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Postgraduate Diploma Futures Studies Managing New Technologies

Postgraduate Diploma Futures Studies Managing New Technologies

Help to strengthen your organisation’s resilience in a rapidly changing environment

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Course Overview
Modular
Course starts February 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Blended
Course starts January 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

Remain relevant in a world of rapid technology changes:

The skills acquired through this PGDip will serve all managers, not only IT managers. It will help you to become digital and data literate in order to manage new technologies in your environment. It is also aimed at improving the leadership capabilities of all managers regarding the management of new technology. This translates into strengthening your organisation’s resilience amidst the increasing digitisation of services, products, devices and ways of working.

The Futures Studies underpinning of the PGDip will help you understand the forces and trends that shape the future in terms of new technologies. It will help you to make better long-term decisions.

You will learn how to use a framework to deal with current and future technological changes and to respond appropriately to the increasing digitisation of services, products, devices, and ways of working. This will strengthen your organisation’s resilience.

In addition, this PGDip includes a module on responsible leadership, which will help you take your stakeholders along on a journey of technological change.This internationally accredited PGDip is the only programme of its kind presented in Africa, and one of only a few in the world. Passed at a certain level, it can give you access to the MPhil Futures Studies.

  • Duration: 1 year or 2 years
  • Choose between 2 formats – both allowing you to study while you work: Blended Learning (combination of online and on campus classes) and Modular (blocks of on-campus classes spread over time). Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process.
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
PGDip Futures Studies (over 1 year) R94 000 R 94 000 Download
PGDip Futures Studies (over 2 years) R47 000 R47 000 R 94 000 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
PGDip Futures Studies (over 1 year) R98 665 R98 665 Download
PGDip Futures Studies (over 2 years) R51 665 R51 665 R 103 330 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
PGDip Futures Studies (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip Futures Studies (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R 113 760 Download
Students from the rest of world
PGDip Futures Studies (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip Futures Studies (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R113 760 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R14 100
Students from SADC countries R49 333
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R51 940
International students from the rest of the world R66 953
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
SHL selection test fee R750

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students on the 1-year PGDip can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students on the 2-year PGDip can spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students on the 1-year PGDip pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due 2 weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • SHL selection test fees: See Admission requirements for details about this selection test.
  • Study materials: Study fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Timetable for Modular format
YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: 28 February – 4 March (orientation on the Monday)
Block 2: 23 – 27 May
Block 3: 15 – 19 August
Block 4: 31 October – 4 November

Timetable for Blended Learning format
YEAR 1 (2022):
Orientation: 17 January
Weekly classes thereafter: 18 January – 05 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)

Overview

What skills will you acquire?

The modules of the PGDip Futures Studies are split into a foundation phase (covering skills, frameworks and tools you can apply in any field of work) and a specialisation phase (stream-specific modules).

You need to do four of the following five foundation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Understanding the World (compulsory)
  • Term 2: Responsible Leadership (compulsory)
  • Term 3: Thinking Frameworks (compulsory)
  • Term 4: Organisational Behaviour OR Managing Risk and Uncertainty

Next, you need to do the four stream-specific specialisation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Management of Technology and Innovation (15 credits)
  • Term 2: The Future of Technology (15 credits)
  • Term 3: New Technologies Taxonomy (15 credits)
  • Term 4: Managing New Technologies Capstone (15 credits)

 

Choose between two formats
Blended Learning classes Modular classes
How it works
Late-afternoon classes once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight
for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on
campus depending on Covid restrictions).The specialisation modules and core modules alternate weekly. This means one week of specialisation
modules is followed by one week of core modules. The specialisation modules are presented on Wednesday
afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with 15-minute break from 18:00 to 18:15), while the core modules are
presented on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with 15-minute break from
18:00 to 18:15).The online classes are presented synchronously with the on-campus classes.
Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the one-year PGDip (i.e. morning and
afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year
if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday).
Advantages
Flexibility: Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance,
which means minimum time away from work. Attending regular weekly or fortnightly classes can be likened
to running a marathon.Less travel: The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from
elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. This can also lower the
opportunity cost to obtain this qualification as you can attend all classes online.
to obtain this qualification as you can attend all classes online.
Flexibility: Study while you work, with in-class experience and focused studies. Think
of the modular blocks as sprints.An immersive experience: Being on campus for a week at a time allows you to focus on
your studies without interruption from work. Working with your classmates in a face-to-face environment
adds another dimension to collaborative (peer-to-peer) learning and network building.

 

Choose between two duration options
1-year PGDip 2-year PGDip
Number of modules: 8 Number of modules: 8
Delivery mode for all modules (foundation and specialisation):

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session per week for 40 weeks + 4 weeks of assessments
  • Modular format: 4 full modular blocks spread over the year (i.e. mornings and afternoons)
Delivery of foundation modules in Year 1:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

Delivery of specialisation modules in Year 2:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon
Notes

  • Each modular block runs from Monday to Friday, except the first modular block which runs from
    Monday to Saturday.
  • South African students who select the 2-year option will be able to pay their fees over 2 years.

It is about not being left behind

The PGDip Futures Studies stream in Managing New Technologies is aimed at improving the leadership capabilities of all managers regarding the management of new technology. It is also aimed at improving the organisation’s ability to become more resilient amidst the increasing digitisation of services, products, devices and ways of working.

The skills acquired through this PGDip will serve managers in all functional areas. It will help to break down the fear of change and the fear of being left behind while others are embracing technology. It will help managers on all levels to become digital and data literate in order to manage new technologies in their environments.

This PGDip will provide you with a framework within which you can deal with both current and future technological changes. It includes a module on responsible leadership, which will help you to take your stakeholders along on a journey of technological change.

Why the positioning of MNT within a Futures Studies environment?

Futures Studies will help you understand the forces and trends that shape the future – in this case the continuous development of new technologies. This will enable you to manage long-term organisational strategies aimed at designing the ideal future. The programme will also equip you with high-level competencies to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment while taking Africa and South Africa’s developmental challenges into account.

Acquire a unique skill set

This internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma Futures Studies is the only programme of its kind presented in Africa, and one of only a few in the world. It will help you to strengthen your organisation’s resilience in the context of changing and disruptive new technologies.

Who should enrol?

This programme is aimed at leaders, managers, strategic planners and consultants involved in companies, divisions, start-ups, projects or networks of gig workers who need to take the management of new technologies into account in longer term planning.

The skill set acquired through this programme will add value to managers in any industry. This includes those working in IT, management and consulting, entertainment or the creative industries, education, and financial services.

If you are involved in long-term decisions regarding the adoption of new technologies for strategic gain, this PGDip will give you a unique advantage. It will also enable you to play a significant role in creating a time horizon of a better future for South Africa and for Africa.

What you need to apply

  • Academic qualifications: An appropriate Bachelor’s degree
  • Work experience: A minimum of two years of experience in strategic management or strategic planning
  • Selection test: SHL selection test (see below). This test is done online.
  • Essay: You need to write an essay (see below).
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.

Important:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning: The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements. See Recognition of prior learning lower down in this section.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

Write an essay

An essay of between 400 and 500 words on the topic outlined below is to be submitted in pdf format:

Stellenbosch Business School aspires to be a source of value for a better world. How are your career goals aligned with being a source of value for a better world, and how would this postgraduate programme assist you in achieving your short-term (2 to 3 years) and long-term (10 years) career goals?

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning tests, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See www.shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
    About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your PGDip Futures Study application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see www.usb.ac.za/pgdfutures (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online, and both are non-refundable.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with the Business School to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. The Business School will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: www.shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop and assessments need to take this into account. The Business School does not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with Stellenbosch Business School during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Stellenbosch Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), Stellenbosch Business School may admit up to 10% of its student body per programme under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective PGDip students under the RPL policy have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • Have at least 10 years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least 5 years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV. It must indicate detailed areas of responsibility as well as information on activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide the Business School with at least two persons who can testify about the candidates managerial or related professional abilities (typically current or former line heads). The referents will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.
  • Submit the SHL selection test results (if these were not sent directly to the Business School)
  • Write and submit three motivational essays (specific topics are provided).

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.
  • Stellenbosch Business School’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 the Business School’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 each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.
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Course Overview
Blended
Course starts January 2023
Applications Open – enrol now

This internationally accredited PGDip Business Management and Administration will help you unlock the skills you need to set up and run your own business or practice, or to prepare yourself for a managerial position. That is why it covers essential management skills such as business finance, marketing management, and entrepreneurship and innovation. It also includes a module on responsible leadership, and a module on understanding the world, which will give you the bigger picture in terms of the global, African and local ecosystems in which you operate. This PGDip can give you access to an MBA.

A transformative learning pathway awaits you – in particular if you see your future self as a manager, leader, specialist, or entrepreneur.

  • Duration: 1 year or 2 years
  • Choose between 2 formats – both allowing you to study while you work: Blended Learning (combination of online and on campus classes) and Modular (blocks of on-campus classes spread over time). Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process.
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants
Orientation
17 January
Classes
18 January - 05 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R94 000 R 94 000 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R47 000 R47 000 R 94 000 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R98 665 R98 665 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R51 665 R51 665 R 103 330 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R 113 760 Download
Students from the rest of world
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R133 905 R133 905 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R86 905 R86 905 R 173 810 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R14 100
Students from SADC countries R49 333
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R51 940
International students from the rest of the world R66 953
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
SHL selection test fee R750

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students on the 1-year PGDip can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students on the 2-year PGDip can spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • SHL selection test fees: See Admission requirements for details about this selection test.
  • Study materials: Study fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: The Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Timetable for Modular format
YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: 28 February – 04 March (orientation on the Monday)
Block 2: 09 – 13 May
Block 3: 15 – 19 August
Block 4: 31 October – 4 November

Timetable for Blended Learning format
Orientation: 17 January
Weekly classes thereafter: 18 January – 05 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00 – 20:15)

Overview

Foundation phase modules and specialisation phase modules

The modules of the PGDip BMA are split into a foundation phase (covering skills, frameworks and tools you can apply in any field of work) and a specialisation phase (programme-specific modules).

You need to do 4 of the following 7 foundation phase modules on offer:

  • Term 1: Understanding the World
  • Term 2: Responsible Leadership
  • Term 3: Thinking Frameworks OR Business Analytics OR Managing of Projects
  • Term 4: Organisational Behaviour OR Managing Risk and Uncertainty

You also need to do the 4 specialisation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Business Finance
  • Term 2: Marketing Management
  • Term 3: Business Process Management
  • Term 4: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Choose between 2 formats: Blended learning and modular

  • Blended Learning classes: Late-afternoon classes once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on campus depending on Covid restrictions). The online classes are presented synchronously with the on-campus classes. The flexibility of digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. This also lowers the opportunity cost to obtain this postgraduate diploma as you can attend all classes online.
  • Modular classes: Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the 1-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday). The modular classes are presented on campus, which translates into in-class experience and focused studies without work interruptions.

Choose between 2 duration options: 1 year or 2 years

Choose between two formats
Blended Learning classes Modular classes
Late-afternoon classes once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on campus depending on Covid restrictions). Classes are presented on Wednesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with a short break from 18:00 to 18:15), and for some foundation modules on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with a short break from 18:00 to 18:15). The online classes are presented synchronously with the on-campus classes. Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the one-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday).
Advantages
Flexibility: Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance, which means minimum time away from work. Attending regular weekly or fortnightly classes can be likened to running a marathon.

Less travel: The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. This can also lower the opportunity cost to obtain this qualification as you can attend all classes online.

Flexibility: Study while you work, with in-class experience and focused studies. Think of the modular blocks as sprints.

An immersive experience: Being on campus for a week at a time allows you to focus on your studies without interruption from work. Working with your classmates in a face-to-face environment adds another dimension to collaborative (peer-to-peer) learning and network building.

Choose between two duration options
1-year PGDip 2-year PGDip
Number of modules: 8 Number of modules: 8
Delivery mode for all modules (foundation and specialisation):

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session per week for 40 weeks + 4 weeks of assessments
  • Modular format: 4 full modular blocks spread over the year (i.e. mornings and afternoons)
Delivery of foundation modules in Year 1:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

Delivery of specialisation modules in Year 2:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon
Notes:

  • Each modular block runs from Monday to Friday, except the first modular block which runs from Monday to Saturday.
  • South African students who select the 2-year option will be able to pay their fees over 2 years.

USB recognised the need of managers and entrepreneurs to obtain a formal business management qualification, but not necessarily an MBA. At the same time, USB also recognised the need of those who wanted to prepare themselves for access to an MBA in order to move to senior level positions.

This led to the design of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA), presented for the first time in 2015, and to its redesign in 2021 to you even more flexibility and to make it even easier for you to study while you work.

