Master of Science Scheme in Hospitality and Tourism Management
酒店及旅遊業管理碩士學位組合課程


Sept 2021 Entry
Programme code: 24045

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration & Credit Requirement


Stream Code

MSc/PgD in International Hospitality Management

  • MHF for MSc (Full-time)
  • PHF for PgD (Full-time)
  • MHP for MSc (Part-time)
  • PHP for PgD (Part-time)

MSc/PgD in International Tourism and Convention Management

  • MTF for MSc (Full-time)
  • PTF for PgD (Full-time)
  • MTP for MSc (Part-time)
  • PTP for PgD (Part-time)

MSc/PgD in International Wine Management

  • MWF for MSc (Full-time)
  • PWF for PgD (Full-time)
  • MWP for MSc (Part-time)
  • PWP for PgD (Part-time)
Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1-1.5 years for MSc (Full-time)
1 year for PgD (Full-time)
3 years for MSc (Part-time)
2 years for PgD (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation

31 for MSc,
19 for PgD

Fund Type
Self-Financed
Initial Registration Credits

3

Tuition Fee

HK$217,000 per MSc programme
HK$133,000 per PgD programme

Note: An additional fee of HK$28,900 will be charged to students who opt for HTM557-Residential Study Trip.

Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme

A total of 3 fellowships shall be awarded to local students of MSc in International Hospitality Management. Please click here for details.

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the fellowship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Programme Leader(s)
  • MSc/PgD in International Hospitality Management - Dr Kam Hung, PhD, CHE
  • MSc/PgD in International Tourism and Convention Management - Dr Kam Hung, PhD, CHE 
  • MSc/PgD in International Wine Management - Prof. Haiyan Song, PhD, CHE 
Remarks

Under the MSc Scheme in Hospitality and Tourism Management, prospective students should apply for admission to one of the following programmes: 

  • MSc/PgD in International Hospitality Management
  • MSc/PgD in International Tourism and Convention Management
  • MSc/PgD in International Wine Management

 

Scholarships

The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) offers multiple scholarships to high-potential applicants/students who pursue a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Hong Kong. For details, please visit shtm.polyu.edu.hk.  

 

Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (NLS)

The NLS offers interest-bearing loans to local full-time and part-time students to cover tuition fees. These loans are not means tested, which means that there is no assessment of family income and assets. Both government-funded and self-financed students can apply before the deadline set by the government. For details, please visit www.wfsfaa.gov.hk.

 

Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Three subjects (HTM534, HTM535 and HTM539) of MSc/PgD in International Hospitality Management, four subjects (HTM520, HTM534, HTM535 and HTM545) of MSc/PgD in International Tourism and Convention Management and three subjects (HTM534, HTM535 and HTM555) of MSc/PgD in International Wine Management have been included on the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses. Eligible applicants will be reimbursed 80% of their fees, subject to a maximum sum of HK$20,000 (whichever is the less), on successful completion of a reimbursable course. For details, please visit www.wfsfaa.gov.hk.

 

Disclaimer: 

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the amount and/or availability of scholarships at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final. 

The information presented on this page is subject to change and does not form part of any contract between the University and any person.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims & Characteristics

MSc/PgD in International Hospitality Management

Programme Aims

The aim of this programme is to develop students’ knowledge and management skills in the hospitality industry through a blend of strategic perspectives and pragmatic implementation. Industry practice, management skills and research competencies are developed through interdisciplinary subject exposure, problem identification, decision-making theory and management application. Due to the global nature of the hospitality industry, this programme has an international focus while recognising the particular characteristics of the Asian context.

 

Characteristics

Students receive a flexible, global, managerial, and service-oriented education, which enables them to effectively link business theories to the daily management of international hospitality businesses. To best facilitate the learning process, the programme combines practical applications with theoretical learning. Students gain the understanding, skills and latest techniques needed to qualify for middle to senior level positions in the industry.

 

MSc/PgD in International Tourism and Convention Management

Programme Aims

The aim of this programme is to develop students' knowledge and management skills in the tourism and convention industries through a blend of strategic perspectives and pragmatic implementation. Industry practice, management skills and research competencies are developed through interdisciplinary subject exposure, problem identification, decision-making theory and management application. Due to the global nature of the tourism and convention industry, this programme maintains an international focus while recognising the distinctive characteristics of the Asian context.

