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PGDip Specialisation Streams

Programme Details

Upon registration, you can choose one of five specialisation streams for the fourth module of the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice.

Stream 1: Innovative Leadership

For managers to move up the organisational ranks successfully, they need to change. The very orthodoxies that made them successful at one level are likely to mitigate success at higher levels.  This programme is geared towards helping managers make this jump, rather than focusing only on transferring information in an attempt to close gaps in existing knowledge, which is often the focus of traditional programmes.

Course title: Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Demonstrate entre/intrapreneurial competencies based on innovation and creativity.

You will learn:

  • How to create value for entre/intrapreneurial enterprises
  • How to develop various managerial tools and skills
  • How to initiate relationships to promote innovation
  • The importance of social innovation
  • The link between entrepreneurship and economic development
  • Personal development
  • Organisational Innovation
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Impact investment and responsible fund management
  • Systems tools
  • Entrepreneurship as a managerial practice
  • Integrated case study

Topics covered include:

Social Innovation

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Personal Development

Organisational Innovation

Social Entrepreneurship

Impact Investment and Responsible Fund Management

Systems Tools

Entrepreneurship as a Managerial Practice

Integrated case study

Stream 2: Wine Business Management  

You know your wine, but do you know the wine business? Do you know what it takes to sell wines nationally and internationally? Do you know what you need to do to succeed in China? The wine industry is at a challenging and exciting crossroads. Learn how substantial global growth in demand and the emergence of new markets, competitors and key challenges have created openings for organisations and managers and how you can maximise these opportunities for your and your company or wine estate’s benefit. 

​Course title: Wine Business

The goal of this module is to further develop students’ wine business management acumen, market insight and the leadership skill-set necessary to negotiate the complex decisions, innovative solutions and multidisciplinary strategic interventions required of contemporary wine business leaders in South Africa.

Students will learn more about:

  • The potential threat of climate change
  • Global and generational shifts in wine consumer sensibilities
  • Regulatory and legal changes
  • The imperative to build an inclusive industry that contributes to social upliftment
  • The pressure to lessen the impact of commercial wine growing on the environment
  • Key management decisions involved in wine production and a sufficiently developed methodology in sensorial evaluation and forensic analysis of wine
  • Understanding the wine value chain, field of wine business management, its thematic components and the applicability of systems thinking in the context.
  • Critically and historically analyse and apply their understanding of the institutional, economic and regulatory context of the South African wine industry
  • Develop, adapt and apply multi-disciplinary strategic wine business management techniques, processes and principles to various points in the wine value chain
  • Provide critical analysis, relevant insight and concrete creative interventions in solving key contemporary challenges facing South African wine businesses
  • Key management decisions in viticulture and oenology
  • Wine value chain analysis
  • Stakeholder theory and systems theory
  • Wine economics (International and strategic wine marketing)
  • People management, logistics and distribution

Topics covered include:

Sensorial evaluation

Forensic analysis of wines

Key management decisions in viticulture and oenology

Thematic components of wine business management

Wine Value Chain analysis

Stakeholder theory and systems theory

Institutional development

Regulatory context of the South African wine industry

Wine economics (International

Strategic wine marketing

Key financial decisions in WBM

People management

Logistics and distribution

International wine business management

Stream 3: Business Administration

Do you have what it takes to be an effective and powerful leader? The Business Acumen II course aims to further develop and strengthen business acumen and the application of tools and techniques to unlock your potential. A key learning outcome is robust knowledge and understanding of the financial, accounting, marketing, people management and operational functions of an organisation and the ability to make good judgments and decisions.

​Course title: Business Acumen II

The course is designed for applicants wishing to equip themselves with a solid skill set in financial analysis tools, standard finance techniques, and effective operations, organisation and people management and marketing management practices to progress confidently in their managerial role or to become more effective entrepreneurs.

