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Tourism (BBus Honours)

  • Course Code

    CR 660

  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BBus (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Full-time course duration:

4 years (8 semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six 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.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are: a European Language, Geography, and Business subject(s).

Course summary

The course is delivered in semesterised and modularised format. Learning is based around class delivered lectures, field trips, practical lab classes, group and individual project work, and guest speakers from the field of tourism.

Further studies

Suitably qualified students may progress to a Masters Degree at CIT, and subsequently to Doctoral Studies leading to the award of PhD.


Tourism & Hospitality Studies

What is Tourism?

Tourism is a dynamic, global industry through which people experience the culture, heritage and environment of other countries, whether they are travelling for leisure, business or indeed adventure.

A wide variety of employment opportunities are available to specialists in the area of Tourism as it involves the management and operation of a vast range of businesses, which include airlines, hospitality providers, cruise and ferry operators, tour operators, visitor attractions, heritage centres, travel agencies and destination management organisations.

About the Course

Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

The Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Tourism provides students with the expertise and knowledge needed to become a successful manager or entrepreneur in this challenging and exciting industry. This course has a strong emphasis on the broad business, management and marketing subjects complemented with tourism specific modules. Learning is based around class delivered lectures, field trips, practical lab classes, guest speakers, and both group and individual project work.

CIT has an excellent reputation for working in partnership and consultation with the travel and tourism industry. The delivery of certain modules provides the student with the opportunity to engage actively with industry. In the past, projects have been conducted on behalf of Fota Wildlife Park, Kinsale Chamber of Tourism, Blackrock Castle, Spike Island Tourism Development Plan, Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce, Cork City Council, and Cork County Council.

Students have access to the wider institute facilities such as an excellent library, IT facilities, student accommodation, sports and recreation facilities, and other student supports. Student facilities are offered in an environment where students have direct access to an experienced and qualified lecturing team.

Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates may apply to

> Master of Business in Tourism (Taught) (Part-time)

and subsequently to Doctoral Studies leading to the award of a PhD.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it essential to have studied a language before commencing the course?
Having a European language is very useful, but it is not essential to have studied one before as languages (except French) are generally taught from the introductory stage. It should be noted that the study of a language is mandatory for year one of the course.

Are there opportunities to work outside the tourism industry?
The course provides the student with a broad range of business and entrepreneurial skills which are transferable to a wide range of service industries, such as finance, retail, education and IT in addition to general marketing and management businesses.

Are there opportunities to travel?
The nature of the tourism industry allows students to take up opportunities abroad and to travel and work overseas. Students are also provided with the opportunity to study for a semester abroad on an Erasmus programme in one of CIT’s partner institutions.

Graduate Profile

Laura Tangney
Laura’s business won the prestigious title of ‘Website of the Year’ in the ‘Travel, Tourism & Hospitality’ category at the National Website Awards, fighting off competition from entries such as Fáilte Ireland and The Guinness Storehouse. The awards are considered an important benchmark for distinction in webbased business strategies.


Laura is a graduate of CIT, where she studied Tourism. Since leaving CIT, Laura has worked in a number of hotels in a marketing capacity, before establishing her current business.

Please click here for detailed information about the modules for Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Tourism.

The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.


Graduates have numerous opportunities in this dynamic and exciting tourism industry both nationally and internationally. The range of skills throughout the course includes marketing, management, human resources, language, social media, IT, communication, and customer services. These allow for the graduate to be flexible in terms of their employment prospects.

Many graduates progress to managerial positions in travel operations while others take an entrepreneurial role and run their own tourism related business. Other opportunities for employment include airlines, airport operations, travel agencies, government and semi-state organisations, sea carriers, resort representatives, coach tour operators, activity management, tourism environmental management, and local tourism development and promotions.

The Honours Degree in Tourism is the ideal base from which to build a career in the general management of a Tourism Business.

Potential Areas of Employment

• Festival and event management
• Business Tourism
• Social media and E-tourism
• Tourism promotion and marketing
• Visitor attractions & activity management
• Destination management organisations
• Travel agencies and tour operations.
• E-Tourism Promotion & Marketing
• Airport and Airlines

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)

CAO 1st Round:


CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Dr Aisling Ward
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