Public Management and Economics Handbook
Public Management Law and Economics (Midlands)

Public Management

The following qualifications are offered by the Department:

  • Diploma: Public Administrative
  • Bachelor of Technology: Public Management
  • Master of Technology: Public Management
  • Doctor of Technology: Public Management

Course Aim

The aim of the National Diploma in Public Management is to prepare students for a career in the public sector. The object is to prepare students for entry into commerce and industry, and to offer invaluable guidance on managerial competencies for those preparing to enter higher levels of the public sector.

The course is designed to offer both practical and theoretical knowledge on a variety of issues ranging from public finance, personnel management, sustainable development, legislative procedures, information technology, knowledge – skills – applications necessary for public managers to models of governance.
The diploma is a pre-requisite for advancement to higher levels in the public service. The programe is offered on a semester basis.

Completion of the National Diploma: Public Management (or its equivalent) and minimum in one of the major subjects, will be the necessary entry requirements to the Bachelor of Technology: Public Management degree. Students may be required to attend a personal interview.

Employment Opportunities

Diplomats may be employed in all departments of the Public Service, Provincial and Local Government authorities. Students are also sufficiently trained to enter the fields of entrepreneurship, non-governmental organizations, para-statals, private sector and other developmental initiatives. The introduction of innovative modules has made this diploma more useful as it broadens the scope of employment opportunities, as a result of specialized skills.

Entrance Requirements (subject to change)

Diploma Public Administration
Bachelor of Technology Public Management
Master of Technology Public Management
Doctor of Technology Public Management

Diploma Public Administration
Bachelor of Technology Public Management
Master of Technology Public Management
Doctor of Technology Public Management



Economics 1 aims to provide students with a general introduction to Economics with a particular emphasis on decision-making by consumers and businesses in a market-based economy. It is serviced by the Department of Public Management & Economics to five departments across two faculties, viz Faculty of Accounting and Informatics and the Faculty of Management Sciences. The module is offered on both a full-time and a part-time basis during the first semester only. All students enrolled in the module cover the same academic content, and write the same tests and examinations. Student learning is assessed by means of two tests during the course of the semester, and a comprehensive three-hour exam at the end of the semester. Our total student enrolments usually range between 1100 and 1300 students per semester.

The module is currently offered to students enrolled in the following qualifications:

N.Dip. Management (NDMNG1);
N.Dip. Marketing (NDMKT1);
N.Dip. Accounting (NDACC3);
N.Dip. Auditing (NDIAU3);
N.Dip. Cost & Mgt.Accounting (NDCMA3);
N.Dip. Taxation (NDTAX3).



Peace studies is one of the university’s focus areas and the postgraduate programme in peacebuilding aims to develop a new generation of peacebuilders for the African continent. We do this principally by offering doctoral degrees by research with a strong emphasis on action research methods. By way of illustration, a recent graduate developed and implemented programmes which trained young men in responsible, loving and nonviolent fathering. Another worked with victims of the Gukurahundi violence in Zimbabwe during the 1980s to assist in their healing process.

In 2018, doctoral students must spend two months full-time on-campus, during which they study peacebuilding theory and practice, develop conflict resolving skills and build their competence in research methods. At the end of their first semester, they will have completed their detailed research proposal.

As at mid-2017, there were some 60 doctoral and 10 masters’ students registered. Twelve new doctoral students (but no new masters’ students) was admitted in 2018.

Full details of the International Centre of Nonviolence are at

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Contact Information Durban

Head of Department: Dr S.S Pillay
Tel: 031 373 5605
Location: Miriam Bee, 3rd Floor
Campus: ML Sultan Campus

Secretary: Ms N Vadamalai
Tel: 031 373 6861
Fax: 086 674 0908
Location: Miriam Bee, 3rd Floor, Room ME3-6
Campus: ML Sultan Campus

Contact Information Midlands

Head of Department: Mrs O.H.D Phoswa
033 845 8666
Campus: Riverside Campus

Thembeka Gwajuza
Tel: 033 845 8878
Campus: Riverside Campus