Gain vital skills with immediate benefits

Invest in yourself and your organisation. Implement what you learn, as you learn it.
The UCT GSB Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice will accelerate your growth.

This accredited postgraduate qualification develops the vital business skills needed for success in uncertain economic times. Perfect for middle managers who want to enrich their careers, junior managers with proven leadership potential, or specialised individuals moving into management roles, this modular course gives you time to implement what you learn – adding direct value to your organisation.

PGDIP QUICK FACTS
DURATION

1 year: 4 study modules of 8 – 9 days each

START DATE

2 intakes per year:
February 2020 OR June 2020

APPLICATIONS CLOSE

30 November 2019

AN ACTION LEARNING APPROACH

The UCT GSB Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Management Practice will accelerate your personal growth and give you the crucial business skills needed to thrive in complex environments. It builds business and industry competence and shows you how to achieve sustainability and profitability without compromising on values.

On completion of the programme you will showcase your new skills in a final Action Learning Project that is performed off campus back in your workplace.

Modules are held at the GSB campus in Cape Town - South Africa’s most beautiful city. You will be studying at a globally-accredited business school with a world-class reputation. We are one of less than 100 business schools in the world to be triple-crown accredited.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY
The Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice is specially designed to challenge students to apply their newfound knowledge and skills to situations in companies and organisations. Hear from our students on why they choose to do the PGDip at the UCT GSB.
 “I think it’s really going to do a lot for my career” 
- Timukudse Shoko, PGDip in Management Practice student 
“I’m hoping the course will give me the tools to succeed, and speak the language of the directors that I report to” 
- Mark Jacobs PGDip in Management Practice student
PGDIP IN MANAGEMENT PRACTICE CURRICULUM
Core Courses

The PGDip in Management Practice is a modular programme with 4 core courses offered over 4 modules.

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Final Project

Your PGDip in Management Practice culminates in an action learning research project where you can consolidate what you have learned.

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Term Dates

Term dates for both 2020 intakes

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UCT PGDIP APPLICATION AND FEES
Entrance Requirements

Attributes and qualifications needed for the PGDip

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Fees

Costs for the PGDip

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How to Apply

Start your application for the next intake.

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Funding

Funding opportunities for PGDip students

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice is practical in its emphasis. This course was specially designed to challenge students to apply their newfound knowledge and skills to situations in companies and organisations, this means that inter-modular work is as important as what happens in the classroom during each of the 4 modules.

Each module offers an intensive mix of lectures, group work and individual time to integrate learning, and students will need to give 100% of their time and attention to the work at hand while they are on campus. Between modules, they will need to allow sufficient time in their schedule to work on assignments and prepare for the next module.

Work throughout the course is assessed by both individual and group assignments. An individual assignment must be completed by the day before the first contact day of each module, while a group integrated case study must be submitted on the last day of each module. There are also in-class tests on some subjects.

Lastly, students must work on an action learning research project that integrates and consolidates what they learn throughout the programme.

The attention paid to each student is one of the key factors that differentiate the PGDip in Management Practice from similar qualifications. In addition to support from academic faculty and staff, there is an active mentorship programme to provide academic support to current PGDip in Management Practice students while they study. The programme does this by identifying and inviting top performing alumni to volunteer their time towards the learning journey of current students. Meet our current PGDip in Management Practice mentors here.

Once you graduate from the UCT GSB you will join our alumni network which is a dynamic forum that comprises more than 23 000 past GSB students in 68 countries worldwide. Many of the GSB’s alumni hold key positions in top companies or have started their own successful businesses. Alumni play a vital role in supporting and encouraging more recent graduates to follow in their footsteps and GSB students who find employment after graduation - particularly internationally - frequently do so through alumni contacts.

  • Contact our admissions team on 0860 UCT GSB (828 472) / +27(0) 21 406 1111 or email admisions@gsb.uct.ac.za
  • Attend one of upcoming information sessions, which are held all over the world, click here for more information.

If you meet the admissions criteria for the PGDip in Management Practice programme and are ready to apply, please click here. For more information on the application process please click here.   

MEET THE COURSE CONVENOR

DR ELANCA SHELLEY

Dr Elanca Shelley has over 15 years’ experience in the public sector in South Africa, mainly in the defence industry. Of this time, a significant portion was spent in the training environment. 

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THE PGDIP IN MANAGEMENT PRACTICE EXPERIENCE

Hear from the director of the PGDIP in Management Practice, students, and alumni on what they have to say about the programme.