Are you in the final semester of your undergraduate degree and still unsure what to do next year? Perhaps you aren’t sure where you will find employment? Maybe you are considering taking your skills to the next level to supplement your existing qualifications?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider applying for one of our four Postgraduate Diplomas in Management.

The Postgraduate Diplomas in Management in Business Communication, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Sport Management provide excellent training for anyone who wants to acquire commercial skills and market-ready insight and focus.

These one-year diplomas are the same as an Honours level degree (NQF level 8). Once completed, you are eligible to apply for a master’s level degree.

Jumpstart your career while you study

Our one-year “capstone” diplomas are demanding and require students to be thoroughly committed, which is why employers highly regard our graduates. We encourage students to see their year with us as the first in their career, rather than their last year of university. 

You will leave this qualification with a sense of discipline depth and a broad appreciation of the business world. Our graduates are not only specialists in one discipline, but also have an excellent general understanding of business practices.

Of course, UCT is renowned for the academic rigour, and you will graduate with a solid understanding of each discipline's theory. The diplomas have an additional advantage of equipping you to apply these concepts in your future career. Everything we teach aims to help you solve contemporary problems found in the real world of work.

Applications for all four diploma programmes close on 30 November. To apply online click here.

We offer the following Postgraduate Diplomas as residential, full-time programmes:

  • Who may apply?

    Graduate students from ALL fields are welcome to apply. You do not need the same undergraduate specialisation to be eligible. We accept students with undergraduate backgrounds in all areas. For example, arts, engineering, humanities or social sciences, hospitality, health sciences, film and media studies, environmental and geographical sciences and law, and commerce.

    Anyone with – or expecting to graduate with – a recognised undergraduate degree or a similar NQF level 7 qualification may apply.

  • Course Duration

    Teaching on our Business Communication, Entrepreneurship, Sports Management, and Marketing diplomas commences in February each year and concludes by mid-October. Students write exams at the end of each semester, and successful candidates graduate in December.

  • Application Process

    Applications open each year in April and close at the end of November. We select students onto our programmes from a range of different educational backgrounds, cities and continents! Due to the high volume of yearly applications, all applications undergo rigorous scrutiny in a selection process that is both strict and fair. By mid-December, you should receive either a notice of acceptance or a letter of regret.

    If you are considering a possible master’s degree in the future, you might think you have to complete honours beforehand. However, rest assured – the postgraduate diplomas require all students to complete an in-depth 4th-year level research project that will prepare you to undertake the advanced research necessary for a higher degree (bearing in mind that all universities have specific admission requirements).

  • Tuition Fees

    The approximate tuition fee for one of the postgraduate diplomas is R65 000 for South African students. You can find the latest fee information (including fees for international students) in the UCT Student Fees Handbook.

  • Hard work, teamwork and major rewards
    Our graduates go on to work in just about every sector, spread across the world, with many doing incredible things. You would be surprised to learn that you may well have purchased an item initially conceived and developed by an Entrepreneurship student while studying at UCT.  An additional element is a social aspect of studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Management. As classes are much smaller than those on undergraduate courses, and students work intensively together, you will get to make new friends and learn the real value of peer interaction and support. The value of this subtle learning component is significant in your future working environment.