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The Master of Science (MSc)/Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) in International Hospitality Management programme develops students' knowledge and management skills in the hospitality industry, using 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, an international focus is central to this programme, while recognising the Asian context.
All subjects are conducted solely in English. Full-time students are expected to take a minimum of three and a maximum of five subjects per semester, whereas part-time students need to take one or two subjects per semester (except summer term).
|Option||Compulsory (3 credits each)||Specialisation (3 credits each)||Research (6 credits each)||Elective
(3 credits each
|Consultancy (3 credits each)||Workshop (1 credit each)||Total|
*Students can choose any three subjects respectively from four compulsory subjects and four specialised subjects.
Compulsory Workshop (1 Subject)
HTM5002 - Introductory Workshop
Compulsory Subjects (4 Subjects)
HTM533 - Managing Human Resources in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
HTM534 - Managing Marketing in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
HTM535- Hospitality and Tourism Financial Management
HTM582 - Research Methods
Compulsory Specialisation Subjects (4 Subjects)
HTM536 - Strategic Management for Hospitality Businesses
HTM537 - Design for Hospitality
HTM538 - Multi-Unit Hospitality Management
HTM539 - Hospitality Revenue Management
Project Options and Electives (Choose 1)
HTM598 - Consultancy Project plus one elective project
HTM599 - Research Project
HTM507 - Cultural Tourism
HTM513 - China Hotel and Tourism Business Studies
HTM528 - Trends and Issues in Global Tourism
HTM540 - Hospitality and Tourism Technology and Innovation
HTM541 - Luxury Management
HTM568 - Smart Tourism and Big Data Analytics
HTM5003 - Management Practice
For more detail course objectives & learning outcomes information, please click HERE.
To be considered for this programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- A recognized bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
- Not less than one year of work experience by the time of assumption of study.
- Students without relevant educational or industry background may be required to take bridging courses/ workshops prior to commencement of the programme.
English Language Requirements
Applicants who are not native English speakers, or whose bachelor's or master's degrees were awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, must provide one of the following as proof of language proficiency:
- A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 for the paper-based test, or 213 for the computer-based test, or 80 for the iBT-based test; or
- A Band Score of at least 6.0 overall in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Applicants may be required to attend interviews and/or take tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.
Applicant should submit his/her application via PolyU eAdmission accompanied with the following documents:
- A self-recommendation letter, including a self-introduction, career aspirations, and reasons for pursuing study in this programme (400 words or less);
- A personal resume (CV);
- An undergraduate degree graduation certificate (see notes below);
- Copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (see notes below);
- Proof(s) of employment record(s);
- Proof of TOEFL or IELTS score to demonstrate English proficiency;
- At least one letter of recommendation from either an employer or university;
- Other professional records or attainments, if any.
- Applicants whose qualifications were attained from Mainland China must provide the Academic Credential (學歷證書) to prove that they have completed the academic learning in an institution under the Ministry of Education (MoE) system and were admitted to the institution in accordance with the MOE's standards.
- Further to the above, relevant applicants must also provide a Degree Certificate (學位證書) to certify the level of academic attainment (i.e., Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate level) and to confirm that the certificate was issued by the tertiary institution approved by the MoE.
- 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.
Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme (2023-24)
Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme (the Fellowships Scheme) is offered by the University Grants Committee (UGC), which provides fellowships for meritorious local students for designated taught postgraduate programmes to pursue further studies so as to benefit the Hong Kong society. More details are available at UGC's website and PolyU’s website.
• Amount of Fellowship
The fellowship students are required to pay a minimum tuition fee of HK$42,100, which is the prevailing rate of the UGC-funded programmes, and the differences will be subsidised by the fellowships subject to a cap of HK$120,000 (for the whole taught postgraduate programme, regardless of the actual study period) for the settlement of the tuition fee. Eligibility In addition to meeting PolyU’s admission requirements and the programme’s entrance requirements (if any), applicants should also fulfil the following criteria:
i. LOCAL applicants only; and
ii. Not receiving other forms of government scholarship including the Continuing Education Fund (except student financial assistance).
