UNISA Postgraduate Diploma and Honors Bursaries 2025

The University of South Africa (UNISA) is the largest university in the country, with over 400, 000 students taking courses from its colleges or affiliates. One of the primary objectives of the institution is to transform the landscape of South African education. This mission is accomplished by providing accessible academic opportunities to both local and international students.

Part of UNISA’s mission is to ensure that quality education is available to the public, including the underprivileged population. They achieve this objective through the provision of bursaries to promising students in need of financial aid. These programs have helped thousands of people successfully complete their studies and progress their education.

The UNISA Postgraduate Diploma and Honors Bursaries 2025

The UNISA Postgraduate Diploma and Honors bursary offer financial aid to UNISA students who cannot afford tuition fees. Eligibility for this assistance is based on a candidate’s academic merits and the availability of funds. Applications are considered by a selection committee, which decides the amounts awarded to successful candidates. Decisions made by this committee are final.

The bursary is open to all South African students taking a postgraduate diploma or honors degree in any field. Priority will be given to students who completed their undergraduate course with UNISA. Special studies programs are not eligible for this bursary. Students with a postgraduate degree at a similar or higher level also do not qualify. Only the first two consecutive years of a postgraduate course is funded by this bursary.

UNISA Postgraduate Diploma and Honors Bursaries 2025 Application Requirements

Candidates applying for this bursary have to satisfy a number of base requirements in order to qualify for funding. Students who fail to meet these criteria will be automatically disqualified. When applying for this bursary, you should:

  • Be a South African citizen
  • Have completed an undergraduate course
  • Have obtained (or maintained) an average grade of 60% or above
  • Have registered for the postgraduate course at UNISA

Application Process

Applicants for the UNISA postgraduate diploma and honors fund will require a student ID (username and password) to access UNISA’s online student portal. Only applications submitted on the myUnisa platform will be taken into consideration. The application should be accompanied with the following documents:

  • A certified copy of your ID
  • Proof of registration
  • A certified copy of your academic record

incomplete application, email applications and late submissions will be immediately disqualified from the running.

Bursary Opening & Closing Date

The UNISA Postgraduate Diploma and Honors bursary application will open on 4 January 2025 and close on 31 March 2025.

Contact Details

For further queries regarding this bursary program, please contact the Postgraduate Bursaries Administration Office directly:

Email: CGS-pgb@unisa.ac.za

Or Contact,

Mr Muzi Mamba
Telephone Number: 012 429 3462
E-mail Address: mambama@unisa.ac.za
Address:  Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Building, 9-127 Sunnyside campus


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.