Bachelor of International Hospitality Management Overview

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Hospitality is all about people, people, people! Hospitality careers cover everything from providing superb hotel and restaurant service to organising and planning accommodation, from marketing to managing events. A hospitality degree can set you up for careers around the world.

The Bachelor of International Hospitality Management is widely recognised in the industry and acclaimed by the country's top hospitality operators.

You learn to manage food and beverage services and accommodation, and develop essential skills and knowledge in human resource management, strategic management and sales and marketing.

Your final year includes valuable industry experience, working with an organisation on a project related to your major.

Programme code: AK3708
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full time / equivalent part time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 29 February 2016 / 18 July 2016

Entry requirements


Additional majors and/or minors

Students undertaking the Bachelor of International Hospitality Management may choose a second major either from those available within their degree (double major) or from the list of additional majors available from outside their degree.

Minors are also available in these subjects. The availability of additional majors and minors will depend on timetabling and subject restrictions, and in some cases, choosing an additional major or minor may require students to undertake extra points to complete their degree.

Structure and content

The degree surveys the scope of hospitality before examining the concepts and processes critical to hospitality operations. This gives you the foundation to continue to study management principles and practices in a hospitality context.

The practical side of this programme involves learning to use commercial kitchen tools and equipment to a professional level, requiring students to demonstrate a level of awareness and skill that does not compromise any health and safety standards.

Year 1
This year lays the foundation of hospitality concepts and systems essential for managing food and beverage services and accommodation properties. During this year, you will choose whether to continue in a generic degree or choose a single or double major to study from your second year onward. There are eight Year 1 hospitality papers. See "Core papers" below for more details.

Year 2
You will examine human resource management in organisations in the hospitality industry and also focus on your chosen major and/or electives that complement your field of interest and study.

Year 3
You will study strategic management as it relates to the hospitality industry and you will undertake advanced study in your selected major. You choose electives to balance the major or generic BIHM qualification.

Co-operative education

For your final semester, you will undertake a co-operative education project that involves practical experience in the workplace. This helps you build further skills in the workplace, develop networks and consolidate your decision on your professional career after graduating.

Conjoint degrees

A conjoint programme of study enables you to study for two degrees at the same time and complete both in a shorter time than it would take to complete them separately.

This is because the regulations permit a number of papers to count towards both degrees. It is usually possible to complete two three-year degrees in four to five years.

You need to maintain a B average across all papers to remain in a conjoint programme of study. You can study the Bachelor of Business conjointly with the Bachelor of International Hospitality Management.

Bachelor of Business (AK3004)

Students may choose from any of the following Bachelor of Business majors:

  • Accounting
  • Business Information Systems
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Market Insights: Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales*
  • Sustainable Enterprise

* Subject to approval 

Core papers

CLSY500 Culture and Society
COMM510 Undergraduate Writing for Academic Purpose
FINA502 Hospitality Accounting and Finance
HOSP501 Applied Food & Beverage Management (Kitchen)
HOSP502 Applied Food & Beverage Management (Restaurant)
HOSP503 Hospitality Organisational Behavioural and Interpersonal Skills
HOSP504 Beverage Management
HOSP505 Hospitality Information Communication Technology
HOSP604 Hospitality Human Resource Management
HOSP704 Hospitality Strategic Management
HOSP797 Hospitality Cooperative Education


FINA707 Hospitality & Tourism Financial Management
HOSP601 Hospitality Service Management
HOSP603 Facilities Development & Design
HOSP606 Rooms Division Management
HOSP702 Hotel Management Simulation
HOSP703 Hospitality Sales & Marketing

Event Management
EVNT601 Event Planning
EVNT602 An Event Perspective
EVNT603 The Event Design
EVNT701 Event Production
EVNT702 Contemporary Issues in Event Management
MGMT721 Leadership Practices and Principles

Food Beverage
FINA707 Hospitality & Tourism Financial Management
GAST601 Gastronomy
HOSP601 Hospitality Service Management
HOSP605 International Food & Beverage Management
HOSP701 Professional Wine Studies
HOSP703 Hospitality Sales & Marketing

Human Resource Management
EMPL601 Employment Relations
EMPL702 Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing
HOSP602 Hospitality Career Development
HRMG602 Training and Development
HRMG703 International Human Resource Management
MGMT721 Leadership Principles and Practices

HOSP703 Hospitality Sales and Marketing   
MARS501 MARS: Positioning in an Omni Environment   
MARS601 Data, Information and Knowledge   
MARS602 Understanding the Environment   
MARS603 Communication in MARS
MARS704 Attitudes, Cognition and Behaviour   
MARS705  Trends and Innovations

TOUR601 Tourism Heritage and Culture
TOUR603 Asia and Tourism
TOUR604 Distribution and Information Systems
TOUR605 Global Tourism
TOUR606 Tourism Marketing
TOUR701 Urban Tourism
TOUR702 Tourism and Indigenous Cultures
TOUR704 Tourism Planning and Development
TOUR705 Contemporary Issues in Tourism
TOUR706 Tourist Behaviour

Additional papers
GAST602 Gastronomic Tourism
HOSP708 Hospitality Entrepreneurship
SOSC701 Sociology of Food
TIKA501 Noho Marae Wānanga A
TIKA502 Noho Marae Wānanga B
TOUR607 International Spa Contemporary Issues
TOUR709 Wellness Tourism

Last updated: 14-Sep-2015 2.13pm

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