Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Management (International Tourism and Hospitality)

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Course Overview

This course has strong links with the tourism and hospitality industries and an agile design in order to meet the professional needs of both learners and businesses.

The Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Management (International Tourism and Hospitality Management) addresses a specific need for professionals working within the hospitality and tourism sectors to develop essential marketing, project management and entrepreneurial skills. 

The programme is designed for both industry professionals looking to upskill and professionals interested in a career in tourism and hospitality management. It will help students develop the sector-specific knowledge and competencies which are vital to career advancement. 

Our Postgraduate Diploma is tailored for professionals, introducing and exploring advanced industry insights and concepts, coupled with practices relating to the hospitality management sector. When combined with our highly-practical real-world teaching approach, learners gain considerable insights into the operation and management of contemporary and cutting-edge technologies, contemporary business practices, emerging trends and international industry developments.

Why study International Tourism and Hospitality Management with Griffith College?

Our Postgraduate Diploma in International Tourism and Hospitality Management is available on a part-time basis over a one-year period and equips students with the specialist skills required for successful careers in the tourism and hospitality fields across a broad range of industries. In this course, you will:

  • Enjoy a flexible study model, with part-time evening and weekend lectures, delivered in a blend of online and in-person learning (pending social distancing regulations).
  • Learners benefit from a responsive and personalised learning experience, with 1-1 support video tutorials, academic skills classes, free-specialised workshops, contemporary assessments and detailed feedback on all coursework.
  • All classes available online and recorded for your convenience; weekend workshops agreed with learners for maximum convenience.
  • Boost your salary; a Higher Education Authority survey found that employers favour applicants with postgraduate qualifications; 43% of taught postgrads earn between €35,000-79,999, with less than a quarter of undergrads with the same earning power.
  • Develop transferable skills in critical analysis, project management, hospitality workflow processes and lean business practices.
  • Unique to Griffith College, we help you develop the skills to grow into an agile and dynamic manager, with our responsive and industry-specific ‘Management for Managers’ model.
  • The programme is fully industry orientated and addresses real-world issues such as; agile business models, business transformation, revenue and value streams, marketing and brand management, financial operations and cashflow, employment and hospitality law.
  • Delivered from Limerick but available to applicants nationwide.

Intake Dates

We run two intakes for this course, commencing as follows:


  • Autumn: September*
  • Spring: February*


*subject to sufficient numbers

What our students say

Nonyelum Onwuzurumba
The quality of the modules taught reflects the vast knowledge of the lecturers from industry experience and academic research. Even when we were required to adopt blended learning in the middle of the academic year, the lecturers were still very approachable, and all these have become a memorable learning experience that will last a lifetime!
Nonyelum Onwuzurumba
MSc in International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Course Details

Core Business Modules

This module is concerned with the nature and scope of human resource management and the strategic application of human resources activities and techniques. It examines Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) from a management science perspective, enabling learners to know and improve how they contribute to the strategic process of management of human resources. It aims to provide knowledge to understand the external environments and internal capabilities, resources and processes that underpin SHRM. 

This module examines the role played by leadership and management in organisations (commercial, public and voluntary) and in determining organisational culture. There are contested and competing views (both in theory and in practice) about management and leadership: what they are and about how leadership affects management. The main purpose of the module is to encourage learners to critically examine leadership and management models. Learners gain knowledge and understanding of new models, which allows consideration in how they might modify their own current or future leadership and management behaviours. It recognises the importance of continuous development in leadership and management roles.

This module introduces and develops the concepts, perspectives, and tools associated with the discipline of strategy formulation and development within the complexities of undertaking business in different industrial and market contexts, countries and cultures. As well as providing the learner with a core body of knowledge of strategy, the module aims to go beyond the prescriptive “toolbox” approach to strategy making and develop and instil in the learner an appreciation of the complexities, subtleties and behavioural factors that fundamentally shape what businesses do and why.

This module provides learners with a solid underpinning of the theories, frameworks, and models of international marketing combined with a strong sense of global awareness and cultural sensitivity essential for today’s business world. It gives them the skills to discriminate between markets and enable them to select those that present the greatest opportunities. It also provides learners with the knowhow for developing appropriate marketing plans and programmes and to determine whether a global, local or global approach to marketing is best.

