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.
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.
2. Exhibit personal leadership competencies that reflect values-based solutions and can be applied to the contexts in which you operate.
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.
4. Demonstrate entrepreneurial competencies based on innovation and creativity.
5. Possess the pedagogical skills of critical thinking, problem solving, collection and analysis of data and effective written communication.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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:
Inclusive innovators who complete the MPhil will be skilled at:
You will gain the following during the MPhil in Inclusive Innovation programme:
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.
Inclusive innovators will build personal relationships with leading experts across different industries and will be plugged into the next generation of African innovators.
Self-reflection, introspection and personal growth are core elements of the programme. The MPhil develops inclusive innovators who boldly pursue ambitious ideas and dreams.
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.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice is an accredited postgraduate qualification offering immediate benefits. The programme:
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.
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.