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Master of Business Leadership

NQF 9 | SAQA ID 112553 | 184 CREDITS

Programme Details

Fees: From R87 675.00 Per Year

Duration: Min: 2 Years | Max: 4 Years

This programme is aimed at business leaders, senior managers and self-employed entrepreneurs who wish to undertake advanced scholarship, deep theoretical engagement, and develop the ability to apply these to real world scenarios in the business leadership field. Students contribute to knowledge relating to professional and organisational contexts through problem probing and solving, and critical reflection in a range of contexts.

The purpose is to develop a student’s capacity to: create strategies to address organisational challenges through integrated application of theoretical knowledge, practical knowledge, systemic principles, and advanced analytical and problem-solving skills; develop targeted personal competence in a chosen research topic; incorporate in the research process appropriate research methodologies and academic writing techniques; critically reflect on research outcomes and results within an ethical framework; construct business and leadership strategies that incorporates the principles of technology management, innovation management, people management, and systems management; develop innovative strategies to address socio-economic transformation challenges.


The qualification recognises those who have the acquired competence in the field of research to serve in transformational management positions in organisations or self-owned businesses. To initiate socioeconomic change interventions and sustainable business development initiatives. The qualification aims to instil a thorough understanding of the application of the key elements of systems thinking, business development, technology management, and innovation, as well as people development, whilst focusing on sustainability and the increase of local and international competitiveness.

Compulsory Modules

  • Business Leadership for the Management of People: 20 Credits

  • Business Leadership for the Management of Technology and Innovation: 12 Credits

  • Corporate Governance and Ethics: 12 Credits

  • Economics for Business Leaders: 12 Credits

  • Financial Management for Business Leaders: 12 Credits

  • Strategic Systems Thinking: 20 Credits

  • Mini-dissertation: 60 Credits

Elective Modules

Students are required to select any of the following elective modules totalling 36 credits.

* Please note: Should you select a law elective you are required to do Labour Law Hierarchy, Labour Relations Management and Case Law and Dispute Management.

  • Business Intelligence and Data Analysis: 12 Credits

  • Case Law and Dispute Management (Labour): 12 Credits*

  • Customer Relationship Management: 12 Credits

  • Contemporary Workplace Context: 12 Credits

  • Integrated Supply Chain Management: 12 Credits

  • Labour Law Hierarchy: 12 Credits*

  • Labour Relations Management: 12 Credits*

  • Project Leadership: 12 Credits

  • Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: 12 Credits

  • Strategic Marketing for the Contemporary Business Context: 12 Credits

  • Strategy in a Global Context: 12 Credits

Total Credits: 184 credits


Minimum Admission Requirements

  • ​A 4-year Bachelor Degree in Business Management, or related field, at NQF Level 8 with 3 years related work experience

  • or A Bachelor of Honours Degree or Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management or related field, at NQF Level 8, with 3 years related work experience.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • A research idea approved by the Research Office

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Alternative access routes should the candidate not meet the admission requirements:

  • RPL for access


RPL is at the Senate’s discretion on a case-by-case basis.


For more information please refer to the Policy on the link below or email Admissions at

D20 – RPL, CAT and Articulation Policy

Online Information Sessions:

​Meet our Subject Matter Experts to find out more about this programme.


Choose from five intakes per year:


Study Mode:

Online Distance Education with online learning engagements


Min: 2 years

Max: 4 years 


Fully supported


The DaVinci Institute for Technology Management (Pty) Ltd, Registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration No. 2004/HE07/003. This qualification is accredited by the Council on Higher Education and Registered on the National Qualification Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).


Application Fee:

R 350.00

Admission Fee:

The admission fee is a non-refundable fee payable prior to the commencement of the programme


Registration Fee:

The registration fee is payable either monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or upfront


Positions some alumni of the programme hold:

  • Client Service Executive

  • Analytic Head

  • Executive: Operations

  • Self-employed

  • Facilitator/ Lecturer

  • Senior Manager: Quality and Due Diligence

  • Senior Manager: Banking

  • Managing Director

  • Executive: HR

  • Management Consultant

When you exit the qualification you should be equipped to:

  • Critically review and apply relevant Business Leadership models and/or frameworks in the strategic management of Technology and Information, Operations, Finances, Innovation, and Organisational Behaviour within various contemporary working environments.

  • Search, collate and evaluate contextual information pertinent to business leadership decision-making processes when applied to strategic planning and organisational development.

  • Critically review systemic thinking as a conceptual framework that recognises the world of work as a network of interrelated systems in which problem-solving does not exist in isolation but is dependent on applying a broad contextual understanding of local and international business realities.

  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct research that meets the level descriptors of a Master of Business Leadership Degree at NQF level 9.


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The DaVinci Institute for Technology Management (Pty) Ltd is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration No. 2004/HE07/003.

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