Management Development Programme (University of Stellenbosch Business School)




The Management Development Programme (MDP) is a comprehensive programme that equips managers with the necessary competence to implement their organisations' strategic objectives. It develops a basic understanding of the different fields of management to ensure that managers do not perform their own management functions in isolation.


What sets this intervention apart

The MDP provides a broader understanding of management and leadership, and in this way brings real business benefits to participants and their organisations.


Who should attend

This programme is aimed at middle managers who are currently managing others, or who have the potential to manage others, or who wish to grow and develop their management abilities.


Admission requirements

No formal tertiary qualifications are required. Participants should preferably have one to two years of management experience at junior management entry level and English language competence at NQF level 4. They should have sufficient ability to read and comprehend learning material, write assignments and follow/participate in discussions on management issues.


How you will benefit?

After successfully completing this programme, participants will be able to:

  • describe the basic functions of general management and intrapreneurship/ entrepreneurship and do a feasibility study of business opportunities, reflecting a systems approach to management
  • read, understand and analyse financial statements to determine the financial health of an organisation and manage a budget for profit purposes
  • draw up a basic marketing plan, describing the product, price, advertising and distribution mechanisms of the product
    draw up a basic plan to recruit, select and motivate human resources, and to manage their performance
    integrate the programme material into a business plan developed for an existing organisation or a new business opportunity.


On the successful completion of the programme, participants will receive a certificate from the University of Stellenbosch.


Content overview

To offer participants the maximum learning experience, the programme has been divided into three areas:
Development of management thinking; systems approach to management; paradigms and creativity; feasibility study and business planning

Understanding the role of leadership; teamwork and team-building; improving business results by managing team dynamics; flexibility and resilience; self-management and emotional maturity

Basic economic literacy; key indicators
Principles of marketing and the marketing environment; marketing research and forecasting; marketing mix; marketing plan; client relations

Human resource planning and assessment of personnel requirements; recruitment and selection; motivation; communication; introduction to industrial relations; performance management

General principles of accounting; balance sheet and income statement; financial viability; budgets; financing; financial planning
Business plans; presentation skills.

In the break between the study schools, participants are required to complete practical assignments applicable to their own work environment.


NQF complexity level

This programme is presented on the complexity level of NQF 6. Participants will be able to gain credits towards a national qualification if they compile an additional portfolio of evidence and are assessed as competent in unit standards-based assignments.

Venue and Dates

SB 1: 12 - 16 March 2018
SB 2: 7 - 11 May 2018
Final Presentation: week of the 25th of July 2018

SB 1: 4 - 8 June 2018
SB 2: 23 - 27 July 2018
Final Presentation: week of the 10th of September 2018

SB 1: 30 July - 3 August 2018
SB 2: 10 - 14 September 2018
Final Presentation: week of the 5th of November 2018


SB 1: 23 - 27 July 2018
SB 2: 17 - 21 September 2018
Final Presentation: week of the 5th of November 2018



Part-time & Modular (South Africa)
R 49 500.00 (inclusive of VAT) 
Fees include programme fees, programme material, lunch and refreshments.


Modular - With the modular option, the programme will be presented over two five-day study schools on the dates provided, at venues in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

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