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Bachelor of Science (Honours) International Tourism Management (Cruise)

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University of Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Start Date
08 Apr 2024 (Mon)
Next intake(s)
21 months
Course Fee
Course Fees: HK$105,000* will be paid in 4 terms
(*The tuition fee is reviewed annually and is subject to change without prior notice.)
Deadline on 29 Feb 2024 (Thu)
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The Bachelor of Science (Honours) International Tourism Management (Cruise) (Part-time) is offered by HKU SPACE in collaboration with the University of Plymouth School of Tourism and Hospitality which is part of the University of Plymouth Faculty of Business. It is an 21-month part-time offshore degree programme which carries the same academic status and recognition as that offered to Plymouth’s on-campus graduates.
The global cruise industry is experiencing rapid growth internationally, there are countless opportunities for rewarding careers on-board ships for those seeking to combine global travel and a career in hospitality and tourism. This programme has been offered at University of Plymouth since 2004 in the UK. During this period, many of the graduates have pursued permanent careers in the cruise ship sector working with companies such as Celebrity cruises, Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruises, Princess Cruises as well as P&O and Cunard.

This programme aims to enable students to gain a thorough understanding of this unique employment area and have a critical awareness of the issues that underpin best practice. In addition, the programme enables students to develop vocationally relevant managerial skills needed for employment in the global cruise industry and the wider hospitality sector. Overnight cruise line field trip and cruise terminal visits will be arranged for students to deepen their understandings of the cruise industry (where possible). Students will also have the opportunity to apply for the short-term internship on international cruise lines, such as Royal Caribbean International, and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal as this programme aims to provide a world class education for those considering the cruise industry as a genuine career choice.

On successful completion, graduates should be able to / have developed:

A. Knowledge and understanding

  1. demonstrate a detailed understanding of relevant concepts and characteristics appropriate in the study of tourism and be able to apply them creatively; 
  2. generalise and question the nature, structure and significance of tourism;
  3. identify and illustrate the importance of planning, development and management of tourism and tourists in a variety of contexts; 
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the underpinning principles of business and the ability to apply them creatively; 
  5. integrate subject specific knowledge and transferable skills to conduct a research investigation, and effectively report the findings. 

B. Cognitive and intellectual skills

  1. analyse new and/or abstract information and situations without guidance, using a range of appropriate techniques;
  2. critically evaluate evidence to support conclusions and/or recommendations, reviewing its reliability, validity and significance;  
  3. manage contradictory information and identify reasons for contradictions;  
  4. be confident and flexible in defining complex problems and apply appropriate knowledge and skills to their solutions.

C. Key and transferable skills

  1. communication skills;
  2. interpersonal and team working skills;
  3. self-management and professional development skills;
  4. ICT skills;
  5. numeracy skills.

D. Employment related skills

  1. problem solving and research methods skills;
  2. understanding of a variety of common responses to gather relevant information;
  3. learning skills (reflection/evaluation, synthesis).

E. Practical skills

  1. presentation and oral communication skills;
  2. written communication skills;
  3. information management technology skills. 
Sharing from Teaching Staff

“The theories and real life examples taught in the HKU Space’s Cruise Management Program allows students to get an understanding of the real happenings in the cruise industry and how each of the theories are applied flexibly on a day to day basis.  This knowledge and experience will be invaluable in boosting the students ahead when they are forging their career in the cruise industry.”  

