Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management (Honours)

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The Honours program provides students who have completed a degree in International Hotel and Tourism Management with an extra year of high-quality study to further develop their skills.

An Honours degree demonstrates to employers that you have exceptional ability and superior skills. Places are strictly limited and are competed for on the basis of academic merit.

In addition to the compulsory courses, you will have the opportunity to complete a research project in a topic that particularly interests you. The program will help you develop your managerial capabilities and business acumen in the field of hotel, tourism and events management and build a professional network.

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 (Honours) program must have previously completed the Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management or equivalent with a GPA of at least 5.00 on a 7 point scale. Entry to the program is determined through a competitive merit based process.

The grade point average (GPA) for entry to the program is a guide and may change from year to year depending upon demand. To be considered for honours, you must apply for entry to the program. Each applicant is assessed on an individual basis through a competitive merit based process.

International students may start in semester one only.

Please note that it is not possible to commence the honours program more than two academic years after the completion of the required bachelor degree (or equivalent), unless the Executive Dean, after consultation with the Head of School, gives permission to do so. This permission will only be granted in special circumstances.

Express your interest in the program by completing this form and sending it to Gabrielle Walters.

The application procedure for the honours program varies depending on whether you are a domestic or international student.

Find further information about course dates, costs and how to apply


An Honours degree at UQ Business School offers you the opportunity to work with leading academics, develop your knowledge, and enhance your career opportunities.

As an Honours student, you will find yourself in a stimulating environment. You will have the benefits of small classes and highly interactive discussions with fellow students and lecturers. You get to know your fellow students and your lecturers in a way that is not possible in undergraduate classes.

The thesis

The thesis is a major part of the Honours program and will allow you to further develop your skills in an area you are passionate about. Honours students can select a topic from a relevant field of tourism, hospitality and events management and choose a potential supervisor, who will help them to develop a study plan, discuss their progress, as well as read and give feedback on their thesis.

What does an Honours thesis look like? Corporate social responsibility, target prices, market power… An Honours thesis is about a business topic you are passionate about. Have a closer look at how past students have contributed to research.

Discover the past Honours thesis.


Honours students complete compulsory courses in Advanced Research Methods and Analysis, and Industry Research & Consultancy. Students also complete courses which explore critical contemporary issues in tourism, hospitality and event management or change and innovation as it affects tourism, hospitality and event management.

View the program course list.

Dedicated facilities

UQ Business School offers a wide range of resources for Honours students. This includes exclusive access to The Paul Rogers Honours Facility, which is a dedicated computer laboratory space located in the Joyce Ackroyd Building (37).

Research workshops

The research workshop series showcases leading research by national and international researchers. These seminars cover a wide range of business topics from different perspectives and provide an opportunity for honours students to meet and learn from leading practitioners, researchers and academics. Honours students may be required to attend a number of workshops during the year.

Research Colloquium

The annual Research Colloquium offers Honours students the ideal chance to showcase their research to faculty and fellow students while receiving support and constructive feedback.

Casual employment opportunities

Employment as a tutor and research assistant may be available to honours students. Tutorial work provides an opportunity to appreciate academic life.


The Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management (Honours) program takes one year of full-time study to complete, or the equivalent part-time.

Students complete a total of 16 units, which includes the compulsory courses Advanced Research Methods & Analysis (2 units) and Industry Research & Consultancy (2 units) and a thesis (8 units).

Students can choose from either Critical Issues in Tourism, Hospitality & Events or Change & Innovation in Tourism, Hospitality & Events (2 units) and choose a further 2 units of electives as approved by the Honours Program Director.

3MTThis is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

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What outcomes to expect from your degree

Graduates of the Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management (Honours) program would be qualified to move into managerial positions within the hospitality, tourism and hotel industries.

The honours program also provides a pathway to the PhD. 

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.

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