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PGD Tourism and Hospitality

Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management leading to Master Degree at London South Bank University or University of Sunderland

Course Description

The objective of the OTHM Postgraduate  Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management qualification is to provide tourism industry professionals with the specialist knowledge needed to advance their careers, or for graduates entering the tourism and hospitality sector to gain the skills needed to manage business operations. The qualification provides learners with a contemporary, critical, and international programme that supports their development as managers with a lifelong-learning orientation.

The qualification enables learners to analyse complex management problems and to apply and adapt specialist skills and technical terminology to propose solutions to these problems informed by best practice and contemporary research.

Successful completion of this qualification will enable learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue their study towards a relevant Master’s programme with advanced standing.


For entry onto the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management qualification, learners must possess:

  • An honours degree in related subject or UK level 6 diploma or an equivalent overseas qualification
  • Mature learners (over 21) with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)
  • Learner must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the course
  • English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency. 


OTHM qualifications at RQF Level 7 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to Master’s Degrees, Integrated Master’s Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Postgraduate Certificates.


The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management consists of 6 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 600 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

  • Strategic Management and Marketing (20 credits): develops learners’ understanding of strategic management and marketing in tourism and hospitality organisations. Learners will study a range of organisations and apply theories to understand strategic decision-making, the use of technology and strategic marketing management.
  • Destination Management (20 credits): develops learners’ ability to critically analyse the role of tourism and the visitor economy in modern international tourism destinations from a range of theoretical perspectives. Learners will gain a critical understanding of broader perspectives required to manage and market tourism in the modern international city, and to inform their tourism and marketing strategies.
  • International Tourism Policy and Development (20 credits): develops learners’ critical understanding of the principles of tourism policy and how these relate to issues of development. Learners will evaluate theories of international development and apply these to a tourism context. Learners will also apply development indicators and create proposals for tourism projects to address development problems.
  • E-Tourism and Social Media (20 credits): develops learners’ ability to critically analyse the role of technology within the tourism and hospitality industry, including the evaluation of the impacts of new and emerging technology on organisational operations. Learners will consider the emergence of the e-tourism concept and analyse the influence of social media from both consumer and organisation perspectives.
  • Advanced Research Methods (20 credits): develops learners’ research skills, examining and critiquing a range of research paradigms and techniques, together with their application to tourism and hospitality research. The unit will provide learners with the skills and knowledge required to identify and investigate problems and issues within tourism and hospitality and to apply appropriate research methods.
  • Organisational Behaviour in International Contexts (20 credits): develops learners’ understanding of a range of theoretical and empirical approaches to organisational behaviour in the tourism and hospitality industry. Learners will examine concepts of culture and its multifaceted impacts on managerial behaviour. Learners will review and analyse issues that managers have to meet and resolve. Learners will gain a detailed grounding in managing in different cultural contexts and in the management of diverse individuals, groups and teams.

Duration & delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.

The qualification is delivered through Distance Learning via our online learning portal.

Assessment & verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.


The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management qualification enables learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue their further study. As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), learners are eligible to progress to Master’s top-up programmes at many universities in the UK and overseas with advanced standing. For more information visit University Progressions page in this website.