Postgraduate Diploma in International Hospitality Management

Max 2 semesters

Essential hospitality content

Business field trip to Dubai

Campus

Option to convert to a Masters/MBA ⓘ

Next intake: February 2024

Postgraduate Diploma in International Hospitality Management

Max 2 semesters

Highly applied learning

Business field trip to Dubai

Campus

Option to convert to Masters/MBA ⓘ

Next intake: February 2024

A proven pathway into the hospitality industry

  • Build a strong foundation of industry knowledge
  • Develop critical and transferable skills in hospitality management
  • Learn to evaluate, and communicate, managerial decisions effectively
  • Expand your professional network

Ideal for career switchers as well as recent graduates, the Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in International Hospitality Management is purpose-designed to offer the fastest possible route onto the hospitality management career ladder.

The program can also provide a foundation for further study, including a track to our industry-leading MBA

As you learn from world class faculty, you will additionally benefit from highly personalized career support, an immersive field trip offering exceptional networking opportunities, plus the global recognition of the Les Roches name.

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Academic Structure

15-17 Academic weeks

Semester 1

Academic content
+ Business field trip to Dubai
(+ Hospitality Immersion Program*)

6 months

Business Research Project

Or

Internship

Intensive hospitality education across 6 modules

1 of 6

Hospitality Finance & Performance Management

Discover and develop the major analytical skills hospitality managers and business operators require in order to facilitate effective financial planning, control and decision making in a hospitality accounting context.

2 of 6

Hospitality Revenue Management

Acquire the knowledge and skills to craft a well-conceived Revenue and Pricing strategy, solving issues and calculating profits using a Hotel Revenue Simulation.

Investigate the evolution of pricing and the changing consumer mindset, as well as taking a practical dive into the distribution landscape including online and offline channels.

3 of 6

Services Marketing in a Digital Age

This course offers a thorough grounding in Services Marketing with a particular focus on hotels.

Learn the important differences between service and product marketing, and discover how the digital age is shaping today’s marketing strategies.

4 of 6

International Event Management

This course integrates the disciplines of food and beverage operations management, financial management, human resources management, marketing and logistics.

As part of the course, you will be assessed on the planning, managing and evaluation of a live event.

5 of 6

Entrepreneurship & Business Modelling

Through this course you’ll develop an understanding of the process of entrepreneurship and the business environment in which the process takes place.

It will enable you to think more entrepreneurially within existing organizations – a highly prized attribute today.

6 of 6

Elective Module

You can customize your program according to your professional interests and/or career ambitions by choosing one of these elective courses:

  • Sustainability in a Global Hospitality World
  • Hospitality Leadership & Change Management
  • Organizational Behavior & Talent Management for Hospitality
  • Strategic Management in a Global Environment

Intensive hospitality education across 6 modules

  • Hospitality Finance & Performance Management
  • Hospitality Revenue Management
  • Services Marketing in a Digital Age
  • International Event Management
  • Entrepreneurship & Business Modelling
  • Elective module

Hospitality Finance & Performance Management

Discover and develop the major analytical skills hospitality managers and business operators require in order to facilitate effective financial planning, control and decision making in a hospitality accounting context.

Hospitality Revenue Management

Acquire the knowledge and skills to craft a well-conceived Revenue and Pricing strategy, solving issues and calculating profits using a Hotel Revenue Simulation. Investigate the evolution of pricing and the changing consumer mindset, as well as taking a practical dive into the distribution landscape including online and offline channels.

Services Marketing in a Digital Age

This course offers a thorough grounding in Services Marketing with a particular focus on hotels. Learn the important differences between service and product marketing, and discover how the digital age is shaping today’s marketing strategies.

International Event Management

This course integrates the disciplines of food and beverage operations management, financial management, human resources management, marketing and logistics. As part of the course, you will be assessed on the planning, managing and evaluation of a live event.

Entrepreneurship & Business Modelling

Through this course you’ll develop an understanding of the process of entrepreneurship and the business environment in which the process takes place. It will enable you to think more entrepreneurially within existing organizations – a highly prized attribute today.

Elective Module

You can customize your program according to your professional interests and/or career ambitions by choosing one of these elective courses:

  • Sustainability in a Global Hospitality World
  • Hospitality Leadership & Change Management
  • Organizational Behavior & Talent Management for Hospitality
  • Strategic Management in a Global Environment

Business field trip

The business field trip for this program takes you to Dubai, enabling you to validate – and build on – what you’ve learned in class.

It is also a prime opportunity to grow your professional network, by giving you face-time with established and well-connected hospitality executives.

The week-long trip is carefully curated to provide exposure to a variety of hotel operations representing the leading brands in the industry – with a focus on direct interactions with senior managers.

You will be expected to take part proactively, challenging the views put across and offering your own perceptions of the properties you visit.

Overall, the field trip provides outstanding potential to create an early and positive impression in your chosen industry.

Aerial view of Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown.

Final semester Internship or Business Research Project

At the end of your taught semester you can choose between a professional internship or Business Research Project to earn your diploma.

