Graduate Diploma

Course Outline

The tourism sector is New Zealand’s largest industry. The growth of tourism and hospitality has exceeded expectations and with continued investment and increasing tourist spend the sector is set to thrive.  

As a result there is a strong demand for talented professionals to join the industry and help to support this continued growth.  

If you are interested in joining the thriving hospitality and tourism sector, or a tourism industry professional looking to advance your career, QRC’s Graduate Diploma will allow you to unlock exciting new career opportunities. The one year advanced programme focuses on providing you with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience you need to begin a management career in the international tourism and hospitality industry.

Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management

Level: 7
Credits: 120
Duration: 12 months full time
Intakes: October 2018, April 2019, July 2019, October 2019

The QRC Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality is a one year programme of specialist industry study, research and work experience.

Students learn the management skills and supervisory knowledge required to manage tourism and hospitality businesses, market and sell tourism and hospitality products and understand the strategic, regulatory and policy framework of the industry.

Through the fully paid workplace internship, students gain valuable real-world experience and a direct link to industry.

Career Opportunities

On programme completion, graduates will have the opportunity to work in the world’s leading hospitality operations such as hotels and resorts, restaurants, plus travel and tourism companies. Graduates will enter the workforce with the skills, knowledge and attitude required to work in leadership roles with the potential to advance through to management positions.

The addition of the Graduate Diploma programme will bring the next level of team member into the industry with enhanced skills and knowledge who will be able to quickly add value to our business."

Chris Ehmann, General Manager Hilton Queenstown

Programme at a glance

Graduates are awarded the QRC Graduate Diploma of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Terms 1 - 3

Industry Principles and Research Methodology

Term 4

Paid Industry Training and Research Project

The Graduate Diploma programme consists of three terms (11 weeks each) on campus followed by a 3 month internship combined with an industry project.

During terms one, two and four you will study theory focused on management strategies and practices. There will be approximately 20 hours on campus per week and students are expected to undertake further self-directed study hours.

During the internship you will be placed in recognised paid employment within a hospitality operation such as a hotel or restaurant, or a tourism business for  200 hours industry training.

Note: no Recognition of Prior Learning, cross credit or credit transfer is available for this programme.

Course Outline

Paper Title



Term One

Tourism and Hospitality Fundamentals 5 15
Tourism and Hospitality Business Management 6 15

Term Two

Tourism and Hospitality Sales and Marketing 6 15
Tourism and Hospitality Organisation Behaviour and Culture 7 15

Term Three

Tourism and Hospitality Strategic Management  7


Tourism and Hospitality Leadership 7


Term Four

Industry Internship and Research Project 7 30