The joint design of the PGDip BMA and MBA at USB allows students to experience an unrivalled learning path when doing the two qualifications in succession. However, the PGDip BMA is also an exit-level qualification that will not leave the graduate who does not want to do the MBA feeling short-changed. The PGDip BMA’s unique focus on general management skills, innovation, entrepreneurship and responsible leadership makes this a meaningful qualification on the African continent.

This PGDip will provide you with a transformative learning experience to acquire the leadership skills, thinking frameworks and capabilities you need to find your way forward – regardless of whether you see your future self in an executive, managerial, specialist or entrepreneurial position.

Academic qualifications and other admission criteria

The following minimum admission criteria are applicable:

  • Academic qualifications: A three-year Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma at NQF level 7, or higher.
  • Work experience: A minimum of 2 years of relevant full-time work experience (preferably at managerial level).
  • Selection test: SHL selection test (see below). This test is done online.
  • Essay: You need to write an essay (see below).
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.
  • Highly recommended: Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent; proficiency in English.

Note:

  • International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. You therefore need to complete the online application, and upload all certificates to your application. The International Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application.
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning tests, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

The SHL is not about failing or passing. It is about determining your strengths and growth areas. The early identification of growth areas allows you to prepare yourself well and focus your efforts on academic and career success. As a responsible institution, USB needs to ensure that all students admitted are provided with the best possible chance to succeed in their studies and careers. The SHL is used in combination with the essay(s) required as part of the application process, prior academic results and work experience to form a clear picture on which to base admission and development decisions. Click here for more information on how we use the SHL to help students.

 

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your PGDip BMA application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see usb.ac.za/pgdbma (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with USB to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. USB will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop and assessments need to take this into account. USB does not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with USB during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

Motivational essay

Write an essay of between 400 and 500 words on the topic outlined below and submit it in PDF format. Please indicate the word count at the end of your essay:

USB aspires to be a source of value for a better world. How are your career goals aligned with being a source of value for a better world, and how would this postgraduate programme assist you in achieving your short-term (2 to 3 years) and long-term (10 years) career goals?

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 on Higher Education, 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, prospective RPL candidates 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 that can be download under the guideline documents in the application form.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • USB’s Admissions Committee (programme head and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability 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.
  • Important: RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October to allow sufficient time for the assessment process

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Postgraduate Diploma Financial Planning

Postgraduate Diploma Financial Planning

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

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Blended
Course starts January 2023
Fees R 56 944 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

Our PGDip Financial Planning is a sought-after qualification that culminates in the internationally recognised CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® (CFP®) professional designation – the global benchmark for professional financial advice. Doing this PGDip at Stellenbosch Business School – 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.

A transformative learning experience awaits you – particularly if you see your future self as a qualified and trusted financial expert.

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Blended learning format: The blended learning format enables you to attend class on campus or remotely via an internet-linked laptop. This means you will be able to immerse yourself in a premium learning experience from wherever you are in the world. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 7 steps of the application process.
  • Deadlines for applications: 3 December for South African applicants; 31 October for RPL applicants

 

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R56 944 Download
Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R61 609 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R66 824 Download
Students from the rest of the world R96 849 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022
Students from South Africa R8 542
Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R30 804
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R33 412
Students from the rest of the world R48 424
Application fee for 2022
Application fee R 850
  • Important:
    • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students on the 1-year PGDip can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students on the 2-year PGDip can spread their payment over 2 years.
    • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students on the 1-year PGDip pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due 2 weeks before commencement of the programme.
    • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
    • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
    • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
    • SHL selection test fees: See Admission requirements for details about this selection test.
    • Study materials: Study fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
    • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
    • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

     

    FINANCING

    Capitec’s credit for education solution

    Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

    Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

     

    TIMETABLES

    The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

    Orientation: 19 January 2022

    Classes: 20 January – 1 December (Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 18:15 – 20:15)

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 laptop, 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 the world. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.

 

Core modules

This course is made up of four core modules:

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

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®) professional. 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 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® professional – 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.

 

Who should enrol?

The Postgraduate Diploma Financial Planning is a specialised programme aimed at helping you obtain CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® (CFP®) professional accreditation. It is therefore aimed at professionals already employed in the financial services industry but who would like to further their career paths.

What you need to apply

  • 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 five years’ work experience (please refer to Stellenbosch Business School’s RPL policy for this option). Applicants are requested to submit details of employment for the previous five years.

 

Important:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning: The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements. See Recognition of prior learning lower down in this section.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent

 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Stellenbosch Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Business School may admit up to 10% of its student body per programme under RPL. In order to be admitted to a Postgraduate Diploma at the Business School, candidates should be in possession of a relevant degree or National Diploma at NQF level 7. In the case of the Postgraduate Diploma Financial Planning, additional RPL requirements must be met, as set out below.

Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL 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 need 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 five 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 Stellenbosch Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be downloaded from the application form.

 

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.
  • The Business School’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 our Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.

Important: RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

This PGDip will prepare you to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® – the global benchmark for professional financial advice.

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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. The examinations are done online in Excel. RPNow will be switched on for proctoring.

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 each year), 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. This means 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 weekends 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 BCom 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 library on the campus. 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.

Stellenbosch Business School 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). The Business School 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 Stellenbosch Business School, you automatically have access to our alumni and Career Leadership Office. Our graduates are also in high demand with leading financial services companies, who recruit from us. We regularly post job ads on our electronic platform.

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.’


Postgraduate Diploma Project Management

Postgraduate Diploma Project Management​

Learn how to confidently manage projects in a competitive business environment

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Course Overview
Modular
Course starts February 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Blended
Course starts January 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

This internationally accredited PGDip 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: 1 year or 2 years
  • Choose between 2 formats – both allowing you to study while you work: Blended Learning (combination of online and on campus classes) and Modular (blocks of on-campus classes spread over time). Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click hereto see the 8 steps of the application process.
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
PGDip in Project Management (over 1 year) R94 000 R 94 000 Download
PGDip in Project Management (over 2 years) R47 000 R47 000 R 94 000 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
PGDip in Project Management (over 1 year) R98 665 R98 665 Download
PGDip in Project Management (over 2 years) R51 665 R51 665 R 103 330 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
PGDip in Project Management (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip in Project Management (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R 113 760 Download
Students from the rest of world
PGDip in Project Management (over 1 year) R133 905 R133 905 Download
PGDip in Project Management (over 2 years) R86 905 R86 905 R 173 810 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R14 100
Students from SADC countries R49 333
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R51 940
International students from the rest of the world R66 953
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
SHL selection test fee R750
  • Important:
    • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students on the 1-year PGDip can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students on the 2-year PGDip can spread their payment over 2 years.
    • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students on the 1-year PGDip pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due 2 weeks before commencement of the programme.
    • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
    • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
    • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
    • SHL selection test fees: See Admission requirements for details about this selection test.
    • Study materials: Study fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
    • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
    • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

     

    FINANCING

    Capitec’s credit for education solution

    Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

    Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

     

    TIMETABLES

    The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

     

    Timetable for Modular format

    YEAR 1 (2022):

    Block 1: 28 February – 04 March (orientation on the Monday)

    Block 2: 09 – 13 May

    Block 3: 15 – 19 August

    Block 4: 31 October – 4 November

     

    Timetable for Blended Learning format

    YEAR 1 (2022):

    Orientation: 17 January

    Classes: 18 January – 05 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00 – 20:15)

Overview

Foundation phase modules and specialisation phase modules

The modules of the PGDip Project Management are split into a foundation phase (covering skills, frameworks and tools you can apply in any field of work) and a specialisation phase (programme-specific modules).

You need to do 4 of the following 5 foundation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Understanding the World
  • Term 2: Responsible Leadership
  • Term 3: Managing of Projects
  • Term 4: Organisational Behaviour OR Managing Risk and Uncertainty

You also need to do the 4 specialisation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Project Communication Management
  • Term 2: Project Procurement Contracting
  • Term 3: Project Scheduling
  • Term 4: Project Integration Management
 

Choose between two formats

Blended Learning classes Modular classes
Late-afternoon classes once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on campus depending on Covid restrictions). Classes are presented on Tuesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with a short break from 18:00 to 18:15), and for some foundation modules on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with a short break from 18:00 to 18:15). The online classes are presented synchronously with the on-campus classes. Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the one-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday).
Advantages
Flexibility: Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance, which means minimum time away from work. Attending regular weekly or fortnightly classes can be likened to running a marathon.

Less travel: The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. This can also lower the opportunity cost to obtain this qualification as you can attend all classes online.

 

Flexibility: Study while you work, with in-class experience and focused studies. Think of the modular blocks as sprints.

An immersive experience: Being on campus for a week at a time allows you to focus on your studies without interruption from work. Working with your classmates in a face-to-face environment adds another dimension to collaborative (peer-to-peer) learning and network building.

 

 

 

 

Choose between two duration options

 

 

1-year PGDip

 

 

2-year PGDip

Number of modules: 8

 

Number of modules: 8

 

Delivery mode for all modules (foundation and specialisation):

·Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session per week for 40 weeks + 4 weeks of assessments

·Modular format: 4 full modular blocks spread over the year (i.e. mornings and afternoons)

 

Delivery of foundation modules in Year 1:

· Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week

·Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

 

Delivery of specialisation modules in Year 2:

·Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week

· Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

 

 

Notes:

·Each modular block runs from Monday to Friday, except the first modular block which runs from Monday to Saturday.

· South African students who select the 2-year option will be able to pay their fees over 2 years.

 

 

This internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma Project Management focuses on the business management of projects. This will allow you to confidently manage and contextualise projects in a competitive business. It is the only qualification of its kind delivered by a business school in South Africa.

The programme content is covered from a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective that will help you to understand and manage the complex challenges faced by top-level project managers. A natural progression after completing the PGDip PM will be to consider our MBA with the Project Management focal area. This qualification capacitates managers to deal with project strategy on portfolio and sponsorship level.

This postgraduate programme requires high-level engagement with theoretical frameworks and international literature, and reflection on national and international project management practices. Among others, students will be asked to formulate recommendations that indicate critical thinking.

This PGDip reflects on both the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide, 6th edition) as well as Prince 2® Methodology.

Students will also benefit from the Business School’s collaboration with leading project management bodies locally and globally. The Business School has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Project Management Institute South Africa Chapter. The Project Management Institute is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership organisation for the project management profession. The Business School is also associated with Project Management South Africa (PMSA), which recognises this qualification towards the designation of either Professional Project Manager or Senior Project Manager.

 

Who should enrol?

  • 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

What you need to apply

  • Academic qualifications: At least a relevant Bachelor’s or Honours degree
  • Work experience: A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in a project management position in an organisation
  • Selection test: SHL selection test (see below). This test is done online.
  • Essay: You need to write an essay (see below).
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.
  • Highly recommended: Mathematical skills equal to NQF Level 4
  • Recognition of prior learning: Find more details lower down in this section.

 

Important:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning: The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements. See Recognition of prior learning lower down in this section.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

 

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning tests, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your PGDip Project Management application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see usb.ac.za/project-management (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online, and both are non-refundable.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with us to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. The Business School will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop and assessments need to take this into account. Stellenbosch Business School does not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with the Business School during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

 

Write an essay

An essay of between 400 and 500 words on the topic outlined below is to be submitted in pdf format:

Stellenbosch Business School aspires to be a source of value for a better world. How are your career goals aligned with being a source of value for a better world, and how would this postgraduate programme assist you in achieving your short-term (2 to 3 years) and long-term (10 years) career goals?

 

Recognition of prior learning

Stellenbosch Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Business School may admit up to 10% of its student body per programme under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective PGDip students under the RPL policy need to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification. (School leaving certificate, Matric)
  • Have at least 10 years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least 5 years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV. It must indicate detailed areas of responsibility as well as information on activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide Stellenbosch Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be downloaded from the application form.
  • Submit the SHL selection test results (if these were not sent directly to the Business School)
  • Write and submit three motivational essays (specific topics are provided).

 

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.
  • The Business School’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 the Business School’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 each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.
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Course Overview
Blended
Course starts 17 January 2022
Applications SHL AND APPLICATION DEADLINE: 03 December (SA and international) | 31 Oct (RPL)

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.

NEW! This PGDip has been redesigned to give you unrivalled flexibility. Among others, you can choose the format (blended learning or modular) and duration (1 year or 2 years), making it easier for you to study while you work. See how USB’s redesigned PGDips can benefit you.

ABOUT BLENDED LEARNING: The blended learning format enables you to attend class on campus or remotely via an internet-linked laptop. This means you will be able to immerse yourself in a premium learning experience from wherever you are in the world. We have been investing in this technology since 2015 and our lecturers are trained in the art of virtual facilitation and teaching. See how blended learning works at USB.

