Graduate Certificate in Tourism, Hotel and Event Management

Graduate Certificate in Tourism, Hotel and Event Management

The Graduate Certificate in Tourism, Hotel and Event Management equips graduates without previous experience with a fundamental knowledge of these dynamic and exciting industries. It is also suitable for existing managers in these sectors who do not have a degree but would like a qualification to enhance their career progression.

The program balances practical skills with theory. The skills and experience you will gain are relevant to many international settings and could take you anywhere in the world. The Graduate Certificate can also act as a stepping stone to the Master of Tourism, Hotel and Event Management degree.

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 Graduate Certificate in Tourism, Hotel and Event Management program must have:

  • a Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4.00 on a 7 point scale; or
  • post-secondary study and at least five years full-time work experience as approved by the Executive Dean; or
  • seven years full-time work experience as approved by the Executive Dean.

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

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


The Graduate Certificate provides students with a fundamental knowledge of the tourism, hotel and event industries, and the wider context in which they operate.


The Graduate Certificate in Tourism, Hotel and Event Management program takes six months 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.


What outcomes to expect from your degree

The Graduate Certificate in Tourism, Hotel and Event Management can open up a wide range of exciting international career opportunities.

In the event management industry, graduates are in high demand across a wide range of service industries spanning business, the arts, and cultural and sporting-related endeavours.

In the hospitality industry, graduates can enjoy careers spanning local and international hotels, accommodation management, consultancy, and hotel operations. They are also engaged in entrepreneurship and small hospitality enterprises, as well as taking roles in general hospitality management.

Travel and tourism skills are highly sought after across a wide range of sectors. Roles are available in travel and tourism consultancies, national and state sporting associations, state and local government sport and recreation departments, on cruise ships, with airlines, travel agencies and in tour operations.

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 3346 8100 (open 8:30am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday except university and public holidays) or email info@business.uq.edu.au.

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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