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Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

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.

What is this Postgraduate Diploma’s accreditation status?

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership (PGD BL) is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE)
and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
as a 120-credit qualification on level 8 (SAQA ID: 101973).

Who is the PGD BL aimed at?

This IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership (PGD BL) – an honours equivalent qualification – is aimed at
working professionals from a variety of different fields who wish to obtain knowledge and skills in functional
business areas to advance their careers. Whether you are planning to join the corporate world or start your own
business, this innovative programme will expose you to the latest business trends as you build an integrated
understanding of best practice.

The PGD BL focuses on the role of leadership in business in the 21st century. Students are equipped with the
necessary knowledge and skills to capitalise on business opportunities and to solve complex problems by using creative
and innovative thinking and techniques.

How is this PGD BL degree structured?

All modules are offered over 5 weeks. Contact sessions are scheduled for every second Saturday from 9:00 to 14:00 as
per detailed course map. This is followed by further continuous study and assignment submissions via the Learning
Management System (LMS). On campus contact sessions are further supported by structured group discussions through
Skype/Zoom etc. between classes. The teaching model centres on contact with students and extended contact sessions
that run parallel to a student’s self-directed studies with a practical focus, using case studies and business
simulations as well as discussion within syndicate groups. We accommodate shifting dynamics within the environment in
our curriculum to be contextual relevant.

In total students need to complete 8 modules of 15-credits each.

Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is reviewed annually thus changes may
occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level
outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive an updated programme curriculum on an annual

The information contained in each module is designed to prepare you for the journey towards mastering key
competencies of the programme. 

What about timetables?

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership (PGD BL) can be completed in 1-year full-time or 2-years
part-time. The academic year runs from February to November.

As far as possible timetabling is designed to accommodate student needs, but timetables remain subject to change
throughout the year. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that timetable structures will remain the same during the
course of your studies. Class attendance is compulsory.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this PGD BL degree?

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%)
for each module of the programme.

How long do I have to complete this qualification? 

The maximum duration to complete this qualification is 3 years.

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with the IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership (PGD BL) degree (SAQA ID: 101973).

What career opportunities can I pursue once I have completed this PGD BL degree?

This degree is based on a needs analysis conducted amongst South Africa business leaders and is an enhancement to any
field in business and any role in organisational leadership, particularly at middle and senior management level.
Specific prospects in Business Leadership as a field include:

  • Banker
  • Corporate General Manager
  • General Manager
  • Human Resources Manager/HR Business Partner
  • Finance Manager
  • Managerial and Leadership Positions

Is it possible to study further and obtain a master qualification once I have completed the PGD BL?

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership (PGD BL) degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education
(CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications
Framework (NQF) at level 8 – the same level as an honours degree.  The opportunity to apply for a master degree at any
South African university or higher education institution exists subject to meeting the specific programme entrance
criteria of the selected institution.

It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

Call the IIE MSA campus to discuss your career options with one of our student advisors or speak to Tatiana
Mengsen (Administrator: PGD BL
),  011 950 4134 or

Alternative you can also speak to Herman Coetzee (Programme manager: PGD BL)

Disclaimer:  Please note that this fact sheet is accurate at the time of publication.  The Independent
Institute of Education (The IIE) reserves the right to alter any of the content prior to commencement of registration
due to changes in regulation, policy, market requirements or any other valid reason.