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Undergraduate Programmes

Hospitality, Tourism and Events

Bachelor of Science (Honours) International Tourism Management (Cruise)


Course Code: 2145-DP096A (CE 68-110-00/31)
Mr KK Ho
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Ms Sara Liu
T: 2867 8408


Programme Overview


The global cruise industry is experiencing rapid growth internationally, there are countless opportunities for rewarding careers on-board ships for those seeking to combine global travel and a career in hospitality and tourism. This programme has been offered at University of Plymouth since 2004 in the UK. During this period many of the graduates have pursued permanent careers in the cruise ship sector working with companies such as Celebrity cruises, Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruises, Princess Cruises as well as P&O and Cunard.

This programme aims to enable students to gain a thorough understanding of this unique employment area and have a critical awareness of the issues that underpin best practice. In addition, the programme enables students to develop vocationally relevant managerial skills needed for employment in the global cruise industry and the wider hospitality sector. Overnight cruise line field trip and cruise terminal visits will be arranged for students to deepen their understandings of the cruise industry (where possible). Students will also have the opportunity to apply for the short-term internship on international cruise lines, such as Royal Caribbean International, and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal as this programme aims to provide a world class education for those considering the cruise industry as a genuine career choice.

Programme Highlights

Our degrees develop vocationally relevant managerial skills needed for employment in the global tourism industry and the wider hospitality sector, so that you are well-prepared to meet the changing demands of society and the economy.

  • Ranked 14 for Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management in 2018 for Guardian Subject League Table;
  • Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation and ranked top 50 research university (Research Fortnight Research Power League Table 2014) ;
  • 8 modules are assessed by assignments only;
  • Offered different work placement opportunities, where possible, to enrich your RESUME;
  • Gained integrated knowledge from two parts of the world, UK and HK;
  • Blended learning mode during the COVID-19 pandemic: Face-to-face and online teaching by both Plymouth and local lecturers;
  • Provided a valuable opportunity to take part in Plymouth Summer School and 3-month student exchange opportunities in Plymouth, UK;
  • Two programmes* were accreditated by HKCAAVQ as QF Level 5. Full-time students are eligible to apply for Government Grants and low interest loans;
  • Some modules of two programmes* have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund (CEF); and
  • Graduates are highly recognised by employers and awarded a reputable and achievable UK Bachelor Degree and move up your career path anywhere in the world!

Intended Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge and understanding

  1. evaluate critically, from a strategic perspective, the interaction of hospitality systems within the business environment;
  2. evaluate critically the complex interaction of the hospitality customer, the hospitality employee, and the hospitality resource;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the underpinning principles of business and the ability to apply them creatively;
  4. apply learning and understanding of food operations to meet the needs of society, industry and consumers for high quality, safe and innovative food products;
  5. integrate subject specific knowledge and transferable skills to develop a specialism in depth, conduct a research investigation, and effectively report the findings.

B. Cognitive and intellectual skills

  1. analyse new and/or abstract information and situations without guidance, using a range of appropriate techniques;
  2. transform abstract information and concepts towards a given purpose;
  3. critically evaluate evidence to support conclusions and/or recommendations, reviewing its reliability, validity and significance;
  4. deal with contradictory information and identify reasons for contradictions;
  5. be confident and flexible in defining complex problems and apply appropriate knowledge and skills to their solutions.

C. Key and transferable skills

  1. Transferable communication skills;
  2. Interpersonal and team working skills;
  3. Self-management and professional development skills;
  4. ICT skills;
  5. Numeracy skills.

D. Employment related skills

  1. Problem solving and research methods skills;
  2. An understanding of a variety of common responses to gather relevant information;
  3. Learning skills (reflection/evaluation, synthesis).

E. Practical skills

  1. Presentation and oral communication skills;
  2. Written Communication skills;
  3. Computer and Information Management Technology Skills.

“The theories and real life examples taught in the HKU Space’s Cruise Management Program allows students to get an understanding of the real happenings in the cruise industry and how each of the theories are applied flexibly on a day to day basis.  This knowledge and experience will be invaluable in boosting the students ahead when they are forging their career in the cruise industry.”

By Mr. Kenneth Yau, teacher, Assistant Vice President, Crystal Asia - Business Development, Genting Cruise Lines

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University of Plymouth 


The University of Plymouth, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2012, is one of the UK’s most prominent and dynamic universities with an educational history dating back to 1862. The University of Plymouth was ranked 14th in The Guardian League Table 2018 UK universities ranking and it is renowned for its high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation. Described by Times Higher Education as among the newly-emerging ‘modern global elite’, University of Plymouth is ranked inside the top 280 universities in the world, and 42nd in terms of those aged under 50.

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The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation.

With a mission to Advance Knowledge and Transform Lives, Plymouth is a top 50 research university ( Research Fortnight Research Power League Table 2014),with clusters of world class research across a wide range of disciplines including marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. A three-time winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the University continues to grow in stature and reputation.

It has a strong track record for teaching and learning excellence and has one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university. With over 19,000 students, and a further 9,500 studying for Plymouth degree at partner institutions in the UK and around the world, and over 130,000 alumni pursuing their chosen careers globally, it has a growing global presence.

