FULL-TIMENational N Diploma in Public ManagementLectures start 17 February 2025 (Orientation week 11 - 14 February)

About this programme

Regardless of whether an organisation operates within the private or public sector, running it efficiently involves formulating sound policies, managing resources effectively and delivering excellent service. The significant distinction between running a private sector organisation and a public organisation is that the focus of private business is on profit, whereas public sector organisations focus on the welfare of society, thereby enhancing the lives of all South African citizens.

The welfare of the country’s entire population is an enormous responsibility and it is therefore essential that everyone entering the public sector is in possession of excellent management skills.

This National N Diploma in Public Management (NDipPM) equips students with a diverse range of management skills in order to prepare them for the demands of a career in the public sector.  This range of skills will allow the successful student to seek employment in government departments, parastatals and non-profit organisations.

Certification on successful completion of studies

Students write national examinations set and administered by the Department of Higher Education  and Training (DHET).  Successful students will graduate with all of the following:

National Certificate: N4 Public Management (SAQA ID# 66875; NQF Level 5)
National Certificate: N5 Public Management (SAQA ID# 66955; NQF Level 5)
National Certificate: N6 Public Management (SAQA ID# 67000; NQF Level 5)
National N Diploma: Public Management (SAQA ID# 67041; NQF Level 6)*
on completion of N4 – N6 and 18 months or 2000 hours at a national, provincial or local government institution.
Unigrad Short Learning Programme in Computer Skills

* Once students have successfully achieved all three N4 – N6 national certificates and have worked for 18 months or 2000 hours in a public sector working environment, they will be entitled to receive the highly respected National N Diploma in Public Management.

Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate (Grade 12).  If you are currently in Grade 12 you apply with your final grade 11 results and the most up-to-date grade 12 results.  Should you be accepted on the above you are still required to pass Grade 12.  Students who do not meet this requirement may apply for special consideration for admission to be approved by the Unigrad advisory board.

Year 1

  • Public Administration N4 and N5
  • Management Communication N4
  • Computer Practice N4
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4
  • Introductory Accounting N4

Year 2

  • Public Administration N6
  • Municipal Administration N5 and N6
  • Public Finance N5
  • Public Law N6
  • Computer Practice N5


Textbooks, exams, lectures and various student events are included in the tuition fee.  Contact Unigrad and speak to any full-time student career consultant for course fee information.

Programme duration

2 years of lectures presented at Unigrad College, followed by an 18 month practical component

Semester 1: February – June  |  Semester 2: July – November