Project Management

Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management

Postgraduate Diploma in
Project Management​

Learn how to confidently manage projects in a competitive business environment

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  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts 08 March 2021
Application closes 15 December 2020 (SA) / 15 November 2020 (International)

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

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

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

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Format: Blended learning

Application deadlines

  • South African applicants: 15 December
  • RPL applicants: 15 November
  • Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November
  • Applicants from the rest of the world: 15 November
Block 1 (on campus)
08 – 12 March 2021
Thereafter (Wednesdays 18:15-20:15)
03 May - 08 November 2021

 

Programme fees for 2021 2021 2022 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R67 790 R67 795 R135 585 Download
Students from the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) countries
R72 290 R72 295 R144 585 Download
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R77 320 R77 325 R154 645 Download
International students from the rest of the world R105 820 R105 825 R211 645 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2021
Students from South Africa R13 060
Students from the SADC countries R36 145
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R38 660
Students from the rest of the world R52 910
Application fee for 2021
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is not refundable.
  • Travelling, accommodation and meals are for students’ own accounts.
  • USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

Overview

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

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

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

See how blended learning works at USB.

Core modules

The eight core modules are compulsory:

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

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

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

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

  • At least a relevant Bachelor’s or Honours degree
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in a project management position in an organisation
  • Mathematical skills equal to NQF Level 4 are highly recommended
  • RPL candidates must have at least 10 years of work experience in project management and a portfolio of proven comparable competencies

NOTE: International students require a SAQA evaluation to evaluate your degree according to South African standards.  USB’s International Affairs Office will handle your credential evaluation free of charge.  Please complete an online application, upload all certificates to your application. The international office will conduct an in-house credential evaluation, after we received your submission and application fee, as part of the process.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • Have at least TEN years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least FIVE years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information of activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide USB with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities (on forms provided by USB).

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • The programme head and another academic will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate and make a recommendation about admission.
  • USB’s Admissions Committee will consider the full application including the interview recommendation and the inputs received from the references for admission.
  • A notice of admission is sent via USB’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • The deadline is 15 November each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.
PROGRAMME HEAD
Mr MC Botha

 

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

Programme Ambassadors

These programme ambassadors are current students and alumni who support prospective students in their new stage of life and share their personal experience about studying at USB.

Jessica

Jessica Vervalle
Teacher Plant Sciences & Biology at Wageningen University & Research

jvervalle@gmail.com

  • Who should enrol?
  • What will you gain?
  • Project managers from the whole spectrum of middle, senior and executive management levels in all economic sectors and in all types of private and public enterprises
  • Managers who have the potential to be promoted to higher management positions
  • Those who need an NQF level 8 qualification to apply for an MBA
  • The ability to manage projects confidently because you have both project management skills and business management skills
  • A sought-after skill because proper project management competencies are scare all over the world (Fortune Magazine says project management is the number one career choice)
  • The ability to take on managerial positions in any type of business (from SMMEs and NGOs to corporates and global players) in any industry (not construction, engineering and the energy sectors but also newer industries like IT management, health care management, financial services and research)
  • The ability to contribute to the empowerment of the workforce
  • Access to an MBA

Testimonials from our alumni

‘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.’

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

‘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.’

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

‘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.’

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

FAQs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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