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Trimester Module Structure


TRIMESTER 1 (Jan – May)

Integrated Management Practice
Operations Management 
Accounting for Business*

TRIMESTER 2 (May – Aug)

Marketing Management
Management Accounting
Human Resource Strategy

TRIMESTER 3 (Aug – Nov)

Management Economics

Exit: PDBA degree

*Accounting for Business: This is an optional introductory accounting module. Students who have successfully completed an accounting course on a tertiary level may elect to be excused from doing this introductory module.

Students that progress onto the MBA programme will be granted credits for the following modules:

  • People Management (Human Resource Strategy)
  • Management Economics
  • Management Accounting

Class Presentation

The programme is presented as follows:

  1. A study visit to Gqeberha (PE). 
    Each year is divided into 3 trimesters (12 weeks per trimester). You will be required to travel to Gqeberha for a study visit at the beginning of Trimester One (January), Trimester Two (July), and Trimester Three (September). The study visit in Gqberha (formerly known as Port Elizabeth) normally runs from Friday to Sunday and attendance is compulsory.
  2. Live streaming of classes via the Zoom / Teams platform. The live video sessions allow for a virtual classroom experience where students and lecturers can interact with each other.

Delivery Sites

  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • East London
  • Gauteng

Group Work

All students accepted onto the PDBA programme are assigned to a syndicate group. Group members are selected and assigned according to their professional expertise and experience so as to best replicate a management team in the working environment. PDBA students will work together in their groups over the 12 month period. You will be required to meet with your group members on a regular basis (at least once a week) to work on assignments.

Tests and Exams

Tests are written on weekends (Saturdays). Exams are written in the week.
All exams are written at the delivery points (Gqeberha (PE), Cape Town, Durban, East London, Gauteng).

Main Campus & International Head Office

Nelson Mandela University Business School
2nd Avenue Campus
Gqeberha, 6001
South Africa


Learning Methods & Techniques

  • Formal Lectures 
  • Analyses of case studies
  • International Guest Speakers and Lecturers
  • Facilitated Group Discussions
  • Presentation of Group Assignments
  • Conducting applied research on real business problems


Our faculty and lecturers are the driving force behind our cutting-edge programmes and provide the best learning experience.

Media, industry, working individuals and professionals, government and leaders turn to our faculty for the latest insights, knowledge and expertise.

We are driven by a set of values geared to ensure that employees and students are holistically empowered as leaders, innovators, agents of change and independent thinkers that will contribute to ecological and economic sustainability and the upliftment of community and society.

It is important to apply early if you want to secure a place on the programme. Seats are limited.