HOW TO APPLY: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process.

These are the dates for 2022.

 

SHL AND APPLICATION DEADLINE:

  • South African applicants: 03 December
  • RPL applicants: 31 October each year
  • Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 03 December
  • Applicants from rest of world: 03 December
Orientation
17 January
Classes
18 January - 05 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
PGDip in Project Management (over 1 year) R94 000 R 94 000 Download
PGDip in Project Management (over 2 years) R47 000 R47 000 R 94 000 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
PGDip in Project Management (over 1 year) R98 665 R98 665 Download
PGDip in Project Management (over 2 years) R51 665 R51 665 R 103 330 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
PGDip in Project Management (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip in Project Management (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R 113 760 Download
Students from the rest of world
PGDip in Project Management (over 1 year) R133 905 R133 905 Download
PGDip in Project Management (over 2 years) R86 905 R86 905 R 173 810 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R14 100
Students from SADC countries R49 333
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R51 940
International students from the rest of the world R66 953
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
SHL selection test fee R750
  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students can pay the full programme fees upon registration or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students doing their PGDip over 2 years can spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application and SHL fee: The application and SHL fee must accompany the application. These fees are non-refundable.
  • Fees for 2023: The fees for the second year of enrolment will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases. .
  • Study materials: Study fees include books and study materials.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

Financing

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from USB is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through USB’s website. See https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/ for details.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

Overview

Foundation phase modules and specialisation phase modules

The modules of the PGDip in Project Management are split into a foundation phase (covering skills, frameworks and tools you can apply in any field of work) and a specialisation phase (programme-specific modules).

You need to do 4 of the following 5 foundation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Understanding the World
  • Term 2: Responsible Leadership
  • Term 3: Managing of Projects
  • Term 4: Organisational Behaviour OR Managing Risk and Uncertainty

You also need to do the 4 specialisation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Project Communication Management
  • Term 2: Project Procurement Contracting
  • Term 3: Project Scheduling
  • Term 4: Project Integration Management

Choose between 2 formats: Blended learning and modular

  • Blended Learning classes: Late-afternoon classes once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on campus depending on Covid restrictions). The online classes are presented synchronously with the on-campus classes. The flexibility of digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. This also lowers the opportunity cost to obtain this postgraduate diploma as you can attend all classes online.
  • Modular classes: Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the 1-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday). The modular classes are presented on campus, which translates into in-class experience and focused studies without work interruptions.

Choose between 2 duration options: 1 year or 2 years

1-year PGDip 2-year PGDip
Number of modules: 8 Number of modules: 8
Delivery mode for all modules (foundation and specialisation):

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session per week for 40 weeks + 4 weeks of assessments
  • Modular format: 4 full modular blocks spread over the year (i.e. mornings and afternoons)
Delivery of foundation modules in Year 1:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session once every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon Delivery of specialisation modules in Year 2:
  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session once every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon
Notes:

  • Each modular block runs from Monday to Friday, except the first modular block which runs from Monday to Saturday.
  • Students who select the 2-year option will be able to pay their fees over 2 years.

USB’s internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management focuses on the business management of projects. This will allow you to confidently manage and contextualise projects in a competitive business. It is the only qualification of its kind delivered by a business school in South Africa.

The programme content is covered from a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective that will help you to understand and manage the complex challenges faced by top-level project managers. A natural progression after completing the PGDip PM will be to consider our MBA with the Project Management focal area. This qualification capacitates managers to deal with project strategy on portfolio and sponsorship level.

This postgraduate programme requires high-level engagement with theoretical frameworks and international literature, and reflection on national and international project management practices. Among others, students will be asked to formulate recommendations that indicate critical thinking.

This PGDip reflects on both the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide, 6th edition) as well as Prince 2® Methodology.

Students will also benefit from the business school’s collaboration with leading project management bodies locally and globally. USB has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Project Management Institute South Africa Chapter.  The Project Management Institute is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership organisation for the project management profession. USB is also associated with Project Management South Africa (PMSA), which recognises this qualification towards the designation of either Professional Project Manager or Senior Project Manager.

Academic qualifications and other admission criteria

  • Academic qualifications: At least a relevant Bachelor’s or Honours degree
  • Work experience: A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in a project management position in an organisation
  • Selection test: SHL selection test (see below). This test is done online.
  • Essay: You need to write an essay (see below).
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.
  • Highly recommended: Mathematical skills equal to NQF Level 4

Note:

  • International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. You therefore need to complete the online application, and upload all certificates to your application. The International Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application.
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning tests that are used for selection, and identification of your development areas.

The SHL is not about failing or passing. It is about determining your strengths and growth areas. The early identification of growth areas allows you to prepare yourself well and focus your efforts on academic and career success. As a responsible institution, USB needs to ensure that all students admitted are provided with the best possible chance to succeed in their studies and careers. The SHL is used in combination with the essay(s) required as part of the application process, prior academic results and work experience to form a clear picture on which to base admission and development decisions. Click here for more information on how we use the SHL to help students.

 

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. You are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format at: shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • How: The SHL test is online. You will be provided with a link after payment of the relevant fees.
  • When: You can only take the SHL test after starting your application because you will need a provisional student number. The link to the test is supplied after payment of the SHL selection test fee plus the PGDip in Project Management application fee.
  • Cost: For fees, please see usb.ac.za/project-management. See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference.
  • Additional information: shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/

Motivational essay

Write an essay of between 400 and 500 words on the topic outlined below and submit it in PDF format. Please indicate the word count at the end of your essay:

USB aspires to be a source of value for a better world. How are your career goals aligned with being a source of value for a better world, and how would this postgraduate programme assist you in achieving your short-term (2 to 3 years) and long-term (10 years) career goals?

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, 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, prospective RPL candidates 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 referents who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities (typically current or former line managers). The referents will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be downloaded on the application form.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • USB’s Admissions Committee (programme head and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability 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.
  • Important: RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

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FAQs

There are various reasons why skilled project managers are in high demand and why this internationally accredited PGDip Project Management will stand you in good stead:

  • Project management is universally accepted as a scarce skill. In fact, Fortune Magazineidentified Project Management as the number one career choice.
  • 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 Stellenbosch Business School’s Postgraduate Diploma Project Management incorporates advanced management skills and strategic project management skills, allowing you to fill senior-level positions in any organisation.
  • 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.
  • You can gain access to an MBA if you pass at a certain level.
  • This project management qualification is internationally accredited and offered at a business school.

This PGDip has been redesigned to give you flexibility. Among others, you can choose the format (blended learning or modular) and duration (1 year or 2 years), making it easier for you to study while you work. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.

For this PGDip, the blended learning classes are presented as late-afternoon classes (from 16:00 till 20:15) once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on campus depending on Covid restrictions). The flexibility of digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. This also lowers the opportunity cost to obtain this PGDip as you can attend all classes online.

The modular classes are presented as four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the 1-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday). The modular classes are presented on campus, which translates into in-class experience and focused studies without work interruptions.

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.

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.’


Postgraduate Diploma Leadership Development

Postgraduate Diploma Leadership Development

Learn to lead on 4 levels: Me, We, Work, World

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Course Overview
Blended
Course starts February 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

At this point in your career, you know how to manage. But can you lead? This PGDip Leadership Development will help you unlock the skills you need to show up as a leader. You will, among others, find your own authentic leadership voice, develop your leadership competencies, learn to get people to work together to enhance performance, see the bigger picture and make strategy ‘come alive through people’.

This one-year programme is presented at NQF level 8, the equivalent of an Honours degree. It is presented in blended learning format, allowing you to study while you work.

A transformative learning pathway awaits you – in particular if you see your future self leading a team, department or organisation in the private or public sector.

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Blended learning format – study while you work: The blended learning format enables you to attend class on campus or remotely via an internet-linked laptop. This means you will be able to immerse yourself in a premium learning experience from wherever you are in the world. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • Focus areas: Generalist, and NPO Leadership
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 7 steps of the application process.
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R94 000 Download
Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R98 665 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R103 880 Download
Students from the rest of the world R133 905 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022
Students from South Africa R14 100
Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R49 333
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R51 940
Students from the rest of the world R66 953
Application fee for 2022
Application fee R 850

 

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees: South African students can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees 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.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • Study materials: Fees include books and study materials.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Year 1 (2022):

Block 1: 14 – 19 February (on campus)
Block 2: 04 – 09 April (remote classes from 08:00 – 18:15 daily)
Block 3: 06 – 11 June (remote classes from 08:00 – 18:15 daily)
Block 4: 15 – 20 August (remote classes from 08:00 – 18:15 daily)
Block 5: 24 – 29 October (on campus)

Overview

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 one-year programme is presented in blended learning format. It combines on-campus classes with blended learning sessions, allowing you to study while you work. This also enables you to start applying your newly acquired skills in your workplace right from the start while receiving comprehensive support throughout your studies.

The on-campus block at the start of the programme enables you to meet your lecturers and fellow classmates, allowing for a more immersive experience of the entire year. The on-campus block at the end of programme helps to ensure an integrative experience. (The on-campus blocks will be presented online depending on Covid restrictions.)

The blended learning sessions allow you to join the class via any internet-linked laptop. This format means minimum time away from work. It also lowers the opportunity cost to do this programme at Stellenbosch Business School as it reduces travel costs. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.

1 on-campus or online block in Feb  

→ Various online sessions (blended learning format) →

1 on-campus or online block in Nov

Core modules

  • Module 1: Personal Authentic Leadership (14 credits)
  • Module 2: High-impact Leadership and Teaming (10 credits)
  • Module 3: Leading High-performance Organisational Culture (14 credits)
  • Module 4: Leadership, Transformation and Inclusivity (10 credits)
  • Module 5: Strategic Leadership (14 credits)
  • Module 6: Leadership and Society (10 credits)
  • Module 7: Growth and Application of Personal Authentic Leadership (28 credits)

Electives

You need to complete one elective:

  • Negotiation and Conflict Management: This elective offers comprehensive knowledge and understanding of conflict theory to analyse the origins and manifestations of conflict and conflict behaviour.
  • Advanced Technology Leadership: This elective enables participants to analyse and describe developments in advanced technologies and their impact on people, relationships, leadership and the organisation.
  • Leadership and Coaching: This elective is about mastering and applying a range of skills required to coach others, specifically reflective listening, non-directive dialogue, and providing coachees with the capacity to create a personal development programme.
  • International NPO Leadership: This elective covers the wide range of possibilities of leadership in non-profit organisations globally and an understanding of the influence of the context on these organisations and their leadership.
    Important: Electives are confirmed at the beginning of the year and may be different from what has been published prior.

Important: Electives are confirmed at the beginning of the year and may be different from what has been published prior.

It is about finding your authentic leadership voice

Research confirms that the right kind of leadership makes a difference in organisational performance. Stellenbosch Business School’s Postgraduate Diploma Leadership Development is based on this growing body of research. The programme acknowledges responsible leadership as the prime differentiator that drives sustainable high performance. Using the framework of Me, We, Work and World, it focuses on the development of personal leadership, team leadership, organisational leadership and societal leadership to strengthen and deepen the working professional’s capability to grow as leader.

The content of this programme is rooted in academic research and internationally benchmarked theory and practices. The main objective is to encourage students 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

This programme is relevant for Africa and beyond. You can apply your leadership skills in any industry, anywhere in the world. This programme is particularly relevant to African managers and leaders as it takes into account the diversity, traditions and multicultural environments of South Africa and the African continent.

This postgraduate qualification will provide you with a transformative learning experience to acquire the leadership skills, thinking frameworks and capabilities you need to find your way forward – regardless of whether you see your future self in an executive, managerial, specialist or entrepreneurial position.

Who should enrol?

  • People in both the private and public sector who are advancing into middle, senior and general managerial levels requiring 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
  • Professionals with degrees in fields such as 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 degree like an MBA

What you need to apply

  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree, Higher National Diploma or Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Proven relevant working experience of five to seven years

Important:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning: The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements. See Recognition of prior learning lower down in this section.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Stellenbosch Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Business School may admit up to 10% of its student body per programme under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective students under the RPL policy have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • Have at least 10 years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least 5 years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV. It must indicate detailed areas of responsibility as well as information on activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide Stellenbosch Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be downloaded from the application form.
  • The candidate will also be requested to write an essay motivating why they want to enrol and how this programme will contribute to their leadership journey.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The Business School’s Admissions Committee (programme head and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability to cope with the demands of the programme, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via the Business School’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 each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

Two postgraduate diplomas in Leadership Development

Stellenbosch Business School offers two postgraduate diplomas in Leadership Development – one for those who want to prepare themselves for leadership in any industry sector, and one for those who want to lead in the NPO sector.

