• Level 7
  • 12 Months
  • queenstown
  • Intakes in October 2024 & 2025

The tourism sector is New Zealand’s largest industry. The growth of tourism and hospitality has exceeded expectations and with continued investment and increasing tourist spend the sector is set to thrive.

As a result there is a strong demand for talented professionals to join the industry and help to support this continued growth.

If you are interested in joining the thriving hospitality and tourism sector, or a tourism industry professional looking to advance your career, QRC’s Graduate Diploma will allow you to unlock exciting new career opportunities.

The one year advanced programme focuses on providing you with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience you need to begin a management career in the international tourism and hospitality industry.

Programme at a glance

12 Months — QRC Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management

Graduates are awarded the New Zealand Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management (Level 7)

Term 1 – Industry Principles

Term 2 – Internship & Research Project

Term 3 – Research Methodology

Term 4 – Strategic Management Principles

The QRC Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality is a one year programme of specialist industry study, research and work experience.

Students learn the management skills and supervisory knowledge required to manage tourism and hospitality businesses, market and sell tourism and hospitality products and understand the strategic, regulatory and policy framework of the industry.

Through the fully paid workplace internship, students gain valuable real-world experience and a direct link to industry.

Career Opportunities

On programme completion, graduates will have the opportunity to work in the world’s leading hospitality and tourism operations such as hotels and resorts, restaurants, plus travel and tourism companies.

Graduates will enter the workforce with the skills, knowledge and attitude required to work in leadership roles with the potential to advance through to management positions. This Hospitality and Tourism Management course is the perfect stepping stone to your dream career.

The addition of the Graduate Diploma programme will bring the next level of team member into the industry with enhanced skills and knowledge who will be able to quickly add value to our business."

Chris Ehmann General Manager Hilton Queenstown

This Level 7 programme consists of three terms plus a fully paid 3-month industry internship and research project.

During terms one, three and four you will study theory focused on management strategies and practices. There will be approximately 20 hours on campus per week and students are expected to undertake further self-directed study hours.

During the internship (term two) you will be placed in recognised paid employment within a hospitality operation such as a hotel or restaurant, or a tourism business for a minimum of 200 hours industry training.

Note: no Recognition of Prior Learning, cross credit or credit transfer is available for this programme.

Earn while you learn

The ability to put theory into practice in paid employment is one of the highlights of an education at QRC.

For students of the Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management, it’s a valuable opportunity to add meaningful first-hand experience to learned degree-level Diploma knowledge.

Apart from looking good on your resume, your internship enables you to test drive your career path, build your practical skills, network directly with industry professionals and create graduate opportunities.

QRC’s Internship Team support students to prepare for internship. The team are well connected to New Zealand’s best tourism and hospitality companies and are able to identify workplace opportunities and create connections for the student.

Internship is completed during Term 2 and a minimum of 200 hours must be completed. Students are supported by the Internship Team throughout this period.

Industry Internship Project

Alongside the 200 hours work experience, students are required to complete an Industry Internship Project.

The Industry Internship Project helps students develop business planning and management skills by taking learned theoretical knowledge and applying it in a New Zealand workplace. Students are required to make a detailed analysis of a tourism and hospitality business project, such as a new product launch or market expansion, and determine its feasibility.

The project incorporates regular consultation with a project supervisor, progress reports, active research, a final report and presentation.

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

Have completed a Bachelor’s Degree preferably in a Commerce, Business or Management*


Evidence of equivalent practical and professional experience and knowledge
(Domestic applicants only)


Have an English level equivalent to Academic IELTS 6.0 (6.0 in speaking with no band less than 5.5) or a TOEFL iBT score of 60 (with a writing score of 18) or PTE overall score of 50, with no communication skills band scored below 42.

All applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process. No Recognition of Prior Learning, cross credit or credit transfer is available for this programme.

*Students with a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism or Hospitality Management may be accepted if it is considered that the programme can add extra dimensions to their previous study.


Tuition fees are subject to annual increases and the current fees are for 2024.

*Study grants may be available | Fees are subject to change | All fees are in NZD$
International Domestic
Tuition $24,045* $15,357
Course Related Costs $1,200 n/a
Enrolment Fee $250 $250
Insurance $665 n/a
Total $26,160 $15,607

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