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Prepare yourself for success in a world of new ideas. The GSB MBA programme is structured to refine your professional knowledge, stimulate your imagination and give you the skills and confidence you need to realise your ambitions. Read more

Prepare yourself for success in a world of new ideas. The GSB MBA programme is structured to refine your professional knowledge, stimulate your imagination and give you the skills and confidence you need to realise your ambitions. You’ll learn to see the world for what it is and what it could become and discover how you can transform simple inspirations into meaningful business solutions.

Overview

The MBA at the GSB is a life-changing programme. It will give you a solid grounding in international business with a strong focus on emerging markets. Emerging market business is confronted with a high degree of uncertainty, complexity, and often, excessive inequality. Such a world needs new ideas and solutions, and we’re focusing our energy on developing teaching and research that responds to this need.

The MBA programme is offered as a one-year, full-time course or in a two-year, modular format for delegates who are unable to study full-time.

Our Five Learning Goals:

1. Demonstrate the necessary managerial knowledge, tools and techniques to be an efficient and effective manager.

Outcomes:

  • A clear understanding of the concepts, theories and leading issues in the field of general management and business administration
  • An understanding of the context in which business operates
  • An ability to evaluate, synthesise and integrate relevant theories of management

2. Exhibit personal leadership competencies that reflect values-based solutions and can be applied to the contexts in which you operate.

Outcomes:

  • Identify and evaluate the core constructs of leadership and its application to local and global contexts
  • Appreciate different perspectives and world views
  • Appreciate the relevance of personal concerns in leadership enhancement and identify and articulate personal values systems

3. Be able to adapt your management and leadership skills and apply these in diverse national and international contexts, with a sound understanding of sustainable development issues.

Outcomes:

  • Understand the different challenges that businesses and leaders face when they operate in diverse national and international environments
  • Be able to adapt to diverse cultures and institutional environments and operate in conditions of uncertainty
  • Understand sustainable development issues and the role of business in promoting these

4. Demonstrate entrepreneurial competencies based on innovation and creativity.

Outcomes:

  • Approach, decipher, and ultimately create value for entrepreneurial enterprises
  • Develop various tools and skills to identify areas in which a business or innovation is viable
  • Initiate relationships and engage with various stakeholders to further develop innovative ideas and proposals for businesses of all types

5. Possess the pedagogical skills of critical thinking, problem solving, collection and analysis of data and effective written communication.

Outcomes:

  • Understand research skills and be able to manipulate quantitative information, graphs and equations
  • Understand, evaluate and critique written texts of descriptive, prescriptive and argumentative character
  • Conduct independent research and produce written texts in line with international standards
  • Communicate verbally or in writing with professional audiences
  • Challenge orthodoxies and redefine existing knowledge, while demonstrating an awareness of the nature of knowledge in the field


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Prepare to lead. The Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice is a pre-Masters business programme that packs a power punch of vital business skills for success in uncertain economic times. Read more

Prepare to lead. The Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice is a pre-Masters business programme that packs a power punch of vital business skills for success in uncertain economic times. Perfect for middle managers who want to enrich their careers, junior managers with proven leadership potential, or specialised individuals moving into general management roles.

Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice is an accredited postgraduate qualification offering immediate benefits. The programme:

  • Accelerates personal growth.
  • Develops crucial business skills, especially for complex environments.
  • Builds business and industry competence.
  • Teaches you how to excel and succeed without compromising on values or ethics
  • Shows you how to achieve sustainability and profitability while adding value.
  • Is modular - so you implement what you learn in your workplace to the immediate benefit of your organisation or industry.
  • Allows you to demonstrate what you are learning as you are learning it, adding instant value. 

The programme consists of one nine-day and three eight-day, full time courses. Each course addresses a specific learning goal and relates to one of the main research competencies of the UCT Graduate School of Business. The last day of each course involves an integrated case in which you can demonstrate your learning.

Learn-as-you-go

Students are able to select one of two specialisation streams in the fourth course. Options include: Innovative Leadership and Business Administration. All streams share three core courses, with the option of selecting one programme specialisation for the fourth course.

On completion of the whole programme you showcase your new skills in a final Action Research project that is performed off campus back in your workplace.