Students need to select which PGDip Leadership Development they want to follow right from the start. All PGDip Leadership Development students (generalist and NPO) follow Modules 1, 2, 3 and 7 together. For Modules 4, 5 and 6, generalist students follow the generalist modules while NPO students follow the NPO-focused modules.

All students will graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development from Stellenbosch University. (Focal areas are indicated on certificates – i.e. “Leadership in NPO sector”.)

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

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Henry Booysen: Client Liaison

 

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Joanne Sleigh

 

FAQs

You may know how to manage well. But to lead, calls for a journey of personal development. That is one of the reasons why this postgraduate degree starts with leadership of the self (me). You cannot lead others (we) if you cannot lead yourself (me). You cannot lead society (world) if you do not know how to get smaller groups or teams to work together (work). It is a daily choice to show up as a leader. This requires a level of consciousness, courage, discipline and strong values. As one PGDip Leadership alumnus said, “Taking this one year to really get to know your own leadership strengths, and where they come from, will bring a sense of clarity and groundedness that nobody will be able to take away from you.”

Most people “slide into leadership” rather than consciously develop leadership competencies. This PGDip Leadership Development gives you an opportunity to really ‘dig deep’ to find out what drives you to lead a particular way and what your blind spots are. This leadership development journey can make a significant impact on your way of leading and your company’s performance, brand perception and employee engagement. You will get exposed to the latest thinking on leadership – like neuroleadership, strategic leadership and societal leadership. So, even if you already in a leadership position, this postgraduate degree will provide you with a better underpinning to consciously show up as a leader every day.

You will qualify to apply for an MBA. However, you still need to meet the additional entrance requirements in order to be accepted for an MBA. You will also qualify to apply for the MPhil Management Coaching.

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

http://www0.sun.ac.za/pgstudies/postgraduate-funding-and-support.html

This one-year programme combines on-campus classes with blended learning classes, allowing you to study while you work. This also enables you apply your newly acquired skills in your workplace right from the start. It is better to work consistently and to manage your time well. To keep up and really enrich your experience of the PGDip Leadership Development you should be doing between 10 and 12 hours of work a week. The blended learning sessions will also set some time free as it allows you to join the class via any internet-linked laptop. This means no travelling to the campus, and minimum time away from work. Like with all worthwhile things in life, what you put in is what you will get out.

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.’


Leadership Development for NPOs

Postgraduate Diploma Leadership Development for NPOs

Acquire the leadership skills to help professionalise the social sector

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Course Overview
Blended
Course starts February 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

This PGDip Leadership Development for NPOs will equip you with the leadership skills to help professionalise the social sector. The programme serves as a learning journey for those who want to lead non-profit organisations (NPO) towards fulfilling their social purpose. This PGDip taps into Stellenbosch Business School’s well-known legacy of transformative leadership learning where you will learn how to lead self, others and your organisation in ways that are 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.

All over the world, research confirms that the right kind of leadership makes a difference in organisational performance. This also applies to organisations in the social sector. This programme acknowledges responsible leadership as the prime differentiator that drives sustainable performance, and impact. That is why it focuses on the development of personal leadership, team leadership, organisational leadership and societal leadership.

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Blended learning format – study while you work: The blended learning format enables you to attend class on campus or remotely via an internet-linked laptop. This means you will be able to immerse yourself in a premium learning experience from wherever you are in the world. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click hereto see the 7 steps of the application process
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants

 

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R94 000 Download
Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R98 665 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R103 880 Download
Students from the rest of the world R133 905 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022
Students from South Africa R14 100
Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R49 333
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R51 940
Students from the rest of the world R66 953
Application fee for 2022
Application fee R 850

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees by South African students: Students can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September.
  • Payment of full programme fees by international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • Study materials: Fees include books and study materials.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

 

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Year 1 (2022):

Block 1: 14 – 19 February (on campus)

Block: 04 – 09 April (remote classes from 08:00 – 18:15 daily)

Block 3: 06 – 11 June (remote classes from 08:00 – 18:15 daily)

Block 4: 15 – 20 August (remote classes from 08:00 – 18:15 daily)

Block 5: 24 – 29 October (on campus)

Overview

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 one-year programme is presented in blended learning format. It combines on-campus classes with blended learning sessions, allowing you to study while you work. This also enables you to start applying your newly acquired skills in your workplace right from the start while receiving comprehensive support throughout your studies.

The on-campus block at the start of the programme enables you to meet your lecturers and fellow classmates, allowing for a more immersive experience of the entire year. The on-campus block at the end of programme helps to ensure an integrative experience. (The on-campus blocks will be presented online depending on Covid restrictions.)

The blended learning sessions allow you to join the class via any internet-linked laptop. This format means minimum time away from work. It also lowers the opportunity cost to do this programme at Stellenbosch Business School as it reduces travel costs. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.

1 on-campus or online block in Feb  

⇒ Various online sessions (blended learning format) ⇒

1 on-campus or online block in Nov

 

Core module

Core modules

  • Module 1: Personal Authentic Leadership
  • Module 2: High-impact Leadership and Teaming
  • Module 3: Leading High-performance Organisational Culture
  • Module 4: Leading Strategy in NPOs
  • Module 5: Quality and Integrity in NPOs
  • Module 6: Management Control in NPOs
  • Module 7: Integrated Personal Leadership Development

 

Electives

You need to complete one elective:

Negotiation and Conflict Management: This elective offers comprehensive knowledge and understanding of conflict theory to analyse the origins and manifestations of conflict and conflict behaviour.

Advanced Technology Leadership: This elective enables participants to analyse and describe developments in advanced technologies and their impact on people, relationships, leadership and the organisation.

Leadership and Coaching: This elective is about mastering and applying a range of skills required to coach others, specifically reflective listening, non-directive dialogue, and providing coachees with the capacity to create a personal development programme.

International NPO Leadership: This elective covers the wide range of possibilities of leadership in non-profit organisations globally and an understanding of the influence of the context on these organisations and their leadership.

Important: Electives are confirmed at the beginning of the year and may be different from what has been published prior.

This programme is designed as a learning journey for those who want to improve their understanding of what it takes to lead non-profit organisations (NPOs) towards fulfilling their social purpose. The programme taps into Stellenbosch Business School’s legacy of transformative leadership learning where you will learn how to lead yourself, others and your organisation in an ethical, responsible and sustainable way.

An investment in this programme as an individual, organisation or donor to an NPO is an investment in the development of resilient, resourceful and confident leadership at personal, organisational and societal levels. It is an investment in social impact as NPOs have become our channels for services and support to the causes that we are passionate about. In NPOs we find people from all walks of life working together to take care of the most marginalised in society, to preserve endangered plants, animals and ecosystems, and to fight against corruption, human rights abuses and climate change impact.

Leading in this context is both a noble and challenging act, and for most, a steep learning curve. Indeed, NPOs also need to manage human resources and finances, satisfy legal, compliance and auditing requirements, and report to stakeholders.

If leadership in an NPO context resonates with you then consider this PGDip. The content of this programme is rooted in academic research and internationally benchmarked theory and practices. The learning philosophy of this programme is based on the following:

  • Offering a thriving learning environment – one that is creative, innovative, experimental, relational, peer-based and energising
  • Facilitating transformative and whole person learning – with activities that enhance knowledge, develop skills and nurture personal development
  • Learning about the self through reflection, learning from experts and participants by sharing knowledge and experience, and learning from real-life situations
  • Using the student’s organisation or NPO context as a living case to work with.

Who should enrol?

  • NPO leaders and managers who want to improve their personal leadership competencies
  • Career changers who are in the process of leaving the corporate or government sphere in exchange for a leadership role in the social sector
  • Members of NPO boards who want to improve their understanding of NPOs and their role in society, and who want to ensure that they are sufficiently capacitated and well governed
  • People working at foundations and who have oversight responsibilities over funded NPOs
  • Corporate social investment managers in companies or corporate foundations with a responsibility to work with NPOs
  • People with an interest in establishing a social sector organisation.

What you need to apply

  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree, Higher National Diploma or Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Proven relevant working experience of five to seven years

 Important:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning: The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements. See Recognition of prior learning lower down in this section.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

 Recognition of Prior Learning

Stellenbosch Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Business School may admit up to 10% of its student body per programme under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective students under the RPL policy need to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • Have at least 10 years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least 5 years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV. It must indicate detailed areas of responsibility as well as information on activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide Stellenbosch Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be downloaded from the application form.
  • The candidate will also be requested to write an essay motivating why they want to enrol and how this programme will contribute to their leadership journey.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The Business School’s Admissions Committee (programme head and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability to cope with the demands of the programme, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via the Business School’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 each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

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Postgraduate Diploma Leadership Development

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This programme aims to improve individual leadership skills, an asset that is vital to improve performance in teams and organisations.

For more information on our Leadership Development programme, download our brochure.

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Programme enquiries and application support

Henry Booysen: Client Liaison

 

Admissions

Joanne Sleigh

 

FAQs

You may know how to manage well. But to lead, calls for a journey of personal development. That is one of the reasons why this postgraduate degree starts with leadership of the self (me). You cannot lead others (we) if you cannot lead yourself (me). You cannot lead society (world) if you do not know how to get smaller groups or teams to work together (work). It is a daily choice to show up as a leader. This requires a level of consciousness, courage, discipline and strong values. As one PGDip Leadership alumnus said, “Taking this one year to really get to know your own leadership strengths, and where they come from, will bring a sense of clarity and groundedness that nobody will be able to take away from you.”

This one-year programme combines on-campus classes with blended learning classes, allowing you to study while you work. This also enables you apply your newly acquired skills in your workplace right from the start. It is better to work consistently and to manage your time well. To keep up and really enrich your experience of the PGDip Leadership Development you should be doing between 10 and 12 hours of work a week. The blended learning sessions will also set some time free as it allows you to join the class via any internet-linked laptop. This means no travelling to the campus, and minimum time away from work. Like with all worthwhile things in life, what you put in is what you will get out. Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.

You will qualify to apply for an MBA. However, you still need to meet the additional entrance requirements in order to be accepted for an MBA. You will also qualify to apply for the MPhil Management Coaching.

Please contact Ester at [email protected] in this regard.


Postgraduate Diploma Futures Studies

Postgraduate Diploma Futures Studies

Acquire the strategic foresight to help create a better future

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Course Overview
Modular
Course starts February 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Blended
Course starts January 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

Our internationally accredited PGDip Futures Studies will help you understand the forces and trends that shape the future, and the nature of global change. This will enable you to manage long-term organisational strategies aimed at designing the ideal future. The programme will also equip you with high-level competencies to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment while taking Africa and South Africa’s developmental challenges into account. This will allow you to mitigate risks and leverage opportunities.

A transformative learning experience awaits you – particularly if you see your future self as a strategist, long-range decision maker, manager or leader. It is the only programme of its kind presented in Africa, and one of only a few in the world.

What is Futures Studies? Futures Studies is not about predicting the future, but rather about understanding how various futures will unfold. It analyses the interaction between a wide range of variables or forces, and distils from these forces those issues that will affect the future of a country, government, entity or individual. It studies the world of economics, politics, technology, demography, social values and other subject fields, both locally and globally. It equips decision makers with ways to deal with change and to make the right decisions to survive but preferably thrive in a changing world. Futures Studies is about acquiring strategic foresight to make long-range decisions in order to leverage competitive risk mitigation and opportunity sensing.

  • Duration: 1 year or 2 years
  • Choose between 2 formats – both allowing you to study while you work: Blended Learning (combination of online and on campus classes) and Modular (blocks of on-campus classes spread over time). Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • Choose from 2 streams: General, and Managing New Technology
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process.
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 1 year) R94 000 R 94 000 Download
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 2 years) R47 000 R47 000 R 94 000 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 1 year) R98 665 R98 665 Download
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 2 years) R51 665 R51 665 R 103 330 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R 113 760 Download
Students from the rest of world
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 1 year) R133 905 R133 905 Download
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 2 years) R86 905 R86 905 R 173 810 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R14 100
Students from SADC countries R49 333
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R51 940
International students from the rest of the world R66 953
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
SHL selection test fee R750

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students on the 1-year PGDip can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students on the 2-year PGDip can spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students on the 1-year PGDip pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due 2 weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • SHL selection test fees: See Admission requirements for details about this selection test.
  • Study materials: Study fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

 

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Timetable for Modular format

YEAR 1 (2022):

Block 1: 28 February – 4 March (orientation on the Monday)

Block 2: 23 – 27 May

Block 3: 15 – 19 August

Block 4: 31 October – 4 November

 

Timetable for Blended Learning format

YEAR 1 (2022):

Orientation: 17 January

Weekly classes thereafter: 18 January – 05 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)

Overview

The modules of the PGDip Future Studies are split into a foundation phase (covering skills, frameworks, and tools you can apply in any field of work) and a specialisation phase (programme-specific modules).