Internship

Your six-month professional internship will place you directly into a hospitality setting, enabling you to put to the test what you learned in the previous semester.

This is our recommended option if you did not have significant hospitality industry experience before joining the program.

Research Project

Working with a partner company, you will tackle a real-world business challenge, drawing upon the skills and knowledge you learned in class.

This is our recommended option if you already accrued hospitality experience before joining the program.

Admission Information

Next intake dates:

February 2024

September 2024

Minimum age:

21 years old

Professional Experience:

With a degree: Minimum 2 years experience

Without a degree: Minimum 5 years experience

Qualifications:

Bachelor degree desirable.

Students without a degree can still access the Postexperience Programs and will receive a Professional Development Diploma.

*Hospitality Immersion Program:

*Mandatory for students without a hospitality related degree or professional experience. The Hospitality Immersion Program (HIP) runs in parallel to the 1st semester with courses on “Hospitality in Context”, “F&B Beverage Operations Management”, “Rooms Division Operations Management”.

English level:

If English is not your first language, or if you have not spent the last two years studying in an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, please enclose a copy of one of the following:

  • IELTS: overall 6.0 and min. 5.5 in every sub-component*
  • TOEFL: Internet-based 80 or paper-based 550
  • First Cambridge Exam: Grade A
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade C
  • Duolingo 115 with no component under 105

*Only tests taken/issued in an official IELTS testing center are accepted.

Help with your English

Those below the stated official English level can take additional English support classes. We offer intensive programs in Switzerland and Spain.

Learn more here.

Fees

This is an illustration of the basic fee structure you can expect for the program. For a full breakdown of fees download a course brochure.

Crans-Montana

Academic ExpensesCHF
Tuition fees21,000
Learning resources570
Health and accident insurance1,785
Business Field Trip3,150
Total26,505
Living ExpensesCHF
Flexible board3,675
Total3,675

Marbella

Academic ExpensesEUR
Tuition fees17,000
Learning resources595
Health and accident insurance905
Business Field Trip2,400
Total20,900
Living ExpensesEUR
Half Board2,580
Total2,580

Turn this Diploma into a Masters or MBA

Upon successful completion of your diploma, you have the option to study a further semester focused on a specialized topic. This, combined with your choice of professional internship or Business Research Project, earns you a Master’s in Hospitality Management with Specialization.

Provided you’ve met the academic threshold, you can also fast-track to the second semester of our MBA in Global Hospitality Management, upon completion of which you will earn a fully-accredited MBA qualification.

Leading brands hire our students

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The Campuses

Our Postgraduate Diploma in International Hospitality Management can be studied at our campuses in Switzerland and Spain

Marbella, Spain

Crans Montana, Switzerland

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FAQs


What can I do with a hospitality management diploma?

Put simply, you can build a career in the global hospitality industry, using the knowledge and skills you acquire from this program as your foundation.

This is especially important if you are switching careers into hospitality, and we offer extra preparation for this in the form of our two week pre-sessional Hospitality Immersion Program (HIP).

Should you wish to continue your hospitality education after completing the diploma, we also offer a direct track into the second and final semester of our industry-leading MBA program, provided you have performed sufficiently well in your diploma.

What is the benefit of a diploma in hospitality management?

Having a specialized diploma demonstrates to prospective employers that you’ll arrive with a solid foundation of hospitality business knowledge, enabling you to hit the ground running.

With intense competition for the best roles, this could prove your unfair advantage in the job market.

What is the difference between a diploma and a postgraduate diploma?

With a Masters in digital transformation can open up a wide range of career opportunities in various industries. The degree can be useful in any industry that is undergoing digital disruption and needs help navigating the changing landscape.

A good example is consulting firms that help businesses with strategy, operations, and other aspects of their operations. A Masters in digital transformation can be useful in helping these firms to advise clients on how to navigate the digital landscape.

What career opportunities are available after completing a Diploma in Hospitality Management?

This Postgraduate Diploma in International Hospitality Management opens doors to careers across a wide spectrum of hospitality and experience economy sectors, including:

  • Hotels 
  • Restaurants
  • Events
  • Exhibitions & conferences
  • Theme parks
  • Airlines
  • Cruises
  • Luxury retail 
  • Sports
  • Management consulting
  • Real Estate
  • Marketing
  • Spa health and wellness 
  • Finance and investment

What is a Diploma in Hospitality Management?

The Diploma in Hospitality Management at Les Roches is a one semester (six months) study program designed to provide career changers and new entrants to the industry with a comprehensive foundation in hospitality business management.

It includes a business field trip and, at the end of your taught semester, you will undertake a six-month professional internship or applied project.

What skills will I gain from a Diploma in Hospitality Management?

If you do not have prior hospitality experience, it’s recommended to start with a pre-sessional Hospitality Immersion Program (HIP) that will introduce you to the operational side of the business. Once the diploma program itself begins, you’ll take classes that cover a wide range of business and leadership topics, including finance and performance management, marketing, event management, business modeling, and more.

Last but not least, you’ll put your newly-acquired learning to the test in the ‘real world’ via a six-month professional internship or applied business project.