School of Education

Postgraduate Diploma: Higher Education


Postgraduate Diploma: Higher Education

Programme overview

The programme is intended to contribute to the professional development of practitioners in Higher Education with particular reference to teaching and learning.  It serves to promote deep reflection and conscious, ethical practice by such staff through interrogation of current research, theories and discourses of Higher Education.  

Who qualifies to enter?

  1. Applicants may be registered for the qualification of Postgraduate Diploma provided that they have:
    1. completed a bachelor’s degree regarded as appropriate by the college concerned; or
    2. been admitted to the status of that degree in terms of Rule GR7(a); or
    3. attained a level of competence as defined in Rule GR7(b).
  2. A college may prescribe further minimum criteria for admission to study.
  3. A college may provide in its rules for an appropriate Advanced Diploma to be accepted for entry to a Postgraduate Diploma in accordance with the HEQF.

In addition, applicants to the Programme must have the opportunity to work within a Higher Education institution in a capacity that will allow them to achieve the Programme’s learning outcomes for at least the duration of the Programme. 

Delivery mode of the Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education at UKZN

Students are given readings to prepare for critical engagement during lecture time. Various methodologies are used such as student presentations, drawing up annotated bibliographies, panel discussions, writing long essays in the shape of a literature review or reading reactions and using the student LANS to search for relevant articles. Additionally, lecturer presentations and discussions are supported with the use of power point presentations. Group work and peer activity are encouraged to motivate students to discuss their ideas, it is in this way that student interaction is promoted within the lecture room. In terms of material development, facilitators develop their own portfolios of evidence, reflective journals, posters and compilations of their own publications in the scholarship of teaching and learning that are shared with the students. In this way the students have useful examples that they can draw from for their own teaching and learning practice.

Module Sheet

How to apply

The URL link for online applications is available on the UKZN web page.

Application Fees

No application fee is payable if there has been no break in studies. Applicants who have been out of the system for a full academic year or more will be required to pay a new application fee.

A non-refundable application fee is payable on submission of the application form.

  • SA applicants on-time – R210
  • SA applicants late – R420
  • SADC and Africa – R490
  • Countries outside Africa – $153

Tuition Fees Payable

For fee structures, refer to and from ‘Student Portal’, select the 2022 Fees Booklet. Note that fees quoted are for 2022. Please allow for an increase of at least 5-10% for 2023.

Admin Contact Details

Edgewood Campus

Telephone Number


Ms Mbalenhle Ngcobo

PMB Campus
Private Bag X01, Scottsville, 3209