Postgraduate Diploma Finance

Financial Planning

Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning

Postgraduate Diploma in
Financial Planning

Become a responsible financial planner
who can positively impact the future means of your clients

Applications close 30 November

From 2020, PGDip Financial Planning will be live-streamed, enabling you to attend lectures from anywhere in the world.

  • Blended Learning
Course overview
Course starts January 2021
Application closes November 2020

USB’s Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning is a sought-after qualification that culminates in the internationally recognised CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® (CFP®) designation. Doing this PGDip at USB – an FPI-accredited education provider – comes with advantages like high-level engagement with students and excellent online resources. The PGDip is presented at NQF Level 8, the same level as an Honours degree. This means it can give you access to an MBA.

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Format: Blended learning

Application deadlines

  • South African applicants: 15 November each year
  • RPL applicants: 31 October each year

Note: Students are accepted on a rolling-basis. You will be notified of the success of your application within 10 working days.

Dates
These are the dates for 2020. The dates for 2021 will be added once they have been finalised.

Orientation
13 January 2020
1 Year Programme
14 January – 3 December 2020
PROGRAMME HEAD
Dr Lee-Ann Steenkamp

Dr Lee-Ann Steenkamp is a senior lecturer who specialises in taxation, financial planning and climate change, as well as a Master Tax Practitioner (SA) and a member of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT). She holds a PhD in Law from the University of Cape Town.

  • Fees
  • Structure & content
  • Learning philosophy
  • Admission requirements

These are the provisional tuition fees for 2020. Programme fees for 2021 will be published once this information becomes available.

Programme tuition fees for 2020 Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R52 885 Request Quote
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R57 155 Request Quote
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R61 925 Request Quote
Students from the rest of the world R114 205 Request Quote
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2020
Students from South Africa R11 000
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R28 578
International students from the rest of Africa
(non-SADC countries)
R30 963
International students from the rest of the world R57 103
Application fee for 2020
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R 800

 

Overview

This one-year programme consists of one on-campus orientation day followed by two real-time online or on-campus sessions per week. The weekly sessions are presented on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 18:15 to 20:15. This is supported by additional pre-recorded content.

The blended learning format allows you to join the class in real time in one of two ways: via any internet-linked smart phone, laptop or device, or on campus. The online classes are delivered synchronously with the on-campus classes. This means you can study while you work. It also means that you attend classes from anywhere in South Africa. See how blended learning works at USB.

Core modules

This course is made up of four core modules:

  • Financial Planning Environment
  • Corporate Financial Planning
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Case Study

This postgraduate programme is an investment in your career path as it allows you to establish yourself as an expert in the financial services industry.

Once you have obtained this Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning, you become eligible to write the Professional Competency Examination (PCE) of the FPI and to obtain professional accreditation as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® (CFP®). This designation will communicate your expertise and credibility not only in South Africa but also internationally as the CFP® designation is internationally recognised as the benchmark for professional advice.

The CFP® professional accreditation, which therefore builds on this PGDip in Financial Planning, allows you to provide financial advice that complies with a growing number of regulations in an environment in which clients are receiving increasing legal protection and are also becoming more aware of their rights. Therefore, as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® – or CFP® for short – you offer your clients peace of mind underpinned by an acknowledged qualification. For your clients this translates into high-quality financial advice from an advisor with the necessary qualifications, professional status and membership of a recognised professional body.

  • Regular applicants: A relevant Bachelor’s degree (e.g. BCom, LLB or BBusSc) at NQF level 6 (old) or 7 (new) or equivalent
  • RPL candidates: An Advanced Certificate in Financial Planning at NQF level 6 from an FPI-accredited education provider, with at least 5 years’ work experience
  • International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at saqainfo@saqa.org.za

Recognition of Prior Learning
USB provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council for Higher Education (CHE), USB may admit up to 10% of its student body under RPL. RPL candidates should have a relevant degree or National Diploma at NQF level 7. RPL candidates need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, they have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an Advanced Certificate in Financial Planning at NQF level 6 from an FPI-accredited education provider
  • Have at least 5 years of relevant working experience after obtaining a school-leaving certificate
  • 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 (on forms provided by USB).