You need to do 4 of the following 5 foundation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Understanding the World (compulsory)
  • Term 2: Responsible Leadership (compulsory)
  • Term 3: Thinking Frameworks (compulsory)
  • Term 4: Organisational Behaviour OR Managing Risk and Uncertainty

Next, you need to do the four specialisation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Principles of Futures Studies
  • Term 2: Applied Philosophy
  • Term 3: Measuring and Making the Future
  • Term 4: Futures Studies in Practice

Choose between two formats

Blended Learning classes Modular classes
Late-afternoon classes once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on campus depending on Covid restrictions).

 

The specialisation modules and core modules alternate weekly. This means one week of specialisation modules is followed by one week of core modules. The specialisation modules are presented on Wednesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with 15-minute break from 18:00 to 18:15), while the core modules are presented on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with 15-minute break from 18:00 to 18:15).

 

The online classes are presented synchronously with the on-campus classes.

Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the one-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday).
Advantages Advantages
Flexibility: Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance, which means minimum time away from work. Attending regular weekly or fortnightly classes can be likened to running a marathon.

 

Less travel: The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. This can also lower the opportunity cost to obtain this qualification as you can attend all classes online.

Flexibility: Study while you work, with in-class experience and focused studies. Think of the modular blocks as sprints.

 

An immersive experience: Being on campus for a week at a time allows you to focus on your studies without interruption from work. Working with your classmates in a face-to-face environment adds another dimension to collaborative (peer-to-peer) learning and network building.

Choose between two duration options

1-year PGDip 2-year PGDip
Number of modules: 8 Number of modules: 8
Delivery mode for all modules (foundation and specialisation):

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session per week for 40 weeks + 4 weeks of assessments
  • Modular format: 4 full modular blocks spread over the year (i.e. mornings and afternoons)
Delivery of foundation modules in Year 1:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

 

Delivery of specialisation modules in Year 2:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

Notes:

  • Each modular block runs from Monday to Friday, except the first modular block which runs from Monday to Saturday.
  • South African students who select the 2-year option will be able to pay their fees over 2 years.

The PGDip Futures Studies is designed to expose you to:

  • The nature of global change, its rapid pace, and its ever-increasing complexity
  • An understanding of the forces and trends that shape the future, allowing you to leverage opportunities and mitigate risk in good time
  • The management of organisational strategies so as to create a desired future.

In addition to learning about the tools required to measure the future, you will encounter ways and means of designing a more desired future. Indeed, this is the spirit that drives Futures Studies – we can, if we so wish, conspire to co-create the future we want. This qualification is therefore aimed at those people who wish to enhance their understanding of possible changes in their long-term future and their ability to respond accordingly. This is particularly important for the development of a growing number of open-minded citizens and institutions capable of displaying a holistic understanding of the social, ethical, political, technical and economic forces shaping the future.

As the only programme of its kind presented in Africa, and one of only a few in the world, it will equip you with high-level competencies to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment while taking into account the unique developmental challenges of Africa and South Africa. These challenges typically include health deficits, education deficits, global participation and human security.

If you are a strategist, managing director, CEO or involved in strategic planning, this Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies will give you a unique advantage in the industry.

 

Who should enrol?

Futures Studies serves the needs of individuals, groups, organisations and governments that wish to gain an understanding of possible changes in their long-term future and to respond accordingly. This is particularly important in the light of Africa’s and South Africa’s imperative to raise the quality of life. This, in turn, requires the development of individuals and institutions with a holistic understanding of the social, ethical, political, technical and economic forces shaping the future.

Therefore, the programme is aimed at, among others, strategic planners, managing directors, CEOs and anybody involved in strategic planning over five to 20 years and longer. The programme is also aimed at anyone who wants to play a role in creating a better future for South Africa and for Africa.

This programme will therefore prepare you for senior-level positions in public and private corporations, in government, financial institutions and global institutions.

What you need to apply

  • Academic qualifications: An appropriate Bachelor’s degree
  • Work experience: A minimum of two years of experience in strategic management or strategic planning
  • Selection test: SHL selection test (see below). This test is done online.
  • Essay: You need to write an essay (see below).
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.

Important:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning: The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements. See Recognition of prior learning lower down in this section.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

Write an essay

An essay of between 400 and 500 words on the topic outlined below is to be submitted in pdf format:

Stellenbosch Business School aspires to be a source of value for a better world. How are your career goals aligned with being a source of value for a better world, and how would this postgraduate programme assist you in achieving your short-term (2 to 3 years) and long-term (10 years) career goals?

 

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning tests, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your PGDip Futures Study application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see usb.ac.za/pgdfutures (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online, and both are non-refundable.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with the Business School to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. The Business School will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop and assessments need to take this into account. The Business School does not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with Stellenbosch Business School during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Stellenbosch Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), Stellenbosch Business School may admit up to 10% of its student body per programme under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective PGDip students under the RPL policy have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • Have at least 10 years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least 5 years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV. It must indicate detailed areas of responsibility as well as information on activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide the Business School with at least two persons who can testify about the candidates managerial or related professional abilities (typically current or former line heads). The referents will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.
  • Submit the SHL selection test results (if these were not sent directly to the Business School)
  • Write and submit three motivational essays (specific topics are provided).

 

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.
  • Stellenbosch Business School’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 the Business School’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 each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

Two streams to choose from

Stellenbosch Business School’s PGDip Futures Studies is offered in two streams:

  • The PGDip Futures Studies with generalist modules, which is aimed at strategic planners, managing directors, CEOs and anybody involved in strategic planning over five to 20 years
  • The PGDip Futures Studies stream in Managing New Technologies (MNT), which is aimed at leaders, managers, consultants and strategic planners who are involved in planning their organisations’ technological future.

The stream-specific modules are offered during the specialisation phase of the programme.

All students will graduate with Postgraduate Diploma Futures Studies from Stellenbosch University. If the student followed a focal area – Managing New Technologies in this case – this will be displayed on their certificates.

Click here for details about our PGDip Futures Studies in Managing New Technologies

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Course Overview
Blended
Course starts January 2023
Applications 15 November 2022

Our internationally accredited PGDip Futures Studies will help you understand the forces and trends that shape the future, and the nature of global change. This will enable you to manage long-term organisational strategies aimed at designing the ideal future. The programme will also equip you with high-level competencies to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment while taking Africa and South Africa’s developmental challenges into account. This will allow you to mitigate risks and leverage opportunities.

A transformative learning experience awaits you – particularly if you see your future self as a strategist, long-range decision maker, manager or leader. It is the only programme of its kind presented in Africa, and one of only a few in the world.

What is Futures Studies? Futures Studies is not about predicting the future, but rather about understanding how various futures will unfold. It analyses the interaction between a wide range of variables or forces, and distils from these forces those issues that will affect the future of a country, government, entity or individual. It studies the world of economics, politics, technology, demography, social values and other subject fields, both locally and globally. It equips decision makers with ways to deal with change and to make the right decisions to survive but preferably thrive in a changing world. Futures Studies is about acquiring strategic foresight to make long-range decisions in order to leverage competitive risk mitigation and opportunity sensing.

  • Duration: 1 year or 2 years
  • Choose between 2 formats – both allowing you to study while you work: Blended Learning (combination of online and on campus classes) and Modular (blocks of on-campus classes spread over time). Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • Choose from 2 streams: General, and Management of New Technology
  • How to apply: Click hereto see the 8 steps of the application process.

Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 1 year) R94 000 R 94 000 Download
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 2 years) R47 000 R47 000 R 94 000 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 1 year) R98 665 R98 665 Download
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 2 years) R51 665 R51 665 R 103 330 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R 113 760 Download
Students from the rest of world
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 1 year) R133 905 R133 905 Download
PGDip in Futures Studies (over 2 years) R86 905 R86 905 R 173 810 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R14 100
Students from SADC countries R49 333
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R51 940
International students from the rest of the world R66 953
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
SHL selection test fee R750

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students on the 1-year PGDip can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students on the 2-year PGDip can spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students on the 1-year PGDip pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due 2 weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • SHL selection test fees: See Admission requirements for details about this selection test.
  • Study materials: Study fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

 

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Timetable for Modular format

YEAR 1 (2022):

Block 1: 28 February – 4 March (orientation on the Monday)

Block 2: 23 – 27 May

Block 3: 15 – 19 August

Block 4: 31 October – 4 November

 

Timetable for Blended Learning format

YEAR 1 (2022):

Orientation: 17 January

Weekly classes thereafter: 18 January – 05 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)

Overview

Overview

The modules of the PGDip Future Studies are split into a foundation phase (covering skills, frameworks, and tools you can apply in any field of work) and a specialisation phase (programme-specific modules).

You need to do 4 of the following 5 foundation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Understanding the World (compulsory)
  • Term 2: Responsible Leadership (compulsory)
  • Term 3: Thinking Frameworks (compulsory)
  • Term 4: Organisational Behaviour OR Managing Risk and Uncertainty

Next, you need to do the four specialisation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Principles of Futures Studies
  • Term 2: Applied Philosophy
  • Term 3: Measuring and Making the Future
  • Term 4: Futures Studies in Practice

Choose between two formats

Blended Learning classes Modular classes
Late-afternoon classes once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on campus depending on Covid restrictions).

 

The specialisation modules and core modules alternate weekly. This means one week of specialisation modules is followed by one week of core modules. The specialisation modules are presented on Wednesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with 15-minute break from 18:00 to 18:15), while the core modules are presented on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with 15-minute break from 18:00 to 18:15).

 

The online classes are presented synchronously with the on-campus classes.

Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the one-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday).
Advantages Advantages
Flexibility: Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance, which means minimum time away from work. Attending regular weekly or fortnightly classes can be likened to running a marathon.

 

Less travel: The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. This can also lower the opportunity cost to obtain this qualification as you can attend all classes online.

Flexibility: Study while you work, with in-class experience and focused studies. Think of the modular blocks as sprints.

 

An immersive experience: Being on campus for a week at a time allows you to focus on your studies without interruption from work. Working with your classmates in a face-to-face environment adds another dimension to collaborative (peer-to-peer) learning and network building.

Choose between two duration options

1-year PGDip 2-year PGDip
Number of modules: 8 Number of modules: 8
Delivery mode for all modules (foundation and specialisation):

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session per week for 40 weeks + 4 weeks of assessments
  • Modular format: 4 full modular blocks spread over the year (i.e. mornings and afternoons)
Delivery of foundation modules in Year 1:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

 

Delivery of specialisation modules in Year 2:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

Notes:

  • Each modular block runs from Monday to Friday, except the first modular block which runs from Monday to Saturday.
  • South African students who select the 2-year option will be able to pay their fees over 2 years.

 

The PGDip Futures Studies is designed to expose you to:

  • The nature of global change, its rapid pace, and its ever-increasing complexity
  • An understanding of the forces and trends that shape the future, allowing you to leverage opportunities and mitigate risk in good time
  • The management of organisational strategies so as to create a desired future.

In addition to learning about the tools required to measure the future, you will encounter ways and means of designing a more desired future. Indeed, this is the spirit that drives Futures Studies – we can, if we so wish, conspire to co-create the future we want. This qualification is therefore aimed at those people who wish to enhance their understanding of possible changes in their long-term future and their ability to respond accordingly. This is particularly important for the development of a growing number of open-minded citizens and institutions capable of displaying a holistic understanding of the social, ethical, political, technical and economic forces shaping the future.

As the only programme of its kind presented in Africa, and one of only a few in the world, it will equip you with high-level competencies to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment while taking into account the unique developmental challenges of Africa and South Africa. These challenges typically include health deficits, education deficits, global participation and human security.

If you are a strategist, managing director, CEO or involved in strategic planning, this Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies will give you a unique advantage in the industry.

Who should enrol?

Futures Studies serves the needs of individuals, groups, organisations and governments that wish to gain an understanding of possible changes in their long-term future and to respond accordingly. This is particularly important in the light of Africa’s and South Africa’s imperative to raise the quality of life. This, in turn, requires the development of individuals and institutions with a holistic understanding of the social, ethical, political, technical and economic forces shaping the future.

 

Therefore, the programme is aimed at, among others, strategic planners, managing directors, CEOs and anybody involved in strategic planning over five to 20 years and longer. The programme is also aimed at anyone who wants to play a role in creating a better future for South Africa and for Africa.

 

This programme will therefore prepare you for senior-level positions in public and private corporations, in government, financial institutions and global institutions.

