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Postgraduate Diploma in Management

Postgraduate Diploma in Management



Change the course of your career – with Boston’s world-class Postgraduate Diploma in Management!

You’ve worked hard to earn your Bachelor’s degree – you’ve studied late into the night, you’ve applied yourself, you’ve sacrificed time with your friends – and you’ve had to come up with the money to pay for it all.  So you deserve the rewards – the well-paid job, the fancy car, the dream home …

But you may not be there yet – and that could be because standing out from other undergraduates is tough. Some graduates just accept that it will take years to climb the corporate ladder – others take the initiative and register for postgraduate studies.

Whether or not you’ve had work experience, Boston’s NQF Level 8 internationally-recognised[1] Postgraduate Diploma in Management gives you a unique opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge of business and general management. The course work has been carefully constructed to develop a graduate’s analytical and creative thinking – two crucial competencies for success in business.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management is for you if your undergraduate degree is business-related – but it’s also for you if you’d like to change fields from what you studied, and enter the lucrative world of business. You’ll add huge value to your CV, and your career prospects will be vastly improved by these upgraded skills – you’ll certainly stand out from those who don’t have a postgraduate qualification!

Another bonus is the possibility of a higher salary. Graduates who complete their postgraduate studies before seeking employment are likely to start off as higher earners. Those who study while working open up the potential for promotions and salary increases, as well as being considered for new management positions.

If you’re already employed, you’ll be pleased to know that most businesses will work with you:

  • Some may allow you to take a year out of work to earn this qualification, because they know you’ll add so much more value to their business when you return.
  • Most, though, will let you study part-time – because Boston’s Postgraduate Diploma in Management combines academic challenge with a practical focus, they know you’ll be able to add more value to their business every day.
  • And you may even find they will fund your studies – either in full, or partially.

And if you’re not already working, you’ll be pleased to know that you can register for this postgraduate diploma at a surprisingly affordable price.

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[1] Accredited by the British Accreditation Council.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs, United States of America (candidate for accreditation of specific programs).


PG.Dip (Management)

SAQA ID 105040

This programme is offered by Boston City Campus & Business College Head Office in the
distance mode of provision, with all other Boston City Campus & Business Colleges operating
as Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus & Business College branch countrywide.

Upon successful completion of the qualification, students will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (SAQA ID 105040), NQF (HEQSF) Level 8 (minimum Credits 130) from Boston.

Download the Fact Sheet for additional, detailed programme information.

Career Development Module, a great advantage for students to have access to

A unique approach to personal and career development which extends beyond the prescribed curriculum, is adopted by Boston. To balance the rigour of Semester B, which consists of the Research Report, the Personal and Career Development Module (HPCP440-1) is offered in Semester A. This module will include a number of prescribed sources based on real-life professional case studies. This ‘novel’ approach is designed to prepare candidates for the workplace of the 4th Industrial Revolution, and the future. Also, students will access a standardised managerial competency assessment battery at both the onset and completion of the module, to facilitate personal insight and identify areas of personal development and growth.


Semester A

  • Operations and Risk Control Management
  • Finance for Corporate Action
  • Strategic Branding for SMMEs
  • Business Research Methods
  • Personal & Career Development

Semester B

  • 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


Assessment Strategy 6 (AS6): Formative Assessments (FA1 & FA2), which may take the form of assignments, research essays or tests will count forty percent (40%) – twenty percent (20%) each – towards the overall mark. Summative Assessments (SA1 & SA2), which may take the form of capstone projects, tasks, presentations, written or oral exams, or a research proposal will count sixty percent (60%) – thirty percent (30%) each – towards the overall mark.

Assessment Strategy Research Report (ASRR): The Formative Assessments (FA1, FA2, FA3, FA4) which comprise Units 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the Research Report will count forty percent (40%) – ten percent (10%) each – 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) during which the candidate will present the findings and recommendations from the written Research Report, will count twenty percent 20 percent (20%) towards the overall mark.

Students will need an overall mark of fifty percent (50%) to pass a module. Students who do not achieve a pass mark in a summative assessment (SA1 and/or SA2) may be provided one (1) further opportunity to retake (supplement) the summative assessment at an additional re-assessment fee. Students must obtain a sub minimum of fifty percent (50%) in Summative Assessment 1 in order to pass the respective module. This applies to all the modules in this qualification.


Based on credits and notional hours of this qualification, the minimum duration is one year and the maximum duration is three years of study.


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.


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, see section on Foreign Applicants below.

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.


On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Postgraduate Diploma in Management, NQF Level 8, SAQA ID 105040, minimum 128 credits from Boston City Campus & Business College

Nine compulsory and one elective module must be passed.