To apply for this programme you must hold a tertiary qualification or a Recognition of Prior Learning certificate; this programme will be offered on the South African National Qualifications Framework at level 8.

The GSB advantage

Enjoy the access to Africa’s top business school’s resources. All Open Academic Programmes at the UCT GSB offer electronic access to all study materials via our web based student portal, e-books and electronic academic journals through the UCT GSB library. Students will be informed about the technical requirements through the admissions department once accepted onto the programme.



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The GSB MBA specialising in Executive Management (EMBA) is an authentic and joyful executive learning experience for managers and other professionals with significant work experience who are looking to develop further as leaders and carry through change in their contexts. Read more

The GSB MBA specialising in Executive Management (EMBA) is an authentic and joyful executive learning experience for managers and other professionals with significant work experience who are looking to develop further as leaders and carry through change in their contexts. The programme will develop your presence, conceptual ability, practical wisdom and prudence so that you are able to prioritise in complex situations and deliver effectively. Sign up and allow new possibilities to emerge.

Overview

The business world offers up challenges that involve large sets of variables on consumer behaviour, trends, regulatory uncertainties, shifting competition, and new technologies. In order to illuminate insightful action, you need to develop a lens that helps you focus on the variables that matter. The EMBA uses systems thinking, design thinking and integrative thinking in the transformative learning process that enables students to build new lenses.

Study with the best

The EMBA is an applied learning experience for executives and leaders that will help you to develop in your executive role so that it is more fulfilling and purposeful. Study part-time over two years with some of the best thinkers in the field of management and leadership development at Africa’s top business school and allow new possibilities to emerge.

Move from doing to being

Theory alone cannot explain practice; for that we need to be - and the EMBA fosters a sense of being in management that is powerful. It allows leaders and executives to become more mindfully present and develop practical wisdom and prudence so that they are able to prioritise in complexity and attend to what matters most.

Bring yourself

The EMBA builds a crucial bridge between theory and practice. It will demand that you integrate the raw experience of being in management with progressive theory. You will emerge more comfortable with complexity, better able to manage in paradox, and committed to engaging with the social and economic challenges that 21st century organisations have to navigate.

Go beyond

More than a traditional MBA, the EMBA is targeted at senior, experienced individuals working in executive roles who consciously identify a need to enhance their ability to conceptualise and strategise, rather than focusing on their proficiency in functional management. The programme assumes competence in the fundamentals of business and emphasises process, synthesis, critique and insight leading to the application of new learning relevant for the executive level.



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Africa is ripe for growth – but there is a shortage of good people who have the right financial skills to to help the market grow and improve the overall investment climate. Read more

Africa is ripe for growth – but there is a shortage of good people who have the right financial skills to to help the market grow and improve the overall investment climate. The Master of Commerce Degree (MCom) in Development Finance will give you the expertise to turn ideas into financially sound, long-term development solutions that improve lives, uplift communities and place Africa on the global stage. This is your opportunity to build an exciting career in the cutting-edge discipline of development finance.

Overview

The Masters of Commerce Degree in Development Finance is designed to develop people and institutions that can help provide optimum financial outcomes that enhance the design and implementation of reforms and capacity-building programmes adopted by development finance institutions, governments, the private sector, NGOs and the wider emerging markets. 

While Development Finance is typically known for its use by people working in development finance and other related institutions, it is also widely used by people in other banking and financial services institutions. It provides the expertise to start initial investments that act as the right catalyst, and demonstrate that enterprises can thrive in economically challenging markets. It is also used to ensure that funds channelled through development projects provide sustainable outcomes that can sustain the development agendas of developing countries.  

Why this Degree?

As a professional discipline, Development Finance is widely practised today by all central governments; major development finance institutions including the World Bank, the IMF, the UN; as well as public and private sector organisations, international foundations and NGOs.

However there is a shortage of Development Finance experts in Africa, where the expertise is needed most. It's for this reason the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB), has partnered with Africagrowth Institute (AGI), to create the Master of Commerce Degree in Development Finance.

The MCom (Development Finance) programme aims to ensure that Africa produces enough development finance experts to meet the growing needs of the growing continent.

