Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management

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Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Cairns, Singapore
February, July, October
October entry available to students studying in Cairns only.
2 years full-time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in any discipline; or equivalent AQF level 7 bachelor degree in any discipline; or equivalent
Not applicable
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Maximise your skills and expertise with this postgraduate course specifically tailored to equip you to address the complex issues unique to your chosen industry.

Learn from expert lecturers who are leaders in their fields. With a focus on sustainability, innovation and effective leadership, you will learn how to make decisions using critical thinking and analyse high-level issues

Students complete essential core subjects and choose from a range of electives. Get real-world knowledge through your own research project.

Become a leader in the hospitality and tourism sector with this specialist JCU postgraduate course. Advance your career and become a management-level professional with expert knowledge of business operations and administration.

Your career path could lead you to work in hotels, resorts, convention centres, and other hospitality and tourism venues, as well as government departments or private companies like airports, meetings, events and tour operators, in Australia and overseas.

Graduates find employment in roles such as General Managers, Sales and Marketing Directors, Human Resources Managers, Event Managers, Convention Services Managers, Front Office Directors, Directors of Catering, and Managers of Information Technology.

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give postgraduate students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance your career prospects. At JCU the Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management can be combined as a joint degree in the Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management - Master of Business Administration. Please note that the joint degree is not available in Cairns.

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Applicants who wish to study in Brisbane should apply through the JCU Brisbane website.

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.

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Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management

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Course code


Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level  9)


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in any discipline, from this or another university; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy or  have successfully completed an AQF 8 qualification from James Cook University within the previous two (2) years.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

48 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management, JCU graduates will be able to:

  • Critically analyse complex tourism and hospitality-related knowledge and practice from both historical and recent perspectives

  • Evaluate contexts within which differing sustainable tourism and hospitality performance methods should be integrated and applied

  • Evaluate sustainable  economic, social and environmental practices and value systems from different disciplinary perspectives

  • Research and apply established concepts to solve tourism and hospitality and professional practice problems

  • Critically analyse complex contemporary tourism and hospitality issues using appropriate models and make reasoned recommendations based on multidisciplinary synthesis of theory and evidence

  • Apply creative thinking effectively to tourism and hospitality theory and practice

  • Present complex tourism and hospitality analyses and information appropriately to differing audiences using:

    - Effective oral presentation skills; and

    - Clear and fluent written communication

  • Work effectively in achieving common goals, demonstrating both collaboration and leadership

  • Adapt tourism and hospitality constructs and skills to novel theoretical or practical situations

  • Exercise independent judgment and initiative in solving differing tourism and hospitality problems

  • Demonstrate a capacity for personal reflection and self-development in relation to professional tourism and hospitality learning and practice.

Course Structure

Foundation Subjects

LB5202:03 Marketing Management

LB5205:03 People in Organisations

LB5212:03 Accounting and Finance for Managers

LB5236:03 International Political Economy

Core Subjects

LB5203:03 Sustainable Enterprise

LB5235:03 Applied Research Project

TO5002:03 Introduction to Tourism and the Environment

TO5101:03 Tourism Systems Analysis

TO5102:03 Tourism and Hospitality Operations Management

TO5103:03 Global Destination Competitiveness

TO5104:03 Tourist Management Strategies

TO5202:03 Economic Decision-Making in the Hospitality Industry

TO5203:03 Hospitality and Gastronomy: Social, Private and Commercial


Select 6 credit points of any LB52__ subjects


Select 3 credit points of any level 5 subjects










Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

In particular the following general advanced standing will be granted:

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a cognate discipline* – 12 credit points (4 foundation subjects)

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in non-cognate discipline and relevant work experience** – 12 credit points (4 foundation subjects)

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in cognate discipline* and relevant work experience** – 24 credit points (4 foundation subjects + 3 elective subjects + 1 core subject – not LB5235)

  • AQF level 8 bachelor honours degree in a non-cognate discipline – 12 credit points (3 elective subjects + 1 core subject – not LB5235)

  • AQF level 8 bachelor honours degree in a cognate* discipline – 24 credit points (4 foundation subjects + 3 elective subjects + 1 core subject – not LB5235)

  • AQF level 8 graduate certificate in any discipline – 12 credit points (4 foundation subjects)

  • AQF level 8 JCU Graduate Certificate of International Hospitality Management – 12 credit points (4 core subjects)

NB Where practical experience without qualifications, as set out above, is used to meet entry requirements that experience will not also be used to give advance standing.

*Management, Tourism and Hospitality or other disciplines where students will have completed study relating to organisational behaviour, business, strategy, marketing, economics, communication and people management.

**Applicants must have a minimum of 4 years full-time equivalent professional work experience in a management, leadership or supervisory level in a business environment or be eligible for a member grade status of a relevant professional organisation. Students will have demonstrable tourism and hospitality management experience relating to organizational behaviour, business, strategy, marketing, economics, communication and people management.

Maximum allowed

24 credit points


Advanced standing for core subjects will be granted only for studies completed in the 4 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 9 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Advanced standing will not be granted for work experience or for undergraduate study.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of either

  • Graduate Certificate of International Hospitality Management

  • Graduate Diploma of International Hospitality Management.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Student Services and Amenities fee is also payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

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