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Master of Tourism, Hotel and Event Management

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The Master of Tourism, Hotel and Event Management prepares graduates for a career in one of these dynamic and exciting industries. It also provides existing managers in these sectors with a high-level qualification to enhance their career progression. The skills and experience you will gain are relevant to many international settings and your qualification could take you anywhere in the world.

You will develop your core skills through a range of compulsory courses and can also choose specialist courses in the areas of travel and tourism management, hotel management and event management. The program balances practical skills with theory and includes a work-integrated learning component to develop your capabilities for professional practice.

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.

Admission

Applicants for the Master of Tourism, Hotel and Event Management (1.5 years) program must have:

  • a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the same discipline as approved by the Executive Dean with a GPA of at least 4.50 on a 7 point scale.

Applicants for the Master of Tourism, Hotel and Event Management (2 years) program must have:

  • a Graduate Certificate in Tourism, Hotel, and Event Management from UQ or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4.50 on a 7 point scale; or
  • a Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4.50 on a 7 point scale.

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

See further information about course dates, costs and how to apply:

For Master of Tourism, Hotel and Event Management 1.5 year program

For Master of Tourism, Hotel and Event Management 2 years program

No previous degree?

Students without the equivalent of an Australian Bachelor’s degree are able to enter via the Graduate Certificate in Tourism, Hotel and Event Management as long as they have at least seven years full-time work experience. Upon successful completion of the first four relevant courses and meeting the GPA entry requirements, students articulate into the Master of Tourism, Hotel and Event Management (2 years) program with full credit.

 

Program

The Master of Tourism, Hotel and Event Management program offers two different entry points depending on your previous studies. The Master (1.5 years) is designed for those graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in the same discipline. The Master (2 years) includes the core fundamentals of tourism, hotel and event management for those graduates with a Bachelor’s degree from any discipline.

Both Masters provide an opportunity to specialise in a field of study or take additional research electives. Each specialised field of study will equip you with the relevant knowledge to jumpstart or advance your chosen profession.

View the 1.5 years program course list.

View the 2 years program course list.

Event management

Event management is an exciting industry focusing on the many and varied aspects of planning business, cultural or sporting events. The promotion, coordination and execution of events is big business internationally. These courses will allow you to develop advanced event management skills and open up local and international opportunities in this growing industry.

Hotel management

The hotel management courses will help you develop a theoretical and professional understanding of the international hotel industry. You will learn to critically evaluate the key areas of hospitality management. You may also undertake advanced study in hospitality management theory, and focus on service strategies and their applications in international hospitality organisations.

Travel and tourism management

The tourism industry is the second largest industry in the world. These courses will appeal to those working in the fields of international tourism and leisure management, and who are seeking academic qualifications in their field. You will develop a high level of business acumen with superior managerial skills. Travel and tourism management graduates enjoy many and varied roles in private and public practice spanning the arts, cultural and sporting industries. 

For more information on our working integrated learning activities please visit our Tourism WIL page.

Study

The Master of Tourism, Hotel and Event Management program takes one and a half or two years of full-time study to complete (depending on your previous degree), or the equivalent part-time.

View the 1.5 years program study plan.

View the 2 years program study plan.

Full-time

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.

Part-time

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.

Career

What outcomes to expect from your degree

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

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

Graduates who undertake the hotel management option enjoy careers spanning across the local and international hotel industries, 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 management 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.

Enquiries

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

Follow the links below to access further information and support: