Postgraduate Diploma in Management

Course Description:

Learn and grow as you apply modern business knowledge and innovative management tools to real-life cases, participate in lively classroom debates, get personal career coaching and prepare to spread your career wings with a two-month internship.

Course basics:

1 Year (Full-Time)

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme structure:
1 year

Study mode:
Full Time

Academic category:
Generalist degree

Elective course streams:
Financial Management, Marketing Management and Entrepreneurship Management, Organisational Theory, Strategic Human Resource Development and Strategic Industrial Relations

Core Courses:

Financial &Mgnt Accounting, Operations Mgnt, Economics, Marketing Mgnt, Strategic Mgnt, HR & Organisation Design and Development, Analytical Problem Solving & Decision Making, Business Disruption & Innovation, Financial Mgnt, Entrepreneurship Mgnt

WBS students share their experiences of the PDM programme

A management diploma that’s so much more.

The Wits Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Management challenges you to view business and management in a new light of innovation and creativity while preparing you for the challenges companies face on a daily basis. Gain up-to-date business knowledge and tools and apply these to real-life business situations as you prepare, debate and tackle business case studies. You’ll also receive intensive career coaching to help you secure an internship where you can apply your academic learning in a real business context and spread your career wings. The WBS PDM internship is supported by leading banks and financial services companies, management consultancies, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) organisations, healthcare enterprises, pharmaceuticals and marketing and advertising companies.

The Wits Business School Postgraduate Diploma in Management is offered as a one-year full-time programme. Five fundamental courses are covered, including the Principles of Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Operations Management, HR Management and Economics. The core courses include Financial & Management Accounting, Human Resources Management & Organisational Design and Development, Analytical Problem solving & Decision-making, Business disruption and Innovation, Entreprenuership Management, Economics, Operations Management , Business Simulation and Strategic Management   

The full-time PDM includes a two-month internship programme, which is widely supported by many leading organisations. Although, it is ultimately up to students to secure the internship, the process is supported by an intensive career management and coaching programme that commences within the first two weeks of the full-time programme. The internship constitutes the academic third quarter and runs from 01 July – 31 August of each year.

In the final quarter of the year, students undertake five elective courses. Depending upon your chosen stream (Business Administration or Human Resources) you will select three compulsory specialised electives which include Financial Management, Marketing Management and Entrepreneurship Management (Business Administration Stream) or Organisational Theory, Strategic Human Resource Development and Strategic Industrial Relations (Human Resources Stream). Students will also select two free choice elective subjects. 

Students will also have the opportunity to integrate the year’s theory with practice during the engaging and highly interactive Business Simulation.

Key Features

  • 5 fundamental courses
  • 5 core courses
  • 2-month internship programme
  • 5 elective courses (students select 5 courses out of 8)
  • Access to the WBS Case Centre
  • Career development and coaching

(Please note that the HR Stream is dependent upon a minimum of 10 students.)

  • A three-year degree or National Higher Diploma at NQF 7 level
  • Mathematics competency at Matriculation level: Mathematics - minimum 50% and Mathematics Literacy - minimum 65%.
  • An acceptable score on the WBS psychometric test battery.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to write the WBS Admissions test.
  • In exceptional cases, non-degreed individuals with working experience are considered
  • Copies of all academic transcripts and degree certificate/s
  • Copy of SAQA certificate for foreign qualifications
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for students who have not studied at tertiary level in English)
  • Non-refundable application fee of R200
  • Download and complete the Management Part 3 form
  • Complete the online application form on the following link 
  • Letter of motivation

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January 2021 Applications are open and close 30 September 2020

Admission Test
currently R950. (Please note: only shortlisted candidates will be invited to write the WBS Admissions test)

Foreign Qualifications
Applicants who have foreign qualifications need to send their qualification to the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) for evaluation before applying to WBS. Go to or email Alternatively, you can call: 012 431 5000 or the helpdesk on: 0860 103 188

International applicants
For other requirements pertaining to international applicants, kindly contact Simphiwe Goba at: and kindly contact Odette Pillay at the fees office for additional fees payable at:

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

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Disclaimer: Cancellation of programmes by WBS

  • 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.