Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management (GDHM)

The Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management (GDHM) is a one-year programme.

Designed for graduates of a bachelor’s degree or similar qualification in a discipline other than hospitality management, who wish to gain the knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the hospitality sector.

All GDHM students are also entitled to take the LCQ at a time that suits, free of charge. The LCQ is a highly useful certification to assist with employability.

GDHM NZQA Qualification Overview »

Job Opportunities

Management positions in New Zealand’s largest industry - hotels, resorts, restaurants, marketing and sales, events and convention centre managers, food and beverage management, rooms division management, customer service.

Programme Structure/Courses

The programme comprises seven courses, or six courses if the internship option is chosen:

And three Stage III elective courses selected from Hospitality Management or Tourism Management programmes.

(Please note that not all elective modules are offered every semester).

Internship Options

This option includes the four courses listed above, 5.398 Hospitality Internship, and one Stage III elective course selected from Hospitality Management or Tourism Management programmes.

The internship comprises 20 hours per week over 12 weeks (240 hours minimum) in a hospitality establishment to allow students to gain practical knowledge and experience in planning and production, dealing with customers, risk assessment, and planning the implementation of operations for daily events.

Internship placements are coordinated via the Student Careers Centre (SCC) and are available at the following hospitality establishments:

Hilton Hotels
Rydges Hotels
The Langham Hotels
SkyCity Grand Hotel
Pullman Hotels
Accor Hotels
Millennium Hotels
Showcase Hospitality
Good Group Hospitality

Students are required to keep a detailed log of their experiences and provide a systematic analytical framework for recording and analysing their observations.

Duration & Start Dates


3 semesters full-time

Start Dates in 2019

Start Dates in 2019
29 January, 20 May, 9 September

Semesters and scheduled breaks:
Semester 1, 2019 - 29 January to 3 May
Semester 2, 2019 - 20 May to 23 August
Semester 3, 2019 - 9 September to 13 December

Entry Requirements

Bachelor degree at least equivalent to New Zealand pass standard; and
IELTS 6.0 with no individual band lower than 5.5 / TOEFL iBT 60 (with a writing score of 18) / Pearson 50 / TEP 52 or equivalent with no band less than 12
Candidates without a Bachelor degree but with an appropriate mix of a lesser qualification and work experience may be approved for special admission by the Academic Board


International Students

2019 Programme Fees: NZ$18,920 
Resource Fees:NZ$875
Total: NZ$19,795

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

Domestic Students

2019 Programme Fees: NZ$4,795 
Resource Fees: NZ$875
Total: NZ$5,670

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

This programme is eligible for a student loan from Studylink. Contact Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or log on to to apply for student finance.

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