Public Management and Governance online short course

Course starts 28 September 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
22 September 2020
Course Starts:
28 September 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation.
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R10,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


The University of Cape Town (UCT) Public Management and Governance online short course is practically focused, addressing the need for ethics training while still teaching you the theory and skills essential to impactful government service. In this course, you’ll learn to lead teams and effectively manage situations unique to the context of the public sector. Develop your policy and evaluation expertise, explore real-world case studies and practical applications, while networking with a cohort of peers. 

Under the guidance of a leading public management expert, and with personalised support, you’ll improve your ability to influence others towards positive change. Meet the increasing demand for well-qualified, public-oriented officials who can manage service delivery ethically and earn the university certificate you need to compete for a management or leadership role in the public sector, and contribute to a healthier administration that best serves the country.



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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

    • An understanding of the complexities surrounding the interrelationship between politics and administration in public management
    • Key insights into governance in order to assess the relationship between ethical, values-based leadership, and public management actions
    • The ability to analyse decentralised service delivery, human resource management, and policy
    • A certificate from Africa’s leading university1 as proof of your commitment to advancement in the public sector

1 QS Top Universities (2019).

Is this course for you? 

This course is aimed at busy senior government professionals looking to improve their performance in their current leadership role, or those working towards their next promotion by adding to their capabilities. It’s particularly valuable if you want to develop expertise in human resource, policy, and decentralised service management, or are aiming to advance into a management position. The course will also benefit private sector professionals with business ties to government or the public sector looking to refocus their service to deliver what the public really requires.


Course curriculum

Develop your public administration competencies as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Introduction to public management
  • Module 2 The political-administrative relationship
  • Module 3 Public finance management
  • Module 4 Policy management
  • Module 5 Policy monitoring and evaluation
  • Module 6 Organisational behaviour and human resource management
  • Module 7 Decentralised service management in local government
  • Module 8 Ethics and governance

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Learn to lead teams in the public sector and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 28 September 2020.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with an Enrolment Advisor here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.