Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management – NQF L8 - Cranefield College

Postgraduate Diploma in Programme
Management (PGDipPM) – NQF L8


The purpose of the Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management is to prepare professional project managers and programme managers of project and supply chain portfolios in the value chain, to apply and critically reflect on current theoretical thinking and practices of programme management.

Students will gain advanced operational, structural, and behavioural knowledge and insight to promote strategic leadership and performance optimisation in an organisation. The Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management is an accredited NQF Level 8 qualification.

After completing the Postgraduate Diploma, students will be able to:

  • Reflect critically on the role of quality and performance management in the organisational supply chain, in particular the cross-functional programme-managed component thereof, with the aim of improving the performance of the organisational value chain.
  • Compare business strategy theory with practice to meet challenges in both internal and external organisational environments, in a prescriptive and emergent manner, to enhance the value creation ability of the learning organisation.
  • Evaluate the creation of effective and efficient project and process teams, from a behavioural perspective, with the aim of improving the performance of an organisation.
  • Analyse strategic financial management theories, including the fundamentals of contract and corporate law, in order to contribute to the effective functioning of the financial discipline of the organisation and to demonstrate how the use of an appropriate financial strategy can add value to the overall corporate strategy of the organisation.
  • Communicate accurately and appropriately in the English language, particularly in terms of written communication in the business context, with advanced insight and understanding.

Apply what you learn today in your job tomorrow

In the current economic climate, employers prefer job-relevant education and training for improving the abilities of employees and for providing them with the necessary skills to apply what they learn today in their work context tomorrow. All academic programmes and modules are presented in English and due to the structure of all Cranefield’s academic programmes, students need to spend only one day per month away from work for classes.

Classes can be attended live, or live on-line via the Internet. The rest of the time, student syndicate groups meet outside of work hours to discuss their practical case studies. Cranefield’s state of the art teaching and learning technologies allow classes, and even syndicate group meetings, to be attended live online via the Internet anywhere in South Africa and the world.

The learning programme requires the execution of learning content (modules) in a specific order that is in line with the accepted national and international bodies of knowledge of this applied science. The different learning modules therefore are offered in a prescribed order.

NQF level 8, with 135 credits:

The Postgraduate Diploma consists of three modules of 40 credits each and an ‘Advanced Business English’ module of 15 credits.

Module Order of Precedence

Step 1: Complete any three of the following which may be undertaken in any order of precedence:

Module M3: Supply Chain Quality and Performance Management
Module M4: Transformational Corporate Strategy
Module M5: Creating High-Performance Project and Process Teams
Module M6: Financial Management of Corporate Projects and Programmes

Step 2: Complete Module M7: Advanced Business English as part of Step 1.

The Advanced Business English module is completed simultaneously with step 1, starting with the first module for which a student enrolls. There are no formal classes for this.

Registration Fee:
R 3, 400.00

Advanced Business English (Module M7) Fee:
R 6, 150.00

Fee per module (for remaining Modules):
R 17, 200.00

Academic Programme Fee Calculation:
R 3, 400.00 + (3 x R 17, 200.00) R 51, 600.00 + R 6, 150.00 (Module M7) = R 61, 150.00

Cancellation Fee:
Contact Cranefield’s Financial Co-ordinator.

Module Repeat Fee:
Contact Cranefield’s Financial Co-ordinator.

Payment Options:
Pay the full fee or per module.

*Fees may be claimed back from your organisation’s SETA (South Africa).

The three elective modules (a choice between M3, M4, M5 or M6) are presented twice per annum from our main tuition centre in Midrand, Gauteng and streamed live online globally.

At the main tuition centre in Midrand, M3 to M6 are presented as follows:

M3: Jan to March & July to Sept
M4: April to June & Oct to Dec
M5: Jan to March & July to Sept
M6: April to June & Oct to Dec

Note again that all lectures at the main tuition centre in Midrand, Gauteng are streamed live online via Cranefield’s online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), making it possible to attend interactive classes via the Internet. Therefore, you do not need to be based in Gauteng province to undertake a module presented at the main tuition centre in Midrand.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management (PGDipPM) is accredited by the Council on Higher Education at NQF level 8, with 135 credits (consisting of three modules of 40 credits each plus Advanced Business English of 15 credits). The qualification is registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. It particularly serves to meet the need for a professional qualification on the graduate level in project, programme and portfolio management.

