Advanced Diploma in Agriculture in Agricultural Extension


Dr. Humphrey Khwidzhili 

Programme Description

The Advanced Diploma in Agriculture in Agricultural Extension programme at University of Mpumalanga (UMP) aims to equip agricultural extension practitioners with the skills, knowledge and attitude needed to contribute to building the capacity of farmers to innovate and to engage in market-oriented sustainable agricultural production, diversification of products and value adding. Graduates will contribute to strengthening the capacity of the nation to meet its agricultural objectives. Graduate will contribute to the country’s demand for professional practitioners that can participate in leading through the complex world of agricultural and rural transformation while at the same time supporting and helping farmers to expand agricultural activity and production through sound training and advisory services, information dissemination and the use of information telecommunication technology. Upon completion of the study, graduates could be employed as extension practitioners, farm managers, agricultural advisors, agricultural consultants, and community development agents etc.

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for the Advanced Diploma in Agricultural Extension programme is a Level 6 Diploma in Agriculture and any other related Diploma qualification. Applicants with a Bachelors’ Degree in Agriculture who wish to study agricultural extension will also be considered. Applicants should at least have a minimum of 60% overall average on their diploma courses. Applicants with post graduates qualification in Agriculture and need to improve their knowledge in Agricultural Extension will also be considered. Students who successfully complete Advanced Diploma in Agricultural Extension will be able to apply for admission to Postgraduate Diploma (PGDIP) in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management at UMP.

Curriculum Structure

Module code Module description Semester Credits
NQF level
EXTN 401 Extension Theory and Practice 1 and 2 30 7
EXTN 402 Planning Extension Programmes and Projects 1 and 2 30 7
EXTN 403 Strategic Management 1 and 2 15 7
EXTN 404 Principles and Practice of Management for Development 1 and 2 15 7
EXTN 405 Extension Experiential Learning 1 and 2 30 7

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