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Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Accountability

Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Accountability

Duration: 1 Year

Start Date: 

Cost: KES 110,000 per year

Mode of Delivery: Online

Application Due: Open

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This programme is designed to equip learners with knowledge, skills and attitude to understand the environment in which their organisations operate; and align good strategic decision-making to maintain their organisational effectiveness and high performance. It seeks to build learners’ capacity to apply theory to everyday situations and develop the knowledge, skills and awareness to empower others to make effective contributions to the leadership and management of their organisations and communities, and be able to critically evaluate contemporary issues in leadership and accountability.

Leadership and Accountability Career Projections:

Graduates of this program can pursue diverse and rewarding career paths, including but not limited to:

  • Team Leader or Manager
  • Roles within Government and Public Administration
  • Entrepreneurship Ventures
  • Human Resources Manager/Director
  • Chief Learning Officer (CLO)
  • Positions in Financial Services Leadership 

Program's Inspirational Focus

This program is a transformative educational odyssey, underpinned by a commitment to developing leaders who not only comprehend their organizational landscapes but also possess the acumen to navigate complex ethical and professional challenges. Our vision is to empower learners to infuse theory into daily practice, thereby inspiring others to make impactful contributions to leadership and management, both within their organizations and communities. Graduates of this program are poised to critically assess and address contemporary issues in leadership and accountability.


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Programme Structure

This program is meticulously designed to empower learners with a profound understanding of leadership accountability, fostering a transformative educational journey that equips individuals with knowledge, skills, and the right attitude. Upon completion of this program, learners will have honed the following competencies:

  • Articulate a comprehensive understanding of the prevailing policy landscape surrounding leadership accountability across diverse settings.
  • Analyze complex ethical and professional dilemmas inherent to leadership and accountability, cultivating a nuanced perspective.
  • Craft sound and effective public policies aimed at enhancing leadership and accountability within organizational and community contexts.
  • Embody the attributes of an accountable leader while proficiently constructing accountable teams that contribute to the advancement of organizational objectives. 

Programme Learning Outcomes

By the end of this programme, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the current policy environment for leadership accountability in a variety of settings
  2. Analyse various ethical and professional issues in leadership and accountability
  3. Formulate appropriate public policy on leadership and accountability
  4. Practise the characteristics of an accountable leader and build accountable teams

Total credit hours and course units required for graduation

Total credit hours and course units required for graduation The programme shall be offered in 8 semesters. The minimum total courses for the programme are 48. The minimum total course credit hours required for graduation is 144 hours.


Admission Requirements

A candidate must satisfy the general University admission criteria for undergraduate programmes.

  • A bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by Senate  OR
  • Any other qualifications that may be determined by senate recognizing prior learning leading to equivalents of the identified criteria, experience and skills of learners.

Regulations on Credit Accumulation and Transfer

Credit Accumulation

Regulations on credit accumulation, including possible pathways, shall be in line with the provisions of Universities Regulations, Universities Standards and Guidelines, and general national trends.

Credit Transfer

A candidate may be allowed to transfer credits from part or all of the coursework requirements if the senate is satisfied that the candidate has completed and passed the prescribed courses(s) at the undergraduate level from accredited institutions and programs recognized by the senate. Any course considered for credit transfer must have been completed at an equivalent level and in an equivalent institution, with a minimum grade of 50%.

Guidelines For Transfer Of Credit/ Exemptions

A candidate may be exempted from degree level courses if the Senate is satisfied that the candidate has completed a similar course at the Diploma level from a recognized institution. The general rules governing credit transfers and exemptions will apply. In addition, the following rules apply:

  1. Must meet the requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Data Science program.
  2. Must obtain and submit an official transcript from the previous university/college indicating academic status, courses offered, credits units completed, and grades obtained.
  3. Will be allowed to transfer/exempt credits earned from the courses described, but only up to 49%.
  4. If permitted to transfer/exempt, he/she will not be permitted to transfer units in courses in which he/she received a pass mark of less than 50%.
  5. All applications must be accompanied by recommendations from the institution from which he or she is transferring.
  6. The school will evaluate the application and make recommendations to the Sen- ate.

Student Assessment Levels

Student Assessment at programme level

The course will be assessed through:

  1. Content embedded quizzes
  2. Online practical work
  3. Open book tests
  4. Project reports
  5. End of course online examination

The projects will be assessed through e- portfolios. Students will present their work to an evaluation panel. All students’ work will be checked for plagiarism. The students should be logged in with the university provided login details in order to carry out any task.

Countinous Assessment

Tests/Tasks: 50%

Examination 50%

Programme Courses

Leadership and Accountability Fundamentals Accountability and Accountability Systems
Organizational Design and Change Management Ethical Leadership Development
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving  Team Building Engagement and Empowerment
Leadership and Communication  Team Building Engagement and Empowerment
Strategic Leadership Public Policy Analysis for Leaders
Research for Leaders  Financial Management for Leaders
Corporate Governance   Diversity and Gender in Leadership
Leadership in Conflict and Risk Management  Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Development
Design Thinking & Innovation  Capstone Project

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