Training and Development

Why this degree?

Our Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development with specialisation in Human Resource Development (HRD), focuses on the improvement of the expertise and skills levels of human resource development practitioners in the private and public sectors. 

Our degree is currently the only undergraduate degree of its kind in South Africa. This is a specialised professional degree in , and is designed for those already employed as trainers and evidence must be provided of current training experience (not HRM or teaching experience) for admission. 

Core subjects

Our subjects are presented by highy skilled academic and industry experts and is aimed to provide studens with optimal exposure to relevant, applicable subject content.  

  • Introduction to Human Resource Development 
  • Learning, motivation and performance
  • Human Resource Development in the South African context
  • Adult learning
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Needs analysis and design
  • Delivering learning interventions
  • Introductory research methodology
  • Assessment within an occupational context 
  • Moderation within an occupational context 
  • Research in Human Resource Development
  • Skills development within an occupational context
  • Designing learning programmes
  • Organisational learning and development
  • Contemporary issues in Human Resource Development
  • Managing Human Resource Development
  • Evaluating training effectiveness
  • Quality management in training and development 

Why us?

We make use of lecturers who themselves have not only obtained this degree at post-graduate level, but who are also expert practitioners (with several years of experience) in training and development. 

During contact sessions, students will have the opportunity to network and discuss problems they experience in the field of training with colleagues who are also trainers from various workplaces. We also have international students enrolled for this degree. The medium of instruction (English) makes this degree accessible to all those who meet the admission requirements. 

Admission requirements

  • APS of 20
  • Minimum of three years of working experience as a trainer

To be admitted to this programme, the following requirements apply:

  • National Senior Certificate (Matric) with exemption
  • At least three years of working experience as a trainer in the field of human resource development.
  • Internet access as assignments need to submitted electronically     


Our degree is further convenient as it is offered on a limited contact basis (three weeks in a year).

This will afford you the opportunity to study while you work and apply theory immediately in the workplace. All assignments are submitted through our intranet and you may write your examinations at examination centres closest to you.


[Qualification 5FQH01]

How to apply

Applications can only be done online on the NWU undergraduate applications portal. 

Applications close 30 September