The module provides the learner with a well-rounded financial understanding of the role and goals of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management. The module also aims to provide learners with the analytical tools necessary for determining the financial implications of business activities and decisions in an entrepreneurial context.

Research Methods introduces the learner to the purpose and role of research in business and the different qualitative and quantitative traditions and approaches practised in research. These research abilities are central to improving business decision making through solid research and data collection. The majority of learners on the PGDip will progress to MSc or MBA programmes and this module ensures they are well prepared for the dissertation by the development and production of a solid, well informed research proposal that provides them with a sound basis for carrying out independent research under supervision.

Tourism and Hospitality Management Modules

This module explores the subject of sustainability from a local, European and International perspective and its application to the tourism industry. The understanding of such an area of tourism management at all levels (local, national or other) is essential to sustaining and developing tourism. Tourism overall requires in depth analysis of economic, environmental, political and many other external factors to ensure long-term viability and sustainability. The module will enable the learner to develop essential skills in engaging with policy and planning measures for sustainability. 

This module is designed to provide learners with a diverse and current knowledge of contemporary issues within the overall global tourism and hospitality sector. The module examines the emerging issues in tourism and hospitality and as such, the module content evolves and develops in line with industry trends and projections. Typically, learners will be exposed to a range of current issues influencing tourism and hospitality organisations, both domestically and internationally. Learners will research, reflect on and interrogate issues, to identify the challenges and opportunities they present to organisations, and explore the proactive strategies that can be employed. 

This module investigates the regulation of the international tourism sector and examines key current issues in the subject area. It equips learners with the knowledge, skill and competence to provide legal and policy advice to a wide range of stakeholders in the tourism industry. Successful learners possess a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights regarding international tourism law that will enable them to manage tourism businesses within a professional legal context.

The module provides participants with an advanced insight into and appreciation for the complexities of the international event industry. It will also equip them with the competence to successfully plan and manage different types of events while adopting innovative approaches to ensure industry best practice. It will provide participants with an advanced understanding of the typology of international event forms, placing the industry in an environmental context that facilitates learning and understanding of a growing global diverse industry sector. 


The Postgraduate Diploma in International Hospitality and Tourism Management will consist of three taught semesters over 12 months.

Per semester:

Initial six weeks – three evenings per week, as follows:

  • Tuesdays: International Strategy, 6.30-8pm
  • Tuesdays: Leadership and Management Development, 8.00-9.30pm
  • Wednesdays: Global Marketing, 6.30-9pm
  • Thursdays: Managerial Finance, 6.30-9pm

Following six weeks – three weekend workshops

Academic Calendar

You can download our Academic Calendar here.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply directly to Griffith College.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved honours degree, to at least H2.2 level, in a business related discipline or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary/or professional institution. Non-business graduates or candidates with substantial work experience may apply but will be subject to interview.

Griffith College is now accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. Please see here for further details.

Non-EU/Non-EEA applicants please note: 

These Irish Government-funded programmes are only available to Non-EU/Non-EEA applicants who are currently resident in Ireland with an Immigration Stamp 4/Stamp 4 EU FAM, who have been living in Ireland with a valid Stamp 4/Stamp 4 EU FAM for 3 out of the last 5 years. The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4/Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4/Stamp 4 EU FAM.

How to Apply

You can submit an application on our website. Once we receive your application a member of our admissions team will be in contact with you to outline the documents required to process your application.


For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from the time of application.

Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Full-Time

Limerick: EUR 7,750.00


Study Mode: Part-Time

Limerick: EUR 7,750.00

Study Mode: Full-Time

Please refer to the Irish/EU Living Abroad Fees section.

Study Mode: Full-Time


Non-EU living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.


Non-EU students: a Student Services and Administration fee of EUR200 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of €250 is payable each September at the start of term. For students starting in the January/February term, €125 is payable in February, and then €250 will be payable each September from then onwards. 

A 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted. The fees above relate to Year 1 fees only.

Flexible payment options

Students wishing to pay their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please view our Fees information page for more information and assistance.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.

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