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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.

Tourism Management is available as a postgraduate subject only.

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 2018, we're ranked 27th best university in the world for Hospitality and Leisure Management! 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.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online
Faculty:

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

Prescriptions for the MMS

The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the MMS.

MMS students must complete MNMGT581, THMGT502, and two of THMGT503, THMGT590, THMGT591, THMGT592, THMGT593, THMGT594

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.

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.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
THMGT502Tourism Development and the Environment19B (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an opportunity to learn about the tourism industry, and to appreciate the different management issues from a tourism perspective.
THMGT503Hotel and Resort Management19A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an awareness of the essential issues involved in the management and operations specific to hotels and resorts. The paper covers definitions, history and the hotel and resort industry; resort planning and development; lodging and resort management and operations.
THMGT591Tourism Management Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
THMGT592Tourism Management Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
THMGT593Tourism Management Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
THMGT594Tourism Management Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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

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Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

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Master of Management Studies (MMS) in Tourism Management

The completion requirements for the MMS are dependent on your admission criteria; please see the MMS qualification information for further details. However all students must:

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 for Tourism Management.

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

Paper offerings can change; for full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/THMG

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

Please contact the Graduate Convenor for Tourism Management:

Professor Chris Ryan, email caryan@waikato.ac.nz


Documents

Waikato Management School Student Handbook


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