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Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Governance and Public Leadership)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Governance and Public Leadership) is a client-course offered to the South African Parliamentarians.

Programme Information

Applications Open
01 July 2024
Applications Close
31 October 2024
Full-time - 1 year, Part-time - 2 years
Academic Category
Academic Programme
Study mode
Full Time, Part Time

The Public and Development Management field of study is aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of current public sector administrators, development practitioners and democratic governance activists from across the continent. It enables them to think analytically, conceptually, and reflectively on key governance challenges confronting South Africa, the continent, and the Global South. 


PADM5233A   Introduction and Orientation
PADM5243A   Governance, Leadership and Public Value
PADM5245A   Public Policy
PADM5253A   Public Finance and Performance Budgeting
PADM5258 A  Decision-Making Methods
ADM5259A    Political Economy of Development
PADM5260 A International Relations and Diplomacy
PADM5261A  Cluster Area Elective

Entry requirements
  • Applicants require a solid Bachelor’s degree transcript or equivalent and preferably two years of relevant work experience in the public, parastatal or NGO sectors.

When lodging a formal application for the Postgraduate Diploma you will be required the following documentation:

  • A brief letter of motivation indicating why you would like to study for your Postgraduate Diploma or Masters at the Wits School of Governance.
  • A curriculum vitae, detailing your degrees, your employment experience.
  • Official transcripts of your qualifications showing degree, courses and results (if you are still studying for a qualifying degree, please provide your interim mid-year results).
  • Your graduation certificates (certified copies and then originals).
  • Verification and comparison of any foreign qualifications from the South Africa Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
  • IELTS Language Proficiency scores (if your previous qualification was not through the medium of English).
University Application Process


  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply onlineUpload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at

University Fees and Funding


Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.

Disclaimer: Cancellation of programmes by WSG

WSG is entitled to cancel or change the date of delivery of a programme without notice and for any reason without incurring any liability to individuals who have applied or are enrolled on the programme or any funders of such individuals (“participants” or “funders of participants”).

Without derogating from the aforesaid, and insofar as it possible, WSG will provide the participants or funders of the participants with 30 (thirty days) days written notice of any cancellation or changes in the dates of delivery of the programme.

Insofar as the programme is cancelled or rescheduled prior to delivery of the programme then in that event the participants and funders of the participants will not be charged the full programme fees.