Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Public Administration and Management

The information on this page is for the 2019 academic year. Updated information for the 2020 academic year will be available before the start of the 2020 registration period.

Qualification code: 98203
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 83467
APS/AS: 17
Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet.
Purpose statement:
The primary purpose of the qualification is for learners to demonstrate vocational knowledge, skills, applied competence and the necessary attitudes in the field of public administration and management to become lifelong learners, employable workers and contributors to public administration in various institutions. A second purpose of the qualification is for learners in public administration to widen the vocational leadership and managerial base of innovative and practice-based public administration and management. Qualifying learners could follow a variety of careers within the Public Sector: - Financial Services. - Administration. - Management. - Human Resources Management. - Knowledge Management.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Second level

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
PUB3711 - Approaches to Programme Management III Pre-requisite:PUB2617 or PMN201P
PUB3712 - Aspects of Programme Management III Pre-requisite:PUB2617 or PMN201P
PUB3715 - Public Financial and Procurement Management IIIA Pre-requisite:PUB2607 & PUB2610 or PFM201P & PLM201P
PUB3716 - Public Financial and Procurement Management IIIB Pre-requisite:PUB2607 & PUB2610 or PFM201P & PLM201P
PUB3717 - Public Human Resource Management III Pre-requisite:PUB2609 & PUB2619 or PHR201P
PUB3718 - Management of Information III Pre-requisite:PUB2611 or PIP201P
PUB3719 - Management of Information Systems III Pre-requisite:PUB2611 or PIP201P
PUB3720 - Policy Studies III
PUB3721 - Public Management Practice III
PUB3722 - Intersectoral Collaboration