Hospitality and Tourism Management is a popular study area for both international and domestic students in New Zealand. The country’s tourism and hospitality sectors are experiencing strong employment growth offering thousands of jobs on any given day of the week.
Claudia Stead – Team Leader, Orbit Travel. AUT Graduate Diploma in International Tourism Management Graduate.
Graduate Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management courses are split into 3 types in New Zealand and are never really offered together (except at PIHMS):
There are five pure Tourism Management qualifications:
Four pure Hospitality Management qualifications:
And 3 Business Management qualifications with Hospitality and Tourism as specialisations:
These last 3 qualifications focus more on the business side of things and less on Hospitality and Tourism Management.
As mentioned earlier, the Graduate Diploma has been developed mainly for international students seeking to retrain into a different industry, and who are seeking employment in the country.
One characteristic unique to both of the fields is that there’s plenty of cross-over between the two – students often find themselves with classmates from the other discipline.
Tourism and Hospitality Management seem similar at first but are actually quite different, where Hospitality is more local in nature, often confined to one building or one brand, and where Tourism Management is more concerned with transport and destinations and more confined to a country and its specifics rather than any specific brand (hotel for example).
Studying for a Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management typically requires the completion of 8 compulsory and elective subjects, including:
The capstone course is usually a live industry project with a work placement (see internships).
Studying for a Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management also typically requires the completion of 8 compulsory and elective subjects, including:
The capstone course, again, is usually an internship followed by a written report.
And, finally, studying for a Graduate Diploma in Business Management with Hospitality and Tourism as specialisations, the courses include:
The capstone course here being less practical in nature – a written report based on observations rather than practice.
Internships are very important in the Tourism and Hospitality industries and are often the main and the easiest way of getting industry experience.
AIS offer compulsory internships in Hospitality and optional internships to all other students. PIHMS have a large network of partner organisations (such as hotels, bars etc.) and aso offer compulsory internships to international students.
Other providers mentioned in this list have Student Job Search Facilities capable of sourcing paid or unpaid internships of up to 3 months to students of any of their programmes.
Studying for a Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management or a Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management in New Zealand will cost you a total anywhere from NZ$18,100 to NZ$27,560. A Graduate Diploma in Business Management with Hospitality and Tourism Management as specialisations will cost you slightly less, from NZ$17,500 to NZ$19,700.
This does not include insurance and any additional charges from your provider (which usually round up to about NZ$1000 per year).
Here’s a list of 2016 Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management tuition fees (sorted highest to lowest, rounded to the nearest dollar):
Here’s a list of 2016 Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management tuition fees:
Finally, here’s a list of 2016 Graduate Diploma in Business Management tuition fees (Hospitality and Tourism Management):
Otago Polytechnic offers only one intake per year (for GDTM only):
AUT, CPIT, Lincoln University, PIHMS and Weltec offer 2 intakes per year:
AIS offer 3 intakes per year (for both GDTM and GDHM, in 2016):
Waiariki Institute of Technology offer 4 intakes per year (for GDTM only):
ICL Business School offer 6 intakes per year:
All New Zealand Graduate Diploma qualifications (including Tourism Management, Hospitality Management and Business Management) have exactly the same basic entry requirements:
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The application process varies slightly from provider to provider, but in most cases its simple:
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