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Hospitality Management / Bainistíocht Aíochta

DT408

What is… Hospitality Management?

The hospitality industry in Ireland and worldwide is performing very strongly and needs qualified graduates to work in and run operations in this sector. Our students learn how to be competent as managers in any functional area in a hospitality business whether that is working in a top hotel or resort or opening your own restaurant, hotel or bar. 

This is a great industry for those interested in travel as positions are plentiful and the financial rewards are attractive.

This dynamic course provides an industry focused curriculum taught through a range of practical and academic learning styles to maximize the learning experience.  Students learn all the necessary business skills to equip them for management, while getting plenty of opportunities to put their skills into practice.

What are my... Career opportunities? 

Graduates are trained professionals with sound operational work experience and a comprehensive understanding of the hospitality industry.

Career opportunities are almost limitless in hotels and food and tourism enterprises worldwide. As such, they are in demand by a large cross section of the industry from general and operational management within the hospitality industry, to more specialised areas.

Career opportunities in this sector include Marketing and Sales, Human Resource Management, Food and Beverage Management, Rooms Division Management and Conferencing Management in Ireland and abroad.

What other options do I have after completion?   

Students who have reached the appropriate standards may have access to the one year BSc in Hospitality Management (add-on) programme (DT408A), other programmes in DIT and elsewhere at third level.

Learning Outcomes: What will I study?

Students are equipped with knowledge, understanding and professional management skills needed to be successful in the exciting and vibrant hospitality industry. 

The combination of key business subjects (such as Management, Communications, Finance, Marketing or Human Resource Management) with essential operational subjects (such as Hospitality Industry Studies, Rooms Division, Food and Beverage Management) ensures that our graduates are well equipped for a successful career in the sector.  Final year students will have the opportunity to follow a specialised stream in one of the following areas: Food and Beverage Management, Rooms Division Management or Conference and Event Management. 

European languages are becoming ever-increasingly important in the world of work and therefore students also study one European language. 

Internships / Work Placements

We want our graduates to be ready for the workplace upon completing their degree. We are serious about maximizing the potential for students to learn practical skills from real-life work experiences.  Internships give students an edge when it comes to getting that job in the hospitality sector.  Employers place huge value on first hand work experience on top of college education and we ensure that our students have both of these.  These are unique networking opportunities to make contacts for careers in the future. 

Students on the programme will undertake a six-month professional internship/placement in Year 2 where there are opportunities to travel abroad to gain professional hospitality experience. 

Module Listing 

Year One  

  • Applied Communications
  • Computer Applications
  • Economics
  • Food & Beverage Studies
  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Introduction to Rooms Division Management
  • Hospitality Industry Studies
  • Food & Beverage Culinary Theory
  • Languages
  • Management
  • Marketing 
  • Kitchen & Larder

Year Two 

  • Human Resource Management
  • Languages
  • Management
  • Management Accounting - Costing & Decision Making
  • Database & Industry Software

In the second semester students undertake a Professional Internship

Year Three 

  • Data Analysis
  • Enterprise Development
  • Financial Accounting
  • Hospitality Law
  • Information Systems
  • Management Accounting - Planning & Control
  • Strategic Management
  • Optional Modules  

Are there study abroad options?

In year 2 of the programme students have the opportunity to participate in a professional internship in selected hospitality organisations in Ireland, Europe and the United States. If work placements are completed outside Ireland and within the EU, grants are available through the EU Erasmus + programme.

Further Information   

School of Hospitality Management & Tourism

T: 01 402 7554 (Ann Conway)

T: 01 402 4352 (Mary Dineen)

E: Ann.Conway@dit.ie

E: tourism.hospitality@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/hospitalitymanagementtourism/

What Our Students Say

“For me a crucial part was the friends I made who made my college days fun and enjoyable, even as I write this I think of all the funny things that we did and how many memories I have made in DIT.   The course is quite diverse and each year was different from the other.  In the second year I was required to complete a six month internship, for me this was such a good experience as not only did it help me prepare for now in terms of writing CV's but also getting more used to doing interviews and gaining industry experience from which I learned the difference between practice and theory and also where I would like to work in the future.  I also liked that I did the three year course and that I had the option to progress and to do a final add on year. I would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in business, hospitality and related customer focused sectors as the course covers a wide variety of modules” - Aoife Walsh