The Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management (GDHM) is designed for graduates of a bachelor’s degree or similar qualification in a discipline other than hospitality management who wish to gain the knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the hospitality sector.

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Job Opportunities – Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

Management positions in NZ’s largest industry – hotels, resorts, restaurants, marketing and sales, events and convention centre managers, food and beverage management, rooms division management, customer service.

Programme Information – Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

The programme comprises six courses, including compulsory internship placement:
(Please note that not all elective modules are offered every semester)


5.101 Principles of Hospitality Management
5.204 Hospitality and Tourism Strategic Management
5.303 Integrated Approach to Hospitality Management
5.398 Hospitality Internship Project

Plus one of:
5.105 Accounting and Finance for Hospitality and Tourism
5.202 Food and Beverage Management
5.203 Accommodation Management
5.205 Hospitality Facilities Management and Design
3.221 Tourism and Hospitality Marketing
3.223 Human Relationships in Tourism and Hospitality

and one of:
5.302 International Food and Beverage Management
5.311 Events Management
5.312 Resorts and Hospitality Management
3.313 Entrepreneurship and Small Business for Tourism and Hospitality
3.315 Tourism and Hospitality Consumer Behaviour

Internship Placements

As part of the programme students are required to work for at least 240 hours in a hospitality establishment to gain practical knowledge and experience in planning and production, dealing with customers, risk assessment, and planning the implementation of operations for daily events.

Internship placements are coordinated via the Student Careers Centre (SCC) and are available at the following hospitality establishments:

Students are required to keep a detailed log of their experiences and provide a systematic analytical framework for recording and analysing their observations.

Duration – Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

3 semesters full-time

Entry Requirements – Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

  • Bachelor degree at least equivalent to New Zealand pass standard; and
  • IELTS 6.0 with no individual band lower than 5.5 / TOEFL iBT 60 (with a writing score of 20) / Pearson 50 / TEP 52 or equivalent with no band less than 12
  • Candidates without a Bachelor degree but with an appropriate mix of a lesser qualification and work experience may be approved for special admission by the Academic Board


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