3.400 Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management

The Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management (GDTM) is a one-year programme comprising seven courses, and is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than Tourism Management who wish to broaden their career options. For some students, it is a prelude to postgraduate study in Tourism Management; for others it is a bridge into an employment situation which meaningfully utilises their dual skill set.

GDTM NZQA Qualification Overview »

Job Opportunities

National tourist offices, travel agencies, reservations, marketing and sales, events organisation and management, tour operators, airlines and transportation companies, resorts and hospitality providers, heritage bodies, environment and conservation agencies, customer service.

Programme Information

The programme comprises seven courses, including:
3.119 Principles of Tourism
3.222 Tourism and Hospitality Management
3.317 Tourism Policy Planning and Development

Plus one Stage 2 and three Stage 3 elective courses selected from Tourism Management, Hospitality Management or Business.

Internship Option: 3.398 Tourism Internship may be taken in place of two Stage 3 elective courses and comprises an internship of 20 hours per week over 12 weeks (240 hours minimum), subject to NZQA approval.


3 semesters full-time

Start Dates in 2018

30 January, 21 May, 10 September

Semesters and scheduled breaks:

Semester 3, 2017 - 11 September  to 15 December
Between Semester Break - 16 December 2017 to 29 January 2018

Semester 1, 2018 - 30 January  to 4 May
Between Semester Break - 5 May to 20 May

Semester 2, 2018 - 21 May to 24 August 
Between Semester Break - 25 August to 9 September 

Semester 3, 2018 - 10 September  to 14 December
Between Semester Break - 15 December 2018 to 28 January 2019

Entry Requirements

International Students

2018 Programme Fees:    NZ$18,080 per 7 courses
Resource Fees:    NZ$840
Total: NZ$18,920 per 7 courses

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$270 per year (or NZ$27 per month or part thereof).

Domestic Students

2018 Programme Fees:    NZ$4,795 per 7 courses
Resource Fees:    NZ$840
Total:    NZ$5,635 per 7 courses

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$270 per year (or NZ$27 per month or part thereof).


This programme is eligible for a student loan from Studylink. Contact Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or log on to www.studylink.govt.nz to apply for student finance.


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