The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership (PGD BL) is a management development programme aimed at all managerial levels showing potential with the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for successful general business management and effective leadership. It focuses specifically on the fundamentals of operations to integrate all relevant disciplines such as banking, finance, human resources, and marketing into the overall operational plan of the organisation. The qualification has a practical hands-on focus and incorporates the challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution. With a strong focus on problem-solving and leadership competencies; this qualification is designed to prepare learners for professional and/or managerial roles in private, public, developing and non-profit sectors. It will enhance your ability to manage with competence and lead with purpose. The programme complements functional understanding with a holistic approach, through providing you with the relevant perspectives and skills required to operate effectively in a managerial role and lead effectively across functions and cultures, with strengthen knowledge and skill sets. During the degree the emphasis will evolve from an operational to a more strategic perspective of leadership in a business context.
The PGD BL is taught by seasoned academics and industry experts with extensive leadership backgrounds in national and international business environments.
This programme is based on a needs analysis conducted within South Africa business leaders. It is specifically designed to equip students with skills required to branch into various roles such as:
The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership is a management development programme aimed at all managerial levels showing potential with the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for successful general business management and effective leadership. It will enhance your ability to manage with competence and lead with purpose. The programme complements functional understanding with a holistic approach, through providing you with the relevant perspectives and skills required to operate effectively in a managerial role and lead effectively across functions and cultures, with strengthen knowledge and skill sets. In addition, the programme will provide the underpinning knowledge and understanding. The emphasis will evolve from an operational to a more strategic perspective of leadership in a business context.
Management Theory and Practice (15 credits)
This module establishes the foundation for management, which is critical to the efficient and effective operations of a business as well as the overall accomplishment of strategic objectives. South African managers today are faced with myriad challenges including dealing with the fast pace of change and market demand, labour relations, skills shortages and issues of business ethics.
Talent Management (15 credits)
This module provides an overview of talent management and its importance within an organization. Successful organizations are those that have an all-encompassing approach to talent and performance management, are able to link tools, systems, people and processes together to motivate employees to work at their peak, keep them aligned with the culture and corporate objectives, and build future leaders throughout the enterprise.
2 years: Full-time
3 years: Part-time
Accredited by the CHE. Registration: NQF Level 8, SAQA ID 101973
The programme has compulsory Programme Introduction sessions. Students will be notified of the Programme Introduction dates.
Each module runs for ten (10) weeks and begins with a scheduled contact session on campus followed by further continuous study and assignment submissions via the Learning Management System (LMS). Contact sessions are offered every second Saturday from 9h00 to 13h00, through a blended learning model and are supported by weekly online contact sessions during evenings.
Students are advised to pay and enrol at least three days before a cycle commences.
IIE MSA must receive your application at least two weeks before the start of that particular intake.
Students are advised to pay their deposit on/before registration and the balance by the published payment due date. Alternatively a payment arrangement can be applied for upon Registration.
International students registering for the first time at IIE MSA will be subject to an International Student Levy of R6,500 (440.70 USD) payable upon registration.
Returning International students continuing their studies at IIE MSA will be subject to an International Student Levy of R5,500 (372.90 USD) payable upon registration.
2022 Annual Fee:
R31,500 (2,135.72 USD)
* Note that fees are subject to an annual increase.
For more information regarding fees please visit the Fee structure.
Students are responsible for the payment of their own transport and accommodation during the various intakes, as well as for textbooks, computers or other devices to use the Internet.
For more information on our payment methods visit https://www.iiemsa.co.za/pay-fees/
The programme will start on the following dates:
Intake 1: February
Intake 2: July
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Organizational Learning and Development (15 credits)
This module explores the fundamental principles, processes, theories and praxis of organizational learning and development. Continuous learning and development is paramount to increase organizational performance, productivity, efficiency and effectiveness, and to gain a competitive edge at large. Offered on a blended model delivery this unit provides students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of a “learning organization” as well as the critical aspects of continuous learning and development, including on-the-job and off-the-job methods of developing the relevant mind-set, skills, knowledge, expertise and behaviours.
Management of Business Information and Knowledge (15 credits)
In this module students will explore the value of data, information and knowledge in a business. Students will study the theory and application of the management of organizational knowledge for creating business value and generating a competitive advantage. The focus will be on how to manage knowledge and where it fits into Intellectual Capital Management.
Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (15 credits)
This module develops students’ understanding of the processes and complexities involved in starting and managing new entrepreneurial as well as innovative business ventures. This involves inculcating the fundamental principles, skills, mind-set, attitudes and behaviours required of a successful entrepreneur who is able to apply creative and innovative means to ensure the sustainability and competitiveness of their business.
Strategic Leadership (15 credits)
This module is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for strategic thinking, planning and organizational innovation. In addition, the module will provide the leadership capability necessary to inspire and enable teams to innovate and improve performance towards strategic goals.
Ethics and Corporate Citizenship (15 credits)
This module introduces prospective managerial leaders to the complex interface that exists between business and society. It aims to inculcate the principle that businesses, through good managerial leadership, ought to be ethically accountable to the society beyond the economic responsibilities of entities to shareholders. This module conceptualises management responsibility as it applies to various stakeholders. It provides an opportunity to students to rationalise practical ways of addressing challenges in an ethical manner. This is facilitated through frameworks that aid understanding of common patterns of success and failure in managing ethics and corporate responsibilities.
Future of Banking (15 credits)
This module explores the technology advances in banking and how it is changing the relationship between customers and their banks and also the manner in which they manage their finances. This module specifically focuses on the digital disruption and assist banks or people working in the financial services sector with the fundamental changes required in doing business. This module prepares bank staff or people in the financial services sector with these changes within a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and umbiguous) world. It equips students with the skills required to face the future with confidence and the ability to produce creative and innovative solutions.
Fundamentals of Corporate Finance (15 credits)
The module is designed to strengthen the appreciation and application of fundamental principles of corporate finance that are applicable to the day-to-day business and personal interaction. It is structured to introduce the basic framework for structured analysis and understanding how value is created in an organization. This will be achieved by presenting the student with a practical guide through the following topics: Analysis of financial and other information, time value of money, capital budgeting, raising capital and fundamentals of earnings based valuations and free cash flow valuations.
Mode of Delivery
The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership uses flexible teaching methods as it is designed for the working professional. A combined model is used which -includes face-to-face contact sessions, extensive online learning using the virtual learning system, case studies and projects to apply learning into practice and various assignments.
Modes of assessment will include class participation, face-to-face and online discussion, completion of case studies, assignment and projects. In order to pass, the final mark must be a passing mark of 50% or more.
Site of Delivery
IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg (Important Notice: This is not a distance programme, students must be able to attend face-to-face contact sessions in each module).
Minimum Admission Requirements
An appropriate HEQSF Level 7 Bachelor’s degree; OR An appropriate Advanced Diploma; OR An equivalent NQF Level 7 qualification
A SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NQF L7 equivalence in an appropriate field
Students who do not meet the admission requirements may be eligible for admission via alternate means such as RPL. Please enquire at the campus for assistance.
Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of publication. However, these may change.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership; HEQSF level 8 - the same level as an honours degree. The diploma is awarded by The IIE.