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The programme head and another academic will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate and make a recommendation about admission.
  • USB’s Admissions Committee will consider the full application including the interview recommendation and the inputs received from the references for admission.
  • A notice of admission is sent via USB’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October to allow sufficient time for the assessment.

Class Profile 2018

Under 25 years
25-30 years
31-36 years
37 years and older
Asian
Black African
Coloured
Indian
White
Arts & Humanities
Commerce
Information Technology
Law
Natural & Physical Science
Other

Those who want to do the preparation to obtain CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional accreditation. It is therefore aimed at professionals already employed in the financial services industry but who would like to further their career paths.

  • Obtain CFP® professional accreditation: Once you have passed the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning at USB, you become eligible to write the Professional Competency Examination (PCE) of the FPI and to obtain professional accreditation as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® (CFP®). This designation will communicate your expertise and credibility in South Africa as well as internationally.
  • Establish yourself as an expert: This PGDip is an investment in your career path as it allows you to establish yourself as an expert in the financial services industry. It also give you access to an MBA.
  • Earn the trust of your clients: The CFP® professional accreditation, which builds on this PGDip, allows you to provide financial advice that complies with regulations in an environment in which clients are receiving increasing legal protection and are becoming more aware of their rights. Therefore, as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®, you will be offering your clients peace of mind underpinned by an acknowledged qualification.
  • Study at an FPI-accredited education provider: The FPI has approved USB as an education provider based on its stringent compliance criteria. We have highly qualified academics and professional part-time faculty who facilitate knowledge transfer. We use various online resources and train you to optimally use fintech solutions. The online resources help to enhance the classroom experience and encourage peer-to-peer learning, giving you the best chance to succeed as a CFP® professional.

Testimonials from our alumni

Dilshaad Samsodien, PGDip in Financial Planning 2018 (cum laude),

‘What set aside the USB for me was the fact that it wasn’t a distance learning programme. The programme is offered in biweekly classes that are interactive. It is presented by brilliant lecturers who went out of their way to assist you to get through the programme. Now my goal is to write the CFP® Professional Competency Examination (PCE) and then to apply to become a professional member of the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI).’

Tamsyn Gradwell, PGDip in Financial Planning 2017 (cum laude),

‘I’ve worked in the financial industry as a financial advisor for almost five years during which I learnt about USB’s PGDip in Financial Planning from colleagues and legal advisors who spoke of its merits and advantages. My motivation for enrolling was to gain credibility in the industry. In my work I am starting to identify more opportunities for financial advisors to engage with clients on a higher level. I am starting to ask clients the right questions. I am able to think like a professional after completing the PGDip in Financial Planning.’

FAQs

Yes. Please consult the programme brochure for our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) criteria. You must have an Advanced Certificate in Financial Planning (NQF6) and relevant work experience. We don’t prescribe a minimum number of years of work – each case is considered on individual merit.

Yes, we offer blended learning, so you can do the programme from any internet-linked device. Each of the four modules has one examination, which you have to write in the university’s exam venues in Sandton or Cape Town.

Essentially, you need a good support structure and the ‘buy-in’ of your employer. We share the whole year’s lecturing schedule and assessment dates on Orientation Day (January 2021), so you can negotiate study leave with your employer well in advance.

The lectures are recorded and uploaded to our online platform within a couple of days. So students can catch up over the weekend. Also, the lecturing notes are uploaded at least a day prior to each lecture, so you can prepare in advance. We recommend that students form smaller study groups and help each other stay up to date. We also have two class representatives whom you can contact for additional help. We also use various online resources and train you to optimally use fintech solutions.

