This diploma is designed for students who do not necessarily have a background in the subject but would like to learn more. Students who pursue this diploma will gain insight into basic economic principles and learn how to apply them to a variety of standard business scenarios.
Admission to Nelson Mandela University
• Applications for early admission (excluding MBChB applications) should be submitted by 5 August.
Late applications (excluding MBChB applications) will however be considered after this date, based on academic merit, until 30 September.
Places are limited and it is therefore in your best interest to submit your application early.
• MBChB applications close on 30 June (with NBT results to be submitted by no later than 31 July).
Places in the MBChB degree are limited and it is therefore in your best interest to submit your application early.
• Prospective students must meet the statutory minimum requirements based on the National Senior Certificate (NSC), or equivalent school-leaving certificate for admission to a higher certificate, diploma, or degree qualification, in order to be considered.
• Admission to an undergraduate programme will be further determined by an applicant’s Applicant Score (AS) and subject requirements.
• Submission of a completed application form does not mean that you have been accepted as a student, or that you may register.
All prospective students are selected in accordance with the admissions policy of the university, and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the Student Access and Enrolment Office.
• Provisional admission is based on your Applicant Score (AS) obtained in your Grade 11 final, or Grade 12 June or Grade 12 September examinations, and meeting the direct subject requirements.
However, the final decision is based on your final Grade 12 NSC/IEB exam results.
• Once you’ve submitted your form, certain qualifications may require you to submit a portfolio of evidence, or attend an interview.
Your admission decision will then only be made once one, or all of these additional requirements have been completed.
• In addition to the general university admission requirements, each programme also has its own specific requirements.
• Applicants with alternate, international or foreign qualifications must satisfy the requirements.
• The table below explains what the minimum statutory requirements for each qualification level are (Higher Certificate, Diploma, or Degree).
• The university has also set its own additional minimum entry requirements.
Minimum statutory entry requirement
Pass the NSC with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution, coupled with an achievement rating of 3 (40–49%) or better in four recognized NSC 20-credit subjects, together with any other university requirements.
How do you apply?
• Applicants can apply online by logging on to www.Mandela.ac.za/Study-at-Mandela
• Ensure that you meet the minimum Applicant Score (AS) and subject requirements before submitting your completed online application form and supporting documentation.
• Please note that certain qualifications have additional selection processes, for example, a portfolio of evidence, interview, or fitness/medical tests.
• No application fee is required for South African citizens, but there is an application fee for International Students.
• Remember to include your cell number on your form, as we will be sending you your application status and other important information via this number (Please do not include +27 or any spacing when you enter your cell number);
• Applications for early admission should be submitted by 05 August.
• Late applications will still be considered up to 30 September, but as space is limited we advise applicants to submit/complete their application form before the August closing date.
• 30 June for MBChB applicants (with NBT results to be submitted by no later than
To apply online, you will need your own cell number and a valid personal email address (should you not have an e-mail account, please open one before proceeding with your online application).
Online application(s) are divided into two sections (please ensure you complete both);
• Section 1 (basic background information) – complete all fields indicated and click apply at the bottom of the page.
This does not mean that your application is complete, or that you will be considered for admission yet.
• You will be sent an e-mail to verify your e-mail address first (should you not receive this e-mail, please check your spam mailbox before contacting the University).
• Once verified, another e-mail will be sent with a link to Section 2, and will also include your student number and pin;
• Click on the link and type in your student number and pin to proceed with your online application;
• Ensure that all fields highlighted in “red” are completed as these fields are compulsory.
Fields highlighted in yellow are optional, and those marked in green require no action.
• Include all your supporting documentation with your online application as a PDF or JPEG formatted attachment.
You can also upload your supporting docs on the admissions dashboard via our website, but only once you have submitted your completed online application.
• At the bottom of the page, you will need to click “Final Submission” to submit your application.
• No changes can be made after you have submitted your application form.
In the event that you need to edit your application, refer to the online application guideline document for the process
you need to follow.
• Should you require support in completing your online application, you may contact our Contact Centre on 041-504 1111, e-mail: email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order for the university to finalize your application you are requested to submit the following support documentation with your application:
• A certified copy of your identity document (ID document compulsory for SA Citizens – your application cannot be processed without a certified copy of your ID.
You may also provide your ID number or serial number that appears on your birth certificate should you still be waiting for your ID Document to be issued).
• A certified copy of your latest school results (grade 11 final, or grade 12 June/September results, or final school-leaving results if you have already completed Gr 12 (e.g. if you are currently at school and apply in August submit your June results).