Supervisory Development Programme (SDP) - Diploma for New Managers

Supervisory Development Programme (SDP) - Diploma for New Managers

The purpose of this qualification is to enable new managers to make a transition into management. It seeks to broaden their insight of organisational dynamics as well as their capacity to manage themselves and others in pursuit of set organisational objectives. This is in line with the strategic objective of the University to “cultivate standards of excellence in teaching, research, and all the prescribed functions of UNAM, through encouraging constructive criticism, constant self-improvement, self-evaluation, and peer assessment”.

Holders of this qualification will be able to:

  • Develop a rigorous approach to the acquisition of a broad knowledge base in the arena of Junior Management.
  • Employ a range of specialised skills and competencies in the arena of Junior Management.
  • Evaluate information in the context of planning and developing managerial competencies and in determining solutions to a variety of unpredictable problems.
  • Operate in a range of varied and specific contexts, taking responsibility for the nature and quality of outputs.


  1. A candidate should possess a relevant level 4 qualification from a recognized institution of higher learning, with a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience, of which one year should be at managerial level.
  2. Alternatively, an applicant should be in possession of a minimum Grade 12 Certificate, 22 points as per UNAM scale in 5 subjects and English at a minimum D grade. In addition, a minimum of 5 years work experience, of which one year is at a managerial level, is required. 
  3. Admission could also be considered for persons who qualify through the Mature Age Entry Scheme upon successful completion of the relevant examinations as set out in the General Information and Regulation Prospectus. A special application is available for this purpose. For mature age entry, a candidate must be above 25 years old, in possession of a Grade 12 Certificate, with a minimum of 5 years work experience, of which one year is at a managerial level. 

Due to limited space, meeting the minimum requirements for the programme does not guarantee admission. The NBS reserves the right to interview candidates before final admission.

This qualification serves as an entry point for the Diploma for Middle Managers (Level 6). In addition, it may also provide entry into any other relevant level 6 qualification of the University of Namibia. Candidates will be credited for UNAM core modules successfully completed. 

The programme will be offered fulltime mode on a block release basis augmented through e-learning on the School’s Moodle platform.

The minimum duration of this programme is one (1) year and the maximum duration is two (2) years.

Year 1
Semester 1
English for General Communication
Contemporary Social Issues
Computer Literacy
HR Management for New Managers I
Management in Context
Organisational Dynamics
Year 1
Semester 2
English for General Communication
HR Management for New Managers II
Financial Management for New Managers
Project Management for new managers
Marketing for New Managers
Business Ethics

Download the Leaftet for the Supervisory Development Programme (SDP) .