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Structure and content

In a nutshell

  • Modular programme: The programme is delivered in 6 study blocks of 1 week each over 2 years. This enables students who work full-time to attend the programme. Face-to-face instruction is combined with structured self-study and electronic support to allow students to combine learning and work.
  • Delivery site: University of Stellenbosch Business School, Bellville, Cape Town.
  • Delivery format: Class contact sessions (modules), syndicate groups, independent self-study of standard texts and references (study guides, books, journal articles), independent self-study of specially prepared materials (case studies, multi-media, etc.)
  • Assessment: Individual written assignments, exams, syndicate work, group work and business-driven action learning.
  • NQF: Level 8
  • Credits: 120

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, participants should have the managerial ability to:

  • Generate and manage the four dimensions of project management in an integrated manner to build a continuous and sustainable organisational capacity to execute projects successfully
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive and systematic knowledge base of project management theory, processes and methodologies
  • Apply these theories to the practical and professional project management environment
  • Establish a strategy for project management for the organisation
  • Develop an organisational culture supportive of project management
  • Match appropriate project managers with specific projects
  • Acquire the general management skills underlying project management as well as project management specific skills
  • Link the organisation’s project management strategy with its overarching strategy
  • Link the organisation’s projects with its operational performance
  • Communicate clearly with clients and manage stakeholder relationships in an ethical and professional way
  • Demonstrate evidence of self-directed learning.​

Modules and credits

The programme consists of eight compulsory modules:

  • Fundamentals of Management (20 credits)
  • Managing Projects (20 credits)
  • Project Risk Management (12 credits)
  • Project Procurement Management (8 credits)
  • Project Scheduling (12 credits)
  • Project Communication Management (8 credits)
  • Project Cost Management (20 credits)
  • Project Leadership and EQ (20 credits)



Dates for the second year of enrolment will be made available later.

  • Block 1: 12 – 16 March 2018
  • Block 2: 23 – 27 July 2018
  • Block 3: 8 – 12 ​October 2018


Deadline for applications

  • South African students: 15 November 2017
  • ARPL applicants: 31 October of each year
  • Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November 2017
  • Students from the rest of the world: 15 November 2017 
  • Study permits for foreign students at USB: Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for foreign students.
  • Multiple entry visas: Students from non-SADC African countries and other countries with visa requirements who need to apply for study visas can obtain a letter from USB confirming the duration of registration at USB. This will help students to obtain multiple-entry study visas in case of modular studies.
  • Timetable changes: USB reserves the right to change the dates of the lecture schedule or subjects per term table. Students will be informed of any changes in good time.
  • Late applications: USB will do everything possible to accommodate applications submitted after the closing date.