Postgraduate Diploma in Operations Management

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Faculty Website:   Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Department: Department of Quality and Operations Management
Programme Level: Postgraduate
Programme Name: Postgraduate Diploma in Operations Management
Programme Code: E6OM0Q

Medium of Facilitation: Full-Time
NQF Level: 8
NQF Credits: 120
SAQA: 110834

Application Start Date: 1 April 2024
Application End Date: 31 October 2024

Campus: Doornfontein

Contacts: UJ Call Centre 011 559-4555

Duration of Study: 1 Year

Programme Fees


The purpose of the Postgraduate Diploma in Operations Management is to (1) give a gathered learning knowledge in particular operations administration issues in a national and universal environment for candidates with or without business or public administration foundation, operations management specifically; (2) build up a basic comprehension of the changing operations management technique and strategy setting inside the private, public and non-profit associations; (3) develop competencies in strategic issues associated with organizations operations management function; (4) develop an intermediary understanding of fundamental concepts and principles from the various business and public disciplines; (5) improve students’ administrative abilities through a pledge to an on-going administrative advancement; (6) urge students to think broadly and bridge gaps between theories and the actual practice of effective operations management; and (7) distinguish factors and create methodologies contributing to poverty alleviation and community development.  This program will empower students to increase significant learning and aptitudes and build up a more profound comprehension of their specific specialisation. Notwithstanding the taught modules, a student must complete an assignment project of a limited scope on a topic selected to permit the student to use information, hypothesis and research aptitudes gained in classroom learning in a connected setting identified with the individual’s business, interest or community. Students will undertake a research dissertation related to operations management. The proposed program offers an opportunity to showcase the skills students acquired in classes during the year and to apply research practice. This activity will be supervised by a member of academic staff, who will guide and assist in conducting a literature review and carry out an appropriate study.

Career Opportunities

It is understood that Operations management is critical to the success of delivering customer satisfaction. This course gives you the theories, concepts and tools to be able to analyse and implement solutions to operations management issues in a business environment. You will gain an in-depth knowledge in operational issues related to manufacturing as well as service industries worldwide, and in South Africa in particular. The course is aimed at graduates wishing to broaden their expertise from a technological advanced diploma, or who want to advance their professional career. The course focuses on the wider strategic and global issues facing manufacturing and services organisations. It examines the use and application of techniques that enable operations effectiveness. The final focus is on operational areas. The course structure and content are based on the operational needs of 21st century organisations, with content applying to both manufacturing and services.

Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirement is a relevant BTech qualification at NQF level 7 or NQF level 7 equivalent with 120 credits. Students are selected on the basis of academic merit and an approved field(s) of study. An average mark of 65 % in the previous degree qualification is required.

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