Higher Diploma in International Tourism and Hospitality Management
|Course type||Higher Diploma|
|Course sector||Tourism and Hospitality|
|Course duration||2 years|
|Starting date||every last Monday of October|
|Location||San Gwann, Malta|
|Tuition Fees (EU/EEA)||€2500 1st year / €2500 2nd year|
|Tuition Fees (NON-EU students)||€6000 1st year / €6000 2nd year|
The course is an opportunity for different target groups as follows
- Individuals or young persons who are seeking a career in tourism and hospitality
- Anyone who is already employed in the industry or are providing related servies through their own enterprise and who would like to improve their career prospects whilst updating their knowlege, skils and competences in the field.
- Aspiring entrepreneurs who are seeking to open their own business in tourism and hospitality.
17 years of age and over
Successful completion of an approved secondary or tertiary qualification or at least 3 years working experience in tourism related industry plus successfully completing an interview process to determine suitability for this course. The interview will consist of a number of questions related to the tourism industry that the student should be able to answer so as to establish the applicant has genially enquired the knowledge from the working experience.
Evidence of English language proficiency, overall scores in one or more of the following:
IELTS Academic: 5.5, TOEFL Paper: 525, TOEFL Internet: 72, Pearson JETSET: level 5, Cambridge CAE: B2
General assessment policy and procedures
The course will be assessed through a mix of assignments, coursework or essays and end of semester written examinations. The weighting varies depending on the study unit but we believe that a mix of assignments, coursework and written examinations is the right combination, allowing students to demonstrate the effectiveness of learning outcomes. Assessment may not necessarily include written exams and instead the assessment may be based on coursework, as this is considered to most appropriate method of assessment for particular study units.
Hours of total learning
|Total learning hours||3340|
The programme is academically and professionally orientated offering specific knowledge of tourism and hospitality business and covering specific areas in the management of tourism in matters of finance, human resources, facilities, and operations as well as in destination marketing.
The syllabus refers to specific work techniques and the use of computer tools. There is also recognition of the dynamic nature of a constantly changing and increasingly more international sector and on the basis of impacts and issues arising from tourism and hospitality.
The final study unit consists of a dissertation where students determine a research area of their choice.
|THM1001||People Skills and Negotiation Skills||Read more
The objective of this study unit is to provide an understanding of people skills and negotiation skills in an environment which is diverse and highly people-oriented. Students will be introduced to the essential pre-requisites and issues to deal with people in general, and clients in particular, in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry.
The objective of this study unit is to help and assist students understand the implications of information systems and ICTs in tourism and hospitality organisations. Students will gain insights on how ICTs and Tourism interact, the demand and supply chains generated through ICT and the use of ICT as a digital marketing tool.
|THM1003||Communication Skills||Read more
The aim of this module is to introduce students to basic communication skills within an organisational setting. Students will develop a basic understanding of individual and interpersonal skills necessary on how to communicate effectively. They will learn how to target various stakeholders within the tourism and hospitality sector.
|THM1004||Geography of Travel and Destinations||Read more
The purpose of this unit is to introduce the fundamental concepts of the importance of geography to tourism. Emphasis is put on how the tourism industry has developed as a result of this viewpoint. The specific aims are:
To explore the relationship between geography and tourism
To provide an overview of the world’s touristic resources
To examine the main generating and receiving countries and the flow between them
To develop an appreciation of why flow patterns change over time, and
To explain why tourists choose tourist destinations
|THM1005||Economics for Tourism||Read more
This study unit provides an introduction of the theories, concepts, and techniques of economics as well as its application and usefulness in relation to hospitality and tourism. Students in hotel and tourism management courses often see their courses as vocational and not always as educational experiences. They generally do not see the importance of studying economics and may regard it as a ‘necessary burden’. They may not always see it as being as relevant to their future careers. Therefore, this module will attempt to demonstrate relevance and stimulate interest in economics as a vital tool for managerial success.
|THM1006||International Hotel Resort Facilities and Operations||Read more
The objective of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the design of facilities for tourists. It will primarily focus on tourism accommodation but will also provide knowledge on catering, leisure and other facilities. It introduces the student to the distinctive characteristics of different types of tourism accommodation, identified by market and location, and the special requirements of each type.
