Postgraduate Diploma Strategy

Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management

Postgraduate Diploma in
Project Management​

Learn how to confidently manage projects in a competitive business environment

  • Blended
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts 08 March 2021
Application closes 15 December 2020 (SA) / 31 October 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: 31 October
  • Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October
  • Applicants from the rest of the world: 31 October

 

Block 1 (on campus)
08 – 12 March 2021
Thereafter (Wednesdays 18:15-20:15)
03 May - 08 November 2021

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

Overview

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

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

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

See how blended learning works at USB.

Core modules

The eight core modules are compulsory:

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

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

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

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

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

Recognition of Prior Learning

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

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

The RPL selection process entails the following:

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


Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies

Postgraduate Diploma in
Futures Studies

Acquire the strategic foresight to help create a better future

  • Blended
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts 20 January 2021
Application closes 15 November 2020 (SA) / 30 October 2020 (International)

USB’s internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in 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.

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 Africa and South Africa’s unique developmental challenges into account. See how blended learning works at USB.

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Format: 1 on-campus block + about 25 weekly blended learning (online) sessions

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. Read our overview of USB’s Futures Studies programmes.

Deadline for applications

  • South African applicants: 15 November
  • International applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 30 October
  • International applicants from the rest of world: 30 October
YEAR 1
Orientation
20 – 23 January 2021
Classes
2 February – 7 September 2021 (Tuesday evenings from 18:00-20:00)
  • These are the provisional tuition fees for 2020. Programme fees for 2021 will be published once this information becomes available.
Programme tuition fees for 2020 Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R98 900 Request Quote
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R103 170 Request Quote
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R107 940 Request Quote
Students from the rest of the world R160 220 Request Quote
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2020
Students from South Africa R12 600
Students from SADC countries R51 585
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)​​ R53 970
International students from the rest of the world R80 110
Application fee for 2020
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R800

 

 

Overview

The PGDip in Futures Studies is structured conveniently so that you can manage your studies around your professional life. Attend 1 block on campus at the start of the year and about 25 weekly blended learning sessions thereafter (online or on campus).

Core Modules

  • Applied Philosophy
  • Applied Systems Thinking
  • Managing for Change
  • Measuring and Making the Future
  • Principles of Futures Studies
  • Understanding the World

This programme will equip you with the skills to make strategic decisions for a better future, while taking into account increasing competitiveness, complexity and volatility. The programme will 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
  • Managing organisational strategies so as to create a desired future.

This qualification is aimed at those people in organisations who wish to enhance their understanding of possible changes in their long-term future and their ability to respond accordingly. This is 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.

To apply for the PGDip in Futures Studies you must meet the following requirements:

  • A relevant Bachelor’s or Honours degree
  • At least 2 years of experience in strategic management or strategic planning
  • International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at saqainfo@saqa.org.za

Recognition of Prior Learning

USB provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council for Higher Education, 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 30 October to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.
PROGRAMME HEAD
Professor André Roux

Professor André Roux is the programme head of USB’s Futures Studies programmes. His areas of expertise are Management Economics and Futures Studies. He holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University. He lectures on Economics and Futures Thinking at USB, in other African countries and in Europe. In 2016 and 2017, he won the Best Lecturer Award in Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.

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.

Jackie Nagtegaal futures studies

Advocate Jackie Nagtegaal 
Managing Director at LIPCO

jackien@lawforall.co.za

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  • Who should enrol?
  • What will you gain?

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. The programme is therefore aimed at:

  • Strategic planners, managing directors, CEOs and anybody involved in strategic planning over five to 20 years and longer
  • Anyone who wants to play a role in creating a better future for South Africa and for Africa.

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

  • The ability to help design the future: Enhance your understanding of possible changes in your long-term future and respond accordingly. This includes a holistic understanding of the social, ethical, political, technical and economic forces shaping the future.
  • The ability to handle complexity in organisations: Acquire the high-level competencies required to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment while taking into account the unique developmental challenges of Africa and South Africa.
  • The ability to make strategic decisions: Make significant strategic decisions for the long term in an environment characterised by increasing international competitiveness and volatility.
  • Access to the MPhil in Futures Studies: This PGDip contains the essence of the learning assumed to be in place to complete the 180-credit MPhil in Futures Studies for those who pass at a particular level. The MPhil builds on the PGDip to deepen your understanding of futures concepts and tools.

Testimonials from our alumni

‘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.’

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

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

‘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.’

Doris Viljoen, PGDip in Futures Studies 2016,

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.

