Public-Private Partnerships - Adv Dip Pro Dev

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Why study this course?

This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Public-Private Partnerships is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in London via block release and supported by distance learning. It is specifically designed for senior public officials and private sector middle managers involved in delivering public-private partnership (PPP) projects in the UK and international markets who want to develop their understanding of PPP as they engage with PPP projects.

More about this course

This course addresses key issues in the field of public-private partnerships, including the rationale for PPP and the role of government, project definition, risk mitigation and insurance, legal and tax issues, project funding, procurement and project methodology. As such, it provides a comprehensive grounding in international best practice in both developing successful PPP programmes and delivering new public facilities and services to include theory, policy, strategy and delivery. 

The course is delivered by experts in the field of PPP, including acclaimed author John Davie (The PPP Book: Public-Private Partnerships Unbundled) and other specialists from PPP firm Altra Capital, as well as respected academics in the fields of finance and law.

This course enhances your practical work experience and career prospects through the requirement to engage in the production of a PPP work-based project proposal. This presents an extremely valuable opportunity to engage in real-world practical research, framed by academic thinking, thus developing your competencies in a business environment.

This course also offers the opportunity to engage with site visits to PPP projects and experts from the PPP field who will be involved in class-based delivery of teaching and learning.


The first module entitled Public-Private Partnerships: Theory and Practice will be assessed by a piece of coursework that integrates and ensures coverage of the module’s learning outcomes (approximately 5,000 words). This will be submitted online in week 15.

The second module entitled Developing a Project Proposal for PPP Procurement will be assessed by two pieces of coursework. The first will comprise a research proposal (approx. 1,000 words) to be submitted online in week five. The second assessment will comprise a PPP project proposal and reflection (approximately 4,000 words). This will be submitted online in week 15.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • work experience equivalent to experienced middle management

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module introduces students to research methods, relevant research resources and real-world PPP projects and is designed to enable participants to prepare, design and present their own PPP project proposal. This module therefore provides a focal point around which research projects can be instituted to explore the subject of PPP in depth. Module participants will be engaged in working on or in planning actual projects which can be used as a basis for their work on this module. This module will require a reflective approach to learning and continuous professional development.

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  • This module draws upon on international best practice in both developing successful PPP programmes and delivering new public facilities and services. It addresses theory, policy, strategy and delivery. PPP professionals need to understand the key internal and external contexts that impact on PPP strategy. These include the rationale for PPP, the forms that it takes and the role of governments in its delivery. This module allows learners to explore theory and models to enable them to develop knowledge and a critical understanding of a number of contemporary issues affecting PPP in practice. The module will encourage learners to adopt critical perspectives on policy, project definition, legal and tax issues, risk, risk management and insurance, project funding and funding sources.

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The course comprises two 20 credit modules set at level 7. In summary: Module one is delivered as a face-to-face delivery block of five full days (six hours per day); module two is delivered as two full days' face-to-face tuition + two days of project site visits + one day of project tutoring by distance learning (total 10 days delivery = 30 hours + 15 hours for scheduled assessment periods) = 45 hours per module.

The first module entitled Public-Private Partnerships: Theory and Practice examines the financial, legal and project aspects of PPP through face-to-face teaching delivery in London. This is delivered across five days as a block at the beginning of the first semester of entry to the course. Students then have the remainder of the 15 week semester to complete the integrative coursework assessment remotely.

The second module is entitled Developing a Project Proposal for PPP Procurement. Its face-to-face content and site visits are also delivered at the beginning of the course (in the first semester of study) as part of the block delivery in London with two days devoted to tuition and two days to PPP project visits. Students then continue their tuition remotely via distance-learning tutorials during their second semester of study with one day’s remote tutoring provided to support their project proposal development.

After the course

This course is aimed at middle management professionals and technical specialists who are already working in the area of PPP. It will be of special interest to those employed in procurement and those who have undertaken a CIPS qualification.

Moving to one campus

If you're starting your course in September 2018 or January 2019 your teaching location will change in summer 2019 when students studying at our Moorgate campus move to our campus in Islington.

At our Islington campus you'll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and a wide range of social spaces.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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