Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management

Qualification code: 90001
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 12081
APS/AS: 60
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 to provide qualifiers with post-graduate level knowledge, specific skills, applied competence and the necessary attitudes in the field associated with Financial Management and Managerial Accounting that prepare them to be lifelong learners, employable workers/ managers/entrepreneurs and contributors to society and the business community. The second purpose of the qualification is the education and training of professional Financial Managers with the necessary knowledge, skills and professional values that enables them to continue to learn and adapt to change throughout their professional lives. To achieve the goal of providing a foundation for life-long learning it requires a grounding in the knowledge, skills and professional values essential to professional competency. The third purpose of the qualification is to produce competent professional accountants and Financial Managers who make a positive contribution over their lifetimes to the profession and society in which they work. The maintenance of professional competence in the face of the increasing changes they encounter makes it imperative that students develop and maintain an attitude of learning to learn.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.
Qualification offered until 2021, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.

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. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • 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.

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
BAN4801 - Financial Institutions Management
FIN4801 - Advanced Financial Management Recommendation:Any NQF level 7 Corporate Finance module or FIN3701 if the student is from UNISA.
FIN4802 - International Financial Management
INV4801 - Investments: Portfolio Management
RSK4803 - Risk Financing