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Tourism Management / Bainistiú Turasóireachta

DT406

What is... Tourism Management?  

The BA in Tourism Management is a great start for those wishing to pursue a career in the vibrant, worldwide, travel and tourism industry.  The programme creates a learning environment for students to develop sharp insights into management and tourism and how they are brought together successfully in tourism industries. 

Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries worldwide and it is forecasted as one of the fastest growing global sectors.  Tourism in Ireland and worldwide is a promising sector and with this it creates unique and exciting career opportunities. 

The programme is within the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, a centre of excellence in Tourism Management, developed through its social, ethical and leadership competencies in this field.  

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Graduate employment opportunities are available in Ireland and around the globe in this very diverse sector.   We develop a range of key transferrable skills and competencies in students that can be applied in a range of fields.  Graduates can also explore postgraduate education or even set up their own tourism business. 

Just some of the areas of work include airlines, tourism operations and tourist information centres, travel and transport agents, tourism research and policy, visitor attraction management, government tourism agencies and consultancy. 

What other options do I have after completion?

Graduates have found the BA programme an excellent foundation for continuing their studies to acquire a Level 8, BSc (Honours) in Tourism Management (DT406A), in DIT, and other programmes at Honours Degree and Masters level.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?   

Tourism management focuses on the broad tourism industry and includes a professional internship, practical modules and academic subjects, while preparing students for leadership in this field.  The programme combines academic knowledge with field trips, site visits, and practical work experience in the tourism industry. 

A key focus of the programme is on applied management and business subjects, for example, accounting, information technology, human resource management, marketing and communications. These are complemented by more tourism, field specific subjects, such as tourism studies, sustainable tourism, tourism policy and planning, tourism service operations, and heritage, culture and tourism.  

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.  Internships give students an edge when it comes to getting that job in the tourism industry.  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. 

Each student completes an internship/placement in industry during the second semester of year 2 either in Ireland or abroad.

Module Listing

Year One  

Semester 1

  • Management
  • Computer Applications
  • Applied Communications
  • Languages
  • Marketing for the Hospitality, Tourism, Leisure & Event Industries
  • Tourism Studies

Semester 2

  • Applied Communications
  • Tourism Destinations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Languages
  • Heritage, Culture & Tourism
  • Economics for the Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure Sectors

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Management 
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Accounting for Tourism
  • Languages
  • Options

Semester 2: Professional Internship

Erasmus & Professional Internsip: A period of professional internship in the touroms industry in undertaken in this year, preceded by a tailored induction programme. The internship is arranged & supervised though the School Of Hospitality Management & Tourism.

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Contemporary Tourism Issues
  • Tourism Services Operations
  • Management Accounting- Costing & Decision Making
  • eTourism
  • Options

Semester 2

  • Tourism Enterprise Development 
  • Tourism Policy & Planning
  • Management Accounting- Planning & Control
  • Tourism Law
  • Options 

 

Are there study abroad options?

The BA Tourism Management offers the opportunity to undertake a work placement abroad.  If work placements are completed, within the EU, they can be funded through the Erasmus Student programme.  

Further Information  

School of Hospitality Management & Tourism

T: 01 402 7563 (Dr Geraldine Gorham)

T: 01 402 4352 (Mary Dineen)

E: Geraldine.Gorham@dit.ie

E: tourism.hospitality@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/hospitalitymanagementtourism/