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School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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When it comes to raising your qualifications in the tourism and hospitality industry, you need to be where the action is. That’s Asia, the world’s fastest growing region for tourism.

With its key role of regional airline hub and gateway to Mainland China, vibrant blend of Eastern culture and Western sophistication, there's no better place to ride this "Asian Wave" than Hong Kong.

Rated No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality and Tourism Management” category according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021 for the fifth consecutive year, placed No. 1 globally in the “Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services” category in the University Ranking by Academic Performance in 2020/2021 for four years in a row, rated No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism” subject area by the CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017, and ranked No.1 in Asia in the “Hospitality and Leisure Management” subject area in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 for the fifth consecutive year, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is uniquely positioned to not only ride the Asian wave, but also to lead it in educational excellence. 

For over 40 years, the SHTM has refined a distinctive vision of hospitality and tourism education and become a symbol of excellence in the field, exemplifying its motto of Leading Hospitality and Tourism. Through Hotel ICON, the SHTM’s groundbreaking teaching and research hotel and a vital aspect of its paradigm-shifting approach to hospitality and tourism education, the School is advancing teaching, learning and research, inspiring a new generation of passionate, pioneering professionals to take their positions as leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry.

So let the School’s strong international team of 80+ academics from diverse cultural backgrounds take your career path to new heights.

Come crest the wave in Hong Kong!

Programmes available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

- Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Hons) Scheme in Hotel and Tourism Management 

The BSc programme has three specialisms: 

• Hotel Management

• Smart Tourism and Hospitality

• Event and Experience Management 

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programmes

- Doctor of Philosophy in School of Hotel and Tourism Management (Ph.D.)

- Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management (D.HTM)

- Master of Science (MSc) in Global Hospitality Business

- MSc in International Hospitality Management

- MSc in International Tourism and Convention Management

- MSc in International Wine Management

- MSc in Hospitality Business Innovation (Online programme)

- MicroMasters in International Hospitality Management (Online programme on edX)


When it comes to raising your qualifications in the tourism and hospitality industry, you need to be where the action is. That’s Asia, the world’s fastest growing region for tourism.

With its key role of regional airline hub and gateway to Mainland China, vibrant blend of Eastern culture and Western sophistication, there's no better place to ride this "Asian Wave" than Hong Kong.

Rated No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality and Tourism Management” category according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021 for the fifth consecutive year, placed No. 1 globally in the “Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services” category in the University Ranking by Academic Performance in 2020/2021 for four years in a row, rated No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism” subject area by the CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017, and ranked No.1 in Asia in the “Hospitality and Leisure Management” subject area in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 for the fifth consecutive year, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is uniquely positioned to not only ride the Asian wave, but also to lead it in educational excellence. 

For over 40 years, the SHTM has refined a distinctive vision of hospitality and tourism education and become a symbol of excellence in the field, exemplifying its motto of Leading Hospitality and Tourism. Through Hotel ICON, the SHTM’s groundbreaking teaching and research hotel and a vital aspect of its paradigm-shifting approach to hospitality and tourism education, the School is advancing teaching, learning and research, inspiring a new generation of passionate, pioneering professionals to take their positions as leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry.

So let the School’s strong international team of 80+ academics from diverse cultural backgrounds take your career path to new heights.

Come crest the wave in Hong Kong!

Programmes available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

- Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Hons) Scheme in Hotel and Tourism Management 

The BSc programme has three specialisms: 

• Hotel Management

• Smart Tourism and Hospitality

• Event and Experience Management 

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programmes

- Doctor of Philosophy in School of Hotel and Tourism Management (Ph.D.)

- Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management (D.HTM)

- Master of Science (MSc) in Global Hospitality Business

- MSc in International Hospitality Management

- MSc in International Tourism and Convention Management

- MSc in International Wine Management

- MSc in Hospitality Business Innovation (Online programme)

- MicroMasters in International Hospitality Management (Online programme on edX)


University information

Whether you are a high school student, a college student currently enrolled in another programme, or an industry professional looking to earn your next degree or certificate, you will find in the SHTM a world-class institution offering world-leading programmes to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

For details of SHTM’s academic programmes, please visit: https://shtm.polyu.edu.hk/academic-programmes/


For admission and application details of the School’s undergraduate and postgraduates programmes, please visit http://www.polyu.edu.hk/study


IELTS

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

7

TOEFL

Minimum score

79

Maximum score

100

TOEFL - Masters

Minimum score

100

Maximum score

0

IELTS - Masters

Minimum score

7

Maximum score

0

TOEFL - Bachelors

Minimum score

100

Maximum score

0

IELTS - Bachelors

Minimum score

7

Maximum score

0

Wholly owned by PolyU and an extension of the SHTM, Hotel ICON is a unique teaching and research hotel offering a fully integrated teaching and learning approach to education. Officially opened in September 2011, Hotel ICON is located in the same building complex as the SHTM campus.

As the world's first co-located, co-lead programme offered in a teaching and research hotel, Hotel ICON provides a dynamic environment to inspire a new generation of passionate pioneering hoteliers and students who will one day take their positions as leaders in the hospitality and tourism sector.

With the establishment of Hotel ICON, the SHTM's leadership role in hospitality research has been enhanced.  Research projects with different foci have already been implemented in the hotel. Three dedicated guestrooms – "Tomorrow's Guestrooms" – have been set up to facilitate more in-depth research into the application of advanced concepts in the field of hotel management for the advancement of the entire industry.

In the pursuit of research excellence, the SHTM established the Hospitality and Tourism Research Centre (HTRC) to further consolidate its research prowess, which has long been recognised as one of the School’s significant strengths. With a view to bridging the gap between hospitality and tourism theory and industry practice, the HTRC supports academic research for the advancement and development of hospitality and tourism knowledge on topics of importance to industry performance. It is a unique research-based platform with an expansive network of hospitality and tourism academics from the School and partner institutions, along with leading industry executives.

Combining the practical experience and endeavour of Hotel ICON and the research prowess of the SHTM, the School launched the SHTM+ICON Consultancy as another novel endeavour to achieve its mission in engineering knowledge transfer to the hospitality industry and other education institutes. With a world-leading team of consultants, it offers professional hospitality-related consultancy services to the industry worldwide

Other world-class teaching and research facilities include:

The Che-woo Lui Hotel and Tourism Research Centre houses a range of hotel and tourism management related reference and teaching materials, such as books, journals, magazines, statistical reports and conference proceedings to support research, teaching and learning functions of the School.

The Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology is a purpose-built facility for students to learn and practice with the latest applications and devices used in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Bistro 1979 is a multi-function student-operated restaurant unit providing a “real-world” restaurant setting for students to build on the skill-sets required in F&B industry. It is also the venue for the Catering Studies Dining Society which welcomes their members and their guests. The training restaurant seats 66 persons, offering lunches and dinners during the semester according to the academic timetable.

Vinoteca Lab seats 41 persons. It is used for a variety of classes including wine appreciation. Students are taught a range of topics, from basic wine fundamentals to advanced regional and international wine knowledge and specialist skills in the F&B industry. Workshops organised by the Food and Wine Academy, an initiative by the SHTM and Hotel ICON, also take place here.

Student life

Reflections from Students and Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy in School of Hotel and Tourism Management (Ph.D.)

