Postgraduate Diploma: Public Management

Period of study: 2 Years (Block Release)

Why a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management?

The effective, efficient and responsive delivery of public services is a fundamental imperative for prosperity and equity. 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.

Who is eligible?

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.


What is the structure of the postgraduate diploma?

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

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management is accredited as a 120 credits Level Eight (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.

  1. Governance and Accountability – 15 credits
  2. Policy Making and Analysis – 15 credits
  3. Public and Development Economics – 15 credits
  4. Strategy and Innovation – 15 credits
  5. Public Finance – 15 credits
  6. Human Resources – 15 credits
  7. Applied Research Project – 30 credits


How is the postgraduate diploma offered?

The Postgraduate Diploma will be offered on part-time, full-time and block release basis.

Part-time sessions will be during two evening a week spread across two academic years. years. Block release means attendance of sessions for full days over designated periods at the campus of the University.

Six attendance blocks of seven days each will be spread across two academic years.

During each block students will attend classes for the whole day.

In the instance of part-time evening students, it is expected that groups will meet one or two evenings per week, including weekends, for group related activities.

The periods between blocks are for preparations, study, assignments and research work.

In addition to the required contact hours for sessions, it is presumed that students will do pre and post-session individual and group work of a minimum of six (6) hours per contact session.


What are the block release dates for 2019 and 2020? 

In the 2019 academic year, the Postgraduate Diploma will only be offered on a Block Release basis.

The programme will begin with a two and half day Orientation Session.

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The Orientation is compulsory, and students will not be allowed to continue if they do not attend the session.



Saturday 06 April 2019 to

Saturday 13 April 2019

  • Orientation
  • Applied Research Project
  • Governance and Accountability

Saturday 25 May 2019 to

Saturday 1 June 2019

  • Previous Block Module Examination
  • Policy Making and Analysis
  • Applied Research Project

Saturday 03 August 2019 to

Saturday 10 August 2019

  • Previous Block Module Examination
  • Public and Development Economics
  • Applied Research Project

Saturday 07 September 2019

  • Previous Block Module Examination

Saturday 11 April 2020 to

Saturday 20 April 2020

  • Strategy and Innovation
  • Applied Research Project

Saturday 30 May 2020 to

Saturday 06 June 2020

  • Previous Block Module Examination
  • Public Finance
  • Applied Research Project

Saturday 08 August 2020 to

Saturday 15 August 2020

  • Previous Block Module Examination
  • Human Resources
  • Applied Research Project

31 October 2020


SPU reserves the right to change the dates of modules. Students will be informed timeously of any changes.

All modules are self-standing, and the order of modules may be changed.

If demand is high, the University may offer additional full-time, part-time or block-release cohorts. In line with the teaching and learning approach of the University, class sizes may be limited to a maximum of fifty participants.


What are the fees for the postgraduate diploma?

The fees for the full Postgraduate Diploma for 2019-2020 is R37,000.00.
A detailed breakdown of the fees for this programme can be downloaded here.

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The fees exclude an application fee, personal stationery, computers and related printing of material. All material will be provided online, in the library or by email.

Students may print hard copies or make photocopies of material at their own expense.

The University does not provide accommodation for Postgraduate Students. All accommodation and travel to the University remain the responsibility of students.

There is ample parking in and around the University premises.


How do I apply?

All applications have to be done online through the website of the University. Applicants will be required to provide the following documents:

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  • Certified copies of Prior Qualification
  • Certified Academic Transcript
  • Certified Copy of Identity Document
  • A recent Curriculum Vitae
  • A one-page motivation for acceptance.

No applicant will be considered if there is outstanding documentation or prior qualifications have not been certified. Students may also be required to produce hard copies of qualifications on registration.




For more details, please contact the School of Economic and Management Sciences Registrar, contact the School’s Registrar by email.

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.