Postgraduate Diploma: Public Management

For 2020/2021 Block Release Intake

Public Institutions across the country and globally have been struggling with governance, delivery and management obligations due to the low levels of skills and the inaccessibility of quality educational programmes for the enhancement of the capabilities of serving and aspiring public officials.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management responds to this reality and the expressed capacity needs of individuals in the public and development sector.

Minimum requirements for admission to the programme?

The following is the requirement for entry into the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management.

Minimum requirements

1. A cognate Bachelor’s degree

2. A cognate Diploma plus a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience.

Participants can enter with a cognate Degree from any faculty as the Postgraduate Diploma is directed at building management knowledge and skills.

Foundational knowledge in a specific undergraduate field is not a prerequisite for entry. It is expected that participants with a degree can learn and engage with broader knowledge and that their life experiences would enable them to engage with management knowledge and information.


Subject content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management is accredited as a 120 credits Level 8 qualification in accordance with the South African Qualifications Framework.

All modules are compulsory and students would have to pass each module to obtain the diploma.

  • Governance and Accountability – 15 credits
  • Policy Making and Analysis – 15 credits
  • Public and Development Economics – 15 credits
  • Strategy and Innovation – 15 credits
  • Public Finance – 15 credits
  • Human Resources – 15 credits
  • Applied Research Project – 30 credits

Career opportunities

The qualification is directed at enabling individuals to apply relevant skills, knowledge and principles to execute management functions required in the public and non-governmental sectors. 

It seeks to develop individuals who can competently and ethically add public value and function within public domain organisations.