This four-year honours degree prepares graduates for many of the business roles available in the tourism industry in Ireland and internationally today. Students develop skills at both operational and supervisory management levels. This course also develops students' entrepreneurial skills to facilitate new business start-ups. In today’s economic climate, these skills will prove invaluable upon graduation.
Work Placements are integrated in Year One and Year Two of the programme.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
Foreign language options with this course
There are options to study a language as part of this course. The following option(s) may be selected:
QQI / FET Links
This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Graduates of this programme work in the following types of businesses:
- Visitor attractions
- Tourism agencies
- Transport operators
- Visitor information centres
- Festival and event management
- Hospitality operations in Ireland and overseas
Many graduates also set up and run their own successful tourism businesses as the course provides a foundation for the development of entrepreneurial activities.
The inclusion of modern European languages will also aid students’ ability to travel as well as enhancing employment opportunities.