Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Accounting for 2024

Why study a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Accounting?

Each organisation needs competent finance professionals to assist with internal decision-making and control, as well as external financial reporting. This skill shortage in the national and international finance profession is widely publicised.

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Accounting will equip students to render professional financial and accounting services to various role players, including private and public companies, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and consultation firms.

The programme is designed as a value-add for young graduates at the beginning of their careers in finance, as well as for finance professionals already working in the industry or in government departments.

The purpose of this postgraduate diploma would be to provide graduates with skills valuable to the finance profession. Those skills include management accountancy, financial strategic and risk management skills, as well as business report writing skills.

The outcomes for this qualification were identified as critical to render professional management accounting services, by compiling meaningful reports in response to an accounting or business problem. Graduates will be able to solve complex problems by effective teamwork. Ethical issues in given scenarios will be identified and students will understand and be able to debate the need for ongoing education.

This postgraduate diploma thus serves to strengthen and deepen the student’s knowledge in the finance profession and specifically the discipline of management accounting. It enables working professionals to undertake advanced reflection and development by means of a systematic survey of current thinking, practice and research methods in the area of management accounting. This is achieved mainly by systematic study of applicable case studies. It demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence, as well as the ability to relate knowledge to a range of contexts within the finance and accounting field, in order for graduates to undertake professional or highly skilled work.

Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Accounting Career Opportunities

This Postgraduate Diploma will open up an attractive range of career options; this diploma is a perfect steppingstone to a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities.

  • Risk manager
  • Management accountant
  • Financial manager
  • Strategic consultant
  • Financial director/manager
  • CFO
  • Financial controller
  • Internal auditor

Programme Outline

Internal planning and control
Management accounting
Business performance management
Financial reporting
Case study methodology
Business strategy
Risk management
Financial strategy

Apply for a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Accounting

How to Apply



1 year: Full-time


Accredited by the CHE. Registration: NQF Level 8, SAQA ID 102208

Programme Code



Intake 1: February

Application Closing Dates

IIE MSA must receive your application at least two weeks before the start of that particular intake.

Discuss your study options with a Student Advisor

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Programme Coordinator:

Carel Snyman

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From outside South Africa

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Programme Information

Learning outcomes

Graduates of this programme are expected to be able to:

  • Render professional Management Accounting services.
  • Compile a meaningful report in response to an accounting or business problem.
  • Solve complex problems by effective teamwork.
  • Identify and address ethical issues within a given scenario.
  • Debate the need for ongoing education.

Mode of Delivery

This programme utilises a mixed mode of delivery, incorporating contact sessions, online resources and a combination of assessment methods. Learning outcomes are to be assessed by means of case studies based on real-life companies or situations. The aspects listed under the learning outcome exemplify assessment criteria/ tasks.


Formative and summative type assessment of the modules will be conducted. Continuous assessment and participation in classroom and online forum discussions will be important. There will be a formal exam as part of the final module assessment. An external examiner will be appointed for every module. The teaching staff will at all times enforce strict submission deadlines for all assignments. IIE MSA assessment policies and guidelines will apply.

Site of Delivery

The Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Accounting is offered at the IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg.

Minimum Admission Requirements

An appropriate HEQSF Level 7 Bachelor’s degree; OR An appropriate Advanced Diploma; OR An equivalent NQF Level 7 qualification With Accounting at third year level.

International Students

A SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NQF L7 equivalence in an appropriate field

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of publication. However, these may change.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Accounting is awarded by the IIE. This qualification is on HEQSF level 8.