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Ph.D. in Public Procurement Law and Policy

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in

Public Procurement Law and Policy

Institution Type




Recognised Body (Royal Charter)

Delivery Method


About the Program

The University of Nottingham's Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG) is a global leader in research and teaching on public procurement regulation. 

It is part of the School of Law at The University of Nottingham, which is consistently ranked amongst the leading law schools in the United Kingdom. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, the school was rated 6th for both research intensity and research power out of 67 law schools. Full-time academic staff of the Group come from all over the world, with current staff hailing from China, Italy and Greece, as well as the UK.

Supervision is available for those who wish to undertake research in public procurement law towards the degrees of MPhil or PhD.

Students can obtain the benefits of registering in one of the United Kingdom's largest research programmes in law - at any one time there are around 50 research students from across the globe working in the school - and from the excellent facilities offered by the University.

Scholarships are sometimes available from the generous funds provided by the Group's sponsors and from other University and external sources.

Students in the school benefit from the input of external speakers organised by the Group, and the Group's extensive contacts with international organisations and private business are used to help students find placements.

Recent and current projects on the MPhil and PhD include:

  • the impact of EC procurement rules on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the utilities sector

  • the influence of EC public procurement law on the procurement system of Member States

  • the adequacy of the EC rules on the use of electronic reverse auctions in public procurement

  • the application of competitive dialogue to projects tendered under the Private Finance Initiative

  • regulation of the activities of commercial entities through rules on procurement and state trading

  • the use of soft law as a method for regulating procurement from a trade perspective

  • an assessment of the impact of competitive dialogue in Portugal and Spain

  • the adequacy of the supplier review system in China

  • the impact of EU law on the procurement rules of international organisations operating in the field of defence

  • the effectiveness of mandatory supplier exclusion as a mechanism to address corruption in public procurement

  • remedies in public procurement law

The Director of the Group is Professor Sue Arrowsmith, and the Deputy Director is Dr Ping Wang.

Tuition Information

See information on how to fund your studies, including our step-by-step guide. Further information is available on the school website.

The School of Law offers a number of PhD scholarships each year.

All full-time applications received by 31 January will be automatically considered, unless a scholarship has already been awarded by another funding body.

Acceptance to the School of Law doctoral programme does not guarantee funding.

However, most doctoral candidates who are accepted to the programme receive a substantial amount of funding to support their studies.

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Additional Information:

Funding resources available to doctoral candidates are divided to sources internal and external to the University. Click here to see the list of these sources.

Admissions Information

LLM or masters degree in a relevant discipline, with a taught and dissertation average of 65% or above; plus a 2:1 (or international equivalent).

Contact Information


Public Procurement Research Group

School of Law

Law and Social Sciences building

University of Nottingham

University Park

Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Ph: +44 (0)115 951 5700


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