Project Description

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (NQF Level 8) – 63PDBA

The purpose of this qualification is to provide participants with extensive knowledge and skills for leading and managing successfully in organisations. The minimum duration is 1 year. This qualification may provide entry into the Master of Business Administration programme, any other Master’s degree programmes in business and commercial studies or related cognate areas of learning. This programme equips students with the following skills: problem-solving, critical thinking and decision making, creativity and innovation, intercultural competence/communication, teamwork, social networking, collaboration, diversity management, business intelligence, and global citizenship. Students who complete this programme will be able to fill the following careers: leadership in organisations, management in public institutions, management in private firms, officials in international agencies, and entrepreneurs who run start-ups that fill useful niches in the market.

The Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management Programme seeks to recruit suitably qualified students who can benefit from, contributing to, and completing the programme. To be considered for admission to this programme, a prospective student must:

  • Hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree at NQF Level 7 from the University of Namibia or any other recognised institution.
  • Demonstrate competency in English communication in business at postgraduate level, as demonstrated by the fact that the undergraduate degree was done in the medium of English. If the undergraduate degree was not done in the medium of English, then the candidate will be required to show competency in the medium of English through achieving at least Band 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an equivalent test.

Additional Selection Criteria

In the event of too many students qualifying for admission, those with more years of experience in managerial positions will be given priority.

This qualification may provide entry into the Master in Business Administration programme, any other Master’s degree programmes or pursue further studies in business and commercial studies or related cognate area of learning, provided other requirements are met.

Classes are conducted online via Zoom and supported by our user-friendly E-learning platform. Summative assessments are conducted face-to-face.

The minimum duration of this programme is one (1) year.

Taught modules will be assessed through formative and summative assessments. On successful completion of the coursework, students are expected to complete a mini thesis which will be assessed following the University’s regulations as outlined in the Postgraduate Studies guidelines. The assessment of each course shall be as follows:

  • weighting in assessments for modules (except mini thesis) is 25% individual assignments, 25% group assignments, 50% examination.
  • To pass a module, a minimum final mark of 50% is required.
  • The final mark for each module will be calculated using a ratio of 50:50 i.e., CA: Exam mark
  • Notwithstanding the above, a subminimum of at least 40% will apply to the Exam Mark.
  • Mini thesis shall be examined by an appointed internal examiner and moderated by an external examiner.
  • To pass the Mini Thesis, the student must obtain a minimum average final mark of 50%.

The Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration qualification will be awarded to candidates who have completed the 138 credits at Level 8 as prescribed in the curriculum and have met all the administrative and financial requirements of the University


First Semester

Module codeModuleNQF LevelCreditsContact hours per week (L / P / T)(Co-requisites) / Pre-requisitesCompulsory (C) / Elective (E)
B5811BMMarketing Management 8184 l/wNoneC
B5811BOOperations and ICT Management8184 l/wNoneC
B5811BFFinancial Management8184 l/wNoneC
B5811BEEntrepreneurship and Innovation8184 l/wNoneC
B5811BBBusiness Research Methods8144 l/wNoneC
Total Credits Semester 86

Second Semester

Module codeModuleCreditsHours
B5811BMMarketing Management184 L/W
B5811BOOperations and ICT Management184 L/W
B5811BFFinancial Management 184 L/W
B5811BEEntrepreneurship and Innovation184 L/W
B5811BBBusiness Research Methods 144 L/W
Total Credits86
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