The Postgraduate Diploma is offered on a part-time basis, with two one-week on-site lecture blocks, complemented by self-directed learning and assignments. Each of the eight courses is assessed through online test, submission of assignments and off-site examinations. Candidates must complete the eight courses and the HUB4032H Project in Healthcare Technology Management.

The format of the course includes a considerable amount of self-study in an online format. Please note you would require at least 2 hours per course per week over an 8 week period. In addition having access to internet and your own computer hardware is essential.


The dates for 2017 include:

  • First Block: 13 – 18 February 2017
  • Second Block: 31 July – 4 August 2017

UCT holds the rights to change these dates where and when necessary. All efforts will be undertaken to adhere to these dates and should the dates change due to unforeseen circumstances, every effort will be made to communicate this adequately.

Important Note: There will be only one intake of students annually.

Application and Admission

Important Note: The application and admission process has changed as of December 2016. Please follow the steps outlined below. Please note that first contact questionnaires are not required anymore and will not be accepted.

The steps in the application and admission process are as follows:

  1. Eligibility
    (i)  If you have a university degree (this includes BTech), you may apply for admission to UCT as a postgraduate student in the Faculty of Health Sciences (see below)
    (ii)  If you are NOT in possession of a university degree, you will first be assessed via a formal process called "Recognition of Prior Learning" (see below for further details). You may then apply for admission to UCT as a postgraduate student in the Faculty of Health Sciences (see below).
  2. Once your application has been processed and you have been accepted into the programme, you will receive a letter of offer from the Faculty Health Sciences Postgraduate Office and be issued a UCT Student Number.
  3. You must formally accept the offer and then register for the courses.
  4. An invoice will then be generated (a proforma invoice can be generated sooner on request), and payment will become due.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The RPL process has three requirements as follows:

  1. completion of the National Benchmark Test in Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) (please note that you are responsible for registering and writing the test at a convenient venue as well as paying the associated fee; information on NBT Test Dates and Sites is available here - see for further details),
  2. submission of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) (template available here), and
  3. submission of a Letter of Motivation as to why you wish to register for the PG Diploma programme and how you and your employing institution, if applicable, would benefit from your attendance at - and completion of - the HTM Postgraduate Diploma programme.

Applying for Admission to UCT

  1. Preferred option: You may apply directly online: go to and click on 'apply online'; next to 'Select the year you are applying for' choose "2018" from drop-down list and then continue, following the instructions provided;
  2. Should you not be able to apply online, please complete Postgraduate Application Form (available here) and submit to UCT by post or courier (NB: UCT does not accept emailed or faxed applications).
    Please consult the Directions for Postgraduate Applicants available here when completing the application form.

    NB: If you intend completing the full entire Diploma programme (8 courses and project), use Programme Code MG010 when completing the application.

International Students

You are considered to be an International Student if you reside in a country outside the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Occasional Students

Should you not wish to complete the full PG Diploma Programme but rather focus on a selection of the courses that best meet your needs, you must register as an Occasional Student. When applying for admission to UCT (as per section II above) please use the Programme Code MZ002.

Further Information

All University and Faculty Handbooks can be accessed at Of particular relevance is the Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Handbook which outlines (pp 74-79) the rules for the PG Diploma in HTM and the courses compromising the HTM Programme.