Postgraduate Diploma Strategy

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 14 February 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.

FEES FOR 2022: R92 000 for SA students (paid over 2 years for those opting for the 2-year PGDip, Ts&Cs apply)

These are the dates for 2022.

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
4 Blocks
Block 2
14 – 19 February (Orientation on the Monday)
Block 2
09 – 13 May
Block 3
15 – 19 August
Block 4
31 October – 4 November

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 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
SHL fee
Applicable to all students R750
  • 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 Wednesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15, and for some foundation modules on Tuesday 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 students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. You therefore need to complete the online application, and upload all certificates to your application. The International Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application.
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

SHL selection test

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

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

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 17 January 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.

FEES FOR 2022: R92 000 for SA students (paid over 2 years for those opting for the 2-year PGDip, Ts&Cs apply)

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 2022.

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

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 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
SHL fee
Applicable to all students R750
  • 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 Wednesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15, and for some foundation modules on Tuesday 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 students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. You therefore need to complete the online application, and upload all certificates to your application. The International Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application.
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

.

SHL selection test

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

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

 

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 experiences about studying at USB.


  • 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 Futures Studies

Postgraduate Diploma in
Futures Studies

Acquire the strategic foresight to help create a better future

  • Modular
  • Blended
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts 28 February 2022
Application closes 30 Nov (SA) | 31 Oct (international + RPL)

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. The programme will also equip you with high-level competencies to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment while taking Africa and South Africa’s developmental challenges into account.  This will allow you to mitigate risks and leverage opportunities.

This postgraduate qualification will provide you with a transformative learning experience to find your way forward – particularly if you see your future self as a strategist, long-range decision maker, manager or leader. It is the only programme of its kind presented in Africa, and one of only a few in the world.

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.

FEES FOR 2022: R92 000 for SA students (paid over 2 years for those opting for the 2-year PGDip, Ts&Cs apply)

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.

These are the dates for 2022.

Application deadlines

South African applicants: 30 November

RPL applicants: 31 October

Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October

Applicants from the rest of the world: 31 October

Year 1
4 Blocks
Block 1
28 February - 04 March (Orientation on the Monday)
Block 2
23 - 27 May
Block 3
15 - 19 August
Block 4
31 October - 04 November

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.

Programme tuition fees for 2021 Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R89 900 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R94 400 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R99 430 Download
Students from the rest of the world R127 930 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2021
Students from South Africa R13 060
Students from SADC countries R47 200
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)​​ R49 715
International students from the rest of the world R63 965
Application fee for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
SHL fee
Applicable to all students R750
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

Choose between 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 Wednesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15, and for some foundation modules on Tuesday 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 PGDip as you can attend all classes online.
  • Modular classes: Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the 1-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday). The modular classes are presented on campus, which translates into in-class experience and focused studies without work interruptions.

Choose between 2 duration options: 1 year or 2 years

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

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

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

Delivery of specialisation modules in Year 2:

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

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

The PGDip in Futures Studies is designed to expose you to:

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

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

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

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

Academic qualifications and other admission criteria

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

Note:

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

SHL selection test

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

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

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?

  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts 14 February 2022
Application closes 30 Nov (SA) | 31 Oct (international + RPL)

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. The programme will also equip you with high-level competencies to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment while taking Africa and South Africa’s developmental challenges into account.  This will allow you to mitigate risks and leverage opportunities.

This postgraduate qualification will provide you with a transformative learning experience to find your way forward – particularly if you see your future self as a strategist, long-range decision maker, manager or leader. It is the only programme of its kind presented in Africa, and one of only a few in the world.

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.

FEES FOR 2022: R92 000 for SA students (paid over 2 years for those opting for the 2-year PGDip, Ts&Cs apply)

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.

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 2022.

Application deadlines

South African applicants: 30 November

RPL applicants: 31 October

Applicants from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 31 October

Applicants from the rest of the world: 31 October

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

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.

Programme tuition fees for 2021 Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R89 900 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries R94 400 Download
Students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R99 430 Download
Students from the rest of the world R127 930 Download
Deposit payable on acceptance of admission for 2021
Students from South Africa R13 060
Students from SADC countries R47 200
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC)​​ R49 715
International students from the rest of the world R63 965
Application fee for 2022
Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
SHL fee
Applicable to all students R750
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

Choose between 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 Wednesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15, and for some foundation modules on Tuesday 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 PGDip as you can attend all classes online.
  • Modular classes: Four full blocks of classes spread over the year if you are doing the 1-year PGDip (i.e. morning and afternoon classes from Monday to Friday), or four blocks of either morning or afternoon classes per year if you are doing the two-year PGDip (i.e. morning or afternoon classes from Monday to Friday). The modular classes are presented on campus, which translates into in-class experience and focused studies without work interruptions.

