Professional research management and administration (RMA) structures and systems within African universities are critical enablers in achieving maximum research and innovation impact in an increasingly competitive global environment.i,ii The effectiveness of these structures depend on skilled research and innovation managers – individuals who will be key in the efforts of African research institutions to help sustain and grow research and innovation.

Stellenbosch University now offers the first Post-graduate Diploma in RMA – a course that was developed in and for Africa through an Erasmus+ programme funded project entitled StoRM.iii

The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to RMA theory, practice and the latest trends via four modules offered over two years.

Students will typically be early or mid-career staff members working in Research Offices (or equivalent structures) at research institutions.

The course content is relevant to global settings but will focus on research management and administration in the African context.

Delivery of the course is through a combination of block (face-to-face) lecturing sessions, ongoing on-line support and tutor groups, self-study and written assignments to be completed within the work context of the participants.

Each module will require students to be at Stellenbosch University for an initial five day lecturing block. The modular structure of the course specifically aims to make it accessible to working individuals.

i David Langley & Therina Theron (2018). Discovery relies on strong support staff (Nature Volume 561, S24)
ii Simon Kerridge and Stephanie F. Scott (2018): Research Administration around the World (Research Management Review, Volume 23-1)
iii Strengthening of Collaboration, Leadership and Professionalisation in Research Management in SADC and EU Higher Education Institutions (StoRM), co-funded by the EU Erasmus+ Programme

Admission requirements

The admission requirement is an appropriate academic qualification at NQF level 7.


Online applications close:

  • 31 August 2020
    International applicants
  • 30 September 2020
    South African applicants


For more information contact Mrs Bernia Drake, the postgraduate administrative co-ordinator at CREST, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (; +27 (0)21 808 3394).