Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Hospitality Management (with International Placement)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Hospitality Management (with International Placement)

Course Overview

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  • US932

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

This is an exciting course, which includes a compulsory overseas work placement. You will study the full suite of topics related to managing hospitality at the highest level, including bar, restaurant, front office and food and beverage management. Tourism is one the largest indigenous employers in Ireland, with 230,000 people employed in the industry. In addition:

  • The tourism sector supports 150,000 in the accommodation and food sector alone (Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport);
  • Tourism is worth approximately 6billion to the Irish economy (Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport, 2020);
  • In 2019, UK holiday company Centre Parcs opened a new resort in Ballymahon. Center Parcs invested €233 million in the development of the attraction and employs in excess of 1,000 people.

What will I experience?

  • ​Business management modules, including HRM, Marketing, Accounting and IT
  • Hospitality management subjects, including culinary, restaurant, bar, front office
  • Two compulsory work placements, with at least one compulsory placement overseas
  • Students in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure are eligible to take part in annual international fieldtrips. In the last two years we have visited Italy, Spain, France, China and Dubai and Malaysia.
  • Find out more about this course and our facilities by attending one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students.
  • You will visit 5* properties, Michelin star restaurants and have guest lectures from global authorities on tourism and hospitality during your time at TUS.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Your specialist knowledge of hospitality management will lead to a career in the hospitality, resort, hotel and tourism industries. Here are some routes our graduates pursue:

  • Food and Beverage Managers
  • Hotel Management
  • Hotel Revenue and Finance Careers
  • Hospitality Marketing
  • Careers in tourism and hospitality
  • Graduates have found employment in such companies as the Shelbourne Hotel, Merrion Hotel, Ashford Castle, Dromoland Castle, Ballyfin Demense, Adare Manor, Fitzpatrick Hotel in New York, on cruise ships, in ski resorts, airlines and banks.

Additional Information

Hospitality Management - US932 - Athlone Campus

Assessment Information

We place a lot of emphasis on student support and so we aim to provide a learning environment that is both stimulating and academically challenging, whilst also supporting your learning. You will encounter a range of teaching methods- from lectures, workshops and seminars to hands on practical food and beverage restaurant and kitchen classes. The course is taught by experienced lecturers with a track record of success in many sectors including the hospitality, tourism and culinary industries.

How are you assessed?

We appreciate that different students have different learning styles and so we provide a range of assessment approaches to suit everybody. Here are some of the ways we assess your work:

  • mini-projects
  • Presentations
  • Group work
  • Live client work
  • Examinations
  • Multiple-choice tests
  • Essays
  • Portfolio work

Course Details

Course Fees:
€3,000 + material & placement fee. Students may be SUSI eligible
Course Duration:
4 Year
Course Commencement Date:

September, apply via CAO

CAO Course Code:
Course Award:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum O6/H7 grades in the Leaving Certificate examination. One of the six subjects presented must include English. Two of the six subjects must be at a grade of H5 or above. Level 5 QQI: Any QQI-FET level 5 qualification is acceptable but must contain a minimum of 3 distinctions.

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Course Prospectus


Lecturer Testimonial

Dymphna Scanlon, Lecturer in Hospitality Management Profile Image

Dymphna Scanlon, Lecturer in Hospitality Management

"The hospitality industry is a dynamic, ever evolving industry that provides a wealth of employment opportunities around the world. Now is the right time to begin your career in this fantastic industry!"

Student Testimonial

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TUS Athlone Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Students Fieldtrip to Dubai

"Dubai was an incredible experience for us. It was a place we never thought we would have wanted to visit but now we have a whole new perspective for our future careers! We loved seeing the different cultures and learning about the history of Dubai."

Course Structure

Year 1

  • Culinary and Restaurant Skills
  • Culinary and Restaurant Operations
  • Hospitality Business Management
  • Learning and Development for Higher Education
  • The Art of Mixing Drinks
  • Food Safety and Risk Management
  • Language – French / Spanish (languages are optional)
  • Restaurant and Culinary Skills
  • Introduction to Computer Applications
  • Hospitality Cost Control
  • Beverage Studies
  • Wet Facility Management
  • Digital Skills and Citizenship

Note that electives throughout all years are subject to demand.

Year 2

  • Food Safety and Envirnomental Management
  • Hospitality Financial Accounting
  • Leisure Lifestyles in Hospitality
  • Culinary and Restaurant Supervision
  • Wellness and Wellbeing in Hospitality
  • Rooms Management
  • Culinary and Restaurant Management
  • Language – French / Spanish (languages are optional)
  • Work Placement. This placement can be national or international. We have a large network of national and international partners where you can go for this work placement. It lasts for approx. 3 months.

Year 3

  • Hospitality Event Management
  • Talent Acquisition and Development
  • Marketing
  • Revenue Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Environmental Management & Resource Efficiency
  • Language – French / Spanish (languages are optional)
  • Digital Transformation in Service Businesses
  • Placement. Your third year placement must be overseas, or, if you are an international student, you can do it in Ireland if you wish. We support all students in finding suitable placements through facilitating visiting agents, site visits, contacts with alumni and through our wide network of partners around the world.

Year 4

  • Strategic Management Fundamentals
  • Strategic Management Implementation
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Dissertation (this can be on any topic of your choice)
  • Data Analytics
  • Tourism Management

Careers & Opportunities

Hospitality Management - US932

Students take two work placements during this course, in the summer of 2nd year and in the summer of 3rd year. The first work placement can be taken locally, nationally or internationally and is 3 months in length. The second placement must be international and is six months in length. The Department provides dedicated support with all work placements, including assisting students in finding opportunities and then making sure they have positive experiences in the field. Depending on where you want to go, you may have to contribute to costs for transport/ accommodation at the placement, but this will often be employer funded. We will strive to find paid work placement opportunities for you.

Further Study

  • Progression to MA Tourism Management and Destination Leadership
  • ​Progression to the Master’s Business Studies degree in the Department of Business and Management;
  • Progression to postgraduate courses in hospitality/ tourism/ event/ hotel management worldwide;
  • Progression to research master’s degree.

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