If you play a role in the direction of a business, the decisions you make must be aligned with where the business world is going. Futures Studies will enhance your understanding of possible changes in the long-term future and equip you with the correct methods to respond accordingly. This will enable you to make better use of opportunities and also to contain risks more effectively.

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. 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, syndicate groups (dedicated study groups), informal learning groups and tutorials for certain modules.

There are six modules.

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

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for international applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries. Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

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

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Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration

Acquire managerial and entrepreneurial skills to start your own business

  • Blended
  • Modular
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
  • Selection test
Course Overview
Course starts 18 January 2021
Application closes 15 November 2020

USB’s internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA) is particularly suited to help you unlock the skills you need to set up and run your own business or practice. It covers essential management skills, entrepreneurship and innovation, and digital literacy. The programme is presented in two formats: Modular and Blended Learning. Both formats are aimed at those who want to study while they work.

This is the ideal start-your-own-business programme. Passed at a certain level, this one-year PGDip can give you access to an MBA.

Blended learning: Attend class from anywhere in the world
The blended learning format allows you to join the class in real time in one of two ways: via any internet-linked smart phone, laptop or device, or on campus. The online classes are delivered synchronously with the on-campus classes.

USB’s high-tech class rooms allow the lecturers to see, in real time, the faces of all the online students portrayed onto a screen. This virtual environment enables you to actively participate in classroom discussions. The lecturers can talk directly to each student, whether they are logging in from an airport in Europe, a boardroom in Africa or an office at home, or physically present in the class. See how blended learning works at USB.

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

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

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

Programme tuition fees for 2020 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R98 165 Request Quote
Students from the Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R102 435 Request Quote
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R107 205 Request Quote
Students from the rest of the world R159 485 Request Quote
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2020
Students from South Africa R12 600
Students from the SADC countries R51 218
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R53 603
Students from the rest of the world R79 743
Application fee for 2020
Application fee R800
SHL selection test
Applicable to all students R2 900

Overview

USB’s one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration is aimed at working professionals who want to acquire general management skills underpinned by an entrepreneurial approach to business. These skills can be applied in any type of business and in any industry.

The programme includes a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship knowledge, innovation, and the digital processes and tools of today’s workplace. This will enable you to confidently start up and manage a business in today’s work environment.

The programme is structured into 12 core modules (compulsory) and 3 electives (from various on offer).

Core modules

This PGDip in Business Management and Administration is made up of 12 core modules:

  • Digital Quotient
  • Economics for Managers
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information Systems Principles
  • Innovation Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Principles of Operations
  • Sustainable Enterprise
  • Systems Methods

Electives

You need to choose 3 of the following electives:

  • Business Strategy
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Futures Studies
  • Innovation Management
  • International Business
  • Manager as Coach
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations and Technology Management
  • Project Management

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.

The joint design of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration 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 do not want to do the MBA feeling short-changed. The PGDip BMA’s unique focus on general management skills, innovation, entrepreneurship and strong grounding in technology, both in terms of the delivery process and content, makes this a meaningful qualification on the African continent.

The golden thread of entrepreneurship and innovation runs through all the functional modules. By applying the learning in their own work environment students see the return on their investment while studying. The unique delivery method of the blended learning option in particular significantly lowers opportunity cost and turns the student cohort into a diverse community that enhances the learning experience beyond the content conveyed by faculty.

Academic qualifications

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 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.
  • 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. Please contact SAQA at saqainfo@saqa.org.za in this regard.

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.

SHL selection test

You need to do the SHL selection test as part your application process. The SHL consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test and the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) that focuses on behavioural preferences.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours. No preparation is required beforehand.
  • When and where: Applicants need to arrange with USB to do the test online. A link will be sent to you once you have paid the relevant fees. The SHL test is done online from wherever you have internet access. (The SHL selection test is done without supervision although random security tests will be required.)
  • Cost: You can only take the SHL test once you have started your electronic application process because you will need a provisional student number for payments and for the SHL reports (which will be linked to your electronic application). This means you need to pay the SHL selection test fee plus the PGDip BMA application fee (in order to obtain a provisional student number). 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 shl@usb.ac.za.
  • Additional information: Go to shldirect.com.
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
  • Focus Areas
Course Overview
Course starts 01 February 2021
Application closes 15 November 2020

USB’s internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration (PGDip BMA) is particularly suited to help you unlock the skills you need to set up and run your own business or practice. It covers essential management skills, entrepreneurship and innovation, and digital literacy. The one-year programme is presented in two formats: Modular and Blended Learning. Both formats are aimed at those who want to study while they work.

