recognised programmes in malaysia

Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Management


The Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Management in KBU offers a comprehensive curriculum for those who are seeking to develop skills in this field. Upon completion of the diploma, students will be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of kitchen management, food & beverage management and tourism planning & management. Students are entitled for the internship programme where they will have an opportunity for hands-on experience at leading hotels.


  • Clear programme structure and specifically-design study schedule
  • Highly interactive education classes
  • Geared towards the practical requirements of the working world
  • Individualized supervision and guidance
  • Fully accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)


  • 2 years at KBU, 3 semesters per year
  • 1 examination week at the end of each semester
  • Minimum 1 destination visit per year
  • Minimum 14 weeks of industry placement at hotels, travel and tour agencies, food and beverage outlets or event management companies.

With KBU’s recent collaboration with Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland (HTMi) students who have successfully completed their 2-year course in hospitality and tourism management will be awarded two diplomas:

  • One from KBU known as Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and
  • One from HTMi known as Diploma in International Hotel and Tourism Management (upon completion of coursework set and assessed by HTMi)

The Diplomas can also be articulated into the final year of HTMi’s Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hotel Events Management which is made up of academic studies and a period of paid internship in Switzerland.

Graduates may also be admitted on advanced standing into year 2 of the following degree programmes:

  • BA (Hons) Business Management, Anglia Ruskin University (2 years at KBU)
  • BA (Hons) Marketing, Anglia Ruskin University (2 years at KBU)
  • BSc (Hons) Tourism & Hospitality Business Management, Sheffield Hallam University (2 years in UK)

Duration: 2 years at KBU (Diploma at KBU)

Entry Requirements: At least 3 credits in SPM, GCE ‘O’ Level, UEC with 3 credits or equivalent qualifications

Intake: January, March, May and October

Programme Structure

Semester 1

  •  Introduction to Hospitality
  • English for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Accommodation Operations: Housekeeping Management
  • Foundation of Tourism
  • Tourism and Hospitality Economics
  • Islamic Studies / Moral Education

Semester 2

  •  Management Principles
  • Food Studies
  • Front Office Operations & Management 1
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Tourism Planning and Management
  • Malaysian Studies

Semester 3

  •  Tourism Geography
  • Communicating Using IT
  • Human Resource Management

Semester 4

  •  Hospitality Law
  • Kitchen Management
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Travel and Tour Agency Management
  • Financial Management 1: Accounting Principles; Food and Beverage Cost Control

Semester 5

  •  Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Front Office Operations and Management 2
  • Tourism and Its Environment
  • Financial Management 2: Management Accounting Cost Accounