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Undergraduate Programmes

Hospitality, Tourism and Events

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


Course Code: 2245-DP096C (CE 68-110-00/41)
QF Level
  • QF Level: 5 QR Registration No.: 23/000391/L5 Validity Period: 01/09/2023 - 31/08/2028
Mr KK Ho
T: 2867 8329
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) ;
  • 7 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;
  • 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

On successful completion, graduates should be able to / have developed:

A. Knowledge and understanding

  1. demonstrate a detailed understanding of relevant concepts and characteristics appropriate in the study of tourism and be able to apply them creatively; 
  2. generalise and question the nature, structure and significance of tourism;
  3. identify and illustrate the importance of planning, development and management of tourism and tourists in a variety of contexts; 
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the underpinning principles of business and the ability to apply them creatively; 
  5. integrate subject specific knowledge and transferable skills to 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. critically evaluate evidence to support conclusions and/or recommendations, reviewing its reliability, validity and significance;  
  3. manage contradictory information and identify reasons for contradictions;  
  4. be confident and flexible in defining complex problems and apply appropriate knowledge and skills to their solutions

C. Key and transferable skills

  1. 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. 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. information management technology skills. 

Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates should be able to ( i ) critically evaluate the service delivery and management of the on-board cruise ships, and ( ii ) strategically analyse the business environment of the cruise industry for business continuity.

Sharing from Teaching Staff

“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

Sharing from Programme Leaders

Sharing from Plymouth Graduates

Programme Information & Student Sharing

University of Plymouth 


The University of Plymouth, which celebrates its 160th anniversary in 2022, 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 41st overall in The Guardian League Table 2022 UK universities ranking. 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 consistently rated amongst the top modern universities in the UK, woith over two thirds of research rated as "world leading" or of "international quality" in the most recent Research Excellence Framework 2021.. 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 135,000 alumni based in 135 countries around the globe 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 29 providers of Hospitality, event & tourism courses in the UK

Plymouth has been ranked 29th by the Guardian University Guide 2022: League Table for Hospitality, Events and Tourism. The Complete University Guide 2022 ranked the programme 11th place out of 57 for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism.

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Content and

Programme Structure

The entire programme consists of 7 modules (20 credits each, except for Honours Project and The Tourism Experience with 40 credits). Students who complete all modules (180 credits) will obtain Bachelor of Science (Honours) International Tourism Management (Cruise). Under extenuating circumstances, students may be eligible to exit from the programme and obtain an ordinary degree, Bachelor of Science International Tourism Management (Cruise), upon completion of 140 credits (40 credits at FHEQ level 5 and 100 credits at FHEQ level 6, or 60 credits at FHEQ level 5 and 80 credits at FHEQ level 6).

Module Title
  1. Strategic Cruise Operations*
  2. The Tourism Experience
  3. Leadership Practice
  4. Managing Cruise Passenger Services*  
  5. Business Strategy and Consultancy
  6. Tourism Crisis and Disaster*
  7. Honours Project

*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. Plymouth lecturers will fly over to Hong Kong to deliver four modules face-to-face and one module online. Two modules will be taught solely by HKU SPACE teachers. Specialism modules may be taught in weekday evenings and/or weekend daytime. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, field trips (where applicable), guest speaker talks, revision sessions and individual/group projects. 


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, PhD
    LEUNG, Solange
    BScoSc (Hons) HK; MSc Surrey; CHE; D.HTM PolyU
  • Teaching Staff - University of Plymouth
    AGGETT, Mandy HND, BSc (Hons), PGCE, MSc Plymouth
    CHEN, Xiazhao PhD; MSc; BA
    FINN, Kristin PhD; MSc; BSc (Hons); PGCAP
    HINE, Catherine BA; MSc Wales; PhD
    KELLY, Christina PhD; MSc; BSc (Hons); PGCert
    LIM, Wai Mun BA NUS; MBA Leicester; PgCert (Learning and
    Teaching in Higher Education), PhD Plymouth
    SHEPHERD. Derek MSc (by thesis); BSc
    TANYA, Bellingham MSc; BSc
    TRIPATHI, Smita PhD; MBA; MPhil
  • Teaching Staff - HKU SPACE
    CHAN, Alan Dip (Sociology); Dip (Marketing Management);
    CHEUNG, Joanna Doctor of Philosophy HKU; Graduate Diploma
    (Recreation and Sports Management); MBA;
    LAM, Kelvin MSc HKU; BBA
    LI, Wyn MSc; BBA
    NARWANI, Sangeeta MBA; DBA
    YAU, Kenneth MSc; BComm

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) International Tourism Management (Cruise) 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, hospitality, cruise and event 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 on tuition fee.

Fees and

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee* for the 2024/25 academic year is HK$110,250, payable over three semesters. The fee for textbook, re-submission of assessments, and repeating the studies for each module of study is not included. Additional fees of overnight cruise line field trip are not included.

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

Financial Assistance Schemes

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). Programme titles and respective validity periods of the accreditation status are at Full-time students are eligible to apply for Hong Kong government grants and low-interest loans, i.e. Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) and Non-means tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS). For details, please refer to

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 (Subject to availability)

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 

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Entry Requirements

Applicants shall:


hold a Higher Diploma/Associate Degree in Tourism and Events Management / Tourism and Hospitality Management / Hotel Management awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE, or other equivalent qualifications granted by a recognised institution;

2.    (i) hold an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management / Tourism and Travel Experience Management/ Live Entertainment, Festival and Event Management / M.I.C.E. and Event Management awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE, or other equivalent qualifications granted by a recognised institution; AND
    (ii) have 2 years of relevant work experience;

hold an Advanced Diploma with 2 years of relevant work experience / Associate Degree / Higher Diploma in other related disciplines such as Business, Marketing, Management, Leisure, and Recreation Studies granted by a recognised institution; 


have a degree of other disciplines granted by a recognised institution.

Applicants from (3) and (4) may be required to take and pass additional module(s), based on individual merit, before the start of the programme.

If the above academic qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency such as :


an overall band of 6.0 or above in the IELTS (with minimum component scores of 5.5 in all four components: listening, reading, speaking and writing); OR


an overall score of 76 or above in the TOEFL iBT (with minimum component scores of listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 18).       

Mature students (according to University of Plymouth regulation) and applicants with other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Examples of Awards to be Considered by Admission

Admission is not limited to graduates from the following programmes. Applicants from other programmes will be considered on a case-by-case basis.




Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management

Advanced Diploma in Tourism and Travel Experience Management

Advanced Diploma in Live Entertainment, Festival and Event Management

Advanced Diploma in M.I.C.E. and Event Management



HKU SPACE Community College

Higher Diploma in Business


Higher Diploma in Marketing


Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies


Higher Diploma in Airline and Airport Services


Higher Diploma in Public Relations and Corporate Communications


Associate of Business Administration



HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College

Higher Diploma in Hotel Management

Higher Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management


Higher Diploma in Tourism and Events Management


Higher Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management


Higher Diploma in Management Studies



School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University

Associate of Arts (Tourism and Hospitality Management)



Hong Kong Community College

Higher Diploma in Event Management


Associate in Business (Hospitality Management)


Associate in Business (Tourism Management)


Associate in Business (Business Management)



School of Continuing and Professional Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Higher Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Management

Higher Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management



Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education

Higher Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management

Higher Diploma in International Hospitality and Tourism Management


Higher Diploma in International Hotel Management with Smart Service


Higher Diploma in Tourism and MICE


Higher Diploma in Smart Tourism and Event


Higher Diploma in Airport Operations Management


Higher Diploma in Leisure Management



International Culinary Institute, Vocational Training Council

Higher Diploma in International Theme Park and Event Management



Lingnan Institute of Further Education

Higher Diploma in Airline Service and Management

Higher Diploma in Hospitality (Hotel Operations)



UOW College Hong Kong (formerly Community College of City University of Hong Kong)

Associate of Social Science in Event Management

Higher Diploma in Leisure and Recreation Management

Associate of Social Science in Leisure and Tourism Management



Hong Kong College of Technology

Higher Diploma in Tourism Management (Hospitality)

Higher Diploma in Tourism Management (Airline Services)

Higher Diploma in Tourism Management (Tourism and Event Management)



YMCA College of Careers

Higher Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management



Caritas Bianchi College of Careers

Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management



Hong Kong Metropolitan University Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education

Higher Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Studies

Higher Diploma in Tourism and Airlines Studies

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 2024. 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)

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.

PLY Summer School 2016

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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.




This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 5).

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.