This is the ideal start-your-own-business programme. Passed at a certain level, this one-year PGDip can give you access to an MBA.

Application closing dates
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

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

Programme tuition fees for 2020 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R98 165 Request Quote
Students from the Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R102 435 Request Quote
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R107 205 Request Quote
Students from the rest of the world R159 485 Request Quote
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2020
Students from South Africa R12 600
Students from the SADC countries R51 218
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R53 603
Students from the rest of the world R79 743
Application fee for 2020
Application fee R800
SHL selection test
Applicable to all students R2 900

Overview

USB’s one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration is aimed at working professionals who want to acquire general management skills underpinned by an entrepreneurial approach to business. These skills can be applied in any type of business and in any industry.

The programme includes a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship knowledge, innovation, and the digital processes and tools of today’s workplace. This will enable you to confidently start up and manage a business in today’s work environment.

The programme is structured into 12 core modules (compulsory) and 3 electives (from various on offer).

Core modules

This PGDip in Business Management and Administration is made up of 12 core modules:

  • Digital Quotient
  • Economics for Managers
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information Systems Principles
  • Innovation Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Principles of Operations
  • Sustainable Enterprise
  • Systems Methods

Electives

You need to choose 3 of the following electives:

  • Business Strategy
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Futures Studies
  • Innovation Management
  • International Business
  • Manager as Coach
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations and Technology Management
  • Project Management

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.

The joint design of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Administration 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 do not want to do the MBA feeling short-changed. The PGDip BMA’s unique focus on general management skills, innovation, entrepreneurship and strong grounding in technology, both in terms of the delivery process and content, makes this a meaningful qualification on the African continent.

The golden thread of entrepreneurship and innovation runs through all the functional modules. By applying the learning in their own work environment students see the return on their investment while studying. The unique delivery method of the blended learning option in particular significantly lowers opportunity cost and turns the student cohort into a diverse community that enhances the learning experience beyond the content conveyed by faculty.

Academic qualifications

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 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.
  • 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. Please contact SAQA at saqainfo@saqa.org.za in this regard.

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.

SHL selection test

You need to do the SHL selection test as part your application process. The SHL consists of a verbal critical reasoning assessment, numerical critical reasoning assessment, inductive reasoning test and the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) that focuses on behavioural preferences.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours. No preparation is required beforehand.
  • When and where: Applicants need to arrange with USB to do the test online. A link will be sent to you once you have paid the relevant fees. The SHL test is done online from wherever you have internet access. (The SHL selection test is done without supervision although random security tests will be required.)
  • Cost: You can only take the SHL test once you have started your electronic application process because you will need a provisional student number for payments and for the SHL reports (which will be linked to your electronic application). This means you need to pay the SHL selection test fee plus the PGDip BMA application fee (in order to obtain a provisional student number). 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 shl@usb.ac.za.
  • Additional information: Go to shldirect.com.

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

brand.albert@gmail.com

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  • Who should enrol?
  • What are the benefits?
  • Managers who wish to complete an MBA but who do not qualify for entry directly into a Master’s programme
  • 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 the research component of the MBA
  • Managers and leaders who work full-time, who cannot afford long periods of time away from work and/or who prefer to do most of their learning off-campus
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) candidates who want to gain access to an MBA

This is what you will gain from your studies:

  • An entrepreneurial approach to business: Acquire the skills to turn your ideas into a profitable business.
  • Essential management skills: Gain an understanding of all the management functions – from finances and operations to information systems and marketing – to confidently manage a business in today’s work environment.
  • Strong focus on innovation: This will help to give you a competitive advantage.
  • An understanding of business in Africa: Gain insight into the continent’s specific challenges and opportunities.
  • The ability to embrace the digital world: The unique Digital Quotient module will show you how to use the digital processes and tools of the modern workplace.
  • Leadership skills: Learn to lead responsibly, to hold yourself to a higher standard as custodian of a business, and to make a positive impact in society.

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.

Tests focus primarily on the application of knowledge and insight into business problems. Hence, all tests are open book and require the analysis of problems or cases. These summative assessments simulate real-life situations and the application of the theory and techniques covered in a particular module. In the assessment of pre-reading, multiple-choice questions or reflective essays are often used prior to attending class. Many lecturers make past test papers available as a learning resource.

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

The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. In general, the closing dates for international applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close approximately three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries. Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for international students. RPL candidates (all programmes) need to apply by 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

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

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