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Undergraduate Programmes

Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management


Course Code: 1545-DP064A (CE 68-858-00/71)
  • QF Level: 5 QR Registration No.: 15/000953/L5 Validity Period: 01/09/2015 to 31/08/2019
Mr. Jason So
T: 2520 4607


Plymouth University x HKU SPACE Day

Plymouth University and HKU SPACE will jointly organise a Plymouth University x HKU SPACE Day with Professional Seminars and Programme Information Sessions. 



DATE: 12 Oct 2017 (Thursday)

TIME: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

VENUE: Room 204, 2/F Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Road, Hong Kong (access via the shopping arcade escalators through Exit A, Admiralty MTR Station)

SPEAKER: Mr. Jeff Bent, Managing Director, Worldwide Cruise Terminals

                   Ms. Laura Escober, Crew trainer, MSC Cruises in Hong Kong & Macau district


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Programme Overview

This tourism management degree programme aims to enable students to gain a broad understanding of the development of tourism and have a critical awareness of the issues that underpin best practice in this field. The programme also enables students to meet the changing demands of society and the economy, and develop vocationally relevant managerial skills needed for employment or further study. In particular, students will be able to integrate subject specific knowledge and transferable skills to develop a specialist topic in depth, conduct a research investigation, and effectively report the findings in the Honours Project module.

Programme Highlights

  • Comprehensive coverage of practical and industry-based skills for career development;
  • High quality teaching delivered by specialist staff through a variety of teaching methods and activities;
  • Lecturers of Plymouth will fly to Hong Kong to teach, and they are experienced and knowledgeable in both the academic and industrial fields;
  • Providing a critical understanding of specialised knowledge in order to meet the dynamic needs in the business environment.

University of Plymouth 


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. University of Plymouth is ranked 20th in The Guardian League Table 2017 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. A twice-winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, most recently in 2012, it has been recognised for its innovative teaching, impact-driven approach to research, and the way it works with partners to create socio-economic benefit for the communities.

open day

Plymouth is one of the largest universities in the UK, and has around 28,000 students and 13,000 off-campus students. The University has a long record of high quality innovative research as demonstrated by its achievements in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The RAE 2012 saw Plymouth named as a top 50 research University and the ‘most improved’ with 80% of its research judged as being of international repute, meaning both the undergraduate and postgraduate students can be proud to be taught by, and work alongside, world-class experts. 

The Guardian recently voted Plymouth University as one of the top 20 providers of tourism courses in the UK.

Plymouth has been ranked 20th overall out of 49 by the Guardian University Guide 2017: 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.

Plymouth shortlisted for University of the Year 2012

In 2012, University of Plymouth was shortlisted for one of the most coveted and prestigious awards in the national higher education sector. The institution has been named among six finalists for the University of the Year accolade, in the annual Times Higher Education Awards. It was nominated for Entrepreneurial University of the Year – for a third successive time – and in the Business School of the Year category.

graduation in Nov 2015

Graduates of Tourism Management in November 2015

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) Tourism 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 Tourism Management, upon completion of 140 credits.

Module Title
  1. LeadershipCEF
  2. Tourism MarketingCEF
  3. English for Academic Purposes
  4. Managing Service Innovation
  5. Tourism, Hospitality & Events Research Methods
  6. Crime and Sustainable Tourism
  7. Honours Project
  8. Business Strategy for Tourism & Hospitality

CEF Selected modules have been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes. According to the terms and conditions of the CEF, students seeking reimbursement of the fees under CEF must not have obtained any other publicly-funded financial assistance, such as FASP, for the same programme/ modules to avoid double benefits.

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, 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

Teaching Staff

  • Programme Leaders 
    PARKMAN, Richard
    BSc; PgCert (Post compulsory education); MSc
    LEUNG, Solange
    BScoSc (Hons) HK; MSc Surrey; CHE
  • Teaching Staff - University of Plymouth
    AGARWAL, Sheela BA (Hons) Geography Exeter University, PhD Geography Exeter University, Fellow of the Tourism Society and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    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 
    BRUNT, Paul BSc (Hons); PhD ; MTS; FHEA
    BUSBY, Graham BA (Hons); CertEd; MSc; PhD; LCGI, FTS, SFHEA
    HORNER, Susan BSc Hotel and Catering Management  University of Huddersfield,  MBA (Marketing) Sheffield Hallam University  DEd Sheffield Hallam University. Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, TESOL
    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
    SEMLEY, Natalie BSc (Hons); MSc; Graduate Teaching Accreditation; PgCert (Academic Practice); PhD
    WIGHT, Craig BA (Hons); Masters in Research
  • Teaching Staff - HKU SPACE
    CHAN, Wes BSc; MSc; MA; PgDip; GradDip; CHE
    HO, Grace MBA; MSc
    LEE, Annie BBA; MSc
    LEUNG, Solange BScoSc (Hons) HK; MSc Surrey; CHE
    LUI, Tommy BSc; MA; MFA
    NARWANI, Sangeeta MBA; DBA
    POON, Pamela BA; MBA 
    TANG, Cindy BBA; MA; MSc

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) Tourism Management from University of Plymouth.

Work Placement

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


Career Opportunities

Our programmes are 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 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.

Further Studies

During the programme, students will develop independent thinking skills, critical analysis of current hospitality and tourism management knowledge. Honours degree students will undertake a final-year project which includes data collection and analysis. Therefore, students will be well-equipped with research skills necessary for further studies. Graduates are eligible to apply for relevant master’s degree programmes.


Fees and

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee* for the 2016/17 academic year is HK$94,200, payable over three semesters. The tuition fee covers all the fees charged by University of Plymouth, which include application handling fee and assessment fee. The fee for textbook, re-sitting for assessments, 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.

Continuing Education Fund CEF

Selected modules in the programmes have been included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes. For details, please refer to Financial Assistance section.

According to the terms and conditions of the CEF, students seeking reimbursement of the fees under CEF must not have obtained any other publicly-funded financial assistance, such as FASP, for the same programme/ modules to avoid double benefits. For details, please refer to

Financial Assistance Schemes

University of Plymouth’s Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management programme delivered in Hong Kong is successfully accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). 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

University of Plymouth Scholarships

University of Plymouth will offer two scholarships: one scholarship to a new student of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management programme and one scholarship to a new student of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Hospitality Management programme. Award qualification will be based on their outstanding academic performance in their AD/HD studies. Each recipient will receive £1,000.

Rudy Choy Education Fund Scholarships

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

University of Plymouth Prizes for Outstanding Achievement

Upon graduation, University of Plymouth will present two prizes, at a value of HK$1,200 each, to a student of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management programme and a student of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Hospitality Management programme, to recognise their academic excellence.



Entry Requirements

Applicants shall:

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

hold an Advanced Diploma/ Associate Degree /Higher Diploma in Tourism 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 14 MAY 2016 (Saturday). Late applications will not be accepted.


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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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.

IC-ECNU Shanghai Winter Study Programme

This programme enables students to broaden their intercultural outlook by exploring Shanghai’s past and present, discovering local culture, lifestyle and art development. They can also experience East China Normal University’s campus, hall life and study with ECNU students.



Alumni Activities

Alumni Night with students and teachers (Sept 2016)

Alumni Night with students and teachers (Sept 2016)


QF This programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework. For details of the QF level, registration number and validity period, please visit:

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 recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.