The USB's new Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance
is a modular programme. This means you have to attend two blocks of
classes on the USB campus over a period of one year. This allows you to
study while you work. It also enables participants from elsewhere in
South Africa or in other countries to attend.
Why this programme?
This programme provides high-quality skills to managers
in the development finance environment to enable them implement and
manage the design and financing of specific interventions aimed at
growth in South Africa as well as the greater Africa. The programme
therefore equips lower level to mid-level managers with the know-how to:
- Provide financial and operational input in terms of development finance issues
- Identify development projects or policies
- Contribute to the design and implementation of
structured policies and interventions to finance development needs,
especially in Africa.
Upon completion of this programme, you should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- Understand development finance, especially in Africa
- Diagnose and analyse development finance policy issues, problems or projects
- Contribute meaningfully to the design and
formulation of development finance policies and programmes to address
development needs within specific contexts
- Implement development finance policies
- Monitor and evaluate the feasibility and outcomes of development finance projects
- Write an analytical research report on a topical development finance issue.
Who should enrol?
The programme is aimed at lower level to mid-level
managers who typically work in the financial services industry, public
institutions, banks, companies or corporates and who wish to prepare
themselves for a career in development finance.
Those who want to further their careers may consider the
USB's MPhil in Development Finance followed by the PhD in Development
Finance. The Postgraduate Diploma also makes Development Finance
accessible for those who do not qualify for an MPhil.
- A Bachelor’s degree in any of the following: Economics, Finance, Accounting, Commerce or Management OR
- Any other three-year Bachelor’s degree with at least two years of relevant experience OR
- Recognition of prior learning in terms of which a
limited number of candidates without the required degrees but with
proven relevant experience in the field of development finance can be
admitted on the basis of a portfolio of proven comparable competencies.
Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning
USB provides wider access to its programmes through its Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning (ARPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council for Higher Education (CHE), USB may admit up to 10% of its student body under ARPL.
In order to be admitted to a Postgraduate Diploma at USB, candidates should be in possession of a relevant degree or National Diploma at NQF level 7.
Candidates who wish to be admitted under the ARPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective students applying for a Postgraduate Diploma at USB have to adhere to the following: