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Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management

Postgraduate Diploma in
Project Management​

Learn how to confidently manage projects in a competitive business environment

  • Modular
  • Blended
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts Beginning of 2022
Application closes 15 Nov (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.

The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

Application deadlines

South African applicants: 15 November each year (SHL and application deadline)

RPL applicants: 31 October each year

Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November each year

Applicants from rest of world: 15 November each year

These are the fees for 2021. The fees for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

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

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: Responsi
  • 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). Classes are presented on Tuesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15, and for some foundation modules on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15. 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 qualifications require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle your credential evaluation free of charge. Please enquire at [email protected].

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.

  • 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.
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or e-mail [email protected].
  • Additional information: shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/

 

Write an essay

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

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 references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms provided by USB.

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.
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts Beginning of 2022
Application closes 15 Nov (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.

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

Application deadlines

  • South African applicants: 15 November each year (SHL and application deadline)
  • RPL applicants: 31 October each year
  • Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November each year
  • Applicants from rest of world: 15 November each year
Block 1 (on campus)
08 – 13 March 2021
Thereafter (Wednesdays 18:15-20:15)
03 May - 08 November 2021

These are the fees for 2021. The fees for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

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

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). Classes are presented on Tuesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15, and for some foundation modules on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15. 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 qualifications require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle your credential evaluation free of charge. Please enquire at [email protected].

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.

  • 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.
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or e-mail [email protected].
  • Additional information: shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/

 

Write an essay

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

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 references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms provided by USB.

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
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

[email protected]

  • 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. The programme incorporates advanced management competencies and strategic project management skills, allowing graduates to fill senior-level positions in any organisation.
  • 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 SMEs and NGOs to corporates and global players) in any industry (not only 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, because this programme is presented on NQF level 8 which is the equivalent of an Honours degree

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 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.

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.


Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration

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

  • Modular
  • Blended
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts Beginning of 2022
Application closes 15 Nov (SA and international) | 31 Oct (RPL)

USB’s internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA) 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.

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.

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

 

Application deadlines

South African applicants: 15 November each year (SHL and application deadline)
RPL applicants: 31 October each year
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November each year
Applicants from rest of world: 15 November each year

Year 1
5 blocks, each of which lasts one working week
Block 1
1 – 6 February 2021
Block 2
12 – 17 April 2021
Block 3
21 – 26 June 2021
Block 4
13 – 18 September 2021
Block 5
22 – 27 November 2021

The fees below are the tuition fees for 2021 (with fee relief incorporated). Programme fees for 2022 will be published once this information becomes available.

 

Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R89 885 Download
Students from the Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R94 385 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R99 415 Download
Students from the rest of the world R127 915 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2021
Students from South Africa R13 060
Students from the SADC countries R50 395
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R53 450
Students from the rest of the world R53 450
Application fee for 2021
Application fee R850
SHL selection test
Applicable to all students R2 950

 

  • 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

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). Classes are presented on Tuesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15, and for some foundation modules on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15. 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 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 qualifications require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle your credential evaluation free of charge. Please enquire at [email protected].

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.

  • 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 BMA application fee.
  • Cost: For fees, please see usb.ac.za/pgdbma. See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference.
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or e-mail [email protected].
  • Additional information: shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/

Note: Your SHL test results form part of your application package. The results must therefore be available to the USB Admissions Office before the closing date for applications.

Write an essay

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

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 references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms provided by USB.

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.
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts Beginning of 2022
Application closes 15 Nov (SA and international) | 31 Oct (RPL)

USB’s internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA) 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.

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.

These are the dates for 2021. The dates for 2022 will be added once they have been finalised.

 

Application deadlines

South African applicants: 15 November each year (SHL and application deadline)
RPL applicants: 31 October each year
Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November each year
Applicants from rest of world: 15 November each year

Initial on-campus block
18 - 23 January 2021 (including orientation)
Thereafter
Every Wednesday evening from 16:00-20:15
Block 2
22 – 27 November 2021

The fees below are the tuition fees for 2021 (with fee relief incorporated). Programme fees for 2022 will be published once this information becomes available.

