Postgraduate Diploma in
Leadership Development

Applications close 10 January 2020

USB’s PGDip Leadership Development – Ranked 14th globally in the Leadership category 

– Eduniversal

  • Modular
  • Focus Area
Course Overview
Course starts February 2020
Application closes 10 January 2020

The Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development is a modular programme that takes place over one year. It focuses on your ability to lead on various levels – personal leadership (me), interpersonal leadership (we), organisational leadership (work) and societal leadership (world). In essence, you will learn how to exercise influence with intent and in ways that enhance the sustainable performance of all stakeholders.


Application closes

South African students: 10 January 2020
ARPL candidates: Applications closed
Students from SADC countries: Applications closed
Students from the rest of world: Applications closed


5 Blocks
Block 1
3 – 8 February 2020
Block 2
30 March – 4 April 2020
Block 3
8 – 13 June 2020
Block 4
17 – 22 August 2020
Block 5
19 – 24 October 2020
Focus Area

The Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development for NPOs is designed as a learning journey for those wanting to improve their understanding about what it takes to lead Non-profit organisations (NPO) towards fulfilling its social purpose. The programme taps into USB’s well-known legacy of transformative leadership learning where you will learn how to lead self, others and your organisations in ways which can be described at ethical, responsible and sustainable. The programme pays special attention to the unique demands of leading in the face of complex social and environmental issues guided by a clear strategy, maintaining integrity and quality and practicing accountability to all stakeholders.

Learning outcomes

  • Lead in the framework of Me-We-Work-World.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for strategy execution in an NPO.
  • Develop integrity and quality in service delivery in an NPO.
  • Oversee the implementation of management control systems in an NPO.
  • Develop your own leadership style.

Read more about our Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development for NPOs programme.

Professor Mias de Klerk

Professor De Klerk is head of Research, as well as the head of the PGDip in Leadership Development at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. He holds a PhD, MBL and BEng, with a special interest in human capital management, leadership and ethics, and specialises in organisational behaviour, human capital management and leadership development.

  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements

  • These are the 2020 provisional tuition fees.
Programme tuition fees for 2020 Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R114 735 Request Quote
Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R119 005 Request Quote
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R123 775 Request Quote
Students from the rest of the world R176 055 Request Quote
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2020
Students from South Africa R12 600
Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R61 888
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R57 368
Students from the rest of the world R88 028
Application fee for 2020
Application fee R 800



This programme acknowledges responsible leadership as the prime differentiator that drives sustainable high performance. It focuses on the development of personal leadership, team leadership, organisational leadership and societal leadership (me, we, work, world) to strengthen your capability to grow as leader. This programme is done at a NQF level 8 rating, the equivalent of an Honours level degree.

Core Modules

This programme is made up of seven core modules

  • High-performance Personal Authentic Leadership
  • High-impact Leadership and Teaming
  • Creating and Leading High-performance Organisational Culture
  • Multiculturalism, Transformation and Competitiveness
  • Strategy as the Art of Execution
  • The Role of Business in Society and in the Environment
  • Growth and Application of Personal Authentic Leadership


You need to choose one of the following electives:

  • Negotiation Leadership
  • Change Navigation
  • Leaders Coaching Leaders

The content of this programme is rooted in well-founded academic research and internationally benchmarked theory and practices. The main objective is to encourage you to combine academic rigour and experiential learning which is applied within the larger framework of internationally benchmarked action and work-based learning. The learning philosophy of this programme is based on the following:


  • Integrating theory and practice
  • Finding your authentic personal leadership style
  • International application with local specialisation
  • Adult learning practices
  • Extensive support

To apply for the PGDip in Leadership Development you must meet the following requirements:

  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree (or demonstrated Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning)
  • Proven relevant working experience of five to seven years
  • International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at

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:

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification.
  • Have at least TEN years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least FIVE years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information of activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide USB with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms provided by USB.
  • Next, USB’s Admissions Committee (head of the programme and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the abilities to cope with the demands of the Postgraduate Diploma, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via USB’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.

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Class Profile 2018

2 years
3-6 years
7-11 years
12 years & more
25-30 years
31-36 years
37 years & older
Black African
Natural & Physical Sciences
Information Technology
Health Sciences
Arts & Humanities

The Leadership Development programmes are aimed at people in both the private and public sector who are advancing into middle, senior and general managerial levels which require increasing levels of leadership, working professionals in specialist positions who have a minimum of seven years of working experience and who want to prepare themselves for managerial and leadership roles, and professionals with degrees in, among others, engineering, medical sciences, education, law and accounting who are progressing into managerial roles.

Those who want to broaden their leadership competencies without doing a comprehensive management and business degree like an MBA can also complete the Leadership Development programme.

  • The ability to lead with responsibility and authority
  • The ability to make an impact in your organisation
  • The know-how to enhance performance in teams
  • The skills to cope in complex environments
  • The know-how to grow your influence
  • The ability to lead with authenticity based on your personal and authentic leadership style, enabling you to lead in the way that is true to you

Testimonials from our alumni

George Martin, PGDip in Leadership Development, Business Development Manager, Mutual & Federal,

‘This PGDip has challenged me and my view on leadership. Through the diverse content and insightful lectures I gained the necessary knowledge and experience to ultimately shift my paradigm and become a more influential leader.’

Charlton August, PGDip in Leadership Development, Offshore Exploration Manager, Namdeb Diamond Corporation,

‘This unique programme allows me to understand my authentic leadership style and how it impacts my personal life, work and the world around me. The programme does not only focus on the latest principles of leadership but also provides practical guidance that will positively impact your role as a leader.’

Natalie Damonze, PGDip in Leadership Development, Financial Analyst, Indigo Brands Pty Ltd,

‘I chose this programme as a stepping stone to an MBA. I want to understand my role as a leader, and how I could make a difference now and in future. This programme has taught me to look within myself, but also to consider the dynamics and the diversity of individuals. I know I will walk away with greater insight into what it means to be a great leader.’

Marliese Berndt, PGDip in Leadership Development, Director, UPP Consulting, Stellenbosch, South Africa,

‘This programme strengthened my leadership qualities and skills. It led me on an exhilarating journey of discovery to qualities and skills that were either dormant – or ones that I did not know I possessed. I walked away a confident, energised and highly skilled leader with the ability to transfer those skills and do what all good leaders should do: Develop new leaders for a world in need of courageous leaders.’


You will qualify to apply, however you still need to meet the additional entrance requirements in order to be accepted for an MBA.

This is a one year programme on campus.

The Main Campus in Stellenbosch will be in a position to provide you with more information:

Yes, there is a comfortable lodge on the campus (Bellvista Lodge –, which is ideal for short-term accommodation. However, this will probably be too expensive for longer stays. Once you have been admitted on the MBA and your deposit has been paid, your course administrator will give you guidance on finding other accommodation options, such as a room or flat.

Download our Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development brochure