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Postgraduate Diploma: Public Management

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:

  • A cognate Bachelor’s degree with an average of at least 60%. OR
  • A cognate Advanced Diploma (NQF 7) with an average of at least 60%.
  • A cognate Diploma with an average of at least 60% plus a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience.
  • The Dean’s discretion may be used if the above criteria are not met.

Subject content

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

All modules are compulsory, and students must 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
  • Research Methodology – 30 credits

The Postgraduate Diploma will be offered on a part-time basis over two years. A hybrid teaching model (online and contact classes) is followed while all semester tests and exams are sit-down assessments.

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.

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