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Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management


The Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management (PGDip Environmental Management) is a one year – full-time programme and is equivalent to a honours–level degree programme at 120 credits.  The programme comprises of eight (8) modules (6 core and 2 electives) and is presented during the scheduled contact sessions at Stellenbosch University on a modular basis.  Attendance is compulsory.

Admission Requirements

Candidates may submit written applications to enter this taught Post Grad Diploma in Environmental Management if they are in possession of one of the following qualifications:

  • Any Bachelor's or BTech degree or a relevant four-year diploma with a 60% pass mark in one of the following major subjects: Town and Regional Planning, Housing, Geography and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences (sociology, politics, etc), Psychology, Economics, Public and Development Management, Geology, Botany, Zoology, Forestry, Ecology/Nature Conservation, Mathematics, Statistics, Agricultural Economics, Transport Economics, Forestry, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Land Surveying or any other degree approved by the Programme Committee. Relevant work experience will be considered for admission.
  • Any three year diploma with at least five years relevant work experience and conformity with the University's RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) policy. According to this policy, the equivalent of 120 credits at NQF level 6 (Bachelor's degree) must be offered in one or more of the following ways, subject to the decision of the Programme Committee, which consists of the Director of the School of Public Leadership, the Programme Coordinator and other relevant persons:

* Completion with a total 65% mark of at least three modules from the PGD curriculum

* Recognition of all the professional short, in-service training courses and completed subjects for another degree or diploma programme

* Submission of a learning portfolio, with copies of written work

* Passing of an entrance examination if so required by the Programme Coordinator

If a candidate has obtained a Merit Certificate for one or more individual modules that were completed for non-degree purposes, the candidate may apply for the certificate(s) to be converted into credits towards the degree. The Programme Coordinator has sole discretion over whether or not to grant this request. S/he will take into account the performance of the candidate and the time that may have lapsed between the completion of the Certificate and the application to register for the degree.


For further information on fees, bursaries, accommodation or curriculum please contact Ms. Jennifer Saunders at Tel +27 (0)21 8082151 or email jjs3@sun.ac.za.