Do not fall behind – we cover a large volume of work in a relatively short space of time. Use week-ends to revise the previous week’s lectures. Work through all the tutorials and read the corresponding textbook chapter thoroughly. A selection of the previous year’s tests and exams are uploaded to our online platform. The lecturers conduct a special Review session prior to the first test of each module. Thereafter, the suggested solutions to the past papers are also uploaded. Practice, practice, practice.

Our student body comes from diverse backgrounds, both academically and professionally. Some have been in the financial services for many decades, others are fresh graduates. Although the majority of students have a BComm background, many are Law or BA graduates with the relevant work experience. Law students typically find the trust and estate planning sections easier (where court cases are discussed), but struggle with the investment planning section. We do provide a list of additional reading material, some of which are housed in the USB Library. We also recommend students to do extra prep work and, in some cases, do the program over two years. Ultimately, though, we have excellent internal pass rates, so our students adapt very well.

For RPL candidates: Yes. For other candidates, no. But we do find that those with some work experience in financial planning perform better.

USB is an accredited education provider of the FPI. Our graduates are therefore automatically eligible to write the FPI exam. After the December graduation, you have to attend the FPI’s workshops in preparation for the FPI exam in February (or if you prefer, August). USB also offers an additional Saturday workshop exclusively for our own graduates at no extra charge. During the workshop, our experienced lecturers will take you through a past Case Study exam of the FPI.
Note: Our PGDip Financial Planning also allows you to apply for our MBA, should you wish to further your studies.
For any other questions, please visit our website or e-mail us.

Once you are registered as a student at USB, you automatically have access to our alumni and Careers Services Office. Our graduates are also in high demand with leading financial services companies, who recruit from us. We regularly post job abs on our electronic platform.


Project Management

Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management

Postgraduate Diploma in
Project Management​

Learn how to confidently manage projects in a competitive business environment

Applications close 10 January 2020

  • Blended
Course overview
Course starts March 2021
Application closes December 2020

USB’s internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management incorporates advanced management skills and strategic project management skills, allowing you to fill senior-level positions in any organisation. This will allow you to confidently manage projects in a competitive business environment.

Project management is universally accepted as a scarce skill. Proficient project managers are in high demand. It is therefore completely understandable that Fortune Magazine identified Project Management as the number one career choice.

This PGDip is the only qualification of its kind delivered by a business school in South Africa. Passed at a certain level, it can provide access to an MBA.

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Format: Blended learning

Application deadlines
South African applicants: 15 December

  • RPL applicants: 31 October
  • Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October
  • Applicants from the rest of the world: 31 October

Dates
These are the dates for 2020. The dates for 2021 will be added once they have been finalised.

 

Year 1
3 blocks
Block 1
9 – 13 March 2020
Block 2
20 – 24 July 2020
Block 3
5 – 9 October 2020
Year 2
Details for the second year will be made available later.
PROGRAMME HEAD
Mr MC Botha

MC Botha is heading USB’s Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management. He is also coordinator of the MBA stream in Project Management and an executive of USB-ED’s Centre for Project Management Intelligence. His research interest is the interface between business and project teams in the capital projects value chain, shared services as organisational architecture in a project environment, and organisational dimensions sustaining project management. He holds an MBA from USB, and consults to clients in the private and public sectors.

  • Fees
  • Structure & content
  • Learning philosophy
  • Admission requirements

  • These are the provisional tuition fees for 2020. Programme fees for 2021 will be published once this information becomes available.
Programme tution fees for 2020 2020 (1st year) 2021 (2nd year) Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R65 400 R65 400 R130 800 Request Quote
Students from Southern African
Development Community (SADC) countries
R69 670 R69 670 R139 340 Request Quote
International students from the
rest of Africa (non-SADC)
R74 440 R74 440 R148 880 Request Quote
International students from
the rest of the world
R126 720 R126 720 R253 440 Request Quote
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2020
Students from South Africa R12 600
Students from SADC countries R34 835
International students
from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
R37 220
International students
from the rest of the world
R63 360
Application fee for 2020
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable
to all students)
R 800

Overview

This is a blended learning programme delivered in 6 blocks of 1 week each over 2 years. The first and last modules are attended on campus. The four modular weeks in between are delivered online via any internet-linked device. Learning is combined with structured self-study and electronic support to allow you to study while you work.