• Application Procedures
Applicants should complete the fellowship application form, and submit it together with your application for admission via PolyU eAdmission by uploading the form in the additional document section.
SHTM Academic Excellence Scholarship
This entry scholarship is targeted at candidates with outstanding academic performance in their undergraduate studies and/or success in internationally recognised standardised tests (e.g., TOEFL and GMAT/GRE). Applicants should complete the application form and return it to the School before the stipulated deadline.
SHTM Executive Development Scholarship
This entry scholarship is primarily targeted to applicants who have accumulated substantial (at least 5 years) industry experience. Applicants should complete the application form and return it to the School before the stipulated deadline.
This entry scholarship is primarily targeted to applicants who excel in both academic and non-academic pursuits.
The MSc Service Scholarship is offered to the SHTM's enrolled MSc students. The value of the scholarship is up to HKD20,000, and awardees are expected to carry out up to 200 hours of service to the School in the areas of school activities, administration, research, or designated office duties. Students will be informed of the application procedure when they are successfully admitted to the programme concerned.
Other forms of financial support and assistance are also available, including:
Financial Support for Conference Attendance
The School will provide financial support for MSc students to attend international conferences and present their research findings. The maximum financial support will not exceed HKD10,000.
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 more information on loans, please visit the Student Finance Office of the Hong Kong SAR government.
Continuing Education Fund (CEF)
Three courses (HTM534, HTM535 and HTM539) appear on the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses. For these courses, eligible applicants will be reimbursed 80% of their fees, subject to a maximum sum of HKD25,000 (whichever is less), on successful completion of the course. Please visit the Hong Kong SAR government's Student Finance Office for more information.
All information provided here is for reference only. The SHTM reserves the ultimate right on the use of the informational content listed herein and any changes/revisions made thereof. The SHTM reserves the right to change or withdraw the Scholarship and Financial Support for Conference Attendance at any time. In the case of any dispute or disagreement, the SHTM's decision is final.
The information presented on this page is subject to change without prior notice and does not form part of any contract between the University and any person. Applicants should visit this site frequently to obtain the latest information on scholarship opportunities.
Non-local Students Working in Hong Kong After Graduation
To facilitate non-local students to stay and work in Hong Kong after graduation, the Hong Kong Immigration Department introduced a scheme known as the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG). This scheme is open to all non-local graduates who have obtained a degree or other higher qualification through a full-time locally accredited programme in Hong Kong.
Under the IANG, non-local graduates who apply within six months of graduating (according to the date shown on their letter of certification or graduation certificate) may apply to stay and work in Hong Kong without having secured an offer of employment upon application. These applicants are classified as fresh graduates. Fresh graduates who meet the normal immigration requirements may be permitted to stay for 12 months with no conditions.
Non-local graduates who apply later than six months after graduating (according to the date shown on their letter of certification or graduation certificate) are classified as returning non-local graduates. Returning non-local graduates must have secured an offer of employment at the time of their application.
Non-local graduates admitted under the IANG who have ordinarily resided in Hong Kong continuously for seven years or more inclusive of the years spent as students may also apply for the right of abode in Hong Kong in accordance with the law.
For details, please visit http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/IANG.html
For information about the university's application deadlines and procedures, please visit the PolyU admissions webpage, or consult the university's Frequently Asked Questions.
International Student Visas
Upon confirmation of admission, international students may apply for their visas through the Admission Office of the Academic Registry.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2333-0600 (24-hour automated service)
Fax: +852 2334-6671
Please address any enquiries about the programme to:
Professor Kam Hung
Tel: +852 3400-2258
Dr Anyu Liu
Tel: +852 3400-2175
Mr Jason Chau
Tel: +852 3400-2198
Fax: +852 2362-9362
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