Postgraduate Diploma in Management

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management equips graduates of any degree or Higher Diploma (at NQF level 7) with the advanced business and management knowledge needed to establish a competitive advantage. By studying this programme, you’ll acquire twenty-first-century leadership and management skills, including global marketing techniques, awareness of current legal challenges in the workplace, and change management negotiation skills.

Our postgraduate diploma offers specialisations in entrepreneurship, project management, or supply chain and logistics management. This provides additional management expertise and serves as a springboard to an MBA.

PGDip (Management)

Time to Complete:

12/18/24 Months

Study Options:

Full-time / Part-time / Open-distance



NQF Level:




Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

A minimum requirement for admission into the postgraduate diploma is a:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, NQF (HEQSF) Level 7 minimum Credits 360; or
  • Advanced Diploma, NQF (HEQSF) Level 7 minimum Credits 120; or
  • Equivalent qualification from a foreign higher education institution.

Alternative Entry Pathways

A number of higher education qualifications may meet the requirements for admission and/or advanced placement into the postgraduate diploma:

  • Bachelor of Technology, NQF (HEQSF) Level 7, minimum Credits 480; or
  • Bachelor’s Degree, NQF (HEQSF) Level 8, minimum Credits 480; or
  • Honours Degree or Postgraduate Diploma, NQF (HEQSF) Level 8, minimum Credits 120.

This programme is offered by Boston City Campus in the distance mode of education with support provided at Learner Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus Learner Support Centre nationwide.

Nine compulsory and one elective module must be passed.

Graduates of this NQF Level 8 qualification will be able to articulate vertically to cognate Master’s programmes in Commerce, General Management, Marketing Management or Business Administration on NQF (HEQSF) Level 9 at any number of public universities, private or international higher education institution, subject to the admission and selection criteria of the receiving institution.

Possible employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Project/Programme Manager
  • Business Researcher/Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing, Brand/Product
  • Manager/Researcher/Analyst
  • Operations and/or Risk Analyst/Manager

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Semester ASemester B
  • Operations and Risk Control Management
  • Finance for Corporate Action
  • Strategic Branding for SMMEs
  • Business Research Methods
  • Personal & Career Development
  • Global Marketing in the Digital Era
  • Human Capital Development & Talent Management
  • Legal Aspects & Commercial Negotiations
  • Research Project Report

Choose one of the following electives

  • Advanced Entrepreneurship; or
  • Advanced Project Management; or
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management

Formative Assessments (FA1, FA2, FA3, FA4 and FA5) are a series of critical reviews of Units 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of a sample Research Report and will count twenty five percent (25%) – five percent (5%) each – towards the overall mark.

Formative Assessment 6 (FA6) includes the candidate’s original Research Proposal carried forward from the module Research Methods, the Literature Review, the Research Instrument, and the application for Ethical Clearance thereon, which will count twenty five percent (25%) – towards the overall mark.

Summative Assessment 1 (SA1) – in the form of the final submitted Research Report (SA1) – will count forty percent (40%) towards the overall mark.

Summative Assessment 2 (SA2), in which the candidate presents the findings and recommendations from the written Research Report, will count ten percent (10%) towards the overall mark

These represent the revised Exit Level Outcomes for the programme, SAQA ID 105040, based on improvements and enhancements made to the programme design and curriculum since registration on the HEQSF.

On completion of the programme, graduates will have the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to:

  • Apply the theoretical frameworks of operations and risk control to real life situations; and evaluate the associated commercial realities of local, national and global operations.
  • Demonstrate an ability to conduct market research, and to communicate effectively using graphic and language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of maintaining, improving and upholding a brand so that the name is associated with positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, organise, analyse, and critically evaluate financial data and/or information to enhance managerial decision-making.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess, develop and manage the human capital needs of organisations, and to exhibit sensitivity when dealing with change management situations.
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and solve problems in the fields of Commerce/Business Studies, using a variety of techniques and approaches.
  • Classify, systematically examine, critically evaluate and solve problems while making recommendations that display responsible decision-making using critical and creative thinking.
  • Apply the knowledge, skills and competencies associated with either Entrepreneurship, Project Management, or Supply Chain and Logistics Management in a commercial or non-profit context.


On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Postgraduate Diploma in Management, NQF Level 8, SAQA ID 105040, minimum 130 credits from Boston City Campus