Who Should Apply?

  • Development Finance Practitioners
  • Civil Servants
  • Staff of Development Finance Institutions
  • Staff of Other Financial Institutions
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Staff of NGOs
  • Staff in the Private Sector
  • Duration of Degree

MCom Benefits

Development finance is for people and institutions that can influence development trends in an emerging context and make large-scale changes that can impact positively on the quality of life of people around the world. The GSB MCom in Development Finance brings with it a wide range of benefits including the following: 

  • Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Development Finance;
  • Membership of a professional network of development finance practitioners in Africa and beyond;
  • A ready-made reputation for excellence from one of South Africa's most respected academic institution;
  • The ability to work for development finance institutions, governments, the private sector and other sectors of an economy;
  • The ability to conduct high level development finance research and provides students with skills to engage in high policy decision making process;
  • The programme equips students with a solid understanding of finance as applied in international development context;
  • The programme provides the expertise to start initial investments that act as the right catalyst, and demonstrate that enterprises can thrive in economically challenging markets. 


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The Master of Philosophy specialising in Inclusive Innovation (MPhil) is an interdisciplinary, research-based degree that leads to the development of novel and sustainable solutions for social challenges. Read more

The Master of Philosophy specialising in Inclusive Innovation (MPhil) is an interdisciplinary, research-based degree that leads to the development of novel and sustainable solutions for social challenges. Join like-minded visionaries on a rich learning journey, and spend a year working both individually and with others where expertise, life experience, passion and innovation converge to support new possibilities and ideas.

Overview

The MPhil Inclusive Innovation is a one-year modular programme designed to be a collaboration between GSB faculty and pass innovators. The MPhil curriculum is structured around three main components: learning, engaging, and reflecting and creating – this can be referred to as praxeology (the study of purposeful human action).  

1. Learning

The programme provides a grounding in the fundamentals of inclusive innovation, as well as the challenges facing those working on social and environmental issues in Africa today. A typical class flows from student presentations and group feedback to focusing on topics such as values-based leadership and business model innovation, integrative thinking and design thinking.

2. Engaging

From the start of the programme, innovators identify a problem of interest and start developing a deep understanding of the context behind the issue they’d like to address. They conduct independent research, including a literature review, field studies, interviews, observations and assessment of market needs. This scholarly approach leads to a fuller understanding of the practical possibilities for contributing to the issue concerned.

3. Reflecting and creating

Personal reflections and peer-to-peer feedback all help to spur on the intellectual development of inclusive innovators and their ideas.

The MPhil’s desired outcomes are:

  • A practical outcome or artefact – prototype, framework, business model, etc.
  • A research thesis that has a strong narrative around the artefact development and clearly illustrates a contribution to knowledge.
  • An embodied experience of business model innovation (entrepreneuring)

Inclusive innovators who complete the MPhil will be skilled at:

  • Undertaking and managing complex innovation-focused projects.
  • Identifying and coping with the internal experience of entrepreneuring.
  • Using systems thinking, design thinking and integrative thinking to take on business-model innovation.
  • Planning a new venture or process, including a detailed strategy and feasibility.

MPhil Benefits

You will gain the following during the MPhil in Inclusive Innovation programme:

New thinking

This MPhil degree encourages inclusive innovators to think critically and innovatively to meet new demands. The programme gears participants towards becoming advanced strategic and systems thinkers.

Shorter invention cycles

MPhil innovators will test assumptions and prototype solutions in a “living lab” environment. It’s a free-thinking cross disciplinary space that helps shorten the cycle time from invention to application of innovations and solutions through interaction and debate with consumers, experts, industry and organisations in the relevant ecosystem.

Access to industry experts

Innovators will be exposed to key local and global specialists – from deep-content experts to market experts in the community. The insight and feedback they receive will help them iterate and improve their solutions at various stages.

Networking

Inclusive innovators will build personal relationships with leading experts across different industries and will be plugged into the next generation of African innovators.

Personal fulfillment

Self-reflection, introspection and personal growth are core elements of the programme. The MPhil develops inclusive innovators who boldly pursue ambitious ideas and dreams.



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