​Advanced Diploma Retailing​

UJ Advanced Diploma Retailing


The Advanced Diploma Retailing qualification offered at the University of Johannesburg is the first and only Advanced Diploma in Retailing in South Africa and aims to provide students with the opportunity to become a true specialist in the Retail industry.

This qualification develops the applied and practical competencies of the graduate in the acquisition, understanding and application of retailing principles. It provides an intensive, focused and applied specialisation within the field of Retail to ensure that graduates have a deep and systematic understanding of current thinking, practice, theory, strategies and methodology in the field of Retail.

Important to note:

Advanced Diplomas were previously known as a BTech qualification (it is the exact same qualification, only a new name). Within the next years, all BTech programmes offered by Universities in South Africa will be changed and called Advanced Diplomas). This programme is an NQF level 7 qualification.

Apply NOW for the UJ Advanced Diploma Retailing

Application closing date30 September each year*
Duration of study1 year (full-time) OR 2 years (part-time)
Campus the qualification is based onUJ, Bunting road Campus (APB)
Contact details

Ms M Frazer

011 559 1423/1414


 *Deadlines may be subject to extension. 

What are the entry requirements for the Advanced Diploma Retailing?

Only applicants that hold an appropriate Diploma or Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification to NQF level 6 (as determined by a Status Committee) will be considered.

The number of applications received for this degree has grown immensely over the last two years. Students are therefore strictly selected based on academic merit, and this means that even if an applicant meets the criteria above, acceptance is not guaranteed.


How do I apply for the Advanced Diploma Retailing?

Applications open annually at the beginning of April and close on the 30th of September at 12pm (no late applications are reviewed). The application process is purely online, no email or paper-based applications will be reviewed. You can start the application process by clicking here. Should you experience problems with the online system please contact the Student Enrolment Centre on 011 559 4555.


Points to keep in mind:

  • From another University:
    • Currently studying - if you are applying when you are in your final (3rd year) you need to upload a University stamped copy of your academic record including the first semester results of your 3rd year.
    • Completed degree – when applying you must upload a University stamped copy of your academic record and certified copy of your degree certificate
    • If your documents are not stamped this will result in your application being declined based on insufficient documentation provided.
  • UJ student:
    • You do not need to upload your academic record – your academic record will be linked to your application automatically.


What are the costs involved for the Advanced Diploma Retailing?

Please visit the UJ Student Finance page for any queries related to the costs of this qualification. The student finance page can be accessed from the UJ home page at www.uj.ac.za click on Study@UJ and select Student Finance or phone them at 011 559 3935.  Please visit www.uj.ac.za/cbe and click on bursaries to view potential bursary opportunities. You can also visit the UJ home page at www.uj.ac.za and click on Study@UJ followed by Student Finance to view further bursary and funding opportunities.

How long does it take to complete the Advanced Diploma Retailing?

The programme is offered on a full-time (1 year) or part-time basis (2 years):


  • Completed in 12 months (1 year)
  • Register for seven modules in one year (three modules per semester and one year module)


  • Completed in 24 months (2 months)
  • First year (three semester modules and one  year module)
  • Register for the remaining three modules in the second year


When are the classes offered for the Advanced Diploma Retailing?

The classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays as workshops of 5 hours in duration (either a morning or afternoon session), with some classes offered in the evenings. Full time students complete all seven modules in one year (three  modules per semester and one year module – therefore completing both year 1 and year 2 as per the table below), whilst part time students will only complete four modules in one year (two modules per semester).   


What modules are offered on the Advanced Diploma Retailing – what will I study and learn?

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Career opportunities:                                                                              mGradPic_UJ Marketing orange.png

  • Retail Consultant                                                                 
  • Retail Manager
  • Regional Manager
  • Retail Buyer
  • Start your own Business


Further studies:

Upon the successful completion of the Advanced Diploma Retailing, students may qualify and choose to further their studies in a number of different UJ BCom Honours degrees on offer (like the popular BCom (Hons) Marketing Management degree) OR the Postgraduate Diploma Strategic Retailing (a first on the African continent).  


Ready to apply for the Advanced Diploma Retailing? Click away -  Apply now for the Advanced Diploma Retailing. 


Keep the information from this page when you go offline by downloading the UJ Advanced Diploma Retailing Brochure 

Frequently asked questions about the Advanced Diploma Retailing

If I'm working full-time, will I be able to complete the programme on a full-time basis?

We don't recommend students who are working full-time to register on a full-time basis. The modules are made up of lots of group work and assignments which can be difficult to manage with a full-time job. Also note that some classes are during the day time and your employer needs to provide you with permission to attend classes before you enroll.

Are classes compulsory?

Yes. You can only be excused from 2 classes per semester in totality not 2 classes per subject.

My company wants to pay for my fees. Can you give me a quote?

Unfortunately the Department cannot generate quotes for students. Please contact the College of Business and Economics on 0115593875 or you can contact Student Finance directly on 0115593935.

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