•         “The professors are not only passionate about the industry and their research, but they are also interested in what the students are working on for their thesis and lend some ideas or questions to improve the work. After I successfully complete the programme I would like to go into academia and continue teaching and educating the future leaders of the industry.” — Mr Guy Llewellyn, Ph.D. student from the USA/Assistant Professor, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (Singapore Campus), Singapore

 

•         “It is a unique experience to work and communicate with the peer Ph.D. students from 20 different countries of the world. I, personally, embrace the opportunity to explore 20 different lifestyles, backgrounds, and attitudes. And professionally, I get to know about diversified educational and tourism business systems of the place of origin of the students.” — Ms Hakimeh Nasiri, Ph.D. student from Iran

 

Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management (D.HTM)

·             “The usual presence in multiple international events of this respectful institute is impressive; and the continuous record of the high ranking status among other universities is admirable. I highly recommend the SHTM to all professionals from around the world as it is a true game-changing experience.” — Ms Sarah Soliman Gasem, D.HTM student from Saudi Arabia/Head of Hospitality and Tourism, The Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia

 

·             “The D.HTM understand people like me. It has all that I could hope for: a great programme, on a great side of the world, which offers a very flexible way of learning. The format is cleverly done as I could easily continue my career while studying.” — Dr Damien Daniel Marie Marchenay, D.HTM graduate from France/General Manager, Pullman Changshu Leeman Hotel, Mainland China

 

Master of Science (MSc) in Global Hospitality Business

·              “The programme equipped me with knowledge on hospitality business of course but what was even more useful was the exposure I had during the programme to such a culturally diverse group of people. It allowed me to develop my interpersonal skills and become better in working in international teams as this is the case for me today...” — Ms Jennifer Klar, MGH graduate from Switzerland/Corporate Sustainability Manager, Six Senses Hotels Resort Spas, Bangkok

 

·             “The experience is well worth it, and it provides knowledge and tools to whoever wants to do business in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.” — Mr Pierandrea Falchi, MGH student from Italy

 

MSc in International Hospitality Management

·             “I think the SHTM’s programmes put a strong emphasis on students being able to utilise what they learnt in class in a workplace setting and the teaching contents are very practical and up to date. The programme strengthened my knowledge in many aspects including hotel design concepts, revenue management, multi-unit management, and marketing, all of which have proved to be highly useful in my business venture. I was able to apply what I learnt from SHTM in my hotel projects.” — Mr David Lau, IHM graduate from Hong Kong/Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Sky Hotel Management Limited, Hong Kong

 

·             “I graduated from the SHTM’s BSc in Hotel Management. The well-designed programme helped me from a solid foundation in the hospitality and tourism discipline, which has then drawn me to continue my Master’s study at the School. The strength of this MSc programme is its international focus. The School also impresses me with its strong network and great reputation globally.” — Ms Ziwei Zhu, IHM student from Mainland China

 

MSc in International Tourism and Convention Management

·             “Hong Kong is the best representations of the fusion between Asian and Western cultures which is an interesting cultural environment to develop. Besides, the SHTM leads in the field of hospitality and tourism in worldwide reputation.” — Ms Maria Pia Morey Poma, ITCM graduate from Peru/Assistant Manager, S&S Hospitality, Hong Kong

 

·             “Before joining the SHTM, I was in need of in-depth knowledge in management and hands-on experience in the convention and tourism industry. The high-calibre programme helps me gain more specialised knowledge in my field of interest. The consultancy project appeals to me most for it fills up my deficiency in real-life experience in communicating and deliberating with business partners.” — Ms Doris Lee, ITCM student from Hong Kong

 

MSc in International Wine Management

·             “The greatest benefit I’ve gained is definitely the people I’ve met, both my fellow students and my lecturers. It’s very advantageous to have such diversity of opinions, approaches and cultural backgrounds, all contributing to a much better understanding of the world and in particular Chinese wine culture.” — Mr Joao Adriano De Melo Pires, IWM graduate from Portugal/Director, Wine, Melco Resort & Entertainment, Macao

 

·             “My classmates come from all over the world with such a diverse background making it stimulating to exchange views and discuss new ideas – the best way to learn more about wine and wine culture. The programme also offers many opportunities for students to reach out such as the exchange programme in Bordeaux and the field trips to wineries and vineyards in other countries.” — Ms Sandy So, IWM student from Hong Kong

 

