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Tourism Management Graduate Diploma Auckland Institute of Studies

Tourism Management Graduate Diploma Auckland Institute of Studies

Auckland Institute of Studies, New Zealand

About This Program

The Graduate Diploma (Level 7) in Tourism Management is designed to combine key business disciplines and tourism best practice. You will be able to apply your knowledge in various management-track positions in the tourism sector.

You should consider enrolling in this program if you have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than Tourism Management and want to explore your career options.  You will be able to use this diploma as a bridge in employment that will utilize both tourism and business dual skill set.

With an in-depth knowledge of tourism policy, planning and development, and various aspects of planning in New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region, you will be able to analyse the economic, socio-cultural, environmental and geographical factors that affect tourism, and how this knowledge can be used to provide appropriate plans for sustainable tourism development.

While the program is of one-year duration, classes will be taken over the course of three semesters.  If you decide to enroll in this program, you will be given an option to take a Tourism internship in lieu of two Stage 3 elective subjects.

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Course Delivery

This Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management or GDTM is a full-time programme of study offered at the St. Helens and Asquith Campuses of Auckland Institute of Studies.

The following are the semesters and scheduled breaks for 2018:

  • Semester 3
    • Start and End Dates: 10-September to 14-December
    • Scheduled Break: 15-December to 28-January
  • Semester 2
    • Start and End Dates: 21-May to 24-August
    • Scheduled Break: 25-August to 9-December
  • Semester 1
    • Start and End Dates: 30-January to 4-May
    • Scheduled Break: 5-May to 20-May

If you decide to take a Tourism Internship, your internship will be 20 hours per week over 12 weeks, or 240 hours minimum.  This is subject to NZQA approval.


Once you've graduated from this program, you will be capable of working in :

  • National tourist offices;
  • Travel agencies;
  • Reservations;
  • Airlines and transportation companies;
  • Resorts and hospitality providers;
  • Heritage bodies;
  • Environment and conservation agencies.

Depending on your academic performance, you will be able to continue to postgraduate studies in tourism management such as the Master of International Tourism Management at AUT.  You might also qualify to engage in interdisciplinary postgraduate studies.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Apply appropriate skills and knowledge from your first qualification to relevant contexts in the tourism industry;
  2. Integrate relevant theory, experience and skills to implement best practice in specific areas of tourism operations and management;
  3. Relate your experience in working in a tourism environment to the application of broader management principles;
  4. Draw on the theories and tools of analysis you have learned to manage tourism organisations efficiently and enhance organisational performance;
  5. Take responsibility for your own learning, conduct independent investigation, identity problems, and develop creative solutions which exhibit academic rigour;
  6. Communicate effectively with guests, prospective guests, co-workers, senior management, industry suppliers and other stakeholders;
  7. Take responsibility for practicing ongoing personal development in the tourism industry.

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Course Outline

The programme comprises 7 courses, including:

  • 3.119 Principles of Tourism
  • 3.222 Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • 3.317 Tourism Policy Planning and Development
  • Elective courses.  Choose one scheme only:
    • One Stage 2 and three Stage 3 elective courses chosen from the following areas:
      • Tourism Management;
      • Hospitality Management or;
      • Business.
    • Internship option.
      • One Stage 2 and one Stage 3 elective course each AND
      • 3.398 Tourism Internship

Cross-credits are not available in the GDTM.  If you have had prior studies in a subject, you will be given the opportunity to broaden your knowledge base by taking other courses at the appropriate level.

Course Info

Course Code : PC9799

College : Tourism Management

Duration : one year

Qualifications Level : Graduate Diploma

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in New Zealand Dollar (NZD).

  • Application Fee: 
  • Base Tuition Fee:  18,080
    • Discounted Fee for the Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management or GDTM: 14,460
  • Resource Fees of GDTM (include e-books, textbooks, workbooks, internet, Wi-Fi): 840
  • Student Services Fee (pastoral care, counselling services, employment and careers information and guidance sports, recreation, cultural activities and Student Council activities): 270/year
  • Airport Transfer (one-way):  80 
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • Southern Cross International Student Insurance: 500/year
    • Uni-Care NZ Student Plan: 584.81/12 months

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what Auckland Institute of Studies expects will be your reasonable international fees.
  • The fees listed above include Goods and Services Tax or GST of 15%, where applicable
  • As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of Auckland Institute of Studies.
  • When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Accommodation for International Students at Auckland Institute of Studies, your choice:

  • Homestay Accommodation:  275/week
    • Homestay Arrangement Fee:  260
  • On-Campus Accommodation, excluding meals:
    • Accommodation Bond: 300 (payable in advance, refundable)
    • Multi-share Room
      • Advance payment of 12 weeks or more: 125/week
      • Advance payment of 5 to 11 weeks: 135/week
      • Casual weekly rate: 170
    • Twin-share Room
      • Advance payment of 12 weeks or more: 145/week
      • Advance payment of 5 to 11 weeks: 155/week
      • Casual weekly rate: 190
    • Single Room
      • Advance payment of 12 weeks or more: 165/week
      • Advance payment of 5 to 11 weeks: 155/week
      • Casual weekly rate: 210

Intake Dates :

There are three start dates in 2018:

  • 30 January
  • 21 May
  • 10 September

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by Auckland Institute of Studies for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Visa processing;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

  • You must have completed a bachelor's degree at least equivalent to New Zealand's pass standard.
    • If you wish to apply to the GDTM programme but do not have a bachelor's degree, you must have an appropriate mix of a lesser qualification and work experience.
    • In this case, your application must then be approved for special admission by the Academic Board of Auckland Institute of Studies.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.0 overall band score with no individual band under 5.5
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 60 overall, writing score of 18
    • PTE Academic: 50 overall minimum

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