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The Birmingham qualification helped to transform the procurement function within my business, turning it from an administrative activity into a strategic one . Steve Wills, Director of UK Procurement, AXA plc.CIPS Purchasing Professional of the Year (winner) 2006. Birmingham Business School's MBA in Strategy and Procurement Management was first introduced in 1994, making it the longest established programme of its type in the UK. From its inception, the aim of the programme has been to introduce students to leading-edge thinking in the area of purchasing and supply. This has not meant delivering rigid prescriptions, however. Rather, it has meant helping managers respond flexibly to the unique challenges that they face in their own particular work environments. Such an emphasis on flexibility extends to the way in which the programme is delivered. The MBA (SPM) is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis. This is to give managers the choice between combining their studies with full-time employment, or taking a year out to study intensively. Irrespective of whether the programme is completed in 30 months (for part-time students) or 15 months (for full-time students), the course content and mode of delivery remain the same. The structure of the course is modular, with each module delivered over two consecutive long weekends (Saturday - Monday, Friday - Monday). Students completing the part-time programme are required to take eight modules over a 24 month period before, completing a final work-based dissertation. Part-time students complete the taught element in 12 months and finish the dissertation in the final three months of the programme. The eight modules taken by students include a range of generalist subjects (such as Marketing, Financial Management and Organisational Resource Management), as well as a set of core specialised modules. To date, over 500 students have either graduated or are currently undertaking the programme. The MBA (SPM) is highly regarded by both academics and practitioners and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, which awards full professional membership (MCIPS) to students successfully completing the programme. The programme is also accredited by the UK's leading quality assurance body for MBAs, AMBA, and by EQUIS. The MBA SPM has an enviable record in assisting students in their career progression. For example, in 2006 and 2007 the CIPS Purchasing Professional of the Year was an ex-MBA (SPM) student. In 2008, the leader of the CIPS Purchasing Department of the Year was also an ex-MBA (SPM) student. Understanding the MBA (SPM) The Birmingham Business School's MBA in Strategy and Procurement Management was first introduced in 1994 making it the longest established programme of its type in the UK. The aim of the programme has been to introduce the student to leading-edge thinking in the area, with a view to adapting it to the business and organisational contexts in which they operate. The ethos of the course, therefore, has not been on delivering rigid prescription but rather on helping managers respond flexibly to the challenges that they face. Historically, it has been delivered on a part-time basis. However, a new full-time variant has recently been introduced to sit alongside the existing part-time programme. This will allow students to complete the course in an accelerated period if they wish. Taught Modules Each taught module runs for seven days and is delivered over two consecutive long weekends. The first weekend runs from Saturday to Monday and the second from Friday to Monday. This structure is designed to allow in-depth learning, whilst minimising the time spent away from work. All eight of the modules on the programme are compulsory. The programme modules are as follows: General Modules Strategic Management International Business Environment Strategic Marketing Organisation and Resource Management Financial Management Specialist Modules Operations

The Birmingham qualification helped to transform the procurement function within my business, turning it from an administrative activity into a strategic one . Steve Wills, Director of UK Procurement, AXA plc.CIPS Purchasing Professional of the Year (winner) 2006. Birmingham Business School's MBA in Strategy and Procurement Management was first introduced in 1994, making it the longest...

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