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CR 042

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 042
  • Field of StudyHospitality Management,Tourism
  • Type of CourseHigher Certificate,Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Business
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration3 Years (6 Semesters)
  • Level7
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 200

In preparing the student for a career in the hospitality industry this course emphasises a creative, inventive, organised and entrepreneurial approach. The Bachelor of Business in Hospitality Management is taught in a variety of ways with a strong focus on student centred learning.

The term Hospitality Management refers to a range of occupations and professional practices associated with the management of areas such as hotels, resorts, restaurants, and other hospitality venues.

Strong practical content in the early years of study, along with our graduates broad range of knowledge, skills and competencies, have meant that they are a candidate of choice for a variety of organisations.

For graduates, there are opportunities to work either in Ireland or abroad and it is not uncommon for graduates in their twenties to hold senior positions in organisations.

About the course

The Institute boasts one of the finest Tourism and Hospitality buildings in Europe, with state-of-the-art facilities. Our courses combine practical elements of hospitality management with key management skills, knowledge and competencies, in a multi-cultural classroom environment, providing graduates with the best possible foundation for a future career. Modern Demonstration and Production Kitchens, IT and Front Office Laboratories, a Demonstration Theatre, Training Restaurants and Bar and well equipped classrooms are all features of the Tourism and Hospitality Building at CIT. In addition, students have easy access to the wider Institute facilities such as an excellent library, IT facilities, sports and recreation facilities, and other student supports. Administration and support facilities are offered in an environment where students have direct access to an experienced and qualified lecturing team.


Formal lectures, tutorials, individual and team project work, guest speakers, industry visits and field trips are all an integral part of the course. A range of elective subjects are available so that students can pursue particular topics which interest them.


Work placement

  • There is a mandatory work placement of a minimum of 12 weeks between Year 1 and Year 2.
  • There is a 6 month Management Internship in Year 3.

Work Placement is an important part of the course and this allows the student to experience hospitality organisations at various grades in Ireland and gives them opportunities to travel abroad for their 3rd year work placement. Cork boasts one of the largest variety of hospitality organisations in the country, allowing students to study in a vibrant city with a strong culture of hospitality.


Students who take the opportunity to travel abroad for work placement experience a greater international awareness, and develop the ability to effectively communicate in the global hospitality environment.


Graduates are eligible to become members of the Irish Hospitality Institute.


Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to continue onto the one year add-on
►  Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Hospitality Management (Level 8).

Graduates can subsequently progress to postgraduate studies at CIT or other third-level Institutions.


Question Time

What are the facilities like for this course in CIT?
The facilities at the Department of Tourism & Hospitality are of the highest European standard. The Department operates to the highest levels of industry recognised Hygiene and Environmental management requirements.


What are the duties of a Hotel Manager?
Hotel Managers combine the role of the business host with the technical skills, including the provision of high quality Food, Beverage and Accommodation standards along with the skills of successful business management including financial, marketing, human resource and operational skills.


What other careers could I work in?
Hospitality Managers work across a wide range of businesses in the sector to include many and varied types of hotels, restaurants and resorts and equally can work in areas such as cruise line operations or indeed start their own business within the sector. There is a wide range of sector specific support businesses for which Hotel Management provides the ideal background and these can include food & beverage suppliers, equipment suppliers, training specialists, hospitality centred IT companies, and many others.


Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate award after two years?
Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Business in Hospitality Management.

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.


Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.

For information of Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here


Graduates will specialise in areas of the hospitality business such as Food & Beverage Management, Conference & Banqueting Management or Rooms Division Management. Opportunities may also be available in Sales & Marketing, Human Resource Management, Training & Development, Event Management or Financial Control.


Graduates will aspire to senior General Management positions or become involved in entrepreneurial activities and may start their own business.


Typical positions include:

  • Hotel, Restaurant, Catering and Licenced Premises Management
  • Reservations and Revenue Management
  • Conference and Event Management
  • Human Resources and Training
  • Hospitality Entrepreneur
  • Marketing and Sales


Graduate Profiles

Séamus Crotty
General Manager

While studying Hospitality Management at CIT, Séamus completed his first year work placement in Hayfield Manor, Cork's only 5 Star hotel, before moving on to work in the Park Hotel Kenmare for celebrity hotelier Francis Brennan.

Séamus returned to work in Hayfield Manor for 5 years as Deputy General Manager, and also completed a Masters in Strategic Management & Planning at the Smurfit Business School. He is currently the General Manager of the award winning Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare.


Dan Murphy
Managing Director

Dan is the Managing Director of the award winning Galway Bay Hotel. Dan leads a team which has attained such prestigious awards as the Best 4 Star Hotel in Ireland, Deloitte Best Managed Company, and the prestigious EFQM Award for quality. In 2007, Dan was awarded the IHI’s Hotel Manager of the Year award.

Dan gained valuable experience on his college placements in Adare Manor and Ashford Castle. Having graduated, Dan worked with the Hilton Group in Chicago before joining the Rochestown Park Hotel and then the Galway Bay Hotel.

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:
Bachelor of Business in Hospitality Management CR042

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