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Postgraduate Diplomas in Hospitality Management

For Career Changers

Our postgraduate degrees in hospitality will give you the skills and knowledge you need to start a new career in hospitality and allow you to study in Switzerland, or London, or both on the new multicampus program option.

Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality Administration (1.5 years)

This 1.5 year diploma program will prepare you for entry-level management roles in any hospitality-related business. It features basic hotel management courses, hands-on supervisory experience in service and operations, and a professional internship in a hospitality related business.

Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management (2 years)

The Postgraduate Higher Diploma (PGHD) in Hospitality Management will prepare you to become a hospitality business specialist. During one extra semester on the Bulle campus in Switzerland, you will take courses to develop strategic management skills for your chosen specialization:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management

Multicampus Postgraduate Program

On the multicampus program, which is available only for the Postgraduate Higher Diploma, you start with hospitality management courses in Switzerland, the home of hotel management education. The second semester, in London, focuses on hospitality business courses in the European hub of business and tourism, while the final semester in Switzerland includes the specialization courses.

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Program key facts

  • Intakes: January and July/August 
  • Age: Normally age 24 or above
  • Total Credits: 36 for Diploma and 54 for Higher Diploma
  • Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

To have further details on the courses, please click on Academic Programs.




Program Overview

Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality Administration
Duration: 2 taught semesters (12 courses) plus 1 internship in the industry (6 months)

 Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management
Duration: 3 taught semesters (18 courses) plus 1 internship in the industry

Semester Overview

This is a general overview of the courses and concepts addressed in each semester of the postgraduate programs. Courses are subject to change, for the most up-to-date courses and general education options, see the Academic Catalog.


SEMESTER 1 & 2 – Operations and Administration

  • Rooms Division
  • Operations Management
  • Intro to Food & Beverage
  • Craft-based learning in Restaurant & Kitchen or Rooms Division
  • Principles of the Hospitality & Tourism Industries
  • General Education and choice of 18 Electives (Students take 6 electives over 2 semesters)

NOTE: Students on the London campus will complete their craft-based learning courses in Switzerland.



The professional internship is designed to let the student practice the techniques they learned on campus and explore their personal strengths in a real work environment.


SEMESTER 3 -The Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management

Human Resources Management

  • People Management  (prerequisite PGD)
  • Human Resources in the Hospitality Industry
  • Change Management
  • Knowledge Management

Financial Management

  • Management Finance (prerequisite PGD)
  • Economics for  Business
  • Hospitality Real Estate Finance
  • Corporate Finance

Marketing Management

  • Principles of Marketing (prerequisite PGD)
  • Services Marketing
  • Sales Management
  • Economics for Hospitality, tourism and Leisure

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Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides full details on all curricula with course credits, full course descriptions, the grading system, academic calendar with exact entry dates, and other important academic information.

Please click on the link to download the Academic Catalog


Admissions Requirements

When considering candidates for admission, the Admissions Manager looks at the entire profile of the applicant, including academic records, work experience if any, extracurricular activities, test scores and recommendations.


Tuition and Fees

Please click on the links below to have access to the tuition and fees of the hospitality programs as well as to see the terms and conditions: 

** Applications are open to students who are EU, EEA, Swiss or British Overseas Nationals. Intakes in January and August.