Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkairua Taura Whakahāere Tāpoi
Code WR2919
Level 7
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
Domestic student fee $5,984* (per year)
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2, November
Study options Full-time, Part-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
*Fees are applicable to study in 2017 and are indicative only; fees will vary depending on the courses selected, and/or course-related costs where applicable.
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Information for international students

Tuition fee$19,950
IntakesFebruary, July, November
Minimum IELTS6.0 with no band less than 5.5
Duration (length of study)1 year
Application Checklist and RequirementsView the information page to see what documents you must supply with your application.
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Programme aim

Take a holistic view of tourism organisations, and examine the interface between tourism activity, the community, and the environment. Develop the management skills and knowledge required to successfully work in and manage a sustainable tourism operation in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Career opportunities

Middle manager position in a tourist organisation Self-employment as an operator of a tourist hotel, Motel or Attraction Marketing, Liaison or Environmental Research/Monitoring Role

Award information

To achieve the award of the Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management, students must pass a total of 120 credits, including:
  • 120 credits at Level 5 or above;
  • a minimum of 75 credits at Level 7; 
  • 75 compulsory credits;
  • 15 credits from the Options List; and
  • 30 elective credits.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:

  • understand the nature of the tourism industry, the impacts of tourism on host communities and the sound management of tourism related businesses;
  • think independently and critically with respect to the management of the tourism resource in both domestic and international contexts;
  • understand essential management principles including marketing, planning and sustainability;
  • manage a tourism-related business/organisation in a multicultural environment;
  • produce, analyse and synthesise empirical data contributing to well-informed decision-making; and
  • apply research techniques to real world situations, as part of their development into independent and effective problem solvers.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.

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Compulsory courses

Select: GENR.5581 or MGMT.7001, TOUR.7750 or MGMT.7990

Course details
GENR.5581 Information Skills
This course will provide students with an introduction to methods of collecting and using information, skills in utilising library resources, online/electronic database and computer software packages for research and essay writing, knowledge of proper referencing technique and developing logical arguments when answering research assignment.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MGMT.7001 Applied Business Research
Develop critical thinking skills for evaluating the quality of research, and for understanding the different approaches to research such as quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Gain skills to critique research reports, articulate research proposals and complete ethical approval processes.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MGMT.7990 Industry Project
The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to apply knowledge gained from theoretical courses in a practical context that relates to the student's chosen area of specialisation.
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2, May, November
TOUR.7750/7751 Industry Internship
The aim of this course is to provide students with First hand, contemporary field experience in the tourism sector under the supervision of a staff member and the opportunity to reflect on tourism studies and learning.
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
TOUR.7985 Tourism Business Strategy
The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of tourism strategic planning issues and their effective application in business planning.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2

Optional courses

Course details
TOUR.6690 Cultural Aspects of Tourism
The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of culture and its implications for tourism operations and management. This includes building student awareness of the impacts of tourism on culture, understanding the 'new' sociology of culture in the context of post modernity and globalisation and development...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
TOUR.6901 Impacts of Tourism
This aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding on how tourism can alter economic, social and physical environment of destination regions.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
TOUR.7702 Service Management
The aim of this course will enable students to appreciate the philosophies and theories of quality service management, and the implications for management and operations of business.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
TOUR.7910 Environmental Management and Planning for Tourism
This course introduces students to the concepts of sustainable tourism practices.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2

*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017