 

Characteristics

Students receive a flexible, global, managerial, and service-oriented education, which enables them to effectively link business theories to the daily management of international tourism and convention businesses. To best facilitate the learning process, this programme combines practical applications with theoretical learning. Students gain the understanding, skills and latest techniques needed to qualify for middle to senior level positions in the industry.

 

MSc/PgD in International Wine Management

Programme Aims

The aim of this programme is to develop students’ knowledge and management skills in wine businesses/education through a blend of strategic perspectives and pragmatic implementation. Industry practice, management skills and research competencies are developed through interdisciplinary subject exposure, problem identification, decision-making theory and management application. Due to the global nature of the wine industry, an international focus is central to this programme, with due recognition given to the Asian context.

 

Characteristics

  • Offered in Hong Kong, Asia’s world city, by the SHTM, the programme is the first of its kind in the region.
  • The SHTM focuses on international education to meet the specific demands of a truly global industry while being based in the heart of the booming Asia-Pacific region.
  • The residential study trips give students opportunities to visit renowned wine regions overseas, such as Burgundy and Bordeaux, to understand the best practices in wine production, trade and management with a view to increasing their international exposure and developing global networks.
  • Developed in consultation with the noted wine industry figure Professor Jeannie Cho Lee, Master of Wine, and endorsed by key industry leaders.
  • Taught by leading academics and industry experts to ensure its relevance.
  • Highly flexible - the programme can be completed in 1.5 years or spread over 6 years.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition & Prospects

  • The MSc/PgD in International Hospitality Management is accredited at the Management Level by the Institute of Hospitality. 
  • The School has passed the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) TedQual audit of Higher Tourism Educational Programmes and has received accreditation for the MSc/PgD in International Tourism and Convention Management.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Programme Structure

In compliance with immigration policy, overseas students can only apply for the full-time mode of study, whereas students from Hong Kong can opt for either the full-time or part-time mode of study. All subjects are taught in English only. Full-time students are expected to take a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 subjects per semester, whereas part-time students need to take 1 or 2 subjects per semester. Regardless of the mode of study, prospective students should note that classes are usually scheduled in the evenings, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, between Monday and Friday. Additional classes may be offered during the daytime or in block-release mode.

 

All MSc students are required to achieve 31 credits for graduation, as follows: 

A. Programme Structure of MSc/PgD in International Hospitality Management & MSc/PgD in International Tourism and Convention Management

OPTION

WORKSHOP 

(1 CREDIT)

COMPULSORY SUBJECT 

(3 CREDITS EACH)

SPECIALISATION SUBJECT 

(3 CREDITS EACH)

RESEARCH PROJECT

(6 CREDITS)

ELECTIVE SUBJECT 

(3 CREDITS)

CONSULTANCY PROJECT

(3 CREDITS)

TOTAL CREDITS 

FOR GRADUATION

Research Component 1 subject 4 subjects 4 subjects 1 subject ---- ---- 31 credits
Non-Research Component 1 subject 4 subjects 4 subjects ---- 1 subject 1 subject 31 credits
PgD 1 subject 3 subjects* 3 subjects* ---- ---- ---- 19 credits

 

Core Areas of Study

1. Compulsory Workshop (Common to MSc/PgD in International Hospitality Management and MSc/PgD in International Tourism and Convention Management)

  • HTM5002 - Introductory Workshop (1 credit)

2. Compulsory Subjects (Common to MSc/PgD in International Hospitality Management and MSc/PgD in International Tourism and Convention Management)

  • HTM533 - Managing Human Resources in the Hospitality & Tourism Industry (3 credits)
  • HTM534 - Managing Marketing in the Hospitality & Tourism Industry (3 credits)
  • HTM535 - Hospitality & Tourism Financial Management (3 credits)
  • HTM582 - Research Methods (3 credits)

3. Specialisation Subjects for MSc/PgD in International Hospitality Management only

  • HTM536 - Strategic Management for Hospitality Businesses (3 credits)
  • HTM537 - Design for Hospitality (3 credits)
  • HTM538 - Multi-Unit Hospitality Management (3 credits)
  • HTM539 - Hospitality Revenue Management (3 credits)

4. Specialisation Subjects for MSc/PgD in International Tourism and Convention Management only

  • HTM520 - Meetings and Exhibition Management (3 credits)
  • HTM544 - Strategic Management for Travel and Tourism Businesses (3 credits) 
  • HTM545 - Tourism Policy and Development (3 credits)
  • HTM561 - Business Events: Concepts, Issues and Trends (3 credits)

