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Master of Management in the field of Energy Leadership

Wits Business School launched the African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC) in 2017, the first of its kind in Africa. The AELC aims to address the issues of energy shortages in Africa as well as the skills deficit in an industry which is of vital importance to economic growth on the continent. A hub of teaching and research, the focus of the AELC is on the latest thinking and best practice in energy leadership.

Course Overview

Programme Structure And Options The programme comprises three parts: nine core courses, one elective course (50%) and a research report (50%). Teaching is provided on a block release basis to accommodate the needs of busy working professionals (five blocks of nine days on campus plus home study).The programme is expected to be completed within a maximum of 24 months, including completion of the research report.

Elective Course Streams
  • Energy Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development in Africa
  • Systems Thinking and Complexity
  • Decarbonising Energy
  • Energy Market Structures
  • Energy Future Cities
  • Strategic Talent Management in Energy Environments
  1. Energy Leadership Programme Orientation
    The very nature of a Master of Management qualification is that it relies on group interaction between candidates.
  2. Energy Value Chains
    This foundation course provides an introduction to energy demand and supply.
  3. Energy Geography, Geopolitics and Macroeconomics
    This course examines and evaluates energy supply and demand from a global perspective.
  4. Strategic Management of Energy Innovation
    This course equips candidates with strategic management knowledge and skills to address new and emerging technologies for extracting, transporting, transforming, and delivering energy services to customers and the resultant disruptive impacts on existing energy systems and firms.
  5. Energy and Environmental Sustainability
    Energy and Environmental Sustainability
  6. Energy Finance, Business Strategy and Investment
    This course is concerned with the relationship between business strategy, finance and investment in the context of energy project financing structures – together with risks and enabling contracts accompanying those financial strategies both within and outside of regulated markets.
  7. Ethics and Corporate Governance
    Ethics and corporate governance have become key risks in business. Large scale energy investments expose firms to a correspondingly large scale of financial risk.
  8. Energy Policy and Regulatory Dispensations
    Energy markets are subject to greater levels of government intervention than most. This course provides a broad conceptualisation of the basis for economic regulation and equips candidates to work within the parameters of policy and regulation.
  9. Leadership Quest
    This course is designed to be an intellectually demanding one which requires candidates to apply a structured approach to understanding their own behaviour and then to formulate plans to improve their own leadership performance.
  10. Research Methodology (Duly Performed)
    This core course introduces candidates to rigorous research methods and techniques and provides opportunities for applying these tools in the development of a research proposal.

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Entry Requirements
  • First degree and postgraduate (NQF 8) studies (preferably an Honours degree but a good Bachelor’s degree with a recognised and accredited postgraduate degree or diploma is also recognised). In certain cases recognition of prior learning may be granted.
  • Mathematics and English – a level of above-average competence equivalent to the requirements for the South African Matriculation certificate.
  • Three to five years’ appropriate work experience. If the applicant seeks exemption from this requirement a letter of motivation must accompany the application.
  • Candidates may also be required to attend an interview with WBS.
  • Shortlisted candidates may be required to complete a WBS Admissions test.
Application process

How to apply to Wits

Online application

Only online applications are accepted.

Visit the Online Application Portal and complete these steps:

  1. Complete your details as prompted on the site.
  2. Go to “Study Choices” and select your programme
  3. Proceed to “Academic Program” and select:
    BAC01 – Master of Management
  4. Under Academic Plan select: Programme Name

Please ensure that all information is correct and that you have uploaded everything on this checklist.


  • Letter of motivation in support of application
    (two-typed pages)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for students who have not studied at tertiary level in English)
  • Non-refundable fee of R200
  • Study Permit if studying in South Africa for more than 90 days, or Visitor’s Permit if studying in South Africa for less than 90 days.
  • Click here and complete and submit the form that downloads

A R15 000 minimum deposit will be required upon acceptance of a place on the programme

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WBS is entitled to cancel or change the date of delivery of a programme without notice and for any reason without incurring any liability to individuals who have applied or are enrolled on the programme or any funders of such individuals (“participants” or “funders of participants”).

Without derogating from the aforesaid, and insofar as it possible, WBS will provide the participants or funders of the participants with 30 (thirty days) days written notice of any cancellation or changes in the dates of delivery of the programme. 

Insofar as the programme is cancelled or rescheduled prior to delivery of the programme then in that event the participants and funders of the participants will not be charged the full programme fees.