 

Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R89 885 Download
Students from the Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R94 385 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R99 415 Download
Students from the rest of the world R127 915 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2021
Students from South Africa R13 060
Students from the SADC countries R50 395
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R53 450
Students from the rest of the world R53 450
Application fee for 2021
Application fee R850
SHL selection test
Applicable to all students R2 950

 

  • 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

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). Classes are presented on Tuesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15, and for some foundation modules on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15. 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 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 qualifications require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle your credential evaluation free of charge. Please enquire at [email protected].

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.

  • 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 BMA application fee.
  • Cost: For fees, please see usb.ac.za/pgdbma. See bank details under How to apply and use your provisional student number as reference.
  • Book: Contact USB on telephone 021 918 4239 or e-mail [email protected].
  • Additional information: shl.com/en/assessments/cognitive-ability/

Note: Your SHL test results form part of your application package. The results must therefore be available to the USB Admissions Office before the closing date for applications.

Write an essay

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

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 references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms provided by USB.

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.

USB’s PGDip BMA – Ranked 2nd in Africa in the General Management category – Eduniversal

PROGRAMME HEAD
Tasneem Motala

Tasneem Motala is a senior lecturer in Operations Management and Process Innovation at USB. Her research interests include the impact of operational interventions (such as automation) on organisational behaviour, process optimisation, blue-collar employee motivation and service excellence. With a background in engineering, she brings a wealth of professional and practical experience to her teaching role. Prior to joining USB as a faculty member in 2016, she worked in the petrochemical industry for nine years. Here, she specialised in process control and optimisation. She holds a cum laude MBA from USB and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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.

albert brand BMA

Albert Brand 
Portfolio Optimisation Specialist at Jumo World

[email protected]

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  • Who should enrol?
  • What are the benefits?

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 USB, and/or who prefer to do most of their learning off-campus.

RPL candidates who wish to enrol for an MBA at USB

  • 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.

This is what you will gain from your studies:

  • Essential management skills: This PGDip covers the general skills you need to manage an organisational department or your own business. This includes responsible leadership, business finance, and business process management.
  • An entrepreneurial approach to business: This programme’s strong focus on entrepreneurship means you will acquire the skills to turn your ideas into a profitable business.
  • Responsible leadership skills: On the PGDip BMA, an entire module is dedicated to this.
  • Understanding context: You will also do a module on understanding the world. This will give you the bigger picture in terms of the global, African and local ecosystems in which you operate.
  • Gaining a global perspective with unique African contextualisation: The content of this programme is focused on Africa and those wishing to do business on the African continent. At the same time, you will gain a global perspective as a result of USB’s international accreditations, partnerships and cooperation initiatives.

Testimonials from our alumni

   

 

Rushana Hartnick, Current Student,

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

FAQs

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

No. This learn-while-you-earn programme has two formats: a blended learning format which combines on-campus and online classes, and a modular format covered in five on-campus blocks over the year.​​

Students are assessed on an ongoing basis. The final performance mark is based on online assessments, individual and group assignments, class participation, simulations, class presentations and the analysis of case studies. The continuous assessment system implies that there is no opportunity to resubmit assignments to improve grades. Tests take place between block weeks (Modular MBA) or in between classes (Blended Learning MBA), and not during scheduled class times. Tests can be written on campus or via our secure proctoring service from any approved remote location.

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

Yes, but on a volunteer basis only. USB alumni offer to mentor students during their studies and to provide career or industry advice. This service is offered in association with USB’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.

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 on the 1-year PGDip pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due 2 weeks before commencement of the programme. International admitted students on the 2-year PGDip can spread their payment over 2 years.

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for international applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries. Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 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.

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