The on-campus blocks are presented at the USB campus in the Tyger Valley business district in northern Cape Town.

This format – combining on-campus classes with online classes – allows students to study while they work, with minimum time away from work. It also enables students from elsewhere in South Africa or in other countries to attend.

See how blended learning works at USB.

Core modules

The eight core modules are compulsory:

  • Module 1: Project Leadership and EQ (20 credits)
  • Module 2: Managing Projects (20 credits)
  • Module 3: Project Communication Management (8 credits)
  • Module 4: Project Risk Management (12 credits)
  • Module 5: Project Procurement Management (8 credits)
  • Module 6: Project Scheduling (12 credits)
  • Module 7: Project Cost Management (20 credits)
  • Module 8: Fundamentals of Management (20 credits)

The programme content is covered from a multidisciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspective that will help you to manage the complex challenges faced by top-level project managers. The programme requires high-level engagement with theoretical frameworks and international literature, and reflection on national and international project management practices. You will need to research and analyse aspects of project management, and make recommendations that show critical intellectual engagement and independent thinking.

USB’s PGDip in Project Management focuses on both the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide, 6th edition) as well as Prince 2® Methodology. USB is associated with Project Management South Africa (PMSA), which recognises this qualification towards the designation of either Professional Project Manager or Senior Project Manager. The comprehensive last assignment on the PGDip is regarded by PMSA as part of the portfolio of evidence that is required for consideration of a designation.

Passed at a certain level, this programme can provide access to an MBA. It will also enable graduates to gain Continuing Professional Development points to satisfy the requirements of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

  • At least a relevant Bachelor’s or Honours degree
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in a project management position in an organisation
  • Mathematical skills equal to NQF Level 4 are highly recommended
  • RPL candidates must have at least 10 years of work experience in project management and a portfolio of proven comparable competencies
  • International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at saqainfo@saqa.org.za

Recognition of Prior Learning

USB provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council for Higher Education (CHE), USB may admit up to 10% of its student body under RPL. RPL candidates need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, RPL candidates have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • 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 (on forms provided by USB).

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The programme head and another academic will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate and make a recommendation about admission.
  • USB’s Admissions Committee will consider the full application including the interview recommendation and the inputs received from the references for admission.
  • A notice of admission is sent via USB’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • The deadline is 31 October each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

Class Profile 2018

25-30 years
31-36 years
37 years and older
Black African
Coloured
Indian
White
Agriculture & Forestry
Other
Engineering
Information Technology
Arts & Humanities
Commerce
Law
Natural & Physical Science
Health Sciences
Less than 2 years
2 years
3-6 years
7-11 years
More than 12 years
  • Project managers from the whole spectrum of middle, senior and executive management levels in all economic sectors and in all types of private and public enterprises
  • Managers who have the potential to be promoted to higher management positions
  • Those who need an NQF level 8 qualification to apply for an MBA
  • The ability to manage projects confidently because you have both project management skills and business management skills
  • A sought-after skill because proper project management competencies are scare all over the world (Fortune Magazine says project management is the number one career choice)
  • The ability to take on managerial positions in any type of business (from SMMEs and NGOs to corporates and global players) in any industry (not construction, engineering and the energy sectors but also newer industries like IT management, health care management, financial services and research)
  • The ability to contribute to the empowerment of the workforce
  • Access to an MBA

Testimonials from our alumni

Zepho Malunga, PGDip in Project Management, Senior Cost Engineer, PetroSA,

‘I find this programme practical but also relevant for today’s dynamic world. I was particularly impressed with the emotional intelligence and conflict management modules. It is pivotal to emphasise people skills as a critical requirement in the selection of project champions.’