5. Project Options 

  • HTM598 - Consultancy Project (3 credits) or 
  • HTM599 - Research Project (6 credits)

6. Elective Subjects (Note: select one elective only if students opt for Consultancy Project)

  • HTM507 - Cultural Tourism (3 credits)
  • HTM513 - China Hotel and Tourism Business Studies (3 credits)
  • HTM528 - Trends and Issues in Global Tourism (3 credits)
  • HTM532 - Event Management (3 credits) 
  • HTM540 - Hospitality and Tourism Technology and Innovation (3 credits)
  • HTM541 - Luxury Management (3 credits)
  • HTM542 - Quality Service Management for the Hospitality and Tourism Industry (three credits)
  • HTM5003 - Management Practice (no credits)

​Note: Management Practice is an optional non-credit-bearing internship subject. 

 

B. Programme Structure of MSc/PgD in International Wine Management 

OPTION

WORKSHOP 

(1 CREDIT)

COMPULSORY SUBJECT 

(3 CREDITS EACH)

SPECIALISATION SUBJECT 

(3 CREDITS EACH)

RESEARCH PROJECT

(6 CREDITS)

ELECTIVE SUBJECT 

(3 CREDITS EACH)

CONSULTANCY PROJECT

(3 CREDITS)

TOTAL CREDITS 

FOR GRADUATION

Research Component 1 subject 3 subjects 3 subjects 1 subject 2 subjects ---- 31 credits
Non-Research Component 1 subject 3 subjects 3 subjects ---- 3 subjects 1 subject 31 credits
PgD 1 subject 2 subjects* 2 subjects* ---- 1 subject ---- 19 credits

 * PgD students can choose any 2 of 3 Specialisation Subjects and any 1 Elective Subject from the pool. 

 

Core Areas of Study

1. Compulsory Workshop  

  • HTM5002 - Introductory Workshop (1 credit)

2. Compulsory Subjects for MSc/PgD in International Wine Management only

  • HTM534 - Managing Marketing in the Hospitality & Tourism Industry (3 credits)
  • HTM535 - Hospitality & Tourism Financial Management (3 credits)
  • HTM582 - Research Methods (3 credits)

3. Specialisation Subjects for MSc/PgD in International Wine Management only

  • HTM554 - Viticulture and Oenology (3 credits)
  • HTM555 - Wine Business Environment (3 credits)
  • HTM556 - Wines of the World (3 credits)

4. Project Options 

  • HTM598 - Consultancy Project (3 credits) or 
  • HTM599 - Research Project (6 credits)

5. Elective Subjects for MSc/PgD in International Wine Management only

  • HTM520 - Meetings and Exhibition Management (3 credits)
  • HTM540 - Hospitality and Tourism Technology and Innovation (3 credits)
  • HTM541 - Luxury Management (3 credits)
  • HTM557 - Residential Study Trip (3 credits)
  • HTM558 - Brand Management and Communication in Wine Business (3 credits)
  • HTM560 - Wine Economics (3 credits)
  • HTM561 - Business Events: Concepts, Issues, and Trends (3 credits)
  • HTM5003 - Management Practice (no credits)

​Note: Management Practice is an optional non-credit-bearing internship subject.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in the area of hotel and tourism management, recreation and leisure management, business studies, management, accounting and finance, or another business and management related area with industry work experience of not less than 1 year; 
    OR
  • A Bachelor's degree in an area other than those listed above, with current or past employment in the hotel and tourism industry for not less than one year;
    OR
  • Equivalent professional qualifications (may also be considered if applicable).
     

Notes: 

  1. Applicants who possess at least 6 months of work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If accepted, students will be required to make up their shortfall of work experience by successfully completing the subject “Management Practice” prior to graduation.
  2. If you are not a native speaker of English, or your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University's minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.
  3. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.
  4. Our School considers applications on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible

 

Documents to prepare

All applicants should also submit the following documents together with a completed online application form: 

  • Personal resume (CV);
  • The graduation certificate of their undergraduate degree (see notes below);
  • Copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (see notes below);
  • Proof of current and past employment record(s);
  • A self-recommendation letter that includes self-introduction, career aspirations and reasons for pursuing study in this programme (not more than 400 words);
  • Proof of TOFEL or IELTS results to demonstrate English proficiency;
  • At least one letter of recommendation from either their employer or university;
  • Other professional records or attainments, if any.
     

