5.400 Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

The Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management (GDHM) is designed for graduates of a bachelor’s degree or similar qualification in a discipline other than hospitality management who wish to gain the knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the hospitality sector.

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Job Opportunities

Management positions in NZ’s largest industry - hotels, resorts, restaurants, marketing and sales, events and convention centre managers, food and beverage management, rooms division management, customer service.

Programme Information

The programme comprises seven courses, including compulsory internship placement:
(Please note that not all elective modules are offered every semester)

5.101 Principles of Hospitality Management
5.204 Hospitality and Tourism Strategic Management
5.303 Integrated Approach to Hospitality Management

And four Stage III elective courses selected from Tourism Management or Hospitality Management programmes.

Internship Option

5.398 Hospitality Internship Project may be taken in place of two Stage 3 elective courses and comprises an internship of 20 hours per week over 12 weeks (240 hours minimum). The internship will take place in a hospitality establishment to gain practical knowledge and experience in planning and production, dealing with customers, risk assessment, and planning the implementation of operations for daily events.

Internship placements are coordinated via the Student Careers Centre (SCC) and are available at the following hospitality establishments:

Students are required to keep a detailed log of their experiences and provide a systematic analytical framework for recording and analysing their observations.


3 semesters full-time

Start Dates in 2018

30 January, 21 May, 10 September

Semesters and scheduled breaks:

Semester 3, 2017 - 11 September  to 15 December
Between Semester Break - 16 December 2017 to 29 January 2018

Semester 1, 2018 - 30 January  to 4 May
Between Semester Break - 5 May to 20 May

Semester 2, 2018 - 21 May to 24 August 
Between Semester Break - 25 August to 9 September 

Semester 3, 2018 - 10 September  to 14 December
Between Semester Break - 15 December 2018 to 28 January 2019


Entry Requirements

International Students

2018 Programme Fees:    NZ$18,080 
Resource Fees:    NZ$840
Total: NZ$18,920

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$270 per year (or NZ$27 per month or part thereof).

Domestic Students

2018 Programme Fees:    NZ$4,795 
Resource Fees:    NZ$840
Total:    NZ$5,635 

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$270 per year (or NZ$27 per month or part thereof).


This programme is eligible for a student loan from Studylink. Contact Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or log on to www.studylink.govt.nz to apply for student finance.


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