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Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership

Why study a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership aims to provide learners and their organizations with management and leadership competencies necessary for sustainability and a competitive advantage. It integrates 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.

If you are pursuing a future as a Chartered Banker, start conquering your career goals today with a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership offered at IIE MSA as the academic pathway to the Chartered Banker South Africa – CB(SA) of the Institute of Bankers South Africa (IOBSA). The CB(SA) is the highest designation level in banking, giving recognition to qualifying professionals in the modern banking sector upholding ethical and professional requirements.

Career Opportunities

This programme is based on a needs analysis conducted within South Africa business leaders. It is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) – SAQA ID 101973. It is specifically designed to equip students with skills required to branch into various roles such as:

  • A Chartered Banker – CB(SA)
  • Corporate General Manager
  • General Manager
  • Human Resources Manager/HR Business Partner
  • Finance Manager
  • Managerial and Leadership Positions

Programme Outline

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.

Module Synopsis

7 Compulsory Modules

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.

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.


1 year: Full-time
2 years: Part-time

Multiple Intakes

Intake 1: 2 February 2019
Intake 2: 9 March 2019
Intake 3: 13 April 2019
Intake 4: 25 May 2019
Intake 5: 13 July 2019
Intake 6: 17 August 2019
Intake 7: 28 September 2019
Intake 8: 2 November 2019

Each module runs for five (5) 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 Saturdays from 9h00 to 13h00, through a blended learning model and are supported by weekly online contact sessions during evenings.

Programme Code


Programme Introduction Dates

The programme has compulsory Programme Introduction sessions. Students will be notified of the Programme Introduction dates.

Students are advised to pay and enrol at least three days before a cycle commences.

Application Closing Dates

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

Fees for 2019

Annual Programme Fee: R55 000

* Note that fees are subject to an annual change.

Domestic/South African students are advise to pay 30% of their semester fee before enrolment and the balance by the published payment due date. Alternative payment arrangement can be applied for to pay each module in full before the commencement date of the module.

Payment dates are earlier if you are a commencing international student. This is to allow 6-8 weeks for your study visa applications to be processed prior to enrolment. To avoid delays obtaining a study visa, commencing international students must pay a 30% deposit before enrolling to allow 6-8 weeks for study visa applications and 50% balance on or before enrolment.

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 and its semesters, as well as for textbooks, computers or other devices to use the Internet.

Payment Methods

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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.

Elective Modules

Choose one elective from the below. If you are studying towards the Chartered Banker South Africa – CB(SA) you must take the module on Future of Banking.

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.

More about becoming a Chartered Banker South Africa – CB(SA)

Working professionals in the banking or financial services sector, after successfully completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership qualifies to write the Chartered Banker board exam (offered twice year), facilitated by IIE MSA on behalf of the Institute of Bankers South Africa. This board examination is preceded with compulsory workshops equivalent to 1 week.

As a Chartered Banker South Africa – CB(SA), this programme will assist you to:

  • acquire the necessary competencies and skills to respond to changes and opportunities in banking in order to keep abreast of market trends in the world economy;
  • master the technical, legal and administrative skills to work in the financial services industry;
  • make professional and ethical judgments and informed decisions in relevant work situations;
  • understand the future of banking, and the influence of technology in a digitized world; and
  • maintain the high standards of professional excellence.


How to Apply

Module Schedule & Contact Sessions ***:

Strategic Leadership - AUG
Ethics and Corporate Citizenship - SEP
Fundamentals of Corporate Finance - NOV
Management Theory and Practice - FEB
Talent Management (Elective) - MAR
Organisational Learning and Development (Elective) - APR
Management of Business Information and Knowledge - MAY
Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation - JUL

Programme Information

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the critical importance of, and the interplay between, leadership-related concepts in the private, public and not for profit sectors.
  • Critically analyse the roles and responsibilities of business leaders within changing economic, social, legal, ethical and political contexts. Develop a strategy and implementation plan to address complex management and leadership challenges.
  • Examine the role of analytical, intellectual, and ICT tools in assessing business opportunities and implementing appropriate business leadership strategies and tactics.
  • Discuss ways to nurture leadership and managerial talent to lead organizations to high impact and global reach.
  • Reflect on personal performance and planning and apply interpersonal, group-working, and leadership skills to enhance your performance and the performance of others.

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 (three Saturday sessions per module), 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 at least 2 of the 3 face-to-face contact sessions in each module).

Admissions Criteria
To be eligible for this programme, applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification (Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework Level 7) from an accredited university or other tertiary institution. Qualifications obtained outside South Africa must be presented along with an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualifications Authority.

The language of instruction at IIE MSA is English. All foreign language qualifications must be officially translated. Students whose qualifications were obtained in any other language apart from English need to present proof of English Language competency through an accredited language test.

Students must have proficient computer, internet and email skills. Where these are deemed to be inadequate, students will be required to undertake training relevant to equipping them with the necessary skills.

Work experience is advantageous but not a pre-requisite for this programme. The work experience of candidates will be considered where they do not meet the minimum entry requirements. Candidates may then be recommended to consult the recognition of prior learning committee for consideration.

International Students
Qualifications obtained outside South Africa must be presented along with an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership; HEQSF level 8 - the same level as an honours degree. The diploma is awarded by The IIE.


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