Students learn:

  • To apply, evaluate and integrate relevant business theories, tools and techniques
  • How to use a range of specialised skills to identify, analyse and address managerial problems and decisions in a confident manner
  • When to demonstrate the ability to contextualise their learning into the organisational environment and how this translates in the approach to business strategy
  • To understand financial statements (continuation from building Business Acumen)
  • Financial reporting
  • Financial analysis and management accounting
  • Managerial statistics
  • Operations management
  • Marketing organisation and people management
  • Financial value management
  • Business strategy
  • Personal development
  • Integrated business


Topics covered include:

Understanding Financial Statements (continuation from building Business Acumen)

Financial Reporting. 

Financial Analysis and Management Accounting

Managerial Statistics

Operations Management

Marketing Management

Organisation and People Management

Financial Value Management

Business Strategy

Personal Development

Integrated Business 

Stream 4: Leadership in Health Care

Are you a leader in the health care sector who wants to see things change? The Leadership in Health Care programme is designed to give you insight into how you can be a better catalyst for change in respect of clinical governance, improving quality standards and exploring innovative approaches to public/private health partnerships to better meet existing health industry challenges.

Course title: Leadership in Health Care

Leadership in Health Care aims to develop participant’s insight into the health industry and equip them with the leadership skills necessary to negotiate the complex decisions, innovation imperatives and interventions required by managers and leaders in the health care sector.

Students will learn to:

  • Integrate what they have learned about business and management as they apply to managing and leading in health care
  • Understand personal and interpersonal mastery towards authentic leadership in health care
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of clinical governance and the need for effective and efficient management and leadership in health care
  • Demonstrate their understanding of current health care reform programmes and National Health Insurance in South Africa
  • Explain the complexities of the economics and the challenges of funding  health care delivery
  • Present a holistic view of health care delivery and the need for ongoing exploration of public-private initiatives
  • Identify suitable innovations in addressing health care challenges in limited resource contexts particularly in emerging markets

Topics covered include:

  • Economics and funding of health care delivery
  • Health policy and health care reform
  • Clinical governance in public and private health institutions
  • Quality in health care (quality improvement/standards)
  • Innovation in public-private health care partnerships 
  • Inclusive medical practice

There is also a specialised Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management within the Oliver Tambo Fellowship Programme offered by UCT's School of Public Health and Family Medicine.

Stream 5: Retail Management

The retail sector has a chronic shortage of management and leadership talent. This programme will  develop your business acumen and deepen your insights into the retail industry to help you negotiate the complex decisions, innovation imperatives and interventions required to manage and lead effectively in the competitive world of retail.

Course title: Retail Management

Students will learn to:

  • Identify the various strategic approaches which retailers have adopted and evaluate how successful these have been in contributing to business growth
  • Explain how an emerging market environment, global retail trends and evolving consumer choices increase the complexity in which retailers operate and how this influences strategic decision making
  • Identify, calculate and analyse key performance indicators and explain how these have affected a buying decision
  • Explain fundamental concepts and theories such as pricing, supplier relationships and customer preference, and how these concepts and relationships are integrated into the buying process in a particular retail context
  • Select suitable marketing approaches with media and advertising activities in a specific retail context
  • Interrogate multiple sources of information specific to the retail industry to evaluate store operational effectiveness and to identify effective levers for store improvements that are in line with a particular retail strategy
  • Apply their action research and problem analysis tools to identify the underlying factors of a managerial problem presented to them
  • Select appropriate management practices to address a specific problem drawing from the body of knowledge

Topics covered include:

  • Retail strategy
  • The ‘art of buying’ in retail
  • Successful marketing, advertising and logistic chains in the retail industry
  • Store operations and store technology
  • Successful marketing, advertising and logistic chains in the retail Industry 
  • Labour and supplier relations and business ethics in retail

Note: Each stream will proceed subject to a minimum of 12 applications accepted for admission.

Course designs are updated and adapted annually, therefore the topics listed for each course can be considered as a guideline of what students can expect to be covered on each course.