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Tourism Management

Tourism is one of the world's largest industries and significantly impacts New Zealand's economy – we need experts to steer that growth.

Rachel Leinhardt

Master of Management Studies
Rachel Leinhardt has a great passion for the tourism industry, having been immersed in it from a young age.


Tourism Management is available as a postgraduate subject only.

Tourism Management

The rapid growth of domestic and international tourism and migration has led to an increasing demand for graduates who have a thorough understanding of tourism in its wider social, cultural, economic and political contexts.

Tourism and hospitality is one of New Zealand's fastest-growing export industries, and it can take your career to new places.

The industry encompasses hotels/resorts, cruise ships, sport and leisure operators, restaurants, cafes, bars, theme parks, entertainment, arts and cultural attractions, special events, and much more.

The study of tourism involves predicting the future – working out what people want from their leisure and travel pursuits, and how those wants are delivered and managed. You'll study the structure of different tourism organisations, aspects of hospitality and leisure, and the environmental and economic impacts of tourism operations.

Employers are looking for skillful, business-savvy managers who can plan, control, make strategic decisions, and understand the legal requirements for this sector - and that's where you come in.

  • Learn how to design and deliver memorable travel experiences
  • Build practical knowledge in areas such as service management, designing operational systems, business strategy, leading teams of staff, and managing financial resources.
  • Gain skills in destination marketing, event management, and inter-cultural communication.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is recognised as a global leader in this field, with a ranking of 16th best university in the world in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017.

And in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2017, we're ranked 24th best university in the world for Hospitality and Leisure Management. This is the second-highest ranking for any subject taught at a New Zealand university. We're also in the top 250 universities for Business and Management Studies.

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which is ranked in the top 1% of all business schools globally, thanks to our Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

Global research impact

Our Management School has such a strong international reputation that in April 2017, the United Nations asked us to host New Zealand's first-ever Tourism Monitoring Observatory. Our academics are now part of a global network of research centres examining the benefits and impacts of sustainable tourism on the natural, social and built environments.

We also host the China-New Zealand Research Unit, which offers opportunities for Chinese students to conduct doctoral and masters degree research with some of the top scholars in both New Zealand and China. The research techniques used by our staff include quantitative and qualitative methods supported by the latest software.

The University of Waikato in Hamilton is based on a beautiful park-like campus, within two hours' drive of some of New Zealand’s top tourism destinations, such as Rotorua, Auckland, Waitomo Caves, the 'Hobbiton' filmset in Matamata, and the Coromandel Peninsula.

We offer personal supervision with two supervisors per student, with students forming a peer group cemented by a programme of seminars and social events. See our latest research publications here.

Qualifications

You can specialise in this subject at postgraduate level for the Master of Management Studies or the Doctor of Philosophy.

If you're interested in undergraduate study, such as a bachelor's degree or Graduate Diploma, please refer to the subject page for Tourism and Hospitality Management.

 Career opportunities

  • Environmental planner
  • Government policy advisor
  • Hotel and resort manager
  • Outdoor leisure manager
  • Regional or national tourism planner
  • Tourism operations manager
  • Events planner
  • Gaming management
  • Restaurant manager

Qualifications

Study Tourism Management in any of these qualifications

100 level

200 level

300 level

400 level

Level 5

Prescriptions for the BMS(Hons) and MMS

Tourism Management may be taken as a major for the BMS(Hons) and as a subject for the MMS. The requirements for the major and subject are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Handbook.

All students should discuss their programme with the Management Student Centre before enrolling.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Tourism Management MPhil ThesisTOMG800120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Tourism Management PhD ThesisTOMG900120.0 Points

Master of Management Studies (MMS) in Tourism Management

The completion requirements for the Master of Management Studies are dependent upon your admission criteria; please see the qualification information for further details. However all students must:

  • Meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and to ensure any specific subject requirements are met.
  • Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)
  • Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details).
  • Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject

The specific requirements for Tourism Management are that you must include (unless previously passed):

  • TOMG502 Tourism Development and the Environment

All students may choose any additional papers required from:

  • TOMG503 Hotel and Resort Management
  • TOMG518 Tourism and Hospitality Human Capital Management
  • TOMG519 Tourist Behaviour and Markets
  • TOMG590 Directed Study

Please note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the degree. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please contact the Department's Graduate Convenor.

Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Associate Professor Asad MohsinUndergraduate/Postgraduate Convenor for Tourism and Hospitality Management
Email: ahmosin@waikato.ac.nz

Professor Chris Ryan
Postgraduate Convenor for Tourism Management
Email: caryan@waikato.ac.nz