SPL (School of Public Leadership)
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

At the SPL we prepare graduates for leading roles in public and civic organisations to tackle development and governance challenges.Our graduates are equipped with the knowledge, competencies and values required to build sustainable African societies within a rapidly changing and complex world. Emphasis is placed on the ability of graduates to craft and facilitate an open civic public realm wherein dialogue and contestation can thrive thanks to ​a culture of tolerance, modisty, solidarity and compassion. To this end, the SPL's teaching, research, consulting and community interaction are designed to foster excellence, social entrepreneurship, reflexive leadership and effective management. We excel in developing the competencies needed to work within complex, multidisciplinary networks and diverse operating environments.

Spread over three campuses, the SPL offers learning opportunities in a variety of stimulating environments:


The central campus of Stellenbosch University is home to our undergraduate programmes in Public and Development Management, as well as the postgraduate diploma and master's programme in Environmental Management. The historic town of Stellenbosch is known for its architecture, culture and academic excellence.

+27 (0) 21 808 2151

Al Perold Building, Merriman Avenue, Stellenbosch; Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602



Close to the Cape Town CBD, the Bellville Park Campus offers a variety of postgraduate programmes in Public and Development Management. Students can enrol for a BHons in Public Administration, BComHons or BAHons in Public and Development Management, as well as an MPA or MCom / MA in Public and Develop- ment Management. Custom-made executive short courses are offered on the campus or on-site at the request of clients. These courses provide credits towards the postgraduate degrees.

+27 (0)21 918 4122

JG Van der Horst Building, Carl Cronjé Drive, Bellville; PO Box 610, Bellville, 7535



On the rural outskirts of Stellenbosch lies the hamlet of Lynedoch, housing an internationally recognised living-and-learning centre focused on studies in sustainability. A postgraduate diploma in Sustainable Development is offered at honours level, after which selected students may enrol for the MPhil degree in Sustainable Development.

+27 (0) 21 881 3952

R310 Lynedoch Road (Baden Powell turnoff), Lynedoch; PO Box 162, Lynedoch 7603