- Applicants require a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and preferably two years of relevant work experience in the public, parastatal or non-profit sectors. Students with relevant private sector experience will be considered.
- The pass mark for these programmes is 50%. Students who achieve an average mark of 65% or more may proceed to the Master’s programme.
Recognition of prior learning:
If you fall outside the normal admissions process but can demonstrate that you have a suitably related qualification and/or work experience, you may still be considered. After this assessment, you may be required to broaden your curriculum to include preliminary programmes prior to admission, or parallel programmes after admission.
Each module will run over a period of seven weeks, apart from Strategic Public Management which will run over 14 weeks.
Module 1 – Governance, Leadership and Public Value
This module deals with contemporary conceptions of state and society. It seeks to provide students with a thorough understanding of government functioning and administration, government relations with the private sector and civil society, and government interaction within local, national and regional contexts. It examines the public sector and the complex challenges surrounding public administration, as well as the impact of different models of governance and leadership on the distribution of economic and other resources and the creation of public value.
Module 2 – Public Policy
This module interrogates conceptual and theoretical frameworks of public policy, examines models of public policy making; offers a framework of public policy analysis and explores policy contexts in South Africa, Africa and globally. The module provides students with an understanding of the special challenges facing policy development and implementation and how to overcome them. This includes technical and skills requirements for evaluating policy, managing vested interests, consultation and public relations, monitoring and evaluation, and the management of inter-departmental coordination and relations.
Module 3 – Public finance and performance-based budgeting
This module introduces students to key concepts in public finance and public sector economics and then analyses public finance issues in the South African context. Key topics include the role of the state in the economy; public expenditure and its impact on economic growth; taxation; fiscal policy; key areas of social policy, including education, health, and social security; and intergovernmental fiscal relations.
Module 4 – Development
This module reviews different conceptions of and current debates about development, including the role of states and markets in development. It deals with the roles of local communities, global actors, and the private and NGO sectors, as well as the impacts of marketisation and economic deregulation. It also highlights challenges to managing development in emerging economies such as South Africa, including social and economic exclusion, inequality, and skewed gender relations.
Modules 5 and 6 – Strategic Public Management A and B
This module deals with managerial systems, strategies and cultures; organisational management; human resources management; performance monitoring; and organisational development and change. It focuses on how bureaucracies should be managed to ensure effective policy implementation and examines the research and analysis needed for making effective decisions in organisational settings. The module also covers the development and validation of operational plans for effective and efficient service delivery.
Module 7 – Analytical Methods
This module covers the analysis and interpretation of quantitative data relevant to public policy research and practice. Students make decisions and communicate findings based on statistical approaches that enable the interpretation of data.
Module 8 – Evaluation
This module covers the various forms and approaches to evaluation. Looking at the application of evaluation in a range of public and development management contexts and includes detailed debates around evaluation theory and practice. Issues in evaluation regarding sub-Saharan Africa are explored.
Fees are payable in advance of the start date for each individual module and must be received before the payment deadline for students to register successfully. No upfront deposit is required for the programme.
Payment can be made via EFT through our self-service portal. Please ensure you capture your student number accurately in the reference field to limit delays in registration. Do not include unnecessary alphanumeric characters or punctuation in the reference. Certain banks may take up to three days for funds to reflect in your student account. If the payment does not reflect by the fourth working day, please contact your Enrolment Specialist to follow up.
Fees for 2020
|Number of modules||8|
|Total programme credits||120|
|PADM5243O – Governance, leadership and public value||R5,770|
|PADM5245O – Public policy||R5,770|
|PADM5253O – Public finance and performance-based budgeting||R5,770|
|PADM5248O – Development||R5,770|
|PADM5266O – Strategic public management A||R5,770|
|PADM5266O – Strategic public management B||R5,770|
|PADM5247O – Analytical methods||R5,770|
|PADM5202O – Evaluation||R5,770|
* Module pricing is subject to change in January of each year.
Need Financial Assistance?
If you need financial assistance for this programme, please request information on financing options from your Enrolment Specialist.