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Hit the fast-forward button on your career journey with a postgraduate degree from IIE MSA

13 Oct 2021 0

The Covid-19 pandemic has kicked the digital transformation efforts of all organisations, into an even higher gear. Meeting this need to ‘go digital’ is paramount for the era of ‘new normal’, but is also vital for the future in order for companies to maintain business continuity and thrive within our new pandemic environment. Achieving this, not only relies upon investments in digital infrastructure needing to be made, but equally as important investment in upskilling individuals to succeed in that environment.

IIE MSA is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution.

A host of IIE postgraduate degrees are offered at IIE MSA for prospective students, which can be completed on a full time or part time basis that will set graduates up for the best chances of success in a competitive post-pandemic job market, or enable them to continue working from anywhere as freelancers or expert consultants in their chosen field.

An excellent indicator of jobs and roles that provide the highest probability for candidates to land highly relevant positions is the National List of Occupations in High Demand, which is released by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation every two years. 

Playing a part in creating a healthier nation

Within South Africa, there is an immediate need for jobs and roles such as biostatisticians specialising in public health and a growing need for experts in the field of global and public health.  This makes qualifications like the IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health and IIE Bachelor of Public Health (Honours)  important since it allows students to develop critical and analytic skills as applied to contemporary global public health and health science studies and research. It also provides graduates with advanced knowledge in specific areas of public health and health science from a global context.

Helping to develop Mzansi’s creative and young entrepreneurs  

Also needed locally are experts in entrepreneurship management, business administrators, experts within international business, project managers, change managers, as well as business development officers. 

This is where degree programmes such as the , IIE Bachelor of Business Science Honours, and IIE Masters in Business Administration are vital as it prepares working professionals to lead their organisations or departments. The latter provides them with the ability to understand universal business problems and challenges in the South African and global context along with the capabilities to apply best practices and management styles to address these and take up opportunities in the market.

Also worth considering, particularly for candidates who would like to work within multinational companies or other regions across Africa or abroad, is the IIE Master of International Business  This qualification will advance your business knowledge and provide graduates with the skills to operate with an international perspective.

Students who are more interested in occupying more in demand technical roles like Digital Platform business model specialists or business and systems analysts, should look at programmes such as the IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (Honours) that is ideal for developing graduates’ abilities to understand the role IT plays in the information systems and applications in a business environment. 

Hydrating your skills landscape to increase the flow in career opportunities 

The latest (November 2020) edition of the National List of Occupations in High Demand also points to roles such as experts in ground water hydrology, surface and soil water hydrology, bio and water engineering, water resource engineering, as well as geohydrologists and water resource scientists being required.

This makes qualifications like the IIE  Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management and IIE Master of Philosophy in Integrated Water Management highly desirable as it builds the capacity of future leaders in water resource management. This programme takes a multi-disciplinary `whole-of-water-cycle’ approach that equips students with practical tools and skills for adopting innovative solutions to local, regional, national and international water resource issues. 

An evergreen job market staple in SA, across Africa, and globally

Last but certainly not least, is the on-going need for financial managers and experts in all things fiscal ranging from forensic and financial accountants, through to tax consultants, and internal auditors. 

Here degrees such as this are highly relevant, since it aims to deliver learners who will be able to render a professional internal auditing service as internal audit managers and or consultants to all types of organisations, including private companies, public companies, government and auditing or consultation firms. 

Also worth considering is the IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Accounting, with the latter for instance being designed as a value-add for young graduates at the beginning of their careers in finance, as well as for finance professionals already working in the industry or in government departments. 

Final Word

Prospective students who are ready to fast forward their career at IIE MSA, can book an appointment with one of our student advisors at www.iiemsa.co.za or contact 011 950 4000 for more information. IIE MSA also offers a range of IIE Undergraduate degrees. DM



At IIE MSA you can study IIE undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications; a Certificate, Degrees, Advanced Degree, Honours Degrees; Postgraduate Diplomas and Master Degrees. 

With an impressive state of the art campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg; IIE MSA offers its students a well-rounded education and the opportunity to meet and interact with students from all over Africa and the world. MSA was founded in 2001 by Monash University Australia and is formerly part of Laureate International Universities. In April 2019 we became IIE MSA, a leading brand of The Independent Institution of Education (The IIE), ADvTECH’s Higher Education subsidiary, and a higher education sphere leader.

British Accreditation Council

The IIE is not only accredited in South Africa but its dedication to providing quality education also led to it being accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) in 2014. The British Accreditation Council is an independent authority in the United Kingdom that accredits private providers globally, including Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 The IIE had its accreditation status confirmed by the BAC as an Independent Higher Education Institution confirming our confidence in the international comparability of our standards.

“South African students need to know, when they select a private higher education institution, that the standards offered are equivalent to those of a public University. Our students get this from our extensive local accreditation and registration. The students also benefit from knowing that we meet international standards too. The IIE is accredited as an Independent Higher Education Institution by the British Accreditation Council. Locally and internationally we have demonstrated the quality of what we offer,” said Dr Coughlan, Director, The Independent Institute of Education.

IIE MSA students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice.


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