PDBA Part-time explained

The PDBA part-time programme is offered as a part-time course over one year to students residing within a 60km radius of Gqeberha.

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

Two to three evening classes per week from 17:30 to 20:30.
The programme is divided into three (3) trimesters (12 weeks per trimester).

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.  You will be required to meet with your group members on a regular basis (at least once a week) to work on assignments and projects.

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