Public Management and Governance online short course

Course starts 27 April 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
21 April 2020
Course Starts:
27 April 2020
8 weeks online
7-10 hours per week
ZAR R12,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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Want to master management and governance to advance your career in the public sector?

The South African Government is the single largest employer in the country,  and recently committed to spend more than R800-billion over three years, on national infrastructure development.

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 and leadership role in the public sector.



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What will set you apart

Register for the UCT Public Management and Governance online short course and learn how to:

    • Lead and manage successful teams  in the public sector with an in-demand, values-driven skill set
    • Identify and effectively manage situations unique to the context of the public sector
    • Address the values, ethics and competencies related to public administration in developing countries
    • Develop your policy and evaluation expertise with real-world skills and practical applications


Course curriculum

Gain the skills and knowledge needed to drive effective change in your community. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll study in your own time, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. Here’s what you’ll cover:

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

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

On completion of this course you earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


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 27 April 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 a Course Consultant 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 Manager 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 Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.