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.
Managing Business Information and Knowledge (20 credits)
In this module students will explore on the links between data, information and knowledge. Students will study the tools and techniques that are essential for creating knowledge assets and creating business value. In this module special attention will be paid to the role of big data, ownership of data and data information and knowledge. n this module we will explore and consider definitions and aspects of data, information and knowledge as strategic resources of the business. Attention will be given to the business elements of process, people and technology.
Contemporary Management Principles and Practices(20 credits)
The purpose of this module is to develop a thorough understanding and knowledge of the skills and competencies necessary for managing an organisation effectively, and for responding positively to the challenges that organisations and employees face in the ever-changing business and economic environment.
2 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.
IIE MSA must receive your application at least two weeks before the start of the intake.
First Semester (February)
Applied Accounting and Finance for Managers (20 credits)
TThe purpose of this module is to develop students’ understanding of the concepts and application of accounting and finance in decision-making processes within an organisation.
Human Resource Management (20 credits)
This module provides students with a sound understanding of the application of the theory and practice of human resource management within the contemporary business environment. The module further aims to expose students to the management of competing demands of ensuring international coherence in, and cost-effective approach to, the way multinational organisations manage their people in all the countries it covers, while ensuring that it can be responsive to the differences in assumption about what works from one location to another.
Strategic Management and Leadership (20 credits)
The purpose of this module is to provide students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of leadership and the role of strategic management within the business environment, in a national and international context.
Research methodology (20 credits)
The purpose of this module is to develop students’ skills in research, critical analysis, and academic discourse in order for them to complete a self-directed research project. Emphasis is placed on independent and critical thinking, analysis, research designs and methods, as well as academic discourse. This module will provide students with practical and applied experience in research.
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.