Notes

  1. Applicants whose qualifications were attained from the Chinese mainland are required to provide their Academic Credential (学历证书) to prove that they have completed their academic learning in an institution under the Ministry of Education (MoE) system and were admitted to the institution in accordance with the standards stipulated by the MoE.
  2. Further to the above, the applicants concerned are required to provide a Degree Certificate (学位证书) to certify their level of academic attainment (i.e. Bachelor's, Master's or doctoral level) and to confirm that the certificate was issued by a tertiary institution approved by the MoE.
  3. If the applicant's graduation certificate(s)/academic transcript(s) is/are not written in English, s/he should provide an official and translated copy of each graduation certificate or academic transcript in English to serve the admissions purpose. Otherwise, the application may not be considered.  
  4. The School considers applications on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible.

Other Information

Other Information

Prospective students should note that classes are usually scheduled in the evenings, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, between Monday and Friday. Additional classes may be offered in the daytime or in block-release mode. 

Enquiries

Enquiries

MSc/PgD in International Hospitality Management & MSc/PgD in International Tourism and Convention Management

For general information, please contact: 
Ms Eling Yim (tel: (852) 3400 2218; email: eling.yim@polyu.edu.hk);
or Mr Jason Chau (tel: (852) 3400 2198; email: jason.chau@polyu.edu.hk).

For further information on academic matters, please contact:
Dr Kam Hung (tel: (852) 3400 2258; email: kam.hung@polyu.edu.hk).

 

MSc/PgD in International Wine Management

For general information, please contact: 
Mr Jason Chau (tel: (852) 3400 2198; email: jason.chau@polyu.edu.hk);
or Miss Julianna Ching (tel: (852) 3400 2220; email: julianna.ching@polyu.edu.hk). 

For further information on academic matters, please contact:
Prof. Haiyan Song (tel: (852) 3400 2286; email: haiyan.song@polyu.edu.hk);
or Dr Markus Schuckert (tel: (852) 3400 2186; email: markus.schuckert@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message


Hong Kong is the best representation of the fusion between Asian and Western cultures, making it an interesting cultural environment in which to learn and develop. Besides, #SHTM leads in the field of hospitality and tourism, with a worldwide reputation.

I believe that the MSc in International Tourism and Convention Management programme has broadened the scope of my knowledge, with the Convention discipline linked to my F&B expertise. The greatest benefits I have gained from the programme so far are worldwide networking and research ability enhancement.

I’m impressed by the diverse student body; everyone in my class has different backgrounds, perspectives, and knowledge. Interactions facilitate knowledge exchange and endless possibilities. I’m also grateful to the teaching staff for their support and efforts to prepare us for success.

In the future, I’d love to secure an F&B management position in a luxury hotel in Asia to learn about the differences in standards within the region.

Joining #SHTM means joining an elite group. Excellence is required, but it will open the doors to the world.


Maria Pia MOREY POMA (MSc in International Tourism and Convention Management)



Studying in Hong Kong is attractive to me because the city is close to the Chinese mainland, making it easier for me to get used to the life here. I enrolled in #SHTM because I kept hearing about the School from my teachers while I was studying for my Bachelor’s degree in tourism. #SHTM enjoys a very good reputation in the academic community.

I have been inspired by so many excellent teachers and classmates, who have urged me to keep studying hard.

We have a diverse student body, which is very important for my programme, the MSc in International Tourism and Convention Management, because we all benefit from the ideas and viewpoints from classmates of different nationalities. I am also impressed by the rich experience and multicultural backgrounds of the teachers.

My advice to you is to get your language skills ready and get used to studying in English.


Zhiye DAI (MSc in International Tourism and Convention Management)



The main reason I chose to pursue higher education at #SHTM is the School's rapid rise to excellence. The School is committed to spreading the light of high-quality education across the globe.

Studying at #SHTM is the ideal way to obtain high-quality education. The overall academic calibre and methodologies are outstanding.

What impresses me most about SHTM faculty staff are that they are extremely hardworking, committed to delivering all possible knowledge to students in a set time frame, appreciate being asked a lot of questions and always willing to answer students’ questions in ways that are inspiring and comprehensible. This is really an amazing experience for me.

I wish to say to prospective students that you will never regret choosing to study at #SHTM. The School will exceed your expectations. Choosing #SHTM is one of the best decisions I have made in my life.


