Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Relations

The Centre for Extended Legal Studies (CELS) in the School of Law, UKZN, invites applications from candidates wishing to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Relations. This Diploma offers an NQF level 8qualification and is endorsed by the Labour Relations Industry, which comprises the Bargaining Councils and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). It equips students with labour dispute resolution skills and serves as an advantage should they wish to become Bargaining Council Panellists or CCMA Commissioners. 


  • 1 Year of full-time studies; or
  • 2 Years of part-time studies


The PDIR Programme consists of eight modules and is offered part-time over 2 years (two modules per semester) or, for students who are not in full-time employment, full-time over 1 year (four modules per semester). All modules will be delivered primarily by means of online teaching, with minimal on-campus activity. Students will require a stable internet connection and a suitable device, such as a desktop or laptop, and sufficient data, provided at their own cost. Students will also need to be computer literate.

Full-time study

ModuleSemester / Year
LAWS6CL Contemporary Issues in Labour Law 16CFirst semester
LAWS6LL Individual Labour Law 16CFirst semester
LAWS6CE Collective Employment Law 16CFirst semester
LAWS6LP Principles of Legal Practice 16CFirst semester
LAWS6CM Management of Conflict 16CSecond semester
LAWS6DR Labour Dispute Resolution 16CSecond semester
LAWS6PA Procedural Labour Law A 16CSecond semester
LAWS6PB Procedural Labour Law B 16CSecond semester

Part-time study

ModuleSemester / Year
LAWS6CL Contemporary Issues in Labour Law 16CFirst semester (Year 1)
LAWS6LL Individual Labour Law 16CFirst semester (Year 1)
LAWS6CE Collective Employment Law 16CSecond semester (Year 1)
LAWS6LP Principles of Legal Practice 16CSecond semester (Year 1)
LAWS6CM Management of Conflict 16CFirst semester (Year 2)
LAWS6DR Labour Dispute Resolution 16CFirst semester (Year 2)
LAWS6PA Procedural Labour Law A 16CSecond semester (Year 2)
LAWS6PB Procedural Labour Law B 16CSecond semester (Year 2)

Entrance requirements

The minimum requirements are an appropriate Bachelor’s degree or one-year Advanced Diploma (NQF level 7). Places are limited, so meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection will be based primarily on academic merit, taking all previous qualifications into account, but relevant working experience may also be considered where appropriate.

How to apply

Apply online here before 30 September. An application fee of R210-00 is payable. Your application must be accompanied by a 1-page letter of motivation, indicating why you are interested in this programme and whether your studies will be self-funded or paid for by a sponsor or bursary. The following documents must be uploaded with your application:   The following documents must be uploaded with your application:
  • Certified copy of ID
  • Certified copy of Matric Certificate
  • Certified copy of ALL Tertiary Certificates
  • Full Academic Transcripts from ALL tertiary institutions where you have studied
  • Detailed CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Proof of payment of application fee.
  • Certificate(s) of good conduct from previous educational institution(s)
  • Proof of fee clearance from previous educational Institution(s)
Kindly note that applications submitted with incomplete information/documentation and/or without the correct application fee cannot be considered and may result in the application being summarily declined. Please ensure that you have all necessary documents before you start the application process. Please email any queries or requests for assistance to  Please note: The PDIR is a Self-funded Programme and, as such, students are not eligible for NSFAS funding, university residence, or any financial concessions or arrangements. Students will be required to obtain financial clearance each year before registration. This will require the settlement IN FULL and IN CASH of any outstanding fees (an AOD or sponsor’s letter will not suffice). 

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