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Advanced Diploma in Project Management

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Advanced Diploma in Project Management

Deepen your knowledge of project management theories, methodologies and practices.

Course overview

The programme aligns with the principles of all major project management methodologies including ICB, Prince 2 and PMI but does not promote a specific methodology and is aimed at the competency base of a project manager.

It provides a framework for a year-long process of developing advanced project management skills that will be with the participant for life. The programme covers the requirements for a project management environment, analyses requirements for project delivery and sets up the systems for delivery, manages the plan for the project and gives practical tools to drive project progress, performance and evaluation. The programme also pays special attention to progressing a project through stages/phases.

Summary of what you can do afterwards

  • Strategically analyse the role of the project manager in establishing, managing, and transforming organisations and systems.
  • Systematically analyse establishment, requirements, plans, progress of projects and evaluate and improve areas of projects in all phases of project delivery.
  • Contribute sound project management practices and research to the development of project organisations, processes, systems, and solutions in different industries.
  • Comply with legal, legislative, governance, quality and ethical standards when implementing, managing, and improving project environments.
  • Design project delivery mechanisms in the context of programme management and portfolio management requirements using different project management methodologies.

What do you get after you have completed your studies

  • A certificate from Stellenbosch Graduate Institute as evidence of your newly acquired abilities and competencies
  • Qualify for Post Graduate studies with institutions that require NQF 7 for admission. 
  • Skills, knowledge and application thereof that is practical, relevant and prepares you for your future
  • Become part of the SGI Alumni and stay connected with individuals across the country and world who have embarked on the same learning journey as you


This qualification is recognised by SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) with the qualification ID 117951. On successful completion, you will have acquired 120 credits at an NQF (National Qualifications Framework) Level 7.

Stellenbosch Graduate Institute is registered with the South African DHET as a Private Higher Education Institution (PHEI) -registration number 2021/HE07/006.

Module breakdown

This module gives a sound understanding of what project managers do and how they fit into an organisation. It also scopes how project management can be established in an organisation which does not currently practice project management. The module on establishing the project environment gives students an in-depth understanding of the role of projects in an organisation, the role of the project manager and the scope of project management generally. The role of project management in different organisations is mapped out and contextualised by the concepts related to programme and portfolio management.


What you will be able to do:

  • Describe the role of projects.
  • Describe the role of the project manager.
  • Define programme orientation
  • Define portfolio orientation.
  • Structure a project, programme and portfolio function in a business.
  • Implement a project, programme and portfolio.
  • Consider the impact of projects on a permanent organisation.
  • Understanding the project financial environment.
  • Understanding health, security, safety & environment.

A project typically designs and implements a system or complex set of requirements that can be described as a system. The module on project systems and requirements analysis is a mini-course on systems design and business analysis and builds an understanding of how to implement a new system. Special focus is given to the full lifecycle view of an implementation to ensure that the project design phase addresses issues of maintenance and ongoing development. This is translated into project requirements, project structures (work and resources) and a clear definition of the roles of people and teams.


What you will be able to do:

  • Ensure that the product of the project is defined.
  • Systems analysis.
  • Project structures.
  • Tolerances and contingencies.
  • Manage product lifecycle.

A project plan is a major component of the project management process that is often misunderstood and mismanaged. This module creates a practical methodology for considering the most essential elements of project planning for practical project management.


What you will be able to do:

  • Ensure that stakeholder interests are identified and addressed.
  • Project requirements and objectives.
  • Define the work of the project.
  • Develop and integrate project baselines.
  • Project financial management.
  • Ensure the plan for the project reflects relevant legal requirements.
  • Document risks and risk responses for the project.
  • Ensure that changes to the product of the project are monitored and controlled.
  • Confirm project success criteria.

The module on managing project progress puts the project plan in motion and focuses on the essential tasks that must be completed by the project manager. The key skills required for stakeholder and resource mobilisation is worked through and the essential components for promoting effective own, individual and team performance is covered. Students spend a lot of time on looking at how to manage stress in the project process.


What you will be able to do:

  • Secure acceptance of the product of the project.
  • Manage stakeholder communications.
  • Facilitate external stakeholder participation.
  • Promote effective individual and team performance.
  • Dealing with the stress in managing projects.
  • Personnel management.
  • Procurement.
  • Revenue, cost and variance management.
  • Information & documentation.
  • Monitor risks to the project.
  • Reflect on practice.

As the progress of the project is mobilised the effort of the project manager should shift to evaluating and improving project performance. The essential skills of problem solving and resolution is combined with an understanding of various tools and techniques to support the ongoing delivery and excellence of a project.


What you will be able to do:

  • Monitor, evaluate, and control project performance.
  • Problem solving.
  • Problem resolution.
  • Develop a plan for project evaluation.
  • Capture and apply learning.
  • Situational analysis.
  • Consultation.
  • Team energy management.
  • Negotiation.

Every phase in a project is a mini-project and has its own set of requirements. The module on major project phases speaks to the requirements of each phase and how to manage the transition to stage, phase and stream-based projects. The role of the project manager in each phase is analysed and the tools required to support the phase is also mapped and managed.

What you will be able to do:

  • Manage project start-up.
  • Manage transition between project phases.
  • Manage project closure.

More information

Business education involves putting theory into practice and through exposure to multiple industries, we have assembled a world-class team of faculty with exceptional industry experience for you.

Each lecturer will inspire you with their practical experience-based insights, best practices, what works and what does not.

Based on current research trends, our faculty shares global best practices that open avenues of exploration.

Career counseling and coaching

The student is assisted by a learning coach who is experienced in making the most of your studies. Individual sessions with our counsellors/coaches are available. These sessions are useful to help you clarify your goals and develop personalised job search strategies.

Skills development

As part of the qualification, you will improve your CV writing skills, interview skills, business etiquette and networking to prepare you for your job search. Mock interviews can also be arranged to prepare you for real interviews.

Recruitment referrals

Stellenbosch Graduate Institute builds strong relationships with companies and will advise on the availability of positions within these companies.

Networking events

Individual contacts and being in the right place at the right time often lead to job opportunities. Students are encouraged to attend networking events and informal online functions and webinars to meet professionals from a variety of industries that bring alumni and students together.

International students, especially from Africa, benefit from accessing our high quality international programme. All programmes are accessible online and all lectures, webinars and support is done virtually. Materials and video lectures can be downloaded to access remotely. You can meet with lecturers and address your queries on an individual basis. Graduations are virtual for your convenience.

Fees for international students are the same as for local students. There are no additional registration requirements. For non degree programmes there is no need to validate international qualifications.

Stellenbosch Graduate Institute has welcomed interest from Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Zambia, Congo, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Rwanda and further afield from Australia, Ireland, United States, Netherlands, India, France, the United Kingdom and China.

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You determine your payment option as per the payment plans and specify this on the application form. You then pay using your id / passport number as reference to: 

Stellenbosch Graduate Institute (Pty) Ltd

Bank: FNB

Account number: 62679141904

FNB Stellenbosch Branch Code: 200610

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Because you are studying online - you also save a lot of money on travel, food, accommodation and books. Everything that you may need to complete your studies is provided within the course.

We also offer options so that you can

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