Abdul ABDULLAH (MSc in International Hospitality Management)



Ever since my internship in Hong Kong in 2017, I have loved the city, its atmosphere, landscape and culture. At the end of the 6-month internship, I knew I wanted to come back to study and start my career in Hong Kong. After extensive research, I was particularly attracted by the SHTM’s MSc in International Hospitality Management for its subjects, worldwide recognition and international dimension.

Over the last few months at #SHTM, I have gained a wider perspective on international hospitality and a deeper understanding of different cultures and myself.

The students in my class are of more than 10 nationalities. Studying in such a multicultural environment is a real opportunity. Students share their backgrounds, ideas and experiences, which brings an additional dimension to our lectures and group projects.

I have been really impressed by the ability of our teachers to engage students in the learning process and their dedication to teaching. The teaching body remains attentive to students by providing feedback and real support when needed.

From the beginning of your study at #SHTM, you should work hard, be organised and use all of the resources provided by the University while keeping your goals in mind.


Emmanuelle Alexandra Chloe NEU (MSc in International Hospitality Management)



Hong Kong is the best place to study wine in Asia. Thanks to #SHTM, who offers this Master’s programme in International Wine Management, I had the chance to obtain a Master’s degree in wine in the ideal place.
 

From the programme, I have gained not just knowledge of wine, but also critical thinking and research skills. My classmates are from around the world, including mainland China, Portugal, Nepal, Hong Kong, and France. We had exchange students from KEDGE Business School in Bordeaux in the first semester. During my exchange in Bordeaux, I met a lot of classmates from across Europe, the US, etc. It is exciting to get to know so many people from different backgrounds, with whom we share our personal experiences.
 

The fact that the teaching staff come from different countries and have different industry backgrounds is what impresses me most.
 

My advice to all of you out there is as follows. Try as many wines as you can while at #SHTM and in Hong Kong. Seize the opportunity to meet and learn from wine professionals during your studies and at events held by the Food and Wine Academy. The exchange programme to Bordeaux is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; don’t miss it!


Lena Na LI (MSc in International Wine Management)



What attracted me most to the MSc programme were its prestige, its rigour, and, most importantly, the acclaimed reputation of #SHTM. That’s how I made my decision.

The greatest benefit I have gained from the programme is definitely the people I’ve met, both my fellow students and my lecturers. It’s very advantageous to have such a diversity of opinions, approaches and cultural backgrounds, all contributing to a much better understanding of the world and in particular Chinese wine culture.

Teaching, to me, should not only pass on knowledge, even if in a very competent manner; its main aim is to awaken curiosity, encourage passion and nurture enthusiasm. This is what impressed me most about the teachers, who are leaders in their fields and come from well-respected backgrounds.

I believe that the key attitude involves staying up to date at all times, developing our skills and opening our minds to an uncertain future. So, find your passion and live a fulfilling life. Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching. Understand that hard work always pays off.


Joao Adriano DE MELO PIRES (MSc in International Wine Management)



Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required


Curriculum Vitae

A personal resume (CV) is required.

Personal Statement

A self-recommendation letter (or personal statement) that includes self-introduction, career aspirations and reasons for pursuing study in this programme (not more than 400 words) is required.

 

Transcript / Certificate

Graduation certificate(s) and academic transcript(s) are required. 

Notes

  1. Applicants whose qualifications were attained from the Chinese mainland are required to provide their academic qualifications (学历证书) to prove that they have completed their academic learning in an institution under the Ministry of Education (MoE) system, and were admitted to the institution in accordance with the standards stipulated by the MoE.
  2. Further to the above, the applicants concerned are also required to provide a degree certificate (学位证书) to certify their level of academic attainment (i.e. Bachelor's, Master's or doctoral level) and to confirm that the certificate was issued by a tertiary institution approved by the MoE.
  3. If the applicant's graduation certificate(s)/academic transcript(s) is/are not written in English, s/he should provide an official and translated copy of each graduation certificate or academic transcript in English to meet the admissions requirements. Otherwise, the application may not be considered.  

Others

  1. Proof of past and current employment record(s) is/are required to demonstrate that you have obtained 1 year of work experience. 
  2. At least one letter of recommendation from either your employer or university is required.
  3. Proof of TOFEL or IELTS results to demonstrate English proficiency if you are not a native English speaker, or your bachelor's or Master's degree is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English.
    Else if you are a native English speaker or your Bachelor's or Master's degree is taught in English, you can submit a proof (e.g. a certifying letter provided by your institution) to pass through the required field.  

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