.
  4. Université Libérale de Paris will issue the Letter of Acceptant (LOA). You will proceed to the next steps according to the instructions and pay the tuition fee.
  5. Université Libérale de Paris will issue a student confirmation letter, login account to the e-learning system and related documents.
  6. You have become an official Paris-U student and enjoy your study journey.

The Short Courses Certified program is a fully online program. You can study anytime, anywhere. The final exam will be uploaded to the system and marked by the academic panel of Paris-U. Students must submit assignments on time. Otherwise, the student is considered not to continue the program.

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Tuition fees

Tuition policies are in keeping with the provisions of the Paris-U policy and are subject to change without notice. In some cases, Paris-U offers a variety of Scholarships for International Students. 

Level 7 short courses certificate & e-certificate
Hard copy certificate & APEL.Q documents
Transfer to Paris-U Degree

Université Libérale de Paris

Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) offers higher education programmes in English only and that are different from the French National Curricula and Programmes leading to French Government accredited university qualifications, which falls under the French Public Higher Education sector.

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