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The Postgraduate Diploma in Management of the North-West University is offered by the NWU Business School and is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Council (HEQC) (NQF 8) in South Africa by :

  • Part-time, full-time and via distance learning studies

This programme will empower managers and  participants to acquire skills with regard to best business practice and thought-leadership that can successfully be applied to the multi-disciplinary challenges encountered.


The North-West University’s (NWU) Post-graduate Diploma in Management is offered by the NWU Business School. For the past 35 years, the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences of the NWU has delivered competent graduates to Southern Africa, who, in turn, make a proven contribution to the social- and economic growth in the region. The Business School has as its aim to provide professional post-graduate management and business training. The personnel corps of the Business School makes a concerted effort to conciliate theory and practice so that management’s strategic leadership potential can be fully unlocked. The programme content and the standard of this diploma ensure that participants obtain expertise from management and business practices in order to confront local as well as international challenges.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management consists of 10 modules (5 in the first semester, and 5 in the second semester) and does not include a research component. 



After completion of this qualification, students should be  able to demonstrate: 

  • knowledge of and engagement in the theories and  principles of general management information,  such as areas of accounting, information systems,  economics, statistics, marketing, local governance,  labour relations and human resource; 
  • the ability to select and use appropriate methods of  identifying, researching and diagnosing management  problems; 
  • the ability to produce appropriate interpersonal  skills in various team-based activities of different  organisations; 
  • the ability to select and use appropriate techniques of  problem resolution, including developing, defending  and implementing recommendations;
  • analytical skills in the area of resource utilisations;   
  • the ability to contribute effectively to the formulation,  implementation and review of policies, plans, and the  design of accompanying control processes; and 
  • the ability to analyse your own leadership roles and  the roles of others in management situations, to  cope with change more effectively and be able to  implement change in complex situations.      

Sites and methods of delivery

Duration and structure of the diploma
The diploma stretches over one academic year. Learners have to register for all five modules per semester. Each module consists of 15 contact hours.


Please download our brochure for more information portal for more information.  We make use of an online learning management platform which will deliver classes (in English) via interactive whiteboard sessions in the comfort of your own home. Internet access is thus a prerequisite.  

The classes are presented in Afrikaans on weekdays in Potchefstroom.

There are eight scheduled contact sessions per semester:
Potchefstroom (Afrikaans medium) on Saturdays;
Vanderbijlpark (Quest Conference Estate) (English medium) on Mondays.
Mahikeng hosts eight contact block release sessions per semester over weekends with a study school for each semester. Students are expected to be present during all academic sessions and other activities of the school on all campuses.


Students can only apply online via the NWU website.
NOTE: For Full time and Part time select the code 5FC D05 1 - POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN MANAGEMENT
Select the distance mode of delivery and the code is 5HA D01.

Admission requirements

Candidates who apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Management should be in possession of:

  • a Bachelor’s degree at NQF level 7; OR an equivalent qualification as approved by the NWU Senate; AND
  • the modules of the final undergraduate year must have been completed with an average of not less than 60% unless specifically exempt from this condition by the relevant school director.


The sub-minimum for examinations in all modules is 50%. For this qualification students will have to successfully complete all assessments to prove their knowledge and competence. A student will pass the examination in a particular module if a final module mark of at least 50% is attained, which is comprised of the average of the participation mark (50%) and the examination mark (50%).

Duration and structure

Note: Students may take all the modules over a one year period.  They will also be allowed to complete the qualification over a two year period.

Students who are credited with this qualification will be able to function with advanced intellectual and practical competencies in this area of specialization. Successful completion of the qualification gives access to a cognate master's degree at NQF level 9, and specifically to the Master of Business and Administration degree.

After completion of this qualification, students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. knowledge of and engagement in the theories and principles of general management knowledge, including functional areas of accounting, information systems, economics, statistics, marketing, finance, operations, local governance, small business management, public and non-profit management, training and development, labour relations, human resource, and purchasing management;
  2. the ability to select and use appropriate methods of identifying, researching and diagnosing management problems and critically assess environmental influences on management activities;
  3. the ability to produce appropriate interpersonal skills and show sensitivity in personal interaction in the business environment in various team-based activities of different organizations in the public and private sector;
  4. the ability to select and use appropriate techniques of problem resolution, including developing, defending and implementing recommendations;
  5. analytical skills in the area of resource utilizations, including people, finance, equipment, time, space and qualitative and quantitative information for decision making;
  6. the ability to contribute effectively to the formulation, implementation and review of policies, plans, and the design of accompanying control processes; and
  7.  the ability to analyze their own leadership roles and the roles of others in management situations, and assess their effectiveness in the fulfilment of these roles, and to cope with change more effectively through an enhanced understanding of the process of change, and be able to implement change in complex situations.

How to apply/register

Mafikeng Campus:

  1. Candidates wishing to apply must complete and submit an online application form.
  2. A  person  shall  not  be  admitted  as  a  candidate  for  the diploma unless he/she:
    • is a graduate of this university or another university or equivalent tertiary institution recognised by senate for that purpose, or
    • has satisfied the Senate by means of such test/tests as may be   prescribed   by   the   Graduate   School   Admissions Committee, that he/she has attained an equivalent level of competence for the purpose of study of this diploma, or
    • has considerable work experience which will be assessed on the basis of career to date and on management potential.
      Such candidates may be admitted to the programme with the   permission   of   the   Graduate   School   Admissions Committee;
  3. A   candidate   must   satisfy   the   Senate   that   his/her qualifications   are   adequate   preparation   of   the   work prescribed for the diploma. The Graduate School Admissions Committee may require a candidate whose qualifications it considers inadequate to complete an additional course or courses,  prior  to,  or  concurrently  with,  study  for  the diploma.
  4. A candidate who does not have sufficient and appropriate background in statistics, computer technology, economics, financial   management   and   accounting,   research methodology  and  academic  writing  skills  is  expected  to attend pre-diploma courses in the relevant course/s before the formal programme starts.
  5. Candidates will be selected solely on the basis of merit, and, if need be, will be invited for a test or interview.

Potchefstroom Campus

  • Current students of the NWU complete the ‘Continuation Form’ and submit it at Undergraduate Admissions (F20).
  • New applications are done online. Apply here. (available at F20 or NWU Business School) and submit it at Undergraduate Admissions (F20).

Vaal Triangle Campus:





  • The programme can be taken over a one year or a two year period.
  • The cost is for 2019 only and will be adjusted in 2020.
  • Registration fee for 2019 is R1 880 and must be paid annually.
  • Registration fee will be adjusted in 2020.
  • There is a prize difference wrt the 3 highlighted modules, viz., GHRM 528, BLCG 511, CCMM 515 as these modules form part of the MBA programme. Should you pass your PGDIP, you will get exemption from these modules if you register the consecutive year for MBA after completing the PGDIP.
  • Fees are subject to change.


For any information about study fees please contact or +27 (18) 389 2503 / 2478 or  (018) 299 2667/ 2668/ 2669/ 2670/ 2671/2672/ 2673


Contact details

Full- and part-time studies

Elma Senekal (Full-time and part-time studies)
Tel:  018 299 1002

Distance learning

Tel: 018 285 5900

Tel: 018 389 2095