What you need to apply

  • Academic qualifications: An appropriate Bachelor’s degree
  • Work experience: A minimum of two years of experience in strategic management or strategic planning
  • Selection test: SHL selection test (see below). This test is done online.
  • Essay: You need to write an essay (see below).
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.

Important:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning: The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements. See Recognition of prior learning lower down in this section.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

Write an essay

An essay of between 400 and 500 words on the topic outlined below is to be submitted in pdf format:

Stellenbosch Business School aspires to be a source of value for a better world. How are your career goals aligned with being a source of value for a better world, and how would this postgraduate programme assist you in achieving your short-term (2 to 3 years) and long-term (10 years) career goals?

 

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning tests, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your PGDip Futures Study application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see usb.ac.za/pgdfutures (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online, and both are non-refundable.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with the Business School to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. The Business School will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop and assessments need to take this into account. The Business School does not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with Stellenbosch Business School during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Stellenbosch Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), Stellenbosch Business School may admit up to 10% of its student body per programme under RPL. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective PGDip students under the RPL policy have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • Have at least 10 years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least 5 years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV. It must indicate detailed areas of responsibility as well as information on activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide the Business School with at least two persons who can testify about the candidates managerial or related professional abilities (typically current or former line heads). The referents will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.
  • Submit the SHL selection test results (if these were not sent directly to the Business School)
  • Write and submit three motivational essays (specific topics are provided).

 

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.
  • Stellenbosch Business School’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 the Business School’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 each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

Two streams to choose from

Stellenbosch Business School’s PGDip Futures Studies is offered in two streams:

  • The PGDip Futures Studies with generalist modules, which is aimed at strategic planners, managing directors, CEOs and anybody involved in strategic planning over five to 20 years
  • The PGDip Futures Studies stream in Managing New Technology (MNT), which is aimed at leaders, managers, consultants and strategic planners who are involved in planning their organisations’ technological future.

The stream-specific modules are offered during the specialisation phase of the programme.

All students will graduate with Postgraduate Diploma Futures Studies from Stellenbosch University. If the student followed a focal area – Managing New Technology in this case – this will be displayed on their certificates.

Click here for details about our PGDip Futures Studies in Managing New Technology

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FAQs

Futures Studies is about acquiring strategic foresight to make long-range decisions in order to mitigate risk and identify opportunities. You will gain an understanding how various futures will unfold so that you can make better decisions. Futures Studies analyses the interaction between a wide range of variables or forces and distils from these forces those issues that will affect the future of a country, government, entity or individual. It studies the world of economics, politics, technology, demography, social values and other subject fields, both locally and globally. It therefore equips decision makers with ways to deal with change and to make the right decisions to survive but preferably thrive in a changing world.

An appropriate Bachelor’s degree. A minimum period of two years of experience in strategic management or strategic planning.

Yes, but on a volunteer basis only. Alumni from Stellenbosch Business School offer to mentor students during their studies and to provide career or industry advice. This service is offered in association with the Business School’s Alumni Relations Office and Career Leadership Office.

Academic assistance is offered via a web-based learning environment, various software and database resources, small-team study groups, informal learning groups and tutorials for certain modules.

Yes, South African students can spread the payment of their fees:

Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students pay a set deposit on admittance. Students on the 1-year PGDip can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students on the 2-year PGDip can spread their payment over 2 years.

Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students on the 1-year PGDip pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due 2 weeks before commencement of the programme.

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 Stellenbosch Business School – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 31 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Testimonials from our alumni

Liz Hillock, Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies 2014, has subsequently completed her MPhil in Futures Studies.

‘I found the PGDip in Futures Studies incredibly rewarding. Although it is part of the Business School, the course itself is interdisciplinary. It not only helped me in aspects of my job but, more importantly, it has enabled me to see the world at large with fresh eyes.’

Isaac Nkama, Director at Facilitation Africa, PGDip and MPhil in Futures Studies.

‘In a rapidly changing world, the ability to interpret and influence your environment can make the difference between securing your relevance in tomorrow’s world – or an irreversible error for your organisation’s future. This multidisciplinary programme is for those who recognise that the globalised and highly dynamic world is no longer business as usual, and who want to stay ahead by strategically shaping today’s developments for tomorrow’s success.’

Doris Viljoen, PGDip in Futures Studies 2016.

‘The PGDip in Futures Studies seamlessly integrates seemingly dissimilar fields into a whole that both challenged and extended my perspective of our complex world. I enjoyed the diversity of the subject material and the challenges set by the very practical assignments. I prefer to be in class with my fellow students, but the option to attend virtually meant that I could travel and still attend class from wherever there was an internet connection.’


Postgraduate Diploma Business Management and Administration

Postgraduate Diploma Business Management and Administration

Acquire the managerial and entrepreneurial skills to start a business or manage a division

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Course Overview
Modular
Course starts February 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Blended
Course starts January 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

This internationally accredited PGDip Business Management and Administration will help you unlock the skills you need to set up and run your own business or practice, or to prepare yourself for a managerial position. That is why it covers essential management skills such as business finance, marketing management, and entrepreneurship and innovation. It also includes a module on responsible leadership, and a module on understanding the world, which will give you the bigger picture in terms of the global, African and local ecosystems in which you operate. This PGDip can give you access to an MBA.

A transformative learning pathway awaits you – in particular if you see your future self as a manager, leader, specialist, or entrepreneur.

  • Duration: 1 year or 2 years
  • Choose between 2 formats – both allowing you to study while you work: Blended Learning (combination of online and on campus classes) and Modular (blocks of on-campus classes spread over time). Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process.
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R94 000 R 94 000 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R47 000 R47 000 R 94 000 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R98 665 R98 665 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R51 665 R51 665 R 103 330 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R 113 760 Download
Students from the rest of world
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R133 905 R133 905 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R86 905 R86 905 R 173 810 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R14 100
Students from SADC countries R49 333
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R51 940
International students from the rest of the world R66 953
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
SHL selection test fee R750

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students on the 1-year PGDip can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students on the 2-year PGDip can spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • SHL selection test fees: See Admission requirements for details about this selection test.
  • Study materials: Study fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: The Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Timetable for Modular format
YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: 28 February – 04 March (orientation on the Monday)
Block 2: 09 – 13 May
Block 3: 15 – 19 August
Block 4: 31 October – 4 November

Timetable for Blended Learning format
Orientation: 17 January
Weekly classes thereafter: 18 January – 05 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00 – 20:15)

Overview

Foundation phase modules and specialisation phase modules

The modules of the PGDip BMA are split into a foundation phase (covering skills, frameworks and tools you can apply in any field of work) and a specialisation phase (programme-specific modules).

You need to do 4 of the following 7 foundation phase modules on offer:

  • Term 1: Understanding the World
  • Term 2: Responsible Leadership
  • Term 3: Thinking Frameworks OR Business Analytics OR Managing of Projects
  • Term 4: Organisational Behaviour OR Managing Risk and Uncertainty

You also need to do the 4 specialisation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Business Finance
  • Term 2: Marketing Management
  • Term 3: Business Process Management
  • Term 4: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

 

Choose between two formats: Blended learning and modular

Choose between two formats
Blended Learning classes Modular classes
Late-afternoon classes once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on campus depending on Covid restrictions). Classes are presented on Wednesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with a short break from 18:00 to 18:15), and for some foundation modules on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with a short break from 18:00 to 18:15). The online classes are presented synchronously with the on-campus classes. Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the one-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday).
Advantages
Flexibility: Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance, which means minimum time away from work. Attending regular weekly or fortnightly classes can be likened to running a marathon.

Less travel: The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South
Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. This can also lower the opportunity cost
to obtain this qualification as you can attend all classes online.

Flexibility: Study while you work, with in-class experience and focused studies. Think of the modular blocks as sprints.

An immersive experience: Being on campus for a week at a time allows you to focus on your studies
without interruption from work. Working with your classmates in a face-to-face environment adds another
dimension to collaborative (peer-to-peer) learning and network building.

 

Choose between two duration options
1-year PGDip 2-year PGDip
Number of modules: 8 Number of modules: 8
Delivery mode for all modules (foundation and specialisation):

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session per week for 40 weeks + 4 weeks of assessments
  • Modular format: 4 full modular blocks spread over the year (i.e. mornings and afternoons)
Delivery of foundation modules in Year 1:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

Delivery of specialisation modules in Year 2:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon
Notes:

  • Each modular block runs from Monday to Friday, except the first modular block which runs from Monday to Saturday.
  • South African students who select the 2-year option will be able to pay their fees over 2 years.

It’s about acquiring managerial skills.

Stellenbosch Business School recognised the need of managers and entrepreneurs to obtain a formal business management qualification, but not necessarily an MBA. At the same time, we also recognised the need of those who wanted to prepare themselves for access to an MBA in order to move to senior level positions.

This led to the design of the Postgraduate Diploma Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA), presented for the first time in 2015, and to its redesign in 2021 to you even more flexibility and to make it even easier for you to study while you work.

The joint design of the PGDip BMA and MBA at the Business School allows students to experience an unrivalled learning path when doing the two qualifications in succession. However, the PGDip BMA is also an exit-level qualification that will not leave the graduate who does not want to do the MBA feeling short-changed. The PGDip BMA’s unique focus on general management skills, innovation, entrepreneurship and responsible leadership makes this a meaningful qualification on the African continent.

This PGDip will provide you with a transformative learning experience to acquire the leadership skills, thinking frameworks and capabilities you need to find your way forward – regardless of whether you see your future self in an executive, managerial, specialist or entrepreneurial position.

Who should enrol?

Working professionals:

  • Managers who wish to complete an MBA but who do not qualify for entry directly into a Master’s programme. Successful completion of the PGDip BMA at a particular standard (65% average) will allow entry into the MBA. Students who did not obtain 65% average are still welcome to apply for the MBA, but will be treated like any other applicant and will have to comply with the full set of admission requirements, including selection tests.
  • Entrepreneurs and managers who want to broaden their management skills, but who do not necessarily want to enrol for an MBA and/or who do not want to do research on MBA level.
  • Managers and leaders who work full-time, who cannot afford lengthy residency periods at the Business School, and/or who prefer to do most of their learning off-campus.

RPL candidates who wish to enrol for an MBA with us:

  • All Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) candidates who do not have an NQF 6 qualification have to complete an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma before doing the MBA.

What you need to apply

  • Academic qualifications: A three-year Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma at NQF level 7, or higher.
  • Work experience: A minimum of two years of relevant full-time work experience (preferably at a managerial level).
  • Selection test: SHL selection test (see below). This test is done online.
  • Essay: You need to write an essay (see below).
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.
  • Highly recommended: Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent; proficiency in English.

Important:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning: The Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its RPL process. This means that, even if you do not have the required qualifications, you can still apply based on the management experience you have gained. You still need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students, plus additional requirements. See Recognition of prior learning lower down in this section.
  • International students: International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. The Business School’s International Affairs Office will first handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. Students need to complete the online application and upload all certificates with their application. The International Affairs Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application. However, should the International Affairs Office be uncertain about the status, recognition or accreditation of your qualification, we reserve the right to refer you to SAQA before we consider your application further.
  • Vetting process: All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning tests, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See www.shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your PGDip BMA application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see www.usb.ac.za/pgdbma (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online, and they are non-refundable.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with us to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. We will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: www.shl.co.za and www.shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop and assessments need to take this into account. We do not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with us during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

Write an essay

An essay of between 400 and 500 words on the topic outlined below is to be submitted in pdf format:

Stellenbosch Business School aspires to be a source of value for a better world. How are your career goals aligned with being a source of value for a better world, and how would this postgraduate programme assist you in achieving your short-term (2 to 3 years) and long-term (10 years) career goals?

Recognition of Prior Learning

Stellenbosch Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), we may admit up to 10% of our student body per programme under RPL. RPL candidates need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students.

In addition, prospective RPL candidates applying for a Postgraduate Diploma with us have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification.
  • Have at least 10 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 the Business School with at least two references who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities (typically current or former line managers). The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The Business School’s Admissions Committee (programme head and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability to cope with the demands of the Postgraduate Diploma, they may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via the Business School’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 process.
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Course Overview
Blended
Course starts January 2023
Applications Open – enrol now

This internationally accredited PGDip Business Management and Administration will help you unlock the skills you need to set up and run your own business or practice, or to prepare yourself for a managerial position. That is why it covers essential management skills such as business finance, marketing management, and entrepreneurship and innovation. It also includes a module on responsible leadership, and a module on understanding the world, which will give you the bigger picture in terms of the global, African and local ecosystems in which you operate. This PGDip can give you access to an MBA.

A transformative learning pathway awaits you – in particular if you see your future self as a manager, leader, specialist, or entrepreneur.