The mission of Plymouth Business School is to put business ready graduates on the path to a successful career and happy life. With a focus on learning by doing through live briefs, experiential education and students as active researchers the lecturers are dedicated to building resilience, decision making and leadership capabilities in our students.

Staff within the Tourism and Hospitality teaching team also undertake exciting and innovative research covering such subjects as: genocide heritage; tourism and crime prevention; tourism employability; and the development of tourism and heritage related narratives. Plymouth staff have also published articles in top-rated tourism journals such as the Annals of Tourism Research and Tourism Management.

The Guardian recently voted University of Plymouth as one of the top 14 providers of tourism courses in the UK

Plymouth has been ranked 14th overall out of 45 by the Guardian University Guide 2018: League Table for Hospitality, Events and Tourism and 12th out of 49 overall by the Sunday Times University Guide 2014: Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism. The Complete University Guide 2014 ranked the programme 12th place out of 60 for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism.


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Content and

Programme Structure

The entire programme consists of 8 modules (20 credits each, except for Honours Project with 40 credits). Students who complete all modules (180 credits) will obtain Bachelor of Science (Honours) Cruise Management. Under extenuating circumstances, students who complete modules 1-6, 8 may be eligible to exit from the programme and obtain an ordinary degree, Bachelor of Science Cruise Management, upon completion of 140 credits.

Module Title
  1. Leadership
  2. English for Academic Purposes
  3. Cruise Operations and Passenger Services*
  4. Managing Service Innovation*
  5. Research Methods
  6. Hospitality Dynamics*
  7. Honours Project
  8. Cruise Operations Continuity Planning*

*Specialism modules may be delivered in weekday evenings and/or weekend daytime. 

The above programme structure is intended for use as a guide to prospective students. HKU SPACE and University of Plymouth reserve the right to vary the structure.

Duration of Study

With full exemptions granted, students can complete the programme in 1.5 years.

Teaching mode

University of Plymouth and HKU SPACE are jointly responsible for teaching various modules and delivering the honours project through consultations, tutorials and workshops. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, field trips (where possible), guest speaker talks, revision sessions and individual/group projects. Two cruise-related modules will be taught in weekday evenings.


All coursework of the programme will be conducted in English.

The mode of assessment is different from module to module but will be generally based on a combination of coursework (including assignments and tests/ projects). Throughout the programme, students will be assessed by a combination of:

  • Report Writing
  • Case-study assignments
  • Oral presentation
  • Project
  • Tests (open/closed book) - if applicable

On Campus Transfer

Overseas study opportunities for a full semester will be available for several students to study in Plymouth with all Hong Kong credits being counted toward the qualification. No additional tuition fees will be applied. Financial subsidies and accommodation may be arranged for students if needed.

Teaching Staff

  • Programme Leaders 
    PARKMAN, Richard
    BSc; PgCert (Post compulsory education); MSc
    LEUNG, Solange
    BScoSc (Hons) HK; MSc Surrey; CHE; D.HTM
  • Teaching Staff - University of Plymouth
    AGARWAL, Sheela PhD Exeter
    AGGETT, Mandy HND; BSc (Hons); PGCE; MSc Plymouth
    BOWSTEAD, Helen BA (Hons); PGCert (Teaching English for Academic Purposes); PGCE (Post compulsory Education and Training); MA in Education 
    HINE, Catherine BA; MSc Wales
    HORNER, Susan BSc; MBA; PhD
    HUANG, Rong AdvDip (Accounting) MIFM; AdvDip (Public Relations) Human Normal University; MA, PhD Derby; PGCert LTHE Plymouth
    KELLY, Christina PhD; Msc; BSc (Hons); PGCert
    LIM, Wai Mun BA NUS; MBA Leicester; PgCert (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education), PhD Plymouth
    PARKMAN, Richard BSc; PgCert (Post compulsory education); MSc
  • Teaching Staff - HKU SPACE
    CHEUNG, Adonis Dip.Int’l Business & Mkt; Dip.T. Mgt; Dip. Internal Audit & Control; MBA; MHRMl; PhD; IRCA QMS Principal Auditor; Chartered Marketer; FHKQMA; MCIM
    LAM, Kelvin BBA; MSc HKU
    LEE, Annie BBA; MSc
    LEUNG, Solange BScoSc (Hons) HK; MSc Surrey; CHE; D.HTM
    NARWANI, Sangeeta MBA; DBA
    POON, Pamela BA; MBA 
    NG, Ardis BA; MS; MA
    YEUNG, Vanessa BA; MSc; CHE

Award and


This bachelor programme confers offshore degrees carrying the same academic status and recognition as that offered to University of Plymouth’s on-campus graduates.

Students are expected to graduate from the registered programme of study upon satisfactory completion of all stated modules and the honours project, and they will be awarded the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Cruise Management from University of Plymouth.

Work Placement

Students will have opportunities to voluntarily participate in various tourism, hospitality, event, and cruise related job placements & internship in Hong Kong in order to gain more exposure and polish their customer service skills.

Career Opportunities

This programme designed with the vision of developing high-calibre tourism and hospitality managers with an international perspective. Each course is designed to produce graduates who have the skills to function and communicate in the exciting industry, one of the world’s fastest growing fields. Learning is enriched through a wide range of activities, in particular professional talks, case study discussions and field trips (where possible) which blend business management perspectives with local insight. Graduates can also consider working in service industries that appreciate their transferable management skills and aptitude developed from the programmes.

The University of Plymouth has strong links with a number of global cruise companies and work in partnership with Celebrity Cruises (RCL), P&O and Cunard (Carnival UK). Currently, there are students working onboard as Guest Relations officers, Food and Beverage officers and in Shore excursions departments with both Celebrity cruise lines and P&O cruises.

Further Studies

Upon graduation, students will have developed independent thinking skills, critical analysis of current hospitality and tourism management knowledge. Honours degree students will have undertaken a final-year project which includes data collection and analysis, therefore, students will be well-equipped with research skills necessary for further studies. Graduates with second-class honours are eligible to apply for the Master of Science Tourism and Hospitality Management programme, in collaboration with University of Plymouth at HKU SPACE (Full time: 12 months; Part time: 18 months), and they can enjoy 10% alumni discount of tuition fee.

Fees and

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee* for the 2023/24 academic year is HK$105,000, payable over three semesters. The fee for textbook, re-submission of assessments, and repeating the studies for each module of study is not included.

*The tuition fee is reviewed annually and is subject to change without prior notice.

Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme  (ENLS)

Students of Cruise Management programme are eligible to apply for the HKSAR Government’s Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS). The maximum financial assistance under the ENLS is equivalent to the total tuition fee payable to the HKU SPACE in the academic year. 

Scholarships and Bursaries

Rudy Choy Educational Fund Scholarships

Two scholarships will be awarded by the Rudy Choy Educational Fund under SKAL International Hong Kong to new Tourism, Hospitality and Cruise Management students with outstanding achievements in their Higher Diploma studies in HKU SPACE Community College/ HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College. Each scholarship is worth HK$10,000.

IC Scholarship 

(for all CC and HPSHCC AD/HD Graduates)  

Applicants from HKU SPACE CC/HPSHCC graduates or alumni are entitled to a scholarship of HK$7,000 for enrolling on an IC undergraduate programme in 2023/24. If students achieve a CGPA of 2.8 or above in your sub-degree programme, they will be awarded an additional incentive of HK$5,000 (total scholarship amount: HK$12,000). 

To be eligible for the scholarship and/or the incentive, students are required to pay the deposit as stipulated in the conditional offer letter or the tuition fee as stipulated in the final offer letter, whichever applicable, on or before the payment due date. The total scholarship amount (either HK$7,000 or HK$12,000) will be disbursed to students after the commencement of the programme on which they have successfully enrolled. 

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Entry Requirements

Applicants shall:

1.  hold an Advanced Diploma/ Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management / Tourism and Hospitality Management awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE;
2.  A. (i)

hold an Advanced Diploma/ Associate Degree /Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management granted by a recognised institution;


    (ii) hold an Advanced Diploma/ Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma in other related disciplines such as Business, Marketing, Management, Leisure, and Recreation Studies granted by a recognised institution; 
  B. provide evidence of English proficiency such as:
    (a) HKCEE English Language at Level 2; or
    (b) HKCEE English Language (Syllabus B) at Grade E (Grade C in the case of English Language (Syllabus A)); or
    (c)  HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 2; or
    (d) an overall band of 6.0 or above in the IELTS; or
    (e) a score of 500 in the paper-based TOEFL or a score of 173 in the computer-based TOEFL and a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English.
3. have a degree of other disciplines.
Applicants from (2) and (3) may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants from (2Aii) and (3) may be required to take and pass additional modules based on individual merit before the start of the programme.

Since the teaching of the additional module(s) will start in mid-June, students who are required to take additional module(s) need to apply the programme BY MAY 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.


Progression Path


Student Work
and Activities

Lecture Activities

Leadership activity in HKU Flora Ho Sports Center and Stanley Smith Swimming Pool (Sept 2016)

Leadership activity in HKU Flora Ho Sports Center and Stanley Smith Swimming Pool (Sept 2016)

On Campus Transfer

Overseas study opportunities for a full semester will be available for several students to study in Plymouth with all Hong Kong credits being counted toward the qualification. No additional tuition fees will be applied. Financial subsidies and accommodation may be arranged for students if needed.

Plymouth Summer School

Students will have a valuable opportunity to take part in the Summer School course organised by University of Plymouth for two or four weeks in July/ August so as to improve their English communication skills, meet people from around the world, and experience school life in Plymouth. This Summer School is optional and its costs are additional to the programme’s tuition fee.

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Alumni Activities

Alumni Night with students and teachers (Sept 2016)

Alumni Night with students and teachers (Sept 2016)

CSM London Summer Study Programme

This programme organised by IC provides a valuable opportunity for students to enroll into a short course in Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design (CSM), one of the world’s leading institutes for arts and design education with 150 years of history.




N10 The accreditation status of the programme is subject to the final approval of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.

This is an exempted course under the Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.