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BA in Hospitality Management

Course Duration
3 Years
Course Level
Level 7
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date
September 2024

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • You develop Graduate Attributes such as: confidence, being adaptable, enterprising, being an effective communicator; independent and critical thinker whilst being socially and ethically aware.
  • A good balance of academic and practical classes.
  • Opportunity for international placement.

Course Summary

The hospitality industry is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and offers excellent opportunities both in Ireland and internationally for suitably qualified people. The starting point for your management career in this industry is this 3-year BA in Hospitality Management at DkIT. This course helps students develop the business management skills and the specialist knowledge of the industry that you will need to succeed.

The Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management is based around specific industry studies and a core of business and management subjects. Each year is split into two 12-week semesters; you will study six modules per semester.

The course is organised into three levels, ranging from introductory modules at year 1 to advanced topics at year 3. The Professional Internship Training takes place between semester four and five.

In Year One and Two of the course, there are several practical modules which include: Culinary fundamentals; restaurant service; bar operations and contemporary hospitality service.

In year 3 there is an opportunity to manage a ‘pop-up’ restaurant. 

NOTE: There is an additional charge on this course to cover the cost of uniforms/books/equipment and class materials. 

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Induction/Programme Preparation
  • Fundamentals of Hospitality Operations 1
  • Academic and Career Skills
  • Digital Skills for Tourism
  • Introduction to Sales and Marketing
  • Electives: Introduction to the Global Tourism Industry // Language and Culture – French 1 // English 1

Semester 2

  • Fundamentals of Hospitality Operations 2
  • Introduction to the Tourism and Hospitality Industry
  • Customer Service - Internal & External Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Electives: The Geography of Travel & Tourism // Language and Culture – French 2 // English 2

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Food & Beverage Management
  • Hospitality Industry IT
  • Introduction to Revenue Management
  • Financially Based Decision Making
  • Placement Preparation for the Hospitality Department
  • Electives: Business Tourism // Language and Culture – German 1 // English 3

Semester 2

  • Bar operations (Intensive 6 week module)
  • Contemporary Hospitality Service (Intensive 6 week module)
  • Placement - 18 weeks

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Hospitality Enterprise Development
  • Applied Law for the Hospitality Industry
  • Management Principles
  • Economics and Management Accounting
  • Electives: Contemporary Issues in Tourism // Language and Culture – German 2 // English 5 // Studies Abroad

Semester 2

  • Hospitality Event Production
  • Revenue Management & Data Analytics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Applied Marketing for Hospitality and Event Management
  • Electives: International Tourism Management // Irish Society & Culture // English 6


* All module titles are subject to change and are for indicative purposes only. The provision of electives each year is subject to numbers enrolling on each elective and available resources.

A student-centred approach to learning is adopted whereby learners engage in tasks they are likely to encounter in the real world; combining traditional methods with a blended approach (online) examples include group work, role play, case studies, practical tasks, guest lectures, site visits, problem-based learning. 

In addition, software packages are also used to introduce flexible and technology learning, these include Microsoft Suite, Moodle, Micros Fidelio, Hots simulation and Mahara e-portfolio. 

Graduates of this programme are highly employable and have a wide range of opportunities from which to choose.  

The Hospitality Industry allows you to be mobile and there will be opportunities to work abroad. It is anticipated that graduates will be employed at junior management level across a broad range of industry sectors but with an accelerated path to management level. 

Career opportunities include: 

  • Conference and Banqueting 
  • Restaurant and Bar Operations/Management 
  • Reception / Front Office 
  • Revenue & Guest Relations 
  • Digital Media Management 

Graduates of the BA in Hospitality Management who have achieved a G.P.A. of 50 % or above can progress on to the add-on Bachelor of Arts Honours in Hospitality Management.

Please find information on fees and funding here:

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

→ INCLUDING At least one H5 Grade, OR Minimum Points Score of 200
→ AND Mathematics Grade F2, O6 or H7
→ AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7

Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 5 different subjects which must include:

→ Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C or better)
→ English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C or better)
→ One subject at:

    • 'A Level’ (Grade A* - E or better)
    • OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - E)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

→ The remaining subjects must be different from those listed above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:

    • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR 'AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
    • AND/OR ‘A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
    • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

Placement is in Year 2 in the second semester and it is for 18 weeks. 

To work in the hospitality industry, you need to have a passion for people and service. Managers in the Hospitality Industry demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, can work in teams, are organised, creative and have an eye for detail. 

Brianáin Erraught

Head of Department of Hospitality Studies

Phone: +353 42 9370256

Elizabeth Murray

Programme Director

Phone: +353 42 9370579

Please note: there is an additional charge on this course to cover the cost of uniforms/books/equipment and class materials.

Course ID DK750
Course Type Undergraduate
Study Mode Full-Time
Level 7
Duration 3 Years
Starting Date September 2024
School School of Business & Humanities
Department Hospitality Studies
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method On Campus

How To Apply

Apply on CAO

All standard entry first-year applicants must apply for entry through the CAO. See Important application dates for CAO and information for specific applicant types below:

CAO Code: DK750
Apply on CAO

Advanced Entry & Transfer Applications

Advanced Entry is for applicants who have previous educational achievements and/or work experience and want to be considered for direct entry into year  2, 3, or 4 of a course. This includes students looking to transfer to DkIT from another Higher Education provider.

Closing Date: 6th June
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International Application (non-EU)

International Applicants (not from or living in the EU) can apply through an agent or directly to DkIT to study this course.