This Programme aims to provide students with the flexibility to develop the knowledge and skills they require relating to their own particular interests. The Programme is structured around both compulsory and optional modules and develops analytical and critical skills, independence, self-discipline and professionalism in Postgraduate Diploma graduates.
This programme is designed for students who already hold a relevant undergraduate degree qualification and are seeking career as high-level managers within tourism or natural resources management agencies, local government authorities, NGOs, CBOs, tour agencies or other private sector organizations. It is a suitable course for district tourism officers, tourism officers and wardens in protected areas, owners/managers of tour companies and those involved in tourism marketing at various levels.
This is a one- year programme. It runs from September to June each academic year. Postgraduate Diploma students take a combination of compulsory Postgraduate Diploma level modules and optional Bachelor Degree and Diploma level modules depending on the entry qualifications of the students and coverage of tourism related subjects in students’ previous studies. Students may also attend these modules over a longer period to suit their own needs.
Training approaches include lectures, interactive structured lectures, directed and self-directed study, seminars, tutorials, student presentations, field and College-based practical training exercises. Postgraduate Diploma students undertake a Self-Managed Study module, participate in Postgraduate tutorials and have the opportunity to select optional safari modules if they wish. At the end of the second semester, students conduct a Research Project.
Students must gain 120 credits to be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma. These credits are gained through passing all assessed Postgraduate Diploma modules. In order to pass Postgraduate Diploma course, a student must achieve a final module mark of not less than 40% (continuous assessment and final examination). In addition, a student must pass the final examination by at least 40%. Module continuous assessment is based on a mixture of practical exercises, written assignments, group and individual exercises, reports and final examination. Module continuous assessment is 60% and the final examination is 40% of the final module mark, unless stated otherwise.
Minimum entry qualification is undergraduate degree in Wildlife Management, Tourism, Business Administration, Marketing, Mass Communication, Biological Sciences, Law, Anthropology, Sociology, Forestry, Fishery, Agriculture or any other related field from a recognized institution. Working experience in wildlife conservation, tourism, natural resources and environmental management sectors will be an added advantage.