By Mr. Kenneth Yau, Teacher

Field Trip

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Field Trip 

Programme Details

The entire programme consists of 7 modules (20 credits each, except for Honours Project and The Tourism Experience with 40 credits). Students who complete all modules (180 credits) will obtain Bachelor of Science (Honours) International Tourism Management (Cruise). Under extenuating circumstances, students may be eligible to exit from the programme and obtain an ordinary degree, Bachelor of Science International Tourism Management (Cruise), upon completion of 140 credits (40 credits at FHEQ level 5 and 100 credits at FHEQ level 6, or 60 credits at FHEQ level 5 and 80 credits at FHEQ level 6).
Programme Structure
  1. Strategic Cruise Operations
  2. The Tourism Experience
  3. Leadership Practice
  4. Managing Cruise Passenger Services
  5. Business Strategy and Consultancy
  6. Tourism Crisis and Disaster
  7. Honours Project
The above programme structure is intended for use as a guide to prospective students. HKU SPACE and University of Plymouth reserve the right to vary the structure.
All coursework of the programme will be conducted in English.
The mode of assessment is different from module to module but will be generally based on a combination of coursework (including assignments and tests/ projects). Throughout the programme, students will be assessed by a combination of:
  • Report Writing
  • Case-study assignments
  • Oral presentation
  • Project
  • Tests (open/closed book) - if applicable
All modules will be taught in English. Lecture notes, teaching materials and assessments will be in English as well. 
On Campus Transfer
Overseas study opportunities for a full semester will be available for several students to study in Plymouth with all Hong Kong credits being counted toward the qualification. No additional tuition fees will be applied. Financial subsidies and accommodation may be arranged for students if needed.  

This bachelor programme confers offshore degrees carrying the same academic status and recognition as that offered to University of Plymouth’s on-campus graduates.

Students are expected to graduate from the registered programme of study upon satisfactory completion of all stated modules and the honours project, and they will be awarded the Bachelor of Science (Honours) International Tourism Management (Cruise) from University of Plymouth.
Further Studies
Upon graduation, students will have developed independent thinking skills, critical analysis of current hospitality and tourism management knowledge. Honours degree students will have undertaken a final-year project which includes data collection and analysis, therefore, students will be well-equipped with research skills necessary for further studies. Graduates with second-class honours are eligible to apply for the Master of Science Tourism and Hospitality Management programme, in collaboration with University of Plymouth at HKU SPACE (Full time: 12 months; Part time: 18 months), and they can enjoy 10% alumni discount on tuition fee.
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Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.

Progression Path

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall:


hold a Higher Diploma/Associate Degree in Tourism and Events Management / Tourism and Hospitality Management / Hotel Management awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE, or other equivalent qualifications granted by a recognised institution;

2.    (i) hold an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management / Tourism and Travel Experience Management/ Live Entertainment, Festival and Event Management / M.I.C.E. and Event Management awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE, or other equivalent qualifications granted by a recognised institution; AND
    (ii) have 2 years of relevant work experience;

hold an Advanced Diploma with 2 years of relevant work experience / Associate Degree / Higher Diploma in other related disciplines such as Business, Marketing, Management, Leisure, and Recreation Studies granted by a recognised institution; 


have a degree of other disciplines granted by a recognised institution.

Applicants from (3) and (4) may be required to take and pass additional module(s), based on individual merit, before the start of the programme.

If the above academic qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency such as :


an overall band of 6.0 or above in the IELTS (with minimum component scores of 5.5 in all four components: listening, reading, speaking and writing); OR


an overall score of 76 or above in the TOEFL iBT (with minimum component scores of listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 18).       

Mature students (according to University of Plymouth regulation) and applicants with other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Examples of Awards to be Considered by Admission

Admission is not limited to graduates from the following programmes. Applicants from other programmes will be considered on a case-by-case basis.




Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management

Advanced Diploma in Tourism and Travel Experience Management

Advanced Diploma in Live Entertainment, Festival and Event Management

Advanced Diploma in M.I.C.E. and Event Management



HKU SPACE Community College

Higher Diploma in Business


Higher Diploma in Marketing


Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies


Higher Diploma in Airline and Airport Services


Higher Diploma in Public Relations and Corporate Communications


Associate of Business Administration



HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College

Higher Diploma in Hotel Management

Higher Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management


Higher Diploma in Tourism and Events Management


Higher Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management


Higher Diploma in Management Studies



School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University

Associate of Arts (Tourism and Hospitality Management)



Hong Kong Community College

Higher Diploma in Event Management


Associate in Business (Hospitality Management)


Associate in Business (Tourism Management)


Associate in Business (Business Management)



School of Continuing and Professional Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Higher Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Management

Higher Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management



Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education

Higher Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management

Higher Diploma in International Hospitality and Tourism Management


Higher Diploma in International Hotel Management with Smart Service


Higher Diploma in Tourism and MICE


Higher Diploma in Smart Tourism and Event


Higher Diploma in Airport Operations Management


Higher Diploma in Leisure Management



International Culinary Institute, Vocational Training Council

Higher Diploma in International Theme Park and Event Management



Lingnan Institute of Further Education

Higher Diploma in Airline Service and Management

Higher Diploma in Hospitality (Hotel Operations)



UOW College Hong Kong (formerly Community College of City University of Hong Kong)

Associate of Social Science in Event Management

Higher Diploma in Leisure and Recreation Management

Associate of Social Science in Leisure and Tourism Management



Hong Kong College of Technology

Higher Diploma in Tourism Management (Hospitality)

Higher Diploma in Tourism Management (Airline Services)

Higher Diploma in Tourism Management (Tourism and Event Management)



YMCA College of Careers

Higher Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management



Caritas Bianchi College of Careers

Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management



Hong Kong Metropolitan University Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education

Higher Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Studies

Higher Diploma in Tourism and Airlines Studies


Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fees: HK$105,000* will be paid in 4 terms
    (*The tuition fee is reviewed annually and is subject to change without prior notice.)


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Enrolment Method

Specific application form for this programme can be obtained from any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, or you may download the form from this website.

All applications must be accompanied by:

  1. a completed Application Form;
  2. certified true copies of both the academic awards and transcripts;
  3. Testimonials or other documentary proof of the applicant's working experience;
  4. Certified true copies of A-level /GSE A-level (if applicable) or HKCEE / GSE result
  5. Certified true copies of IELTS result (if applicable)
  6. Copy of applicant's HK identity card
  7. 1 recent passport sized color photo (For HKU SPACE Lifelong Learner card)
  8. a non-refundable application fee of HK$150

Note: When submitting your application in person at any of the HKU SPACE offices, please bring along the originals of your educational certificates / transcripts and documentary proof of working experience for certification. One set of hard copy of (2) to (6) will be collected and the original materials will be returned immediately upon certification by HKU SPACE staff.

Payment Method

All fees paid are NOT refundable, unless a course is over-subscribed or cancelled.

Course Fees: HK$105,000 will be paid in 4 terms (Required textbooks are not included in this fee)

Please note that the fees quoted above apply only to Term 1 modules. These fees may be subject to revisions even after a student is admitted to this programme. Fees for the following terms will be advised when you enroll on subsequent modules.

Separate fees will be payable for re-submitting course work and repeating the studies for each module of study.

 All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

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The University of Plymouth, which celebrates its 160th anniversary in 2022, is one of the UK’s most prominent and dynamic universities with an educational history dating back to 1862. The University of Plymouth was ranked 41st overall in The Guardian League Table 2022 UK universities ranking. Described by Times Higher Education as among the newly-emerging ‘modern global elite’, University of Plymouth is ranked inside the top 280 universities in the world, and 42nd in terms of those aged under 50.

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The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation.
With a mission to Advance Knowledge and Transform Lives, Plymouth is consistently rated amongst the top modern universities in the UK, with over two thirds of research rated as "world leading" or of "international quality" in the most recent Research Excellence Framework 2021. A three-time winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the University continues to grow in stature and reputation.
It has a strong track record for teaching and learning excellence and has one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university. With over 19,000 students, and a further 9,500 studying for Plymouth degree at partner institutions in the UK and around the world, and over 135,000 alumni based in 135 countries around the globe pursuing their chosen careers globally, it has a growing global presence.
The mission of Plymouth Business School is to put business ready graduates on the path to a successful career and happy life. With a focus on learning by doing through live briefs, experiential education and students as active researchers the lecturers are dedicated to building resilience, decision making and leadership capabilities in our students.
Staff within the Tourism and Hospitality teaching team also undertake exciting and innovative research covering such subjects as: genocide heritage; tourism and crime prevention; tourism employability; and the development of tourism and heritage related narratives. Plymouth staff have also published articles in top-rated tourism journals such as the Annals of Tourism Research and Tourism Management.

The Guardian recently voted University of Plymouth as one of the top 29 providers of Hospitality, event & tourism courses in the UK

Plymouth has been ranked 29th by the Guardian University Guide 2022: League Table for Hospitality, Events and Tourism. The Complete University Guide 2022 ranked the programme 11th place out of 57 for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism.