IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Instructional Design

Qualification information
  • COURSE: Postgraduate Degree; Diploma
  • MODE: Distance (Online)
  • DURATION: 18 Months | Part-Time
  • NQF LEVEL: 8
  • CREDITS: 120
  • SAQA ID: 119824


The Postgraduate Diploma in Instructional Design prepares individuals from different fields such as education, corporate learning and experience design with the knowledge and skills to plan and design engaging, user-centred learning material and experiences. You will learn how to create face-to-face, online and blended learning solutions. The course covers the theoretical foundations and learning contexts for formal education, short courses and the corporate sector. You also get the opportunity to build a portfolio of evidence using innovative design thinking and different teaching media and approaches. This qualification allows you to explore various career opportunities in the Instructional Design field.


  • Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Africa
  • Instructional Design and Innovation
  • Multimodal Content for Online Learning
  • Instructional Design Research
  • Project Management for Instructional Design
  • Instructional Design Project

Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Africa
This module will develop your understanding of the core frameworks, philosophies and theories of teaching and learning within the African education landscape and corporate sector. You will design a basic curriculum with appropriate assessment practices and principles aligned with appropriate teaching and learning theories.

Instructional Design and Innovation
This module develops your understanding of instructional design processes and equips you with design thinking and collaborative approaches that result in innovative learning designs.

Multimodal Content for Online Learning
In this module you will be exposed to different technologies and platforms to enhance your content and make it more engaging. You will learn to choose appropriate modes guided by the learning context and outcomes.

Instructional Design Research
The Instructional Design Research module provides you with much-needed research skills that you can use to create evidence-based courses and materials. You will learn about data collection, analysis, interpretation, and how to communicate findings that support your instructional design. It will also cover the skills to evaluate course outcomes and user experiences.

Project Management for Instructional Design
In this module you will strategically plan the outcomes and resources required for an instructional design project. You will learn the relevant theories and processes to logistically manage, evaluate, and report on a such a project.

Instructional Design Project
This module allows you to theoretically and practically plan and design courses under the guidance of experienced instructional designers. You will design a learning journey by creating and integrating contents with design thinking and suitable media to create a positive learning experience.

Study further with IIE Pathways
The successful completion of the IIE PGDip in Instructional Design enables you to progress into an appropriate Master’s qualification, subject to meeting the admission requirements.

 Distance delivery includes:

  • A distance learning system that leads students through the content, prescribed material and activities.
  • Distance academic navigators (tutors) who are subject experts and maintain the human experience of the learning process.
  • Weekly live sessions with your distance navigators.
  • A dedicated success navigator who supports students throughout the learning journey.
  • Access to our distance information centre and resources.


While you can generally structure your study time as you need, there are scheduled distance sessions during which you will get mediated support. Scheduled assessments in the form of online activities, assignments and exams are paced to ensure your studies progress.

 What you need in terms of technology, time and materials:

  • A reliable internet connection (we recommend 5-10GB of data per month), your own device with at least Windows 7 (Microsoft Office 365 is available as a free download for IIE students), and Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge Chromium or Firefox.
  • Prescribed textbooks are available for online purchase.
  • Distance students need to commit to approximately 20-25 hours a week for distance engagement (most of which is after hours) with material and assessments to succeed.
  • All final semester exams need to be written at an IIE campus or other approved exam centre.

Please note synchronous sessions generally take place after hours.

 To succeed in your distance journey, you need to be:

  • Self-motivated and invested in your learning journey.
  • Disciplined and able to balance studying with work and family commitments.
  • Able to direct your own studies, maintaining a diligent pace.

 To assist you in succeeding in your distance journey, our teaching approach is:

  • Student-centric: we facilitate your thought processes to foster innovative ideas and creative solutions.
  • Authentic: we use real-life examples and case studies.
  • Activity-based: We move your learning forward through applied activities and assessments.
  • Discussion-based: we ask you questions and stimulate debate to provoke deep thought and insights about course content.

Tuition Fees

Entry Requirements

  • A HEQSF Level 7 Bachelor’s degree, an Advanced Diploma or an equivalent NQF Level 7 qualification
  • Recognition of Prior learning (RPL) – Where candidates do not satisfy the formal admission requirements for this qualification, The IIE may consider an admission application in terms of the Credit Accumulation and Transfer, Recognition of Prior Learning and Qualification Completion Policy (IIE010).

International Admission:

  • A SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NQF L7 equivalence
Jobs in this field:
  • Instructional Designer
  • Learning Manager
  • Instructional Design Project Manager 
  • E-learning Content Developer
  • Short Course Developer and Entrepreneur: local and global
  • Learning Designer in the corporate sector (Inhouse)
  • Learning Facilitator