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Master’s in People Management


It appears that organisations often pay limited attention to the complexity involved in managing people. In order to manage people effectively a deep understanding of the nature of human behaviour in the workplace is required.

The purpose of this Masters programme is to explore these complexities. The programme is based on a triangulated approach to learning where students apply lecture content to their current workplace. In this way students will be encouraged to reflect on‚ and assess‚ the effect of their studies in their applied context.

About the programme

In 2013 we launched this exciting new programme specially designed to bring together academic study with the actual work that human resources practitioners perform. Students are required to apply what they learn in the classroom to their places of work. In order to assist with this integration‚ each student is assigned an academic mentor‚ a work mentor and a research supervisor.

What are the programme requirements?

The programme is aimed at people who work in the field of people management. The minimum admission requirement is an Honours degree in Human Resources or Organisational Psychology / Industrial Psychology and a minimum of three years’ work experience in the field of human resources. In order to qualify for selection into the programme applicants should have an average mark of 65% for their Honours degree. At the discretion of the Head of Section‚ applicants who do not have an Honours degree in these fields or the required mark in the Honours degree‚ but have at least five years of work experience in the field of human resources may receive recognition of prior learning. Such candidates may be required to write specialised admission tests.

Can I do this if I work full time?

The modules will be presented as block lectures. Students are required to attend three blocks of lectures per year. Each block lasts for three days (with the exception of the first block which may be presented over four days). Between lecture blocks students are required to complete coursework assignments.

How long is this programme?

The Masters programme is a two–year‚ full time programme. The course starts in January and ends the following year in November. Both the coursework and the dissertation are completed within this two year period.

Do you offer an on–line or part–time Masters course?

No‚ we do not offer this programme on–line or part–time.

Do you offer a Masters’ degree by dissertation only?

No‚ we only offer a Masters’ degree by coursework and dissertation

What does the programme consist of?

The central theme of the programme is the people manager as a strategic business partner. The programme consists of two parts: a coursework section (weight 70%) and a research dissertation (weight 30%).

The coursework section of the programme consists of six modules please click here to get more information about the content.

  • Strategy
  • Research methods
  • Design and staffing
  • Reward and talent management
  • Human resource development
  • Intergroup skills

The course requires students to approach the content areas from a Systems Thinking perspective. An introduction to Systems Thinking will be provided in the first block of lectures.

For the research dissertation‚ students choose a research topic in collaboration with their work mentor and their supervisor. This research topic should be of value to the organisation where the student is employed. The dissertation is limited to 10‚000 words.

The programme has been designed to conform to the registration requirements of the South African Board of People Practice.

How do I apply?

To apply for the above programme please complete the University’s Online Application Form which can be accessed by clicking the button below:

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Please ensure you have an official transcript of your university available when completing this form (the transcript is a formal document stating your marks for your honours or other degree). You will be required to upload this transcript when you apply. Also upload a brief CV which clearly states the number of years you have worked in the human resources field. Applications are already open and close on 31 October 2018.

Cost and Financial Assistance

Please go to the University website and check the cost of the programme under the relevant course codes (BUS5003W‚ BUS5004W and BUS5006W).


For funding opportunities please consult the following website:


Who should I contact?

Please contact Anton Schlechter  for any further information.