WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$6,752 for the full programme
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Master of Management (MM)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce, Law & Management
Campus:West Campus
Course Type:Master by Coursework & Research
Application Deadline: 30 April 2021
Programme Overview

Wits Business School launched the African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC) in 2017, the first of its kind in Africa. The AELC aims to address the issues of energy shortages in Africa as well as the skills deficit in an industry which is of vital importance to economic growth on the continent.

A hub of teaching and research, the focus of the AELC is on the latest thinking and best practice in energy leadership.

The three main areas of the Africa Energy Leadership Centre are; Postgraduate and Executive Education Research & Thought Leadership Networking and Professional Development.

The AELC offers a specialised Master’s degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Energy Leadership. Both programmes will provide you with a solid foundation in all aspects of energy leadership in order to make you a more confident, decisive and effective leader in this sector.

Programme Structure And Options:
The programme comprises three parts: nine core courses and one elective course (50%) and a research report (50%). Teaching is provided on a block release basis to accommodate the needs of busy working professionals (five blocks of nine days on campus plus home study). The programme is expected to be completed within a maximum of 24 months, including completion of the research report.


Core courses

  1. Energy Leadership Programme Orientation
    The very nature of a Master of Management qualification is that it relies on group interaction between candidates.
  2. Energy Value Chains
    This foundation course provides an introduction to energy demand and supply.
  3. Energy Geography, Geopolitics and Macroeconomics
    This course examines and evaluates energy supply and demand from a global perspective.
  4. Strategic Management of Energy Innovation
    This course equips candidates with strategic management knowledge and skills to address new and emerging technologies for extracting, transporting, transforming and delivering energy services to customers and the resultant disruptive impacts on existing energy systems and firms.
  5. Energy and Environmental Sustainability
    This course interrogates decision-making trade-offs between various energy carriers and environmental sustainability within the context of climate change, international market interventions driven by environmental concerns and changing consumer preferences.
  6. Energy Finance, Business Strategy and Investment
    This course is concerned with the relationship between business strategy, finance and investment in the context of energy project financing structures – together with risks and enabling contracts accompanying those financial strategies both within and outside of regulated markets.
  7. Ethics and Corporate Governance
    Ethics and corporate governance have become key risks in business. Large scale energy investments expose firms to a correspondingly large scale of financial risk.
  8. Energy Policy and Regulatory Dispensations
    Energy markets are subject to greater levels of government intervention than most. This course provides a broad conceptualisation of the basis for economic regulation and equips candidates to work within the parameters of policy and regulation.
  9. Leadership Quest
    This course is designed to be an intellectually demanding one which requires candidates to apply a structured approach to understanding their own behaviour and then to formulate plans to improve their own leadership performance.

Research Methodology (Duly Performed)
This core course introduces candidates to rigorous research methods and techniques and provides opportunities for applying these tools in the development of a research proposal.

Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements
– First degree and postgraduate (NQF 8) studies (preferably an Honours degree but a good Bachelor’s degree with a recognised and accredited postgraduate degree or diploma is also recognised). In certain cases recognition of prior learning may be granted.
– Mathematics and English – a level of above-average competence equivalent to the requirements for the South African Matriculation certificate.
– Three to five years’ appropriate work experience. If the applicant seeks exemption from this requirement a letter of motivation must accompany the application.
– Candidates may also be required to attend an interview with WBS.
Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $12
Application Fees for International Students: $12

How to apply
– Online application form
– Copies of all degree certificates
– Academic transcripts in English
– SAQA Evaluation certificate (for international students)SAQA Help desk: 012 431-5070 or go to:

– CV including places of work to substantiate work experience. Please include:• Name of employer
– Dates of employment; from / to
– Contact details of superior/s at place of employment
– Position held
– Main responsibilities in that position
– Letter of motivation in support of application
– Proof of English language proficiency (for students who have not studied at tertiary level in English)
– Non-refundable fee of R200
– Study Permit if studying in South Africa for more than 90 days, or Visitor’s Permit if studying in South Africa for less than 90 days.
Complete the on-line application form on the following link 

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities are;
– Accountant.
– Communications/Public Relations Specialist.
– Electrical Lineman.
– Engineer.
– Facilities Manager.
– Gas Plant/Refinery Operator.
– Geographical Information Systems Mapping Technician.
– Geologist.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6,752
Tuition Fees for International Students: $6,752

*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

*Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.

*Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay the same amount as South African Students

*Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

Wits Business School
Admissions Office