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Graduate Diploma in International Tourism and Hotel Management

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

About this course

The Graduate Diploma in International Tourism and Hotel Management is designed for students who wish to gain a higher degree, helping them to secure senior management employment in their chosen career direction. It equips graduates with advanced business acumen, management skills and specialised industry knowledge, considered essential for managerial level graduates.

A flexible course structure allows students to tailor their course of study to meet their individual needs and career aspirations.

The Graduate Diploma in International Tourism and Hotel Management is a pathway award. Students who complete the Graduate Diploma are awarded eight units of advanced standing towards the Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management.

Career opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in International Tourism and Hotel Management is for those in need of strong foundational knowledge in tourism, events or hotel management, who are working in the industry and want to improve career advancement prospects, or for those who are interested in a career move to tourism and hospitality.

Graduates of this course will be prepared for a range of positions with private, public or non-profit organisations, within the tourism and hotel sector. These may include management positions, consultancies, policy and advisory positions and research opportunities.

Professional placement

Students may choose to undertake a 300-hour internship (equivalent to two units) in either a paid or volunteer role. This practical experience, combined with theoretical understanding, enhances the learning experience for students who have a professional and personal interest in this high growth area.

Students are responsible for securing their internship placement and are given extensive assistance in interview and application procedures, access to an extensive database of potential employers and roles and ongoing support from the dedicated Work Integrated Learning team.

Major areas of study

The Graduate Diploma in International Tourism and Hotel Management is a pathway to the Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management and covers eight units, including topics such as employee relations, event planning and management, financial analysis, gaming operations and management, destination marketing, tourism planning and environmental management, tourism information technology and tourism and hospitality management. There is also an optional work placement (internship) component.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary by unit and may include examinations, essays, reports, projects and other written assignments and presentations, as well as more interactive assessments such as; blogs, wikis, online discussion boards and multi-media presentations. 

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The distance education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Admission requirements

  1. Applicants for admission to candidature in the Graduate Diploma in International Tourism and Hotel Management may be selected where one or more of the following has been satisfied:
    1. can demonstrate academic or professional standing considered by the School Board to be equivalent to the requirements of Rule 2 Section 3 of the University's Rules Relating to Awards; or
    2. have completed the Graduate Certificate in International Tourism and Hotel Management or equivalent qualification.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma in International Tourism and Hotel Management a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. four (4) units from Part A; and
    2. four (4) units from Part B.

Advanced standing

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma of Tourism and Hotel Management may be granted advanced standing on the basis of relevant work experience or professional qualifications obtained through formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

Applications for this course are made directly to SCU via our online application service. Once registered you can exit and return to your application at any time.

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Apply OnlineSouthern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form or via our online application services.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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