Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management

Qualification code: 90146
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 111456
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 purpose of the qualification is to empower learners with the necessary competencies (knowledge, skills, values and attitudes) to analyse, synthesise and apply relevant information within project environments. Relevant information refers to the conceptual mapping of key theoretical project management frameworks and the application of these to a range of project management scenarios, taking into consideration social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. The ability to design, develop and implement comprehensive project management plans, which meet or exceed stakeholder expectations, will form the focus of this qualification. Learners will be able to critically analyse organisational contexts, governance, ethical, legal and regulatory requirements and risk management when applying fundamental project management principles in a real-life situation. Furthermore, learners will be able to communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders utilising a variety of professional oral and written forms in order to justify and interpret theories, methodologies, recommendations and professional decisions. Integrating professional standards into practice, along with incorporating continuing professional development in accordance with leading PM professional voluntary organisations, forms a pivotal component of this qualification. The qualification is benchmarked against: The Association for Project Management (APM), the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), the Project Management Institute (PMI), the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and the International Association of Project and Program Management (IAPPM) protocols and standards. This qualification also provides an opportunity for participants to integrate knowledge from various modules by working on a final project in which they will come to appreciate the project value creation process and in which they will face practical challenges at a project coal face.
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
PGM4811 - Managing Project Execution and Control Co-requisite:PGM4812, PGM4813, PGM4814. PGM4815, PGM4816, PGM4817
PGM4812 - Managing Project Stakeholders Co-requisite:PGM4811, PGM4813, PGM4814. PGM4815, PGM4816, PGM4817
PGM4813 - Managing Project Cost and Finance Co-requisite:PGM4811, PGM4812, PGM4814. PGM4815, PGM4816, PGM4817
PGM4814 - Managing Project Risk Co-requisite:PGM4811, PGM4812, PGM4813. PGM4815, PGM4816, PGM4817
PGM4815 - Managing Project Procurement and Contracts Co-requisite:PGM4811, PGM4812, PGM4813. PGM4814, PGM4816, PGM4817
PGM4816 - Managing Project Leadership Co-requisite:PGM4811, PGM4812, PGM4813. PGM4814, PGM4815, PGM4817
PGM4817 - Integrated Project Management Practice Co-requisite:PGM4811, PGM4812, PGM4813, PGM4814. PGM4815, PGM4816