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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 2023-24 academic year, local students enroll and being offered the subsidised places of this programme under the SSSDP will receive a subsidy up to HK$22,480. After deduction of the subsidy, the annual tuition fee is HK$37,240.



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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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of leisure tourists and business travelers visiting Hong Kong reached a record high (over 65 million in 2018). Although the global tourism industry has been experiencing an unprecedented challenge since 2020, with vaccination campaign launched in many countries around the world last year, it is expected that the industry will be recovered gradually in foreseeable future.

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 management 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 and Renaissance etc.


Opportunities for Further Studies

Programmes offered by local universities

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes offered by local universities, including Year 3 of the 4-year, BSc (Hons) in Hotel Management / BSc (Hons) in 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 University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Arts
    BSc Information Management
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    BBA Hospitality and Real Estate
  • City University of Hong Kong
    BA Chinese and History
    BA English Studies
    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 Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    BSc (Hons) in Hotel Management
    BSc (Hons) in Tourism Management
    BSc (Hons) Tourism and Events Management
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
    BBA (Hons) Human Resources Management Concentration
    BBA (Hons) Marketing Concentration

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

Programmes offered by overseas universities

Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes offered by overseas universities:

  • Full-time, 12-18 month, BBA in Global Hospitality Management (Senior year entry), Les Roches (Switzerland);
  • Full-time, 12-18 month, BBA in International Hospitality Business (Senior year entry), Glion Institute of Higher Education (Switzerland);
  • Full-time, 12-18 month, BA (Hons) in International Hospitality Management (Senior year entry), Swiss Hotel Management School (Switzerland);
  • Full-time, 12-18 month, BA (Hons) in International Hospitality and Events Management (Senior year entry), Swiss Hotel Management School (Switzerland);
  • Full-time, 12-18 month, BA (Hons) in International Hospitality & Design Management (Senior year entry), Swiss Hotel Management School (Switzerland);
  • Full-time, Bachelor’s degree programmes offered locally by overseas universities in collaboration with HKU SPACE International College (IC):
    • 18-month, Bachelor of Science (Honours) Hospitality Management, University of Plymouth (UK);
    • 18-month, Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management, University of Plymouth (UK);
    • 2-year, Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in International Festival and Event Management, Edinburgh Napier University (UK).


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, service-related 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.


Press Interview

Topick, 21 June 2019
Topick News 2019 (T&H)


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
  • 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
  • Have completed at least Secondary 5 and have gained in International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) or General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) Grade C (or Grade 4) or above in a minimum of 5 subjects including English Language and another language subject; 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 on individual merit.


*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 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 2022-23 Academic Year:


Diploma in Foundation Studies

  • General English I & II
  • College Speaking / Youth and Culture
  • College Writing / Foundation English
  • Foundations of Chinese Language* / How Things in Everyday Life Work
  • Chinese Language Enhancement* / Western Images of China
  • 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.