Postgraduate Diploma

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Structure, courses and assessment

The postgraduate diploma is an online teaching programme supplemented with interactive satellite broadcasts. It is presented on a part-time basis and students attend a compulsory summer school from the 9th - 13th January 2017.

Students are assessed on a continuous basis throughout the year. Training is presented in 6 courses of 20 credits each and students must complete 120 credits to qualify for being awarded the diploma. If the diploma is completed with an average of 65% or higher, students qualify to enter the masters programme.

1. The problem of HIV/AIDS 

  • The HIV/AIDS epidemic
  • The general macro-economic impact of HIV/AIDS

2. Socio-cultural aspects of HIV/AIDS

  • Socio-cultural aspects
  • Migration and poverty

3. HIV/AIDS policy and advocacy 

  • Legal framework and organisational practices regarding employment of workers with HIV/AIDS
  • A labour relations perspective on HIV/AIDS
  • Principles of policy development
  • The process and content of an HIV/AIDS policy

4. Prevention and care for people living with HIV/AIDS 

  • Strategies for prevention and care
  • Therapeutic management of HIV/AIDS
  • Care for people living with HIV/AIDS

5. Management in the era of HIV/AIDS 

  • A business perspective on HIV/AIDS
  • An individual perspective on HIV/AIDS
  • Social responsibility and ethics

6. Research, monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS programmes 

  • Research methodology
  • Community/organisation mobilisation
  • Impact prediction

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Outcomes of the programme

By successfully completing the diploma, candidates will have acquired the knowledge, competencies and managerial skills to:

  • formulate an HIV/AIDS workplace policy that is cost-effective and evidence-based, taking due account of the legal, ethical, social, economic and health issues
  • influence and facilitate strategic and business planning, manage productivity and carry out performance assessment in the context of HIV/AIDS
  • develop a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention and continuum of care programme
  • implement legislation and policies affecting HIV/AIDS at work
  • facilitate community support and community actions
  • conduct labour planning for a future in which HIV/AIDS is prevalent
  • monitor and assess HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes
  • assess the impact of HIV/AIDS in the workplace
  • carry out a research project on HIV/AIDS in the workplace

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Teaching modes

In presenting the various modules of the programme the Africa Centre makes use of various modes of teaching, including:

  • online teaching using Moodle (a leading provider of integrated e-learning systems for higher education)
  • interactive satellite broadcasts
  • projects that enable students to apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes learned
  • analyses of case studies
  • face-to face teaching during the summer school
  • meeting role-players in the HIV/AIDS field
  • site visits to projects to gain first-hand experience

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Admission requirements

The entry requirements for the diploma are:

  • any bachelor’s degree or national higher diploma or equivalent
  • work experience
  • computer, internet and e-mail skills

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Application information

Prospective students have to apply in writing before 31 October of the year prior to their studies.
Please ensure that you complete the two application forms:

1. The Africa Centre application form

In Adobe Acrobat format [82 kb] OR in MSWord format [79 kb] . Please fax this form with your qaulifications to 0218839243. You can also scan and email this form with your qaulifications to Ms. Bianca Farao at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mr Rialdo Alexander at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2.Complete the University form online 

Please follow these steps:

  • Click on this link.
  • Click on the “Continue with the application procedure” button at the bottom.
  • Select the Telematic Education.
  • The Faculty is -Economic and Management Sciences.
  • Complete all the questions and proceed until the last page.
  • You can pay the application fee with a credit card, or pay the amount into the Universities bank account.
  • Please make sure that you follow all the instructions.
  • You can submit the signed Africa Centre form by fax or email.

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Tuition fee

Tuition fee for 2016:  R 24 020.00  (increase between 5% -12% for 2017)

 Registration fee is ± R 7 700.00 

Additional cost:Summer school one week 9th - 13th January 2017 
Students are responsible for the payment of their own transport and accommodation during the summer school.
The Africa Centre can assist with accomodation in the University Residence; more information will be sent with acceptance documents.



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