Choose between 2 duration options: 1 year or 2 years

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

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

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

Delivery of specialisation modules in Year 2:

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

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

The PGDip in Futures Studies is designed to expose you to:

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

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

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

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

Academic qualifications and other admission criteria

 

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

Note:

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

SHL selection test

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

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

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?

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.


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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, small-team study groups, informal learning groups and tutorials for certain modules.

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 30 October each year. Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

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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 14 February 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.

FEES FOR 2022: R92 000 for SA students (paid over 2 years for those opting for the 2-year PGDip, Ts&Cs apply)

These are the dates for 2022.

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
4 blocks
Block 1 (Orientation on the Monday)
14 – 19 February
Block 2
09 - 13 May
Block 3
15 - 19 August
Block 4
31 October - 4 November

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 2022
Application fee R850
SHL selection test
Applicable to all students R750

 

  • 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 Wednesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15, and for some foundation modules on Tuesday 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 students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. You therefore need to complete the online application, and upload all certificates to your application. The International Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application.
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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

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

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification.
  • Have at least ten years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least five years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information of activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide USB with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms that can be download under the guideline documents in the application form.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • USB’s Admissions Committee (programme head and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability to cope with the demands of the Postgraduate Diploma, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via USB’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • Important: RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October to allow sufficient time for the assessment process

SHL selection test

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

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

Recognition of Prior Learning

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

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • Exemption to this rule is available for outstanding applicants who hold a Senior Certificate (NQF 4) and who have provided evidence of high performance and likely success on the MBA through admission selection scores that are at least 20% higher than the average scores achieved by USB MBA students (currently SHL score > 7; GMAT score > 650) and relevant work experience of 10 years. The approval for such RPL candidates requires the head of the department’s support in addition to the RPL Committee’s decision on the application.
  • Have at least SIX years of working experience after obtaining the qualification mentioned in the first bullet point, of which at least THREE years should have been in a management or a related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating, in detail, areas of responsibility in the work environment as well as activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide USB with at least two referents who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities (typically current or former line managers). The referents will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms provided by USB.
  • Submit the SHL/GMAT selection test results.
  • Write and submit two motivational essays (specific topics are provided).
  • Conduct an in-depth interview with the Head of the MBA programme and one other USB academic staff member constituting the RPL Committee.

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.
  • Important: RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October of each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.
  • Course
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Course Overview
Course starts 17 January 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.

FEES FOR 2022: R92 000 for SA students (paid over 2 years for those opting for the 2-year PGDip, Ts&Cs apply)

These are the dates for 2022.

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

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

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 2022
Application fee R850
SHL selection test
Applicable to all students R750

 

  • 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 Wednesday afternoons from 16:00 till 20:15, and for some foundation modules on Tuesday 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 students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. You therefore need to complete the online application, and upload all certificates to your application. The International Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application.
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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

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

  • Have at least an NQF 4 qualification.
  • Have at least ten years of working experience after obtaining a school leaving certificate, of which at least five years should have been in a management or related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information of activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide USB with at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms that can be download under the guideline documents in the application form.

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • USB’s Admissions Committee (programme head and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability to cope with the demands of the Postgraduate Diploma, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via USB’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • Important: RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October to allow sufficient time for the assessment process

SHL selection test

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

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

Recognition of Prior Learning

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

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification (all school and academic certificates are required).
  • Exemption to this rule is available for outstanding applicants who hold a Senior Certificate (NQF 4) and who have provided evidence of high performance and likely success on the MBA through admission selection scores that are at least 20% higher than the average scores achieved by USB MBA students (currently SHL score > 7; GMAT score > 650) and relevant work experience of 10 years. The approval for such RPL candidates requires the head of the department’s support in addition to the RPL Committee’s decision on the application.
  • Have at least SIX years of working experience after obtaining the qualification mentioned in the first bullet point, of which at least THREE years should have been in a management or a related professional position.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating, in detail, areas of responsibility in the work environment as well as activities outside the work environment.
  • Provide USB with at least two referents who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities (typically current or former line managers). The referents will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms provided by USB.
  • Submit the SHL/GMAT selection test results.
  • Write and submit two motivational essays (specific topics are provided).
  • Conduct an in-depth interview with the Head of the MBA programme and one other USB academic staff member constituting the RPL Committee.

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.
  • Important: RPL candidates need to apply by 31 October of each year 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.

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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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