The Department of Public Management and Leadership offers undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications that are internationally and locally recognised. The qualifications at the undergraduate are the Bachelor of Administration and the National Diploma in Public Management. These qualifications equip students with knowledge of public administration and management. The postgraduate qualifications include BTech in Public Management, Honours in Public Administration, Masters in Public Administration (by coursework and by dissertation) and DPhil. (Public Administration).

The Department has experienced and highly qualified academic staff who also assist in offering short learning programmes to the appointed and elected government and municipal officials for its Raymond Mhlaba Research Unit.



This is a multi-faceted and comprehensive programme which aims to develop excellence in the practice and analysis of Public Administration, Industrial Psychology, Sociology, Business Management, and Political Studies.


Depending on their area of specialisation, learners will be equipped for careers in the clerical, administrative and management divisions of the public and private sectors and in consultancy, entrepreneurship, non-government organisations and community - based organisations.


• Minimum NSC statutory requirements for degree entry must be met.

• An applicant with NSC Grade 12 Mathematics or Technical Mathematics requires a minimum Applicant Score of 350.

• An applicant with NSC Grade 12 Mathematical Literacy requires a minimum Applicant Score of 365.

• NSC achievement rating of at least 35% for Mathematics or Technical Mathematics or 55% for Mathematical Literacy.


Three years full time or four years part-time


The specialist trained through this programme will have practical knowledge of:

  1. South African Politics and Policy
  2. Governance and Administration
  3. Human Resource Dynamics
  4. International Relations
  5. Government finance, personnel and policy
  6. The relationship between government and business
  7. The art of public administration and management.


The programme consists of fundamental modules, which provide the learner with study and workplace skills, as well as compulsory core modules and a range of elective modules from which learners may  choose.  Modules will carry a certain number of credits and learners must obtain at least 360 credits to obtain the degree.

The programme includes practical work such as community projects and presentations of students’ own research.Learners may choose from one of four streams, according to their interests and career path. Public Administration is common to all four streams and learners choose  an additional specialisation in Industrial Psychology, Sociology, Business Management or Political Studies


Contact information
Ms Siyasanga Booysen
Post-Graduate Administrator
Tel: 041 504 2263

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