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Hospitality Management - Conversion

What is...Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management?
This one-year conversion programme provides an opportunity for students who have successfully completed an ordinary degree (level 7 – NFQ) or honours degree (level 8 – NFQ) in a different discipline to attain an honours degree (level 8 – NFQ) equivalent in a further single year of studies. The individual modules run in conjunction with existing modules on our degree programmes. The offering of the Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management programme further develops the learners' key skills, their strategic ability and introduces learners to the hospitality management discipline. The three-month industry placement forms an integral part of this programme.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The Higher Diploma programme provides a learning environment which builds upon the learning obtained as part of a degree in another discipline and encourages a theoretical approach and a practical ethos.

It provides a programme of study that enhances relationships with industry and the school as a centre of excellence in the hospitality, hotel and restaurant management area and it encourages social, ethical and leadership competencies in this field.

It is this combination of higher learning outcomes that warrants a Higher Diploma award at honours degree level. This higher level of learning can be displayed by acquiring and utilising the additional cognitive skills of evaluation and synthesis which will be ensured by the modules offered.

Both semesters provide core modules in strategic management, entrepreneurship, research methods, marketing strategy and strategic human resources. These modules are enhanced through the provision of optional modules in both terms. All students complete a dissertation during their studies.

Entry requirements

Minimum ordinary degree (level 7 – NFQ) or honours degree (level 8 – NFQ) in a different discipline or equivalent. Students will be selected on the basis of their academic results. Final selection may involve an interview.


1 year

Careers or further progression

What are my...Career Opportunities?
This programme is designed to enable graduates to gain employment in challenging positions within the hotel and restaurant sector with varying degrees of responsibility. Graduates can expect to find employment in management positions in the world's finest hotels, bars, restaurants, resorts and also overseeing special events and business conventions. There are also graduate opportunities in consultancy, research and further education.

What other options do I have after completion?
Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard have access to a range of Masters Degrees in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education.

Further enquiries

School of Hospitality Management & Tourism

01 402 4372 (Dr. Ralf Burbach)

Subjects taught

Year One

Semester 1: Operations Management in Food & Beverage Revenue Management for the Hospitality Industry Conference Management
International Hospitality Management Hospitality Law

Semester 2: Front Office Management Event Management Strategic Management Seminars Work-based learning & Placement

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