  • Duration: 1 year or 2 years
  • Choose between 2 formats – both allowing you to study while you work: Blended Learning (combination of online and on campus classes) and Modular (blocks of on-campus classes spread over time). Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process.
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants
Orientation
17 January
Classes
18 January - 05 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R94 000 R 94 000 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R47 000 R47 000 R 94 000 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R98 665 R98 665 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R51 665 R51 665 R 103 330 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R 113 760 Download
Students from the rest of world
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 1 year) R133 905 R133 905 Download
PGDip in Business Man & Admin. (over 2 years) R86 905 R86 905 R 173 810 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R14 100
Students from SADC countries R49 333
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R51 940
International students from the rest of the world R66 953
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
SHL selection test fee R750

Important:

  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students on the 1-year PGDip can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students on the 2-year PGDip can spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
  • SHL selection test fees: See Admission requirements for details about this selection test.
  • Study materials: Study fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: The Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

 

FINANCING

Capitec’s credit for education solution

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

TIMETABLES

The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

Timetable for Modular format
YEAR 1 (2022):
Block 1: 28 February – 04 March (orientation on the Monday)
Block 2: 09 – 13 May
Block 3: 15 – 19 August
Block 4: 31 October – 4 November

Timetable for Blended Learning format
Orientation: 17 January
Weekly classes thereafter: 18 January – 05 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00 – 20:15)

Overview

Foundation phase modules and specialisation phase modules

The modules of the PGDip BMA are split into a foundation phase (covering skills, frameworks and tools you can apply in any field of work) and a specialisation phase (programme-specific modules).

You need to do 4 of the following 7 foundation phase modules on offer:

  • Term 1: Understanding the World
  • Term 2: Responsible Leadership
  • Term 3: Thinking Frameworks OR Business Analytics OR Managing of Projects
  • Term 4: Organisational Behaviour OR Managing Risk and Uncertainty

You also need to do the 4 specialisation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Business Finance
  • Term 2: Marketing Management
  • Term 3: Business Process Management
  • Term 4: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Choose between 2 formats: Blended learning and modular

  • Blended Learning classes: Late-afternoon classes once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on campus depending on Covid restrictions). The online classes are presented synchronously with the on-campus classes. The flexibility of digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. This also lowers the opportunity cost to obtain this postgraduate diploma as you can attend all classes online.
  • Modular classes: Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the 1-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday). The modular classes are presented on campus, which translates into in-class experience and focused studies without work interruptions.

Choose between 2 duration options: 1 year or 2 years

Choose between two formats
Blended Learning classes Modular classes
Late-afternoon classes once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on campus depending on Covid restrictions). Classes are presented on Wednesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with a short break from 18:00 to 18:15), and for some foundation modules on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with a short break from 18:00 to 18:15). The online classes are presented synchronously with the on-campus classes. Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the one-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday).
Advantages
Flexibility: Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance, which means minimum time away from work. Attending regular weekly or fortnightly classes can be likened to running a marathon.

Less travel: The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. This can also lower the opportunity cost to obtain this qualification as you can attend all classes online.

Flexibility: Study while you work, with in-class experience and focused studies. Think of the modular blocks as sprints.

An immersive experience: Being on campus for a week at a time allows you to focus on your studies without interruption from work. Working with your classmates in a face-to-face environment adds another dimension to collaborative (peer-to-peer) learning and network building.

Choose between two duration options
1-year PGDip 2-year PGDip
Number of modules: 8 Number of modules: 8
Delivery mode for all modules (foundation and specialisation):

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session per week for 40 weeks + 4 weeks of assessments
  • Modular format: 4 full modular blocks spread over the year (i.e. mornings and afternoons)
Delivery of foundation modules in Year 1:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

Delivery of specialisation modules in Year 2:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon
Notes:

  • Each modular block runs from Monday to Friday, except the first modular block which runs from Monday to Saturday.
  • South African students who select the 2-year option will be able to pay their fees over 2 years.

USB recognised the need of managers and entrepreneurs to obtain a formal business management qualification, but not necessarily an MBA. At the same time, USB also recognised the need of those who wanted to prepare themselves for access to an MBA in order to move to senior level positions.

This led to the design of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA), presented for the first time in 2015, and to its redesign in 2021 to you even more flexibility and to make it even easier for you to study while you work.

The joint design of the PGDip BMA and MBA at USB allows students to experience an unrivalled learning path when doing the two qualifications in succession. However, the PGDip BMA is also an exit-level qualification that will not leave the graduate who does not want to do the MBA feeling short-changed. The PGDip BMA’s unique focus on general management skills, innovation, entrepreneurship and responsible leadership makes this a meaningful qualification on the African continent.

This PGDip will provide you with a transformative learning experience to acquire the leadership skills, thinking frameworks and capabilities you need to find your way forward – regardless of whether you see your future self in an executive, managerial, specialist or entrepreneurial position.

Academic qualifications and other admission criteria

The following minimum admission criteria are applicable:

  • Academic qualifications: A three-year Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma at NQF level 7, or higher.
  • Work experience: A minimum of 2 years of relevant full-time work experience (preferably at managerial level).
  • Selection test: SHL selection test (see below). This test is done online.
  • Essay: You need to write an essay (see below).
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.
  • Highly recommended: Mathematics at NNS (Grade 12) level or equivalent; proficiency in English.

Note:

  • International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. You therefore need to complete the online application, and upload all certificates to your application. The International Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application.
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning tests, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

The SHL is not about failing or passing. It is about determining your strengths and growth areas. The early identification of growth areas allows you to prepare yourself well and focus your efforts on academic and career success. As a responsible institution, USB needs to ensure that all students admitted are provided with the best possible chance to succeed in their studies and careers. The SHL is used in combination with the essay(s) required as part of the application process, prior academic results and work experience to form a clear picture on which to base admission and development decisions. Click here for more information on how we use the SHL to help students.

 

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your PGDip BMA application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see usb.ac.za/pgdbma (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with USB to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. USB will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop and assessments need to take this into account. USB does not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with USB during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

Motivational essay

Write an essay of between 400 and 500 words on the topic outlined below and submit it in PDF format. Please indicate the word count at the end of your essay:

USB aspires to be a source of value for a better world. How are your career goals aligned with being a source of value for a better world, and how would this postgraduate programme assist you in achieving your short-term (2 to 3 years) and long-term (10 years) career goals?

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 on Higher Education, 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, prospective RPL candidates 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 that can be download under the guideline documents in the application form.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • USB’s Admissions Committee (programme head and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability 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.
  • Important: RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October to allow sufficient time for the assessment process

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FAQs

Yes, the Postgraduate Diploma Business Administration provides access to our MBA. Graduates will get recognition for 32 credits (15%) on the MBA.

All PGDip modules are assessed. Specific timeslots are allocated for assessments. A combination of assessments is used, which may include individual assignments, team assignments and individual tests.

Yes, but on a volunteer basis only. Alumni from Stellenbosch Business School offer to mentor students during their studies and to provide career or industry advice. This service is offered in association with our Alumni Relations Office and Career Leadership Office.

Academic assistance is offered via a web-based learning environment, various software and database resources, small-team study groups, informal learning groups and tutorials for certain modules.

Being fully prepared for each class session is extremely important. This starts with the compulsory reading and completion of online work prior to the contact sessions on campus. When you make time available to spend with the learning material prior to each block you will not fall into a pattern of playing catch-up at the time. This will help you to enjoy your studies, contribute in class and succeed in your studies.

Yes, students can spread the payment of their fees:

Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students pay a set deposit on admittance. Students on the 1-year PGDip can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students on the 2-year PGDip can spread their payment over 2 years.

Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due 2 weeks before commencement of the programme.

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 Stellenbosch Business School – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 31 October each year.

Yes. This PGDip has been redesigned with this flexibility in mind. This gives you options such as the following:

  • Duration flexibility: Study over 1 year or over 2 years.
  • Format flexibility: Attend classes online (blended learning) or on campus (modular).

If you choose the 1-year PGDip in the blended learning format, you will have 1 late afternoon session once a week. If you choose the 2-year PGDip in the blended learning format, you will have 1 late afternoon session once every fortnight. This means minimum time away from work. The blended-learning classes are delivered synchronously with the on-campus classes. If you opt for the blended-learning classes, you will be able to immerse yourself in a premium learning experience using an internet-linked laptop from wherever you are in the world.

If you choose the 1-year PGDip in the modular format, you will have 4 full modular blocks spread over the year (i.e. mornings and afternoons). If you choose the 2-year PGDip in the modular format, you will have 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon. These classes are presented on campus (unless Covid restrictions prevent this, in which case the classes will be presented online). The modular classes provide you with in-class experience and focused studies without work interruptions.

Testimonials from our alumni

Rushana Hartnick, Current Student.

   

 

Cecilia van der Walt, PGDip in Business Management and Administration, Asset Finance Consultant, Bidvest Bank.

“This programme has inspired me to become a catalyst for change in the entrepreneurial sector of our country. It has encouraged me to become an effective leader and it challenges any traditional thinking.”

Deshan Raidoo, PGDip in Business Management and Administration, Plant Manager: Iron Making, ArcelorMittal South Africa.

“The experience on USB’s PGDip in Business Management and Administration has already begun to transform my life. USB has made the transition from the office to the business school very pleasant. The networking on the programme is incredible.”

Phemelo Mitchell, 2015 PGDip in Business Management and Administration, Contracts Engineer, Actom: John Thompson.

“I enrolled for the PGDip in Business Management and Administration to gain insight into what the MBA entails as I would like to do my MBA as well. I cannot always attend the class sessions because I work on sites locally and internationally, but through the accessibility of learning, this programme allows me to continue with my education from anywhere in the world as long as I have internet connection.”


Postgraduate Diploma Development Finance​

Postgraduate Diploma Development Finance​

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

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  • Structure & Content
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Course Overview
Modular
Course starts February 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Blended
Course starts January 2023
Fees R 94 000 (2022)
Applications Open – enrol now

This internationally accredited PGDip will equip you with the know-how to help design and implement financing interventions for initiatives such as roads, energy plants, dams, schools, houses, hospitals and telecommunication infrastructure. These are crucial skills needed to help unlock Africa’s future.

You will learn how to design and implement African-driven solutions, and how to shape the policies and programmes to make this happen. You will also be exposed to skills that are critical for Africa’s future – such as responsible leadership, the management of risk and uncertainty, and the management of projects.

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

This qualification will enable you to work in development finance environments in both the public and private sectors. This PGDip can give you access to the MPhil Development Finance, MBA (generalist and Project Management streams), and MPhil Management Coaching.

  • Duration: 1 year or 2 years
  • Choose between 2 formats – both allowing you to study while you work: Blended Learning (combination of online and on campus classes) and Modular (blocks of on-campus classes spread over time). Find more information about Blended Learning’s combination of technology with a strong human touch here.
  • How to apply: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process
  • Deadlines for applications and SHL selection tests: 15 November for students from South Africa, visa-exempt SADC countries, and the rest of the world; 31 October for RPL applicants

FEES

The fees below are for 2022. The fees for 2023 will be posted once these become available.

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
PGDip in Development Finance (over 1 year) R94 000 R 94 000 Download
PGDip in Development Finance (over 2 years) R47 000 R47 000 R 94 000 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
PGDip in Development Finance (over 1 year) R98 665 R98 665 Download
PGDip in Development Finance (over 2 years) R51 665 R51 665 R 103 330 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
PGDip in Development Finance (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip in Development Finance (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R 113 760 Download
Students from the rest of world
PGDip in Development Finance (over 1 year) R133 905 R133 905 Download
PGDip in Development Finance (over 2 years) R86 905 R86 905 R 173 810 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R14 100
Students from SADC countries R49 333
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R51 940
International students from the rest of the world R66 953
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all  students) R850
SHL selection test fee R750
  • Important:
    • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students on the 1-year PGDip can pay the full programme fees upon registration, or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students on the 2-year PGDip can spread their payment over 2 years.
    • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
    • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
    • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
    • Additional fees for international students: International students pay an International Registration Fee (IRF) per academic year. Students from countries other than those in the Southern African Development Community also pay an International Tuition Fee (ITF) (i.e. students from SADC countries are exempt from the ITF).
    • SHL selection test fees: See Admission requirements for details about this selection test.
    • Study materials: Study fees include tuition, assessment and e-textbooks.
    • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
    • Fee changes: Stellenbosch Business School reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

     

    FINANCING

    Capitec’s credit for education solution

    Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from Stellenbosch Business School is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through the Business School’s website. Go to the academic programme in which you are interested (see the FEES tab) and apply via the link supplied. Or go to www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-creditsolution/.

    Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

     

    TIMETABLES

    The timetables below are for 2022. The timetables for 2023 will be posted once the dates become available.

