Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Management Accounting

Qualification code: 98205
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 88893
APS/AS: 50
This qualification is endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).Once students have completed this qualification they will gain direct admission to CIMA's management level case study. Students who successfully complete the management level case study will graduate with an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA and gain admission to CIMA's strategic level objective tests. Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer with a webcam, and the internet.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of the Postgraduate Diploma: Management Accounting is to prepare candidates for their role as management accountants in the workplace. The qualification will equip learners with insight into the world of financial management, both from a corporate and individual perspective, with an emphasis on improving decision-making in a competitive environment. Learners will utilise the financial information in managerial decision-making. This qualification will be instrumental in assisting learners to: *Apply this knowledge to advanced and complex case studies and exercise a number of choices with regard to the appropriate technology or systems for the given situation. *Critically analyse theories, examples and case studies. *Acquire a level of mastery to deal with unfamiliar concrete and abstract problems. *Justify their recommendations in complex business decision-making situations. *Introduce learners to different risks with regard to financial information management, to be stimulated to develop control procedures to eliminate these risks.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. 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 2024 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

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

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

Please click on the modules below to see further information (eg semester/year module, NQF level)

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory.
MAC4863 - Enterprise Strategy
MAC4865 - Financial Strategy
MAC4866 - Information Strategy
MAC4867 - Performance Strategy
MAC4868 - Strategic Case Studies Co-requisite:MAC4863, MAC4865, MAC4866 & MAC4867