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Tourism and Hospitality Management

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN Tourism and Hospitality Management

Programme Code

  • HP001 Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS)
  • HP806 Year 1 & 2, Higher Diploma (HD)



QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 07/001622/4
Registration Validity Period: 05/05/2008 to ongoing
Successful completion of this programme leads to an award within The University of Hong Kong system through HKU SPACE

Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions / Sectors (SSSDP)

In 2024-25 academic year, local students enrolling and being offered the subsidised places of this programme under the SSSDP will receive a subsidy up to HK$22,910. After deduction of the subsidy, the annual tuition fee is HK$37,940.



DFS Application Code: HPDFS-THES

HD Application Code: HDTHM


More programme information and activities details could be found on the programme Facebook page or Youtube channel:

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The HKSAR Government actively promotes Hong Kong as a top travel destination. In 2023, over 33 million visitor arrivals were recorded, which is a positive sign of the industry’s recovery. Expectations are high for continued growth in the coming years. Looking ahead, we anticipate bright prospects for the Hong Kong tourism industry from 2024 and beyond. More visitors will have the chance to experience our city’s unique and vibrant culture.

Since its inception in 2005, the programme has trained and prepared students to take up such a challenging and rewarding career in the tourism and hospitality industries. Graduates may also choose to further their studies in a related field and achieve a higher qualification.


Programme Aims and Features

This 2-year full-time programme is designed to provide a tailored curriculum covering specific features of the tourism and hospitality industries with a special focus on Hong Kong, at a level commensurate with junior management. The multi-disciplinary curriculum encourages the acquisition of basic life and employment skills and prepares students for a rewarding career. 


Job Placement

All students will undergo a practical job placement of 6 months after the first year of study. All students in good standing will also be given ample opportunities to work in deluxe hotels and service-related firms. Students have successfully completed training in around 40 deluxe hotels in Hong Kong including the Peninsula, Grand Hyatt, Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Rosewood, Landmark Mandarin Oriental, JW Marriott, Sheraton, Shangri-la, Renaissance and The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel, etc.


Opportunities for Further Studies

UGC-funded Universities

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes offered by local universities including BSc (Hons) Scheme in Hotel and Tourism Management offered by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The list below shows the degree offers that our graduates/ students received in the past*:

  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    BSc (Hons) in Hotel Management
    BSc (Hons) Tourism and Events Management
  • The University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Arts
    BSc Information Management
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    BBA Hospitality and Real Estate
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
    BBA (Hons) Human Resources Management Concentration
    BBA (Hons) - Marketing Concentration
  • City University of Hong Kong
    BA Chinese and History
    BA English
    BA Linguistics and Language Applications
    BA Media and Communication
    BBA Business Analysis
    BBA Business Operations Management
    BBA Marketing
    BSocSc Asian and International Studies
    BSocSc Public Policy and Politics

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

Graduates are also eligible to apply for the below degree programmes offered by other institutions:

Other Local Institutions

  • HKU SPACE International College
    • Full-time, 2-year, Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in International Festival and Event Management, offered by Edinburgh Napier University (UK) in collaboration with HKU SPACE International College (IC)
    • Full-time, 18-month, Bachelor of Science (Honours) Hospitality Management, offered by University of Plymouth (UK) in collaboration with HKU SPACE International College (IC)
    • Full-time, 18-month, Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management, offered by University of Plymouth (UK) in collaboration with HKU SPACE International College (IC)

Overseas Universities

  • Les Roches (Switzerland)^
  • Glion Institute of Higher Education (Switzerland)^
  • Swiss Hotel Management School (Switzerland)^

^ Articulation agreement renewal in progress

Career Prospects

Upon graduation, students will be able to explore career opportunities locally or overseas in a number of areas such as hotels, airlines, travel agencies, theme parks, servicerelated firms, industry associations or government tourism organisations. Some of our graduates are working in deluxe hotels, including the Peninsula, Grand Hyatt, Four Seasons, InterContinental Grand Stanford, Mandarin Oriental and Sheraton as well as airlines such as Virgin Atlantic.


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2-year Higher Diploma Programme

  • Obtain Level 2 or above in 5 subjects including English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination; OR
  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme; OR
  • Hold a Diploma Yi Jin; OR
  • Hold a Diploma of Applied Education; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

Applicants whose HKDSE results do not meet the entry requirements of the 2-year Higher Diploma Programme should apply for admission to the Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS) programme.


Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme

  • Obtain Level 1 or above in English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination, AND at least 6 points+ in the best 5 subjects*^§; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.


Mature Students

Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and with relevant work experience will be considered by the College.


*Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: 

“Attained with Distinction (II)” is deemed equivalent to Level 4 or above;
“Attained with Distinction (I)” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and 
“Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 in the HKDSE Examination.

#ApL Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) would be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification.

§ If one of the five HKDSE subjects is Citizenship and Social Development, the requirement will be “Attained” for the subject.

^ If the candidate has attempted less than 5 subjects but obtained 6 points or above, the application will still be considered.

+ Level 5** = 7 points; Level 5* = 6 points; Level 5 = 5 points; Level 4 = 4 points; Level 3 = 3 points; Level 2 = 2 points; Level 1 = 1 point.

Effective from 2024-25 Academic Year:


Diploma in Foundation Studies

  • General English I & II
  • College Speaking / Introduction to Information Technology and AI
  • College Writing / Grammar for College Studies
  • Foundations of Chinese Language*
  • Chinese Language Enhancement*
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Elements of Business
  • Multiple Intelligences and Competencies
  • Understanding Hong Kong Popular Culture


Higher Diploma Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Hospitality and Tourism
  • English for Academic Purposes I
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Principles of Tourism
  • Front Office Management
  • Housekeeping Operation
  • Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Introduction to Catering Management
  • Introduction to Food and Beverage Management
  • Introduction to the Hospitality Industry


Higher Diploma Year 2

  • Practical Chinese*
  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • Placement 
  • Accounting in Service Industries
  • Human Resources Management in the Hotel Industry
  • Consumer Behavior in the Tourism Industry
  • Special Issues in Sustainable Tourism and Ethics


* Non-Chinese speaking students or students who have not received sufficient training in the Chinese language may apply for exemption from the Chinese course(s), and alternative courses may be assigned.