     

    Timetable for Modular format

    YEAR 1 (2022):

    Block 1: 28 February – 4 March (orientation on the Monday)

    Block 2: 23 – 27 May

    Block 3: 15 – 19 August

    Block 4: 31 October – 4 November

     

    Timetable for Blended Learning format

    YEAR 1 (2022):

    Orientation: 17 January

    Weekly classes thereafter: 18 January – 5 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)

Overview

The modules of the PGDip DevFin are split into a foundation phase (covering skills, frameworks and tools you can apply in any field of work) and a specialisation phase (programme-specific modules).

You need to do these 4 foundation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Understanding the World
  • Term 2: Responsible Leadership
  • Term 3: Managing of Projects
  • Term 4: Managing Risk and Uncertainty

You also need to do the 4 specialisation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Financing for Development
  • Term 2: Financial Analysis and Project Appraisal
  • Term 3: Financing Public Sector Projects
  • Term 4: M&E of Development Projects

 

 

Choose between two formats

 

Blended Learning classes Modular classes
 

Late-afternoon classes once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on campus depending on Covid restrictions). Classes are presented on Tuesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with 15-minute break from 18:00 to 18:15), and for some foundation modules on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15 (with 15-minute break from 18:00 to 18:15). The online classes are presented synchronously with the on-campus classes.

 

Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the one-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Saturday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Saturday).

Advantages
Flexibility: Study while you work with the flexibility of digital class attendance, which means minimum time away from work. Attending regular weekly or fortnightly classes can be likened to running a marathon.

 

Less travel: The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. This can also lower the opportunity cost to obtain this qualification as you can attend all classes online.

 

Flexibility: Study while you work, with in-class experience and focused studies. Think of the modular blocks as sprints.

 

 

 

An immersive experience: Being on campus for a week at a time allows you to focus on your studies without interruption from work. Working with your classmates in a face-to-face environment adds another dimension to collaborative (peer-to-peer) learning and network building.

 

 

 

Choose between two duration options

 

 

 

1-year PGDip

 

 

2-year PGDip

Number of modules: 8

 

Number of modules: 8

 

Delivery mode for all modules (foundation and specialisation):

·Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session per week for 40 weeks + 4 weeks of assessments

·Modular format: 4 full modular blocks spread over the year (i.e. mornings and afternoons)

 

Delivery of foundation modules in Year 1:

·Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week

·Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

 

Delivery of specialisation modules in Year 2:

·Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session every second week

·Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

 

 

Notes:

·Each modular block runs from Monday to Friday, except the first modular block which runs from Monday to Saturday.

·South African students who select the 2-year option will be able to pay their fees over 2 years.

 

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 entry-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.

What you need to apply

  • Academic qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in 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 (see elsewhere in brochure).
  • Selection test: SHL selection test (see below). This test is done online.
  • Essay: You need to write an essay (see below).
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.
  • Highly recommended: Proficiency in English.

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning tests, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your PGDip Development Finance application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see usb.ac.za/pgddevfin (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online, and they are non-refundable.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with Stellenbosch Business School to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. The Business School will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop and assessments need to take this into account. Stellenbosch Business School does not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with Stellenbosch Business School during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

Write an essay

An essay of between 400 and 500 words on the topic outlined below is to be submitted in pdf format:

Stellenbosch Business School aspires to be a source of value for a better world. How are your career goals aligned with being a source of value for a better world, and how would this postgraduate programme assist you in achieving your short-term (2 to 3 years) and long-term (10 years) career goals?

 Recognition of Prior Learning

Stellenbosch Business School provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), we may admit up to 10% of our student body per programme under RPL. In order to be admitted to a Postgraduate Diploma at the Business School, candidates should be in possession of a relevant degree or National Diploma at NQF level 7.

 

Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL 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 Stellenbosch Business School need to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required)
  • Have at least 10 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 the Business School with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. The references will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be download from the application form.
  • Write and submit three motivational essays (specific topics are provided)

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The Business School’s Admissions Committee (programme head and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability to cope with the demands of the Postgraduate Diploma, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via Stellenbosch Business School’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 each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.
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Course Overview
Blended Learning
Course starts 17 January 2022
Applications SHL AND APPLICATION DEADLINE: 03 December (SA and International) | 1 Oct (RPL)

USB’s internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance (PGDip DevFin) is 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. You will also be exposed to skills that are critical for Africa’s future – such as responsible leadership, the management of risk and uncertainty, and the management of projects.

Growth initiatives in this context 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 acquired can be applied in any developing country. Over the past five years, students from over 18 countries attended the programme.

This qualification will enable you to work in development finance environments in both the public and private sectors. This PGDip can give you access to the MPhil in Development Finance, MBA (generalist and Project Management streams), and MPhil in Management Coaching.

NEW! This PGDip has been redesigned to give you unrivalled flexibility. Among others, you can choose the format (blended learning or modular) and duration (1 year or 2 years), making it easier for you to study while you work. See how USB’s redesigned PGDips can benefit you.

ABOUT BLENDED LEARNING: The blended learning format enables you to attend class on campus or remotely via an internet-linked laptop. This means you will be able to immerse yourself in a premium learning experience from wherever you are in the world. We have been investing in this technology since 2015 and our lecturers are trained in the art of virtual facilitation and teaching. See how blended learning works at USB.

HOW TO APPLY: Click here to see the 8 steps of the application process

 

Orientation
17 January
Classes
18 January - 05 December (Tuesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)

Programme tuition fees for 2022

Students from South Africa 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
PGDip in Development Finance (over 1 year) R94 000 R 94 000 Download
PGDip in Development Finance (over 2 years) R47 000 R47 000 R 94 000 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries
PGDip in Development Finance (over 1 year) R98 665 R98 665 Download
PGDip in Development Finance (over 2 years) R51 665 R51 665 R 103 330 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)
PGDip in Development Finance (over 1 year) R103 880 R103 880 Download
PGDip in Development Finance (over 2 years) R56 880 R56 880 R 113 760 Download
Students from the rest of world
PGDip in Development Finance (over 1 year) R133 905 R133 905 Download
PGDip in Development Finance (over 2 years) R86 905 R86 905 R 173 810 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa R14 100
Students from SADC countries R49 333
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R51 940
International students from the rest of the world R66 953
Application fee and SHL tests for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all  students) R850
SHL selection test fee R750
  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students can pay the full programme fees upon registration or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students doing their PGDip over 2 years can spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application and SHL fee: The application and SHL fee must accompany the application. These fees are non-refundable.
  • Fees for 2023: The fees for the second year of enrolment will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases. .
  • Study materials: Study fees include books and study materials.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

Financing

Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from USB is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through USB’s website. See https://www.usb.ac.za/academic-programmes/capitec-credit-for-education/ for details.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).

Overview

Foundation phase modules and specialisation phase modules

The modules of the PGDip DevFin are split into a foundation phase (covering skills, frameworks and tools you can apply in any field of work) and a specialisation phase (programme-specific modules).

You need to do these 4 foundation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Understanding the World
  • Term 2: Responsible Leadership
  • Term 3: Managing of Projects
  • Term 4: Managing Risk and Uncertainty

 

You also need to do the 4 specialisation phase modules:

  • Term 1: Financing for Development
  • Term 2: Financial Analysis and Project Appraisal
  • Term 3: Financing Public Sector Projects
  • Term 4: M&E of Development Projects

 

Choose between 2 formats: Blended learning and modular

  • Blended Learning classes: Late-afternoon classes once every week for those doing their PGDip over 1 year, or once every fortnight for those doing their PGDip over 2 years. The blended learning classes are presented online (and also on campus depending on Covid restrictions). The online classes are presented synchronously with the on-campus classes. The flexibility of digital class attendance means minimum time away from work. The blended learning delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. This also lowers the opportunity cost to obtain this PGDip as you can attend all classes online.
  • Modular classes: Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the 1-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday). The modular classes are presented on campus, which translates into in-class experience and focused studies without work interruptions.

Choose between 2 duration options: 1 year or 2 years

1-year PGDip

2-year PGDip

Number of modules: 8 Number of modules: 8
Delivery mode for all modules (foundation and specialisation):

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session per week for 40 weeks + 4 weeks of assessments
  • Modular format: 4 full modular blocks spread over the year (i.e. mornings and afternoons)
Delivery of foundation modules in Year 1:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session once every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon

Delivery of specialisation modules in Year 2:

  • Blended learning format: 1 late afternoon session once every second week
  • Modular format: 4 block weeks per year with classes either in the morning or the afternoon
Notes:

  • Each modular block runs from Monday to Friday, except the first modular block which runs from Monday to Saturday.
  • Students who select the 2-year option will be able to pay their fees over 2 years.

Overview

Stellenbosch Business School’s Postgraduate Diploma Development Finance was the first of its kind in Africa when we launched it in 2013. After a careful analysis of the needs of the market and engagement with stakeholders, we redesigned the programme in 2022. The newly redesigned PGDip is aimed at providing you with a unique, relevant, and practical learning experience. It blends development finance specific training with knowledge that will equip you with a skill set to thrive in any business environment.

The development finance specific contents focus on the critical skills you need to design and implement financing interventions aimed at unleashing economic development opportunities in South Africa as well as the greater Africa. These initiatives range from roads, energy plants, dams, schools, houses, hospitals and telecommunication infrastructure to small and medium-sized businesses.

The PGDip includes a module on responsible leadership, which forms part of the DNA of all our programmes. This will help to prepare you to take on more responsibilities in the ecosystem in which you operate.

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 entry-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.

Who should enrol?

If you are an entry-level or mid-level manager who is interested in a career in development finance, this is the programme you should consider. Graduates typically work in the financial services industry, public institutions, banks, companies, or corporates, and development finance institutions.

Academic qualifications and other admission criteria
The following minimum admission criteria are applicable:

  • Academic qualifications: 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.
  • Selection test: SHL selection test. This test is done online.
  • Essay: You need to write an essay.
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.
  • Highly recommended: Proficiency in English.

Note:

  • International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. You therefore need to complete the online application, and upload all certificates to your application. The International Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application.
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

SHL selection test

You need to complete the SHL abilities selection test as part of your application process. The test consists of verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning tests, which are used for selection and for the identification of your development areas.

The SHL is not about failing or passing. It is about determining your strengths and growth areas. The early identification of growth areas allows you to prepare yourself well and focus your efforts on academic and career success. As a responsible institution, USB needs to ensure that all students admitted are provided with the best possible chance to succeed in their studies and careers. The SHL is used in combination with the essay(s) required as part of the application process, prior academic results and work experience to form a clear picture on which to base admission and development decisions. Click here for more information on how we use the SHL to help students.

 

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Preparation: No preparation is required. However, you are encouraged to perform a practice test to familiarise yourself with the test format. See shl.com/shldirect/en-us/practice-tests/
  • About the test: The SHL test is done online. (Random verification might be requested.) You will be provided with a link to the SHL test once you have paid your PGDip BMA application fee and SHL selection test fee, and after you have submitted your application form and have received your provisional student number. (You need to use this provisional student number when writing the SHL.)
  • Cost: For fees, please see usb.ac.za/pgddevfin (click on Fees tab). See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference. The application fee and SHL selection test fee can be paid online.
  • Link to the SHL selection test: You do not have to arrange with USB to write the SHL test. You will receive a link to the test once the relevant payments have been received and you have submitted your application form. USB will receive your results directly from SHL and will upload it to your application form on your behalf.
  • Additional information: shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/
  • Important: The SHL selection test is valid for 18 months. If your SHL selection test results are older than this, you should ideally rewrite the test as people grow and develop and assessments need to take this into account. USB does not consider SHL tests from other institutions as you may have written a different type or level of test, or you may have been compared to a different comparison group. If you have completed the SHL with USB during the past 18 months, you do not have to rewrite the test.

Motivational essay

Write an essay of between 400 and 500 words on the topic outlined below and submit it in PDF format. Please indicate the word count at the end of your essay:

USB aspires to be a source of value for a better world. How are your career goals aligned with being a source of value for a better world, and how would this postgraduate programme assist you in achieving your short-term (2 to 3 years) and long-term (10 years) career goals?

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 on Higher Education, 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, prospective RPL candidates 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 referents who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities (typically current or former line managers). The referents will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be downloaded on the application form.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • USB’s Admissions Committee (programme head and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability 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.
  • Important: RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October to allow sufficient time for the assessment process

PROGRAMME HEAD

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PhD Development Finance​​

  • Development Finance

This programme is the first of its kind in Africa, focussing on specialised research to support the growth agendas of South Africa and Africa. Advanced knowledge of development finance is typically required in senior positions in policy-making institutions, government, public and private corporations, financial institutions and international organisations.

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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. South African students doing their PGDip over 2 years can spread their payment over 2 years. 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 Stellenbosch Business School – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 31 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

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.’