Intakes: 

2019: March, July, November 

2020: February, July

Duration: 
1 year
Location: 
Fees: 

2019 Fees: A$14,000*

2020 Fees: A$14,850*
* Per Semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Overview

Gain a specialised qualification for a career in policy, planning or management, with a Graduate Diploma in Business (Tourism and Destination Management).

This diploma gives graduates the competitive edge for managerial, policy-development and planning roles within the rapidly growing tourism and events industries.

Throughout the course, you'll study tourism and management with a focus on contemporary challenges faced by destinations internationally.

You'll gain expertise in current visitor-economy issues, acquiring managerial skills, and increasing your knowledge in modern tourism areas such as ‘green growth’ and sustainability.

Once you've completed the diploma, you can transfer – with unit credits – to the Master of Tourism and Destination Management. Or use your new skills and professional networks to launch a career as a leader in tourism and event management or policy development.

The Victoria University Business School (VUBS) is located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, with study hours tailored to the working professional.

Our after-hours adjustments put your schedule first and foremost, letting you manage the busy juggle of work and postgraduate study.

You will complete many of your study hours online, and address real issues in the workplace. Our face-to-face classes give you the opportunity to network and collaborate with an engaged and ambitious group of peers.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

This course is part of VU's School for the Visitor Economy - a new cross-university school providing qualified graduates to Victoria's rapidly expanding tourism and hospitality sectors.

 

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Careers

According to Deloitte, the tourism industry is identified as ranking second within a set of ‘fabulous five’ industry sectors that will drive Australian economic growth, with projections of almost five per cent growth per annum, over the next 30 years.

Job titles

The Graduate Diploma of Tourism and Destination Management will equip students for roles in: 

  • Tourism planning agencies
  • Tourism promotion agencies such as ‘Destination Melbourne’
  • Attractions management
  • Marketing and communication (events)
  • Planning within the travel sector (airlines and other major transport providers)
  • Self-employment through tourism management businesses

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Diploma Business (Tourism and Destination Management), students will be required to complete 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) college core units
  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) professional core units

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect upon theoretical approaches by evaluating their application to effective tourism and destination management practice;  
  2. Justify and apply interdisciplinary knowledge in decision making with creativity for dynamic global environments using contemporary and integrated theoretical and operational knowledge of tourism and destination management;  
  3. Deliberate the economic, legal and political context within which destinations operate, advocating creative planning and policy development process, innovative sustainable practices and risk minimising strategies in contemporary settings;  
  4. Collaborate within teams to provide creative solutions for industry, government and community stakeholders, integrating complex knowledge and ideas effectively to achieve shared goals;  
  5. Resolve complex professional and industry problems and inform management decision making by applying cognitive, creative and reflective skills to collect, analyse and synthesise data and information to generate, implement and evaluate solutions;  
  6. Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences including multi-disciplinary teams, diverse cultural communities, business and other related stakeholders;  
  7. Exemplify professional standards and leadership in a dynamic 21st century work environment, acting consistently, ethically and in a socially responsible manner.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
PLUS
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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