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

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) B.A. Hons Hospitality Management (with International Placement)

Course Overview

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  • AL855

    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 now the largest indigenous employer in Ireland, with 230,000 people employed in the industry (Irish Times, 2016). In addition:

  • 2016 was the best year in history for Irish tourism, over 10 million international tourists visited Ireland, up almost 1.5 million from 2015 (Tourism Ireland, 2017);
  • The tourism sector supports 143,500 jobs in the accommodation and food sector alone (Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport, 2017);
  • In 2016, tourism was responsible for overseas earnings of €5.4 billion (Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport, 2017);
  • In 2019 the UK holiday company Centre Parcs will open a new resort in Ballymahon. The Center Parcs village will be the biggest private tourism development in the history of the State, costing €233 million.

What will I experience?

  • ​Business management modules, including HRM, Marketing, Accounting and IT
  • Hospitality management subjects, including culinary, restaurant, bar, front office
  • 2 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. Joining us in 2018? Then you could come on our next trip to Dubai, in January 2019.
  • 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.
  • Three Irish hotels (Ballyfin, Waterford, Ashford) recently featured in the top 10 hotels in the world in a major international travel publication, Condé Nást, in late 2016, with Ballyfin Demense featuring in first place. These five star hotels, and others national and internationally, such as Dromoland Castle, the Savoy and the Ritz (London), Fitzpatrick’s (New York), employ AIT Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure graduates;

What opportunities might it lead to?

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

  • 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

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. Non EU fees information on AIT website.
Course Duration:
4 Year
Course Commencement Date:

September, apply via CAO

CAO Course Code:
Cut Off CAO Points:
Course Award:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Studies
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.

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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Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure students in Dubai, 2017

"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 ourfuture careers! We loved seeing the different culture and learning about the history of Dubai."

Student Testimonial

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Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure students in Beijing, 2016

"I throughly enjoyed myself on our Beijing fieldtrip. It was great to meet students from other courses and to learn about our industry in another country. I would recommend these trips to all students!"

Student Testimonial

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Hospitality students in Shanghai, 2018

Annual field trips to world leading cities help students develop awareness of global issues, standards and opportunities.

Course Structure

Year 1

  • Introduction to Customer Service, Business and Management
  • Learning and Development for Higher Education
  • Beverage Studies
  • Gastronomy
  • Environment, Health & Safety Management
  • Language – French / German / Spanish (languages are optional)
  • Hospitality Costings
  • Restaurant and Culinary Skills
  • Computer Applications 1 for Hotel & Leisure

Year 2

  • Restaurant and Culinary Management
  • Leisure and Spa Management
  • Accommodation Operations
  • Rooms Division Management
  • Accounting
  • Language – French / German / 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
  • Human Resource Management and Training
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Tourism Management
  • Language – French / German / Spanish (languages are optional)
  • Placement. Your third year placement must be overseas, or, if you are an international student, you can do it in Ireland if you wish. Placements can be done in any suitable hotel which we approve. 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 1 & 2
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Dissertation (this can be on any topic of your choice)
  • Data Analytics
  • Tourism Management

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Work Placement

​Students take two work placements during this course, in summer of 2nd year and in summer of 3rd year. The first work placement can be taken locally, nationally or internationally and the second placement must be international. The Department provides dedicated support with all work placements, including assisting students in finding opportunities and then making sure they have positive experiences in 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 the Master’s Business Studies degree in the Department of Business and Management at AIT;
  • Progression to postgraduate courses in hospitality/ tourism/ event/ hotel management worldwide;
  • Progression to research master’s degree in AIT.

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Masters of Business

Facility Gallery

The Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure
Hospitality students in the Burj al Arab, Dubai
Hospitality students in the Burj al Arab, Dubai
Training Bar in the Hospitality Building
Training Restaurant in the Hospitality Building
Training Restaurant in the Hospitality Building
HTL Sport Management Students