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MPhil in Business Management specialising in Evidence-Based Management

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The aim of this programme is to equip students to systematically engage with evidence and prior knowledge in order to explore the research-practice gap. This aim is aligned with the mission of GIBS, which is to improve individual and organisational performance within the continent through high-quality business and management education.

The GIBS Master of Philosophy in Business Management specialising in Evidence-Based Management is a specialised postgraduate study programme that will enable you to identify, critically assess and interpret a business problem and, using an evidence-based approach, improve the quality of managerial decision-making. In addition, organisations and managers should be able to easily understand and implement these credible principles.

This is a research-intensive course that focuses on closing the Research-Practice gap.

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Information Sessions

Doctoral Information Session
Date: 08 February 2024
Time: 18:00- 19:00
Mode: Online (Zoom)

Application Dates

Applications Open

9 October 2023

Applications Close

3 April 2024

Acceptance into this Master's programme is reviewed on a rolling basis and we highly recommend you apply as early as possible. No late applications will be considered.

Minimum Requirements

  • Completed Honours degree/ SAQA accredited NQF 8 qualification;
  • Minimum of five years business experience;
  • Matriculation certificate level competence in mathematics;
  • Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a web browser;
  • Good English language skills verbally and in written format;
  • GIBS entrance test if degreed and GMAT if non-degreed;
  • Applicants from Non-English speaking countries will have to complete an English Proficiency Test, and
  • Application essay:                                        Essay Topic : Government should make vaccination mandatory and insist that citizens provide proof of vaccination. Do you agree or disagree? Explain  - 500 words.

This Master's of Philosophy is intended to prepare candidates for a doctorate in management. An MBA, or Master's or Honours degree in a related field is an advantage but not a requirement. 

International/ Non-South African Students/ Foreign Qualifications:

Applicants who hold a foreign qualification need to send their qualifications to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for evaluation before applying to GIBS. We require the SAQA certificate to verify the NQF level of your qualification. Visit or email: 

Fees and Quotations

Total tuition: R206 000 (For two years)
Application fee: R3 000 (Non-refundable, will be payable upon application)
Deposit: R20 000 (Non-refundable, deposit paid upon acceptance to secure place, offset against total tuition)

GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees and all prices are subject to change.

Please click here for a quote/ proforma invoice. 

Note no payment can be made against a quotation and you can only receive a tax invoice once you have been officially accepted onto the programme.


A number of partial bursaries are available for designated groups on the MPhil in Business Management specialising in Evidence-Based Management programme. These bursaries will be granted to fully deserving candidates that have completed an application for the programme. Details will be provided once applications are opened. 


Part Time


18 months




3 - 5 days a month including weekends 

(08:30 - 17:30)

Weekly online sessions

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Note: These are the tentative schedules and the confirmed schedules will be sent to all accepted students closer to the start date of the programme. These formats are subject to change and applicants will be notified of any changes timeously

Admission Process
Step 1

Compile all supporting documents. Click here for the list of supporting documents

Step 2

Submit your online application along with all supporting documents and pay the application fee. 

Step 3

Entrance test link will be sent to you once we receive a proof of payment for the application fee.

Step 4

Complete the entrance test link and submit reference via the link provided.                                                   

Step 5

Await test results from the assessor and references will be verified (2 weeks).

Step 6

Applicant profile is reviewed, and you will receive feedback from the admissions team.

All accepted students are required to pay the registration fee within 3 weeks of acceptance to secure your place on the programme. 

Feedback will be received +/- 8-10 weeks after each closing round.

Please ensure the billing details are correct when completing the application form as any request to make amendments will delay your application. Ensure you have the VAT number should your company be funding the tuition fees.

Special Requirements

Special Needs: If you have a special need or disability which may require special assistance including test or examination concessions, GIBS will endeavour to accommodate your requirements. However, it is important to discuss your needs with the admissions office before you submit your application and needs to be clearly indicated on your submitted application form. 

Religious Observance: Observant students must contact the GIBS Admissions Office before you start your application to ascertain if or how your specific needs may be accommodated. Note all programmes include weekend classes and attendance is compulsory.

For any further enquiries, please contact the Admissions Department : / +27 (0) 11 771 4000. 

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Who should Attend?

This Master’s degree is aimed at managers, leaders and aspirant academics who want to deepen their foundational research skills in preparation for a doctoral degree in general management.

How you will Benefit

You will be equipped to create scientifically grounded knowledge informed by social science and organisational research.

Additional Information

This programme is a SAQA accredited NQF level 9 qualification. SAQA ID: 12157

University of Pretoria Programme Qualification Mix (PQM)

The higher education sector has undergone an extensive alignment to the Higher Education Qualification Sub Framework (HEQF) across all institutions in South Africa. In order to comply with the HEQSF, all institutions are legally required to participate in a national initiative led by regulatory bodies such as the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The University of Pretoria is presently engaged in an ongoing effort to align its qualifications and programmes with the HEQSF criteria. Current and prospective students should take note that changes to UP qualification and programme names, may occur as a result of the HEQSF initiative. Students are advised to contact their faculties if they have any questions.

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