Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism Management

Qualification code: 98257
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 86406
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 Postgraduate Diploma: Tourism Management is to provide specialisation learning which help learners prepare for further Postgraduate study in career advancement in tourism management. This qualification typically follows on from a Bachelor's Degree, and serves to consolidate and deepen the learner's expertise in tourism. This qualification will enable learners to undertake advanced studies towards developing their strategic managerial capabilities. This initiative will not only help in improving the local tourism industry, but also the country's economy. This will be achieved by having the learners carry out systematic surveys of both local and international contemporary best practice in tourism management. It will deepen the learner's understanding of the tourism industry, thereby equipping them with the knowledge and skills they require to avail themselves of employment opportunities in a variety of tourism orientated careers such as: - Travel Management Consultancy. - Tourist Resort and Attraction Management. - Tourism Authority at Local and National Level. - Corporate Travel Organisations. - Marketing and Sales in Tourism. This qualification will also prepare learners for further research-based postgraduate study by developing their knowledge of methodologies and competence in techniques in tourism research. Furthermore, the learners should develop the capacity to make strategic decisions by way of sound theoretical judgements based on the evidence they have researched in order to be competitive locally and globally.
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.

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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.