Jacques Sowden, PGDip in Project Management, Contract Manager, Group Five Building (Coastal),

‘This programme allows me to further my professional development as a leader while meeting excellent professors and business leaders in an international setting combined with a great class atmosphere.’

Lorna Ntwalana, PGDip in Project Management, Applications Specialist, PetroSA,

‘The tools and techniques acquired through this programme have helped me to deliver successful projects at work and in social environments. Because the programme also focuses on leadership development and emotional intelligence, I’ve learnt how to effectively deal with the realities of working with people.’

FAQs

Firstly, project management is universally accepted as a scarce skill. It is therefore completely understandable that Fortune Magazine identified Project Management as the number one career choice.

Secondly, companies are looking for professionals who are skilled in both project management fundamentals and key business disciplines such as strategy, finance, operations management and marketing. These professionals offer a unique value proposition as they are able to bridge the understanding between project management and the business management of projects. That is why USB’s Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management incorporates advanced management skills and strategic project management skills, allowing you to fill senior-level positions in any organisation.

Thirdly, you will be able to work in a wider range of industries. Traditionally, project managers worked in the construction, engineering and energy sectors. Now, newer industries such as IT management, health care management, financial services and research also employ qualified project managers.

Fourthly, you can gain access to an MBA if you pass at a certain level.

Lastly, this project management qualification is internationally accredited and offered at a business school.

This is a blended learning programme delivered in 6 blocks of 1 week each over 2 years. The first and last modules are attended on campus. The four modular weeks in between are delivered online via any internet-linked device.

The on-campus blocks are presented at the USB campus in the Tyger Valley business district in northern Cape Town.

This format – combining on-campus classes with online classes – allows students to study while they work, with minimum time away from work. It also enables students from elsewhere in South Africa or in other countries to attend.

This programme is aligned at NQF level 8 and comprises of 120 credits. This is equivalent to an Honours degree. Passed at a certain level, it can give you access to an MBA.


post graduate diploma in development finance

Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance

Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance​

Become a development finance practitioner and help Africa grow where it matters

Applications close 15 November

  • Blended Learning
Course overview
Course starts February 2021
Application closes November 2020

USB’s internationally accredited Development Finance programmes are particularly suited to help you unlock the skills needed to develop Africa where it matters. It will help you to design and implement African-driven solutions, and show you how to shape the policies and programmes to make this happen. This PGDip focuses on critical skills that will enable you to work in development finance environments in both the public and private sectors.

Growth initiatives in this context can range from roads and energy plants to dams, schools, houses, hospitals, telecommunication infrastructure and small and medium-sized businesses.

Although the content of this programme is focused on Africa, the know-how and skills acquired can be applied in any developing country. Over the past five years, students from over 18 countries attended the programme.

Blended learning – study while you work
This one-year programme is presented in blended learning format. Block 1 at the start of the year consists of 1 week on campus for orientation and lectures, followed by a series of online classes. Block 2 consists of 2 weeks of on-campus classes.

The residential classes are presented at the USB campus in the Tyger Valley business district in northern Cape Town. The blended learning classes can be attended via any internet-linked device from anywhere in the world.  See how blended learning works at USB.

Application deadlines

  • South African applicants: 30 September
  • RPL applicants: 31 August
  • Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 August
  • Applicants from the rest of the world: 31 August

Dates
The dates for 2021 will be added once they have been finalised.\

This one-year programme is presented in blended learning format:

  • Block 1 at the start of the year: 1 week on campus for orientation and lectures, followed by a series of classes delivered via blended learning.
  • Block 2 during second semester: 2 weeks of on-campus classes.
PROGRAMME HEAD
Professor Michael Graham

Professor Michael Graham received his PhD from the University of Vaasa, Finland, and was an Associate Professor of Finance at Stockholm Business School in Sweden before being appointed as Professor in Finance at USB. His research interests are in corporate finance, corporate governance and financial markets.

