Bachelor (Honours) in Travel and Tourism

MQF Level 6

Bachelor (Honours)

Travel and Tourism

Price  (Local/EU)
Price  (Non-EU)
Part-Time: 38 Months + 6 Months (Dissertation)
Full Time: 27 Months + 6 Months (Dissertation)
ECTS Credits
180 ECTS
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Course Description

The first year of the programme focuses on providing students with a solid foundation of the underlying principles in Travel and Tourism. Students will undertake study units in Hospitality Management, Travel Geography and Destination Management.

The second year of the programme builds on the knowledge of the first year and delves into the Financial, Human Resources and Operational principles within the travel and tourism industry. Students will also be exposed to knowledge and skills in Event Management and Tourism Marketing. Beyond the core units, students will undertake a project, hence get the opportunity to focus on a particular area that is of interest to them as well as acquiring skills in project planning.

The final year consolidates on the first two years of the programme. Students will have an opportunity to further develop their critical skills and deepen their knowledge of complex issues surrounding the travel and tourism industry. Learners will obtain knowledge on sustainable tourism, tourism law and policy, cross-cultural communication, and the diverse interests of tourists.

Besides solidifying their knowledge regarding important topics in travel and tourism, this qualification also promotes the development of transversal skills in students through modules such as Academic Writing and Critical Thinking and Communication. Furthermore, this programme consolidates the research skills of students through the Research Methods module, the Project, and the Dissertation.

This programme will equip students with the necessary competencies to:

  • Fulfil a variety of roles in the travel and tourism sector.
  • Make responsible and informed decisions within the field.
  • Develop and exhibit critical thinking and academic writing skills.
  • Analyse, investigate, and solve a real problem within the travel and tourism industry, enhancing their research and practical skills.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess:

  • A related qualification at MQF Level 4 such as the IATA Foundation in Travel and Tourism Diploma.


  • One ‘A’ Level or equivalent and a pass in English Language* and Mathematics at MQF Level 3 (‘O’ Level or equivalent).
  • In the case of mature students who do not possess all the formal required academic qualifications, then the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process could be applied such that if evidence of equivalent learning is found then the applicant could still be accepted in the course. Such RPL process will subject applicants to an interview held with a board of experts within the field, chosen specifically by IDEA Academy, so as to verify their experiences and prior learning.

Students whose first language is not English and do not possess an ‘O’ level pass in English Language will be required to demonstrate English language capability at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent.

Target Audience

This program caters to individuals interested in enhancing their academic and professional understanding of travel and tourism and targets:

  • Individuals seeking to advance their academic and professional knowledge in Travel and Tourism.
  • Individuals wanting to pursue a wide range of career paths in the travel and tourism industry.

Career Paths

The potential positions for which this programme aims to prepare could be and are not limited to:

  • Travel consultant
  • Operations manager
  • Event organiser/planner/manager
  • Business Development executive
  • Hotel manager
  • Travel agency manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Tour operator

How you’ll be assessed

This is a part-time course that will typically take 38-54 months to complete. This programme comprises a total of 16 modules.

The course comprises:

  •  Lectures per module depending on the number of ECTS (once or twice a week);
  • 3-hour lectures;
  • Guided learning, presentations, comprising synchronous online discussions, tutorials and/or videos;
  • Self-study hours comprising research, reading and assignment work.




1. Modular Assessment

For each module, lecturers are guided to develop and assign a minimum of two assessment tasks, one of which should happen during the module to allow for formative feedback. Once the assessment tasks are developed by the lecturer, these go through a rigourous internal verification process to make sure that they are subject, level, and load appropriate.

All formative and summative tasks aim to provide the learner with an opportunity to produce evidence of his/her competences aligned to the learning outcomes of the modules and enhance his/her learning in the process. Furthermore, the tasks may include different forms of assessment which allow and promote students’ knowledge in the area, critical engagement and other transversal skills that are required in the field (e.g., online discussions, in-class discussions, case studies, etc.).

The mode of assessment varies and may include in-class tasks, and home-based written assignments using diverse assessment tools which may include case studies, reports, proposals, essays, and presentations, as applicable to the diverse modules.

2. Dissertation Assessment

Assessment of dissertations is primarily based on:

  • Depth of understanding of the theoretical framework.
  • Application of appropriate research tools.
  • Critical approach to analysis, interpretation and evaluation of research findings.
  • Depth and level of argumentation build-up.
  • Scholarly presentation meeting academic standards.

Additional Info

Reading for the entire Bachelor (Honours) in Travel and Tourism as presented in this brochure costs €9,000.*

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible for a 70% refund of the cost through the ‘Get Qualified’ scheme.**

Due to the modular structure of the course, you may also opt to take individual modules as stand-alone. The entry requirements still apply.***

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in Malta at the time of applying.


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Knowledge

The learner will be able to:

  • Gain a solid foundation with regards to the introductory concepts in tourism and the principles of hospitality management (Modules 1 and 2).
  • Evaluate the factors that create attractive travel destinations (Module 5)
  • Discuss the role of the financial department, HR, and operations management in a travel and tourism context (Module 7).
  • Assess the fundamental concepts and theories of event management in the tourism industry (Module 8).
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the marketing environment and consumer behaviour in the tourism sector, as well as how marketing and destination management adapts to meet changes in the business environment. (Modules 6 and 9).
  • Discuss and review how different research methods can be applied appropriately to the field of tourism (Module 10).
  • Develop advanced knowledge on the main concepts of responsible tourism planning, sustainable development, and sustainable management (Module 12).
  • Recognise and appreciate the diverse interests and preferences of tourists across various tourism niches (Module 13).
  • Navigate the legal and regulatory frameworks that govern the tourism industry (Module 14).
  • Outline and critically examine examine the benefits and obstacles of cross-cultural communication in a travel and tourism context (Module 15).
  • Navigate several applications and tools which can support and enhance the process of academic writing (Module 3).
  • Compare and contrast the different approaches to critical thinking (Module 4).
  • Detect, investigate, and address real-life problems related to the field and study referring to key theories (Modules 11 and 16).

Learning Outcomes for Skills

The learner will be able to:

  • Examine the development of tourism on the Maltese Islands and on a global scale (Module 1).
  • Evaluate the functions and responsibilities of each department within the hospitality sector, focusing especially on those of the Finance, Human Resources, and Operations department (Modules 2 and 7).
  • Develop and demonstrate knowledge regarding travel geography (Module 5).
  • Foster team management and leadership skills to coordinate event operations (Module 8).
  • Using destination case studies and destination data, adapt marketing strategies to the changing trends and dynamics of the tourism industry and interpret the needs and expectations of tourists in different niches (Modules 6, 9 and 13).
  • Criticise existing literature pertaining to field of research and formulate appropriate research questions (Module 10).
  • Support and promote good sustainability practices in the different sectors of tourism and review the laws which regulate such industry (Modules 12 and 14).
  • Formulate strategic solutions to improve cross-cultural relationships in a travel and tourism context (Module 15).
  • Produce a project and a bachelor’s dissertation on a specific tourism topic showcasing appropriate research skills acquired throughout the programme, evaluation of information, process of analysis, and drawing of conclusions and recommendations (Modules 11 and 16).
  • Write assignments, essays, and reports in an academic, clear, and scholarly approach and produce logical and well-reasoned arguments (Modules 3 and 4).
  • Communicate and present ideas, problems, solutions, work, and findings effectively, verbally or in writing, to peers, lecturers, and specialist and non-specialist audiences (Communication skills).
  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find, download, and upload assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials, etc. (Digital skills).



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