5.400 Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

The Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management (GDHM) is a one-year programme designed for graduates of a bachelor’s degree or similar qualification in a discipline other than hospitality management, who wish to gain the knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the hospitality sector.

All GDHM students are also entitled to take the LCQ at a time that suits, free of charge. The LCQ is a highly useful certification to assist with employability.

GDHM NZQA Qualification Overview »

Job Opportunities

Management positions in New Zealand’s largest industry - hotels, resorts, restaurants, marketing and sales, events and convention centre managers, food and beverage management, rooms division management, customer service.

Programme Information

The programme comprises seven courses, or six courses if the internship option is chosen:

5.101 Principles of Hospitality Management
5.204 Hospitality and Tourism Strategic Management
3.222 Tourism and Hospitality Management
5.303 Integrated Approach to Hospitality Management

And three Stage III elective courses selected from Hospitality Management or Tourism Management programmes.

(Please note that not all elective modules are offered every semester).

Internship Option

This option includes the four courses listed above, 5.398 Hospitality Internship, and one Stage III elective course selected from Hospitality Management or Tourism Management programmes.

The internship comprises 20 hours per week over 12 weeks (240 hours minimum) in a hospitality establishment to allow students to gain practical knowledge and experience in planning and production, dealing with customers, risk assessment, and planning the implementation of operations for daily events.

Internship placements are coordinated via the Student Careers Centre (SCC) and are available at the following hospitality establishments:

Students are required to keep a detailed log of their experiences and provide a systematic analytical framework for recording and analysing their observations.


3 semesters full-time

Start Dates in 2019

► 9 September

Semesters and scheduled breaks:

Semester 1, 2019 - 29 January to 3 May
Between Semester Break - 4 May to 19 May

Semester 2, 2019 - 20 May to 23 August 
Between Semester Break - 24 August to 8 September 

Semester 3, 2019 - 9 September  to 13 December


Entry Requirements

International Students

2019 Programme Fees:    NZ$18,920 
Resource Fees:    NZ$875
Total: NZ$19,795

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

Domestic Students

2019 Programme Fees:    NZ$4,795 
Resource Fees:    NZ$875
Total:    NZ$5,670 

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 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.


Leave us a message below and a representative from AIS will get back to you to answer questions and to guide you further.

*Required fields