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

These are the provisional tuition fees for 2020. Programme fees for 2021 will be published once this information becomes available.

Programme fees for 2020 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R111 740 Request Quote
Students from the Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R116 010 Request Quote
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R120 780 Request Quote
Students from the rest of the world R173 060 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
R58 005
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R60 390
Students from the rest of the world R86 530
Application fee for 2020
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R800

 

Overview

If you are a junior or mid-level manager who is interested in a career in development finance, this is the programme you should consider. Students who apply for this programme come from a variety of industries such as banking, financial services, NGOs or public institutions.

This one-year programme is presented in blended learning format. Block 1 at the start of the year consists of 1 week on campus for orientation and lectures, followed by a series of online classes. Block 2 consists of 2 weeks of on-campus classes.

Core modules

The six core modules are compulsory:

  • Financing for Development
  • Research Orientation
  • Small-Scale Enterprise Development and Finance
  • Financial Analysis and Project Appraisal
  • Risk Management in Development Finance Institutions
  • Financing Public Project

Electives

Students have to select two electives from the following options:

  • Leadership in Development Finance
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Agricultural Finance
  • Housing Policy and Finance

This programme provides skills to managers in the development finance environment to enable them implement and manage the design and financing of interventions that will help to grow 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.

The value of this programme also lies in the integration of theory and practice, and in global business knowledge with African contextualisation. Students are provided with comprehensive support throughout the programme.

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

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Finance, Accounting, Commerce or Management OR
  • Any other 3-year Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years of relevant experience OR
  • Recognition of prior learning
  • International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at saqainfo@saqa.org.za

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.

Please note that ARPL candidates need to apply by 30 September each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

Class Profile 2018

Less than 2 years
3-6 years
7-11 years
Unknown
Under 25 years
25-30 years
31-36 years
37 years & older
Black african
White
Coloured
Indian
Unknown
Commerce
Engineering
Agriculture & Forestry
Arts & Humanities
Natural & Physical Science
Health Sciences

If you are a junior or mid-level manager who is interested in a career in development finance, the financial services industry or public institutions, this is the programme you should consider.

  • The skills to develop Africa where it matters: The programme focuses on sustainable, African-driven solutions to help build the continent. You will therefore acquire the critical skills to implement development finance solutions.
  • The know-how to shape development projects and policies: With this knowledge you will be able to help implement such projects and policies.
  • The ability to provide development finance input in your work environment. This includes financial and operational input on development finance issues and an understanding of small-scale enterprise development and finance.

Testimonials from our alumni

Mphumleli Dyushu, PGDip in Development Finance, Director: Planning and Reporting, Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform,

‘This programme opened my eyes to our role as Africans in achieving development and access to finance and wealth creation for our generation and generations to come. Diverse experiences and expertise in class made learning more interesting and it created a lifelong network for me. This PGDip has changed my life. I now live with a vision for development.’

Chris Peters, PGDip in Development Finance, Post Investment Manager, Small Enterprise Finance Agency, East London,

‘USB’s PGDip in Development Finance has made me realise the huge gap that African countries have with regard to financial stability and development. We as Africans need to identify innovative ways to finance and grow development. USB’s PGDip in Development Finance helps us with this.’

Ritsep Mataboge, PGDip in Development Finance, Manager, Commercial Banking Rest of Africa, Standard Bank, Johannesburg ,

‘As a young South African woman, I have a role in the development of this continent that I call home. This programme has allowed me to fulfil this role.’

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FAQs

Not necessarily. You need a relevant Bachelor’s degree with 2+ years working experience in order to be considered.

Yes. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. 75% of the annual fee is payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.

Stellenbosch University’s main campus will be in a position to provide you with more information:
http://www0.sun.ac.za/pgstudies/postgraduate-funding-and-support.html

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for international applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries. 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 international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

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