|THM1007||Tourism and Hospitality Accounting||Read more
The objective of the unit is to provide students with the concepts related to financial reporting and accounting principles in the hospitality industry and the tools required in these activities. The unit introduces the student to basic accounting principles and illustrates the tasks performed by an accounting department.
|THM1008||Tourism, Culture and its Environment||Read more
This unit provides an extensive introduction to tourism and its economic, socio-cultural, socio-political and ecological environments. It will introduce the student to the complexity and uniqueness of the organisation's environment and introduce the student to the nature of the external environment (PEST), including the analysis of change and its implication on business activity.
|THM1009||Tourism Marketing||Read more
The aim of this unit is to increase students’ ability to think and to problem-solve using marketing concepts and principles. Specifically this unit aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of marketing concepts and their applications in both product and service situations with special emphasis on the hospitality and tourism industry. It also provides students with an overview of the changing realities and challenges that e-marketing has presented for practitioners.
|THM2001||Managerial Leadership for Tourism and Culture Organisation||Read more
The aim of this study unit is to develop a broad understanding of organisational activity and human behaviour within organisations in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industry. Students will develop an understanding of how contemporary organisations are effectively managed. They will explore concepts, theories, and principles which will help them make effective decisions within the dynamic tourism and hospitality environment. In effect the overall objective of this unit is to develop an understanding of how managers become effective leaders.
|THM2002||Financial Decision Making for Hospitality Professionals||Read more
The purpose of this unit is to develop the knowledge acquired in Hospitality Accounting and to introduce the student to additional aspects of accounting with particular reference to the tourism and hospitality industries.
|THM2003||Quantitative Analyses for Tourism||Read more
The study unit aims to develop an awareness of quantitative skills required for understanding a range of mathematical and statistical techniques applicable to management functions within the hospitality and tourism industries.
|THM2004||Travel & Transport Management||Read more
The study unit provides students with an understanding of the relationship between tourism and transportation. They will appreciate the importance of transportation operations and its management.
|THM2005||Economics for Tourism Development and Planning||Read more
The overall aim of this study unit is to equip students with an understanding of the principles for sustainable tourism development and planning based on a comprehensive, coordinated and managed approach.
This units’s specific aims will equip students:
To provide the conceptual basis for identifying and developing tourist attractions.
To introduce theoretical approaches to tourism planning and development.
To identify the role of policies and policy formation.
To introduce the principles of a sustainable approach to tourism planning, focused on full integration and widespread consultation with all stakeholders.
To provide an understanding of tourism development funding and incentives.
To develop skills in tourism plan analysis, drafting, and monitoring.
|THM2006||Tourist Attraction and Heritage Management||Read more
The aims of the study unit will be:
To examine the nature, composition and development of the attractions market.
To address the issues involved in designing and developing a visitor attraction.
To examine the role of attractions as part of urban and regional development.
To acquaint themselves with the tools and theories concerning heritage management; and how and when to apply such tools.
To provide a broad understanding of the managerial and operational environment of tourist attractions.
To develop the skills necessary to apply business management techniques to the attraction sector.
To deepen understanding of global approaches to heritage
|THM2007||Tourism Operations Management||Read more
The objective of this study unit is to provide an introduction to the field of Operations Management with specific relevance to the tourism sector. It introduces the student to a broad range of concepts and provides an understanding of the tools and techniques available to an operations manager in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.
|THM2008||Resort and Destination Management||Read more
The aims of this study are the following:
• To develop an understanding of the history and concept of resorts.
• To apply principles of resort planning and development.
• To apply the principles of Hotel and Resort Management.
• To understand the management of finance and marketing within resorts
|THM2009||Financial Management for the Leisure Tourism and Hospitality Industry||Read more
This study unit develops the knowledge acquired in the Tourism and Hospitality Accounting unit. This unit aims to ensure that the student becomes familiar with financial management terminology, is able to prepare and interpret the financial results of organisations, and appreciates the role of the financial manager in the planning and control of an enterprise.
|THM2010||Internship (October to February)||Read more
Experience is essential for aspiring professionals in hospitality and tourism. Interns in this field work in hotels, resorts, tourism offices and information centres. Specifically, hospitality and tourism interns work in reception. Interns may also work at tour companies and event and conference centres.
With any internship, specific daily responsibilities may vary based on the requirements of the host-company or organisation, as well as on the location or timeframe of the internship. The skills and experience of the intern may also influence the type and complexity of work assigned.