Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management

From climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge to snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia is well known for providing memorable visitor experiences, making it an ideal place to study tourism. The Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management program prepares you for a successful career in the domestic and international tourism industry.

The program will help you develop your managerial capabilities and business acumen and build a professional network. You can also choose to specialise in one or two of the key areas including events, hospitality and tourism management.

The program blends theory with practice through exciting initiatives including the Executive Shadowing Program (ESP) and Industry Consultancy Projects.

UQ Business School’s tourism lecturers are internationally recognised as experts in their field. UQ Business School is the only school in Australia that offers tourism programs with UNWTO accreditation. UQ is also one of the world’s top-ranked universities for tourism research with over 25 years of experience in hospitality and tourism. It boasts strong partnerships with industry and offers exceptional engagement opportunities for students. 


Applicants for the Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management program must have Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English, and Mathematics A or any combination of Mathematics A, B or C; or the equivalent for international students.

Domestic students

Domestic students include Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents (holders of all categories of permanent resident visas, including humanitarian visas), and New Zealand citizens.

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International students

International applicants include temporary residents (visa status) of Australia, permanent residents (visa status) of New Zealand or a resident or citizen of any other country.

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Year 12 students

If you are an international student currently studying Year 12 in Australia or the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) in New Zealand, you must apply online via the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).


The Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management allows you to develop your core knowledge through a range of compulsory courses and also to choose courses from specialist areas that are relevant to your desired career.

You can choose one or two majors from the list below. A major consists of six courses from the one area of specialisation.

In your final year, you will also be required to complete a work integrated learning component as part of the Professional Development course, which enriches the student experience and better prepares our graduates to life after University. Within this course are many options for industry work placement and team projects. For more information on our working integrated learning activities please visit our Tourism WIL page.

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Event management

Event management is an exciting and growing industry. In these courses you will gain an understanding of the nature, characteristics and role of events and specialist knowledge in all aspects of event management. You will learn about the history, significance and impact of the role of festivals, and event operations for business, artistic, cultural and sporting events amongst others. You will also develop capabilities for marketing, sponsorship and fundraising for events.

In 2007, a partnership was established with Sun Yat-Sen University in China. This joint 2+2 arrangement allows event management students to study half their degree in China and the remainder at UQ Business School.

Hospitality management

The hospitality industry encompasses hotels, restaurants, resorts and more. These courses explore international hotel operations management, technological applications in hospitality management, large-scale services management and small business operations. As the hotel and hospitality industry becomes increasingly knowledge based, higher learning has become more important in opening career doors and being fully attuned to the culture, service and competitive aspects of the sector.

Tourism management

Tourism is one of the most important industries in Australia. This area of study covers tourism operations, destination marketing and policy. These courses allow you to develop your managerial expertise in issues relating to sustainability, ecotourism, visitor behavior and the physical, social and economic impacts of tourism. You will be at the forefront of current and future trends and issues for the industry, including niche markets. The use of case studies from real destinations and tourism businesses provides practical and relevant knowledge.

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The Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management program takes three years of full-time study to complete, or the equivalent part-time.

View the program study plan.


The standard full-time load for a program is 8 units per semester (this usually means 4 courses worth 2 units each per semester). Full-time study is defined as 75% or more of the standard full-time load for a program (i.e. at least 6 units per semester, or 3-4 courses, for most programs).

International students must be enrolled in 8 units per semester.

It is estimated that for each course a student would have approximately 3-5 contact hours in lectures and tutorials, and would also need to do additional hours of study.


Australian students can study part-time (usually 1 to 2 courses per semester). In some cases, classes are scheduled multiple times per week and students can choose either day or evening classes. This does not occur in all programs. If you intend to study solely in the evenings, please check the availability and timing of classes.

Dual degrees

Dual degrees enable you to study several areas of interest at once and graduate with two degrees, saving up to a year of study when compared to studying two separate programs. The additional knowledge and skills can significantly broaden your career options. Please note you must satisfy the prerequisites of both programs to gain entry.

You can combine the Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management with degrees in the following areas:


What outcomes to expect from your degree

Graduates of the Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management program combine superior business acumen with skills in specialist areas, which ensures they are in high demand from leading local and international employers. As a graduate, you may also be eligible for membership with a diverse array of professional bodies.

Graduates with an events management major enjoy careers in private enterprise and public practice, as event managers, consultants, conference and convention centre managers, and in state, regional and local tourism organisations.

Graduates who opt for the hospitality management major take up careers in convention centres, hospitality training and consultancy firms, hotels and resorts, institutional hospitality management, and other catering and tourism-related industries.

The tourism management major equips you for roles in state, regional and local tourism organisations, tourism and hotel consultancies, and other tourism-related industries.

Hear what key tourism industry executives have to say about a career in the inspiring world of hospitality, events and tourism:

How to shape your career

As a UQ student, you have access to a range of services to prepare for a successful career:

  • The Student Employability Team (SET) – assists students with accessing career opportunities and managing their careers. SET programs give students an edge by helping build industry experience and develop lifelong employability skills. Contact their team of employability specialists to set and achieve your career goals.
  • Networking events – these events help students establish connections with industry professionals.
  • Employer presentations on campus – provides opportunities to meet UQ graduates currently employed in industry and understand what the employer is looking for in a new hire.
  • UQ Careers Fair - an annual university wide event for students to meet with over 130 potential employers to source information on career opportunities.
  • Global Experiences Expo - discover how UQ provides students with opportunities to study overseas, or get support to work, learn or volunteer on a short trip.


Support services

UQ Business School offers a wide range of advice and support for future and current students.

Domestic student enquiries

To find out more about applications or programs for Australian (domestic) students, call +61 7 3365 2203 (open 8:30am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday except university and public holidays).

You can also visit the admissions site or use the online enquiry form.

International student enquiries

For further enquiries about applications or programs, international students can call +61 3 8676 7004 from outside Australia or 1800 671 980 from inside Australia (free call).

Find out more on the international contact page or use the online enquiry form.

Find details of international educational representatives

Financial assistance

Find out more about fees, charges and financial assistance

Find details of undergraduate scholarships for future students and for current students

Student centres

Student centres are located on each campus including St Lucia and provide a one-stop shop for student administration enquiries – including enrolment, timetables, fees, graduation, academic transcripts and ID cards – and general enquiries.

Call +61 7 3365 2600 from 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday or visit the student centre page.

Student support

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