MicroMasters in International Hospitality Management (MM)

·        “This programme allowed me the opportunity to pursue further education without interruption to my career. I have now gained tangible credits to take me closer to me goals.” — Ms Azia, MM Star from Pakistan/Venue Manager, COA Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 

·        “I learned about the essence of luxury, luxury clients, lucury brand identity, and luxury management from the MicroMasters course.” — Ms Hibiki Nagano, MM Outstanding Learner from Japan/Student, College of Foreign Studies, Kansai Gaidai Univeristy

 

·        “This accredited programme enabled me to strive for a balance between work and professional upskilling.  Highly recommended to professionals in the service-providing industry.” — Ms Ive Ip, MM Star from Hong Kong

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Many SHTM graduates are taking leading positions in renowned organisations in hospitality and tourism as well as in academia, including:

  • Accenture
  • Amari Phuket
  • AsiaWorld-Expo
  • Bain & Company
  • Bangkok University
  • Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
  • Bournemouth University
  • Burapha University
  • Burberry Ltd
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Chalet Ivy
  • Chiang Mai University
  • Colliers International Hong Kong
  • Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Expedia Group, Inc.
  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Gems Nerd Co.Ltd
  • Grand Hyatt Berlin
  • Hilton Hotel and Resorts
  • Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels
  • Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Hong Kong Tourism Board
  • Hotel ICON
  • Hyatt Hotel Corporation
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Invest Hong Kong
  • Kon Kean University
  • Langham Hospitality Group
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Macao Institute for Tourism Studies
  • Mahidol University International College
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  • Marco Polo Hotels Hong Kong
  • Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Naresuan University
  • Ocean Park Hong Kong
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Peruvian University of Applied Sciences
  • Prince of Songkla University
  • Rosewood Hotel Group
  • Roskilde University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
  • Standard International, LLC
  • Suratthani Rajabhat University
  • Swire Hotels
  • The Peninsula Tokyo
  • The Ritz-Carlton
  • TripAdvisor
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Surrey
  • W Singapore
  • Zhejiang University

 

Available programs

The SHTM’s Bachelor of Science programme is multi-disciplinary and equips students with the professional knowledge and skills for a broad range of complex, managerial and specialised work activities in the hotel and tourism industry. The BSc programme has three specialisms: Hotel Management, Smart Tourism and Hospitality, and Event and Experience Management. Students of the School not only enjoy diverse opportunities for international exposure and practical experience in their chosen professions, they are also recognised throughout the world for the calibre of their learning. The School’s International Student Exchange Programme enables them to live and learn in another culture and country, while the various Industry Placement opportunities let them gain knowledge and practical experience from some of the best names in the hospitality industry around the world. Study Tours are also available to SHTM students which allow them to experience different styles of hospitality first-hand in exciting locations. The opportunity of learning and working at Hotel ICON, the School’s unlike-any-other teaching and research hotel, makes it all the more exciting.

- Bachelor of Science (Hons) Scheme in Hotel and Tourism Management

Come explore your future with SHTM!

The hotel and tourism sectors are in a profound period of change. Industry professionals now more than ever before have to lead and manage many situations. Of crucial importance are the skills required to identify and capitalise on opportunities and to respond effectively to challenges.

 

The SHTM is an educational institution that provides an international and dynamic learning environment where students can fully realise their potential and have their talents recognised. The doctoral and Master’s programmes offered at the SHTM are certainly an ideal stepping stone to the top tiers of the hospitality and tourism profession.

 

The SHTM offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes to those who strive to extend the frontiers of their knowledge and advance their careers. The School’s exceptional programmes are:

 

- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hotel and Tourism Management

- Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management (D.HTM)

- Master of Science (MSc) in Global Hospitality Business

- MSc in International Hospitality Management

- MSc in International Tourism and Convention Management

- MSc in International Wine Management

- MSc in Hospitality Business Innovation (Online programme)

- MicroMasters in International Hospitality Management (Online programme on edX)

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