Executive Diploma in Procurement and Supply

For those aspiring to the highest pinnacle of the procurement and supply profession, should apply for the Executive Diploma (ExDIP).

A professional with the Executive Diploma (ExDip) and Chartered Status is likely to be in a procurement leadership role. They will have board level influence and deliver innovative sourcing solutions across a diverse range of markets. ExDip offers a higher professional standard than MCIPS or FCIPS Chartered Professionals. Those with ExDip will have demonstrated excellence through a programme of learning or through experience to postgraduate degree level.  

Professionals who hold this status will be seen as those who will take the profession beyond its current boundaries into a strategic, business-leading future.

Entry requirements

You must currently hold MCIPS or FCIPS Chartered Status.  Once you have achieved ExDip, you will be required to demonstrate that you have kept your knowledge up-to-date and relevant by maintaining your Chartered Professional Status.

The Executive Diploma can be achieved through the following routes.

Academic route

We currently have six accredited specialist MBA programmes listed below. The content within each programme has been analysed and aligned to the Advanced Professional competency level in the CIPS Global Standard in Procurement and Supply.

We recommend that you apply for the Executive Diploma (ExDip) once you have completed your MBA programme as a copy of your certificate and transcript will be required at the first stage of the application process.

Minimum entry criteria for the academic route is:

  • Must be current MCIPS or FCIPS Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional
  • Must provide certificate of CIPS accredited MBA programme and transcript

Programmes available:


University of South Wales 

University of South Wales offers an Executive Masters of Business, this is now accredited by CIPS as a route to achieving ExDip.  The Executive MBA is offered as a part-time programme over 3 years part-time.

To find out more about this programme details can be found here


Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology offers an Executive Masters of Business, this is now accredited by CIPS as a route to achieving ExDip. The Executive MBA is offered as a part-time programme over a two year period.

To find out more about this programme details can be found here


University of Chester

University of Chester offers a Masters of Business Administration this is now accredited by CIPS as a route to achieving ExDip. This programme is delivered over 12 months full time study or 2 years part time study.

To find out more about this programme details can be found here 


Universirty of Northampton

University of Northampton

The University of Northampton Masters in Business Administration with CIPS accreditationas as a route to achieving ExDip. This is a distance learning programme and can be undertaken anywhere in the world.  It normally runs twice each year with cohorts starting in September and February and it’s expected to take 12 – 18 months to complete.

Distance Learning programme

Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found here.


University of Bath

University of Bath

The University of Bath offers a Masters in Business Administration that is now CIPS accredited as a route to achieving ExDip.The programme is available full or part time with two intakes per year in January and October each year. It’s expected to take 24 months to complete and can take a maximum of 5 years to complete.

Full and Part-time programmes available

There are 2 deadlines for the September start full time MBA.  

Full time MBA

1 April for international non EU students

1 August UK/EU

 Part-time Executive MBA there are 2 programme start dates

1 August for the October start

1 November for the January start

Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found here.


Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Beckett University offers a Masters in Business Administration that is now accredited by CIPS, as a route to achieving ExDip. There are two distinct MBA programmes: the MBA Graduate and the MBA Executive. Both programmes are made up of the same modules and are delivered on a full-time or part-time basis over 12-24 months. The only key difference between the two is that for the MBA Executive programme, students must have two years work experience.

Delivery is at the City Campus, Leeds

MBA [Executive, MBAEX]

Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found here.

MBA [Graduate, MBABA]

Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found here.


Auckland University of Technology Business School, New Zealand

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Auckland University of Technology offers a Masters in Business Administration that is now CIPS accredited, as a route to achieving ExDip. The MBA is offered as both a full-time and part-time programme, and is designed to give students maximum flexibility by enabling them to choose the number of papers taken in any given term providing the qualification is completed within four years.

Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found here.


Curtin University (Graduate School of Business)

Curtin University offers a Masters in Business Administration (Strategic Procurement) that is now CIPS accredited, as a route to achieving ExDip.The MBA is offered as a one year full-time or two year part-time programme.

Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found here.


Victoria University

Victoria University offers a Masters in Business Administration that is now accredited by CIPS, as a route to achieving ExDip. Delivered by the Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB), the MBA covers a broad range of business and management disciplines and is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.

Full entry criteria, the programme of study and cost details can be found here.

Applied learning route

Master Practitioner Programme

Designed for organisations, the Master Practitioner Programme, accredited by CIPS, is equivalent to a Postgraduate Diploma, and, as the newest level within our highly successful Corporate Award applied learning programme, offers a route for an organisation’s procurement team to reach Chartered Status, subject to achievement criteria.  
The Corporate Award Master Practitioner Programme provides a powerful learning experience which develops and creates procurement and supply chain leaders of the future with the workshops, assignments and final dissertation all focussed on helping your organisation address real challenges, drive business improvements and deliver return on investment.  
It is a unique, executive style programme which examines relevant and current business good practice and thinking, explores the personal skills and behaviours organisations require of senior procurement practitioners and is supported by strong, Masters level academic theories. 
The minimum criteria for a Corporate Award Master Practitioner Programme:
Must be MCIPS or FCIPS 
Programmes can be run for organisations which have 12 or more participants or, subject to the level of interest we receive, we can bring participants together from multiple organisations to run a syndicated Master Practitioner Programme.

The Master Practitioner Programme, accredited by CIPS, is equivalent to a Postgraduate Diploma. As the newest level within our highly successful Corporate Award applied learning programme, it offers a route to reach the Executive Diploma (ExDip).

The Corporate Award Master Practitioner Programme provides a powerful learning experience which develops and creates procurement and supply chain leaders of the future with the workshops, assignments and final dissertation all focussed on helping your organisation address real challenges, drive business improvements and deliver return on investment. It is a unique, executive-style programme which examines relevant and current business good practice and thinking, explores the personal skills and behaviours organisations require of senior procurement practitioners and is supported by strong, Masters-level academic theories.

The minimum criteria for a Corporate Award Master Practitioner Programme:

  • Must be MCIPS or FCIPS Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional


Programmes can be run for organisations which have 12 or more participants or, subject to the level of interest we receive, we can bring participants together from multiple organisations to run a syndicated Master Practitioner Programme.

Experiential route

We are currently developing this product and will provide an update shortly. Meanwhile if you have any questions and would like to talk to a member of the team please contact Executive Diploma Enquiries