MSc / LLM in Commercial and Contract Management

Equip yourself with the ideas, networks, and experiences to lead and manage in the field of commercial and contract management by undertaking a Masters program delivered by a top-ranked international business school, in partnership with IACCM. 

The MSc / LLM in Commercial and Contract Management provides:

  • Sustained exposure to expert professional practice through dynamic and multifaceted modes of practice-oriented education
  • Learning which is research evidence-based providing academic rigor to equip graduates for life-long learning
  • Exposure to dealing with and managing challenges and opportunities in the face of advanced technologies that will impact all areas of commercial management in a global environment (from legal and regulatory, ethical, financial, economic, technological, and socio-cultural perspectives)
  • Provide a high-quality scholarly academic and practitioner experience
  • Accreditation and qualifications from the University of Leeds and IACCM, recognizing and certifying the advanced competencies, capabilities, skills and knowledge attained

For the employer, the program offers:

  • Not only a highly qualified and valuable addition to their organization, but also the opportunity to focus final research and dissertation on a current business-specific commercial issue
  • Employers who sponsor students to the programme will also be invited to join relevant activities at the University, such as periodic Academic Symposiums in contract and commercial management; as adjudicators on student review boards; and at events and executive roundtables related to the release of major research findings in this field

The program is offered by the University of Leeds Business School & Law School. Based on current plans, the 2 year part-time program will start in January 2020. The one year full-time course will not launch until September 2020.

Why now?

The growing dynamism and diversity of trading relationships in today's volatile markets has elevated the importance of commercial and contract management. They represent essential competencies for purposes both of control and creativity, designing and delivering business-critical outcomes.

New technologies have steadily disrupted traditional business relationships and the way they are managed. This is resulting in continuous change in what relationships are formed, where they are formed and how they are formed. As a result, there is a pressing need for a fundamental shift in the role, purpose and value of contracts, which in turn depends upon continuous challenge and innovation in commercial policies and practices.

Both business and government must develop commercial and contracting competence – the ability to integrate across multiple stakeholder views and interests to develop and deliver required outcomes. This competence will in part depend on having individuals with the skills and knowledge required to lead commercial and contract management transformation and to embed organizational capability at both strategic and operational level.

The business need

The importance of commercial and contract management in terms of responding to dynamic markets and supporting the overall strategic goals of the organization cannot be overstated. A failure to do so impacts on financial performance and, perhaps most critically, the organization’s reputation. At an operational level, weaknesses in the contracting process damage external relationships, create delays, undermine innovation and increase costs. Conversely, where commercial and contract management are aligned to the organization’s strategy, where project objectives and outcomes are clearly articulated and well managed, the cost savings and revenue improvements are significant, reputation and capabilities are enhanced, and problems and risks minimized.

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