Postgraduate Diploma in Risk Management

Define the aims and principles of risk management. Engage with different legislation and reporting structures, roles and responsibilities.

1 year
NQF Level 8
120 credits

Key features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support


The Postgraduate Diploma in Risk Management facilitates a streamlined approach needed by organisations to combat the broad negative effects of risks that are unforeseen while strengthening and deepening knowledge in an existing qualification. This will allow graduates to be able to anticipate problems, develop risk identification and control programs aimed at minimising risk resulting in a comprehensive and valid report through developing and analysing a model to implement quantitative risk management methodologies.

MANCOSA’s Risk Management Certification programme seeks to address the dearth of qualifications in risk management in South Africa as this program seeks to facilitate and building upon existing knowledge for those already a professional; an entrepreneur; a manager or an employer with risk management needs; or a student.


Upon successful completion of the risk management certification programme, the student should be able to:
  • Understand the evolution and importance of establishing a risk management culture;
  • Display an understanding of the risk management framework and risk specific modelling as a means of assessing risk so as to promote and grow the organisation;
  • Employ integrated knowledge to solve complex risk management problems in an organisation and pose viable solutions;
  • Identify and mitigate risk relating to an individual project or organisation as a whole;
  • Understand the role of management and leadership in organisational success;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of varying risks within the different corporate levels of an organisation
  • Engage in self-directed learning;
  • Possess the ability to identify and manage the various types of fraud that is prevalent within an organisational context;
  • Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of ethics, compliance and accountability and
  • Apply the concepts of risk mapping and risk modelling to process information for decision making.

Programme structure

Duration: 1 year

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Risk Management
  • Risk Management Framework and Measuring
  • Risk Modelling
  • Corporate Governance, Ethics and Risk

Semester 2

  • Strategic Management
  • Auditing for Risk
  • Corporate Risk Management
  • Project Communication and Risk Management

Admission requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is a cognate Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced Diploma at NQF level 7.
  • It is possible to gain entry to the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  • To be considered via RPL, applicants should be above the age of 30 years.
  • For further information on this alternative route, please contact a student advisor.
  • . All applicants with an international qualification will be considered in accordance with MANCOSA’s institutional rules.


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