The (PGDipPM) is fully aligned with the USA Project Management Institute’s (PMI) philosophy, and is an ideal route towards gaining international certification as a OPM3 (Organisational Project Management Maturity Model) professional. It is also fully aligned with the International Project Management Association’s 4-level certification. These are deemed to be the internationally most important industry-recognised certifications for project, programme and portfolio managers.

Cranefield College offers technology-enhanced distance learning. It entails the integration of self-study, live online classes, traditional face-to-face classes, and online high definition (HD) videos of important topics. Cranefield’s learning mode is supported by its online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

All modules (class-based or live online):

  • Although Cranefield operates on a distance learning mode, students are advised to attend classes whether online or on-site.
  • It is particularly advised to participate in the first lecture day of each module.

Lecture session times & participation

Five hours on a lecture day

08h00 – 13h00

Contact Days:
3 days of lectures per module, spread evenly over the three months duration of each module. For actual class dates go to “Academic Calendars” in the main menu.

Auditorium Facilities:

  • After the formal morning lecture session, the auditorium facilities are at the disposal of attending students who wish to have syndicate group discussions.
  • The lecturer will be available to assist with individual or group matters.

  • Completion of Cranefield’s Advanced Diploma in Project Management, or any qualification recognised by the Admissions Committee as being equivalent, is a prerequisite for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management.
  • An ‘equivalent qualification’ means any NQF level 7 (original scale) or higher qualification with similar content as the Advanced Diploma programme.
  • If certain subjects were not sufficiently covered, or not covered at all in the ‘equivalent qualification’, relevant modules from the Advanced Diploma learning programme will have to be taken in addition to those of the Postgraduate Diploma learning programme.
  • Every case will be evaluated on its own merits.

Submission of Documents process:

  1. Submit certified copies of your highest qualifications.
  2. Submit a curriculum vitae, which must reflect all your qualifications and the latest grades received.
  3. The Admissions Committee may, however, require you to provide certified copies relating to all courses/programmes attended at any other institution, prior to approving admission to the learning programme involved.

All documents must be submitted to the Registrar (Academic).

Note: When undergraduate courses are still in progress at the time of application, or graduate programmes have not been completed, and are not reported on the certified copies, applicants must provide a ‘statement of registration’ to the Registrar (Academic).


Main Tuition Centre in Midrand, Gauteng

Registrations are Now Open for 2018.
View the academic calendar or apply now.

Class-based and live online globally 2017 class dates

  • Lecture dates for 2017 are shown below.
  • Lectures are from 08:00 – 13:00.
  • On-site classes offered on the main tuition centre in Midrand, Gauteng are also streamed live online globally.

Note that M3 to M6 can be taken in any sequence for either the Advanced- or Postgraduate Diploma. These modules are offered twice per annum at the main tuition centre in Gauteng as shown below.

Modules M3 to M6

M3: M4: M5: M6:
1st Lecture 26 Jan 24 April 17 Jan 18 April
2nd Lecture 13 Feb 29 May 14 Feb 22 May
3rd Lecture 13 March 26 June 14 March 19 June

Modules M3 to M6: (repeated as follows)

M3: M4: M5: M6:
1st Lecture 24 July 09 Oct 25 July 10 Oct
2nd Lecture 21 Aug 30 Oct 22 Aug 31 Oct
3rd Lecture 18 Sept 27 Nov 19 Sept 28 Nov

The Advanced Business English module is completed simultaneously with step 1, starting with the first module for which a student enrols. There are no formal classes for this.

East London
Class-based and live online globally 2017 class dates

Note that only Advanced Diploma classes are physically offered in East London. All other qualifications can be enrolled for, and attended live online. A student who wishes to attend the face-to-face classes at our auditorium, shall have to travel to Midrand, Gauteng.

  • All Cranefield’s academic programmes are offered through the technology-enhanced distance learning mode.
  • Eastern Cape students can attend the Postgraduate Diploma interactive classes offered live online from Cranefield’s auditorium at the main tuition centre in Midrand, Gauteng.
  • Internet links will be provided by the Administration.
  • For the Postgraduate Diploma class dates see the main tuition centre Midrand, Gauteng academic calendar.