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NFQ Level:  7
Credits: 180
Award Type: Major Award
Application: Apply Now
Closing Date: Friday, 8th December 2023
Modules: View Modules

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Course Description

This programme offers those currently employed or seeking employment in the hotel industry the opportunity to pursue a degree in hotel management while simultaneously working with their sponsoring employer. Each year the programme will comprise of the delivery of 60 credits of study through a blended learning approach. This programme will require students to spend two blocks of four weeks per annum at MTU Kerry North Campus’ state-of-the-art facilities in the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department. During this period a number of modules will be delivered. The remaining modules will be delivered online and through work-based learning. An exit award, the Higher Certificate in Hotel Supervisory Management, is available after successful completion of year two.

Download: Bachelor of Arts in Hotel Management (TMDP) Flyer


Year 1:

  • Learning at Third Level
  • Introduction to Hotel Management
  • Introduction to Hotel Industry
  • Food and Beverage Studies 1
  • Work-based Learning 1
  • Operations 1
  • Food & Beverage Costing
  • Hotel Marketing
  • Communications for Hotel Business
  • Work-Based Learning 2
  • Operations 2

Year 2:

  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Work-based Learning 3
  • Social Media Applications for the Hotel Industry
  • Room Division Management and CRM
  • Finance for Hotels
  • Hotel Law
  • Selling the Hotel Product
  • Food & Beverage Studies 2
  • Work-Based Learning 4

Year 3:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Management Practice
  • Human Resource Planning, Recruitment & Selection
  • Financial Management for Hotel Industry
  • Work-based Learning Management 1
  • Facility Planning, Design & Management
  • Revenue Management for the Hotel Industry
  • Training & Development
  • Entrepreneurship - Business Development
  • Work-based Learning Management 2


Entry Requirements

Applicants should currently be employed or seeking employment in a sponsoring hotel before course commencement. Applicants under 23 years of age must have achieved an O6/H7 in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate including English OR Irish and Maths. Mature applicants i.e. applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2023, are not required to hold a Leaving Certificate.


3 years commencing in January 2023


€3,095 per annum (please note fees quoted are for academic year 21/22 and are subject to annual review). Up to 35% funding may be available from South West Gnó, South Kerry Skillnet or Rural Food Skillnet for candidates from eligible member organisations within the sector.

Progression Opportunities

Having successfully completed this programme, students can apply for progression to the BA (Honours) in Hotel Management.

Why Study Hotel Management at IT Tralee?

This unique programme allows you to continue working while studying for your degree. You will meet a network of similar trainee managers from hotels all around Ireland. You will learn from the IT Tralee’s specialist lecturers and get exposure to the leading hospitality experts in Ireland through site visits and master classes.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

There are a range of career opportunities in the hotel sector including General Manager, Head of Department, Duty Manager and specialised management positions such as Food & Beverage, Front Office, Revenue, Human Resources, Marketing and Events Managers.

IT Tralee Students Complete the Certificate in Hotel Analytics (CHIA) Course


A group of 20 Students on the BA in Hotel Management (T.M.D.P.) recently completed the internationally recognised CHIA Certification course as a part of their Revenue Management Module under the professional guidance of Sarah Duignan (Director of Client Relationships – STR) and Michael Crossan (Lecturer in Revenue Management, IT Tralee). The certification in Hotel Industry Analytics, abbreviated as CHIA, is the leading certification for hospitality and tourism graduate and undergraduate students. The academic version of the CHIA certification was launched in 2012 with 50 universities involved in the pilot programme and nearly 400 students received the CHIA designation. The CHIA is geared to revenue managers, hotel managers, and research professionals and is the only hotel-related certification for industry professionals focused on analytics. The programme is jointly offered by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) and (STR) and it provides recognition of thorough knowledge of the foundational metrics, definitions, formulas, and methodologies used by the hotel industry. It Tralee is also an accredited member of the SHARE Center which provides resources to colleges and universities, including user-defined destination reports, comprehensive set of sample reports, a wide range of global industry publications, and access to articles and presentations. IT Tralee is the first college in Ireland to offer the CHIA to its students and students who have successfully completed the course will be able to use the “CHIA” designation after their names, just like their tutors and other industry professionals.

Bord Failte, Irish Hotels federation, Trainee Manager development Programme

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

Lifelong Learning Department

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