Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Diploma

Structure, courses and assessment

The postgraduate diploma (PGDip) is an online teaching programme supplemented with interactive live online sessions. It is presented on a full-time/modular basis and students attend a compulsory summer school that takes place within the first two weeks of February every year. 

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 and a pass in the research methodology module, students qualify to apply for the MPhil programme. Meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee selection.

Course 1
The problem of HIV/AIDS
  • Epidemiology
  • The macro-economic and socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS
  • HIV/AIDS communication
Course 2
Socio-cultural aspects of HIV/AIDS
  • HIV/AIDS: fear, stigma and isolation
  • The role of culture and religion in the HIV/AIDS epidemic
  • Sexuality and gender inequality
  • HIV/AIDS, migration and poverty
Course 3
HIV/AIDS policy and advocacy
  • Legal framework & organizational practices regarding the employment of workers with HIV/AIDS
  • Designing an HIV/AIDS policy function, content and principles
  • Developing an HIV/AIDS policy - the process
  • Matters to consider in the design, development and implementation of an HIV/AIDS policy and programme 
  • Therapeutic Management-Medication Literacy/Adherence
Course 4
Prevention and care for people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Strategies for prevention
  • Therapeutic Management: Pharmacovigilance 
  • Food, nutrition security and HIV/AIDS
Course 5
Management in the era of HIV/AIDS
  • A business perspective on the HIV/AIDS epidemic
  • Social responsibility
  • Ethics and HIV/AIDS
Course 6
Research, monitoring and evaluating of HIV/AIDS programmes
  • Research methodology
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Community/organisation mobilisation

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.

Teaching Modes

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

  • Online teaching using SunLearn (a leading provider of integrated e-learning systems for higher education)
  • Interactive live online sessions
  • Projects that enable students to apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes learned
  • Analyses of case studies
  • Face-to-face teaching during the summer school (If circumstances allow/Depending on Covid situation)
  • Meeting role-players in the HIV/AIDS field

Important Information

We are committed to making a world-class education affordable.

Admission requirements

  • Any bachelor’s degree or national higher diploma or equivalent that is on SA NQF level 7
  • Work experience
  • Computer, internet and e-mail skills

Tuition Fee

The postgraduate diploma tuition fees for 2022, inclusive of international application fees where applicable, are as follows:
  • South African students = R35,217
  • International SADC Countries = R36,772
  • International Non-SADC countries = R38,512
  • Duration​

    One year full-time on a modular basis (internet-based)​.

    Admission Process

    Every stage of our admissions process is aimed at identifying the aspects of your academic trajectory and personal ambitions
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