A solid foundation in development finance

Development finance has the power to address critical issues in emerging market economies. Gain the skills you need to lead in this fast-growing sector.

The UCT GSB Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance provides a comprehensive overview of the development finance sector including banking and finance in emerging markets; public-private partnerships; environmental finance and sustainability and risk management in development finance institutions. This one-year modular programme is held at the UCT GSB Breakwater campus in Cape Town. Students will attend classes twice a year – in April and September.

PGDIP IN DEVELOPMENT FINANCE QUICK FACTS
DURATION

1 year, over 2 modules of 1–3 weeks each

START DATE

April 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE

31st October 2020

INNOVATIVE TEACHING

Teaching on the Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance draws heavily on case study analysis with minimal exploration of theoretical concepts. It provides those who work in, or are intending to work in, development finance institutions or support organisations, government or the financial sector a thorough understanding of the field. Work is assessed through individual assignments and final exams. There will be no group assignments. In between modules, students continue with required reading and written assignments.

STUDY AT A TOP-RANKED BUSINESS SCHOOL

The UCT GSB has been setting the pace for business education in Africa for more than five decades and is one of under 100 business schools globally with prestigious triple-crown accreditation, having been accredited by three leading global bodies: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. 

Our teaching, learning and research is directed towards building a more economically prosperous, equitable and integrated continent. The specialised Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance will empower you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to contribute to sustainable long-term development solutions.

The PGDip in Development Finance is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Development Finance (CIDEF) and will provide valuable credits for students who want to attain full professional membership of CIDEF.

PGDIP IN DEVELOPMENT FINANCE CURRICULUM
Core Courses

There are five compulsory courses that make up this Diploma

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Term Dates

Term dates for the 2021 intake

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APPLICATION AND FEES
Entrance Requirements

Attributes and qualifications needed for the PGDip in Development Finance

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Fees

Costs for the diploma

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How to Apply

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Funding

Funding opportunities 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

You will benefit from the PGDip in Development Finance if you:

  • Are a graduate of a commerce-related degree and are looking to enter the development finance field
  • Work in various areas of government such as finance, policy or commerce
  • Work in an NGO
  • Are interested in the UCT GSB MCom in Development Finance but do not have the requisite four-year honours degree

The first block of the programme is intensive and immersive. Four of the five compulsory courses will be completed. Students will then be required to submit separate assignments for each course before the second block starts. In addition, they will be required to sit for exams before the start of the second block.  

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 UCT GSB students in 68 countries worldwide. Many of the UCT 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 UCT 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 admissions@gsb.uct.ac.za
  • Attend one of upcoming information sessions, which are held all over the world, click here for more information.
MEET THE PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

PROFESSOR NICHOLAS BIEKPE

Director of the Development Finance Centre (DEFIC) at the UCT GSB and Convener of the PGDIP Development Finanance. Professor Nicholas Biekpe is Professor of Development Finance & Econometrics at the UCT GSB.  He is also the Director of the Development Finance Centre (DEFIC) and President of the Africagrowth Institute. In addition, he is a Chartered Statistician (UK); Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa (MASSAf) and Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS).

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