Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration

Qualification code: 98208
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 83587
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:
Upon completion of the Postgraduate Diploma: Public Administration, the qualified student would have been actively engaged in becoming a well-rounded, educated person, specifically preparing for further, more specific study and/or the work environment as an employer/manager in an administrative section. He or she will have a theoretical foundation that will guide him/her in the work environment to act as a functional level manager or at a higher management level. The person achieving this qualification will have developed certain values and be able to integrate general administrative knowledge and skills, management functions and the application of the theory of administration and management to achieve his/her goals. Qualifying postgraduate learners can demonstrate: - Systematic knowledge, specialised skills, applied competence and appropriate attitudes and values in the field of public administration to become employable workers and contributors to public administration in various public and civic contexts. - In-depth knowledge and the ability to identify, define and solve complex problems. - The ability to widen the leadership base in innovative and knowledge-based public administration and scholarly activity. - The skills to play a constructive role as change agents in the field of public administration. - An understanding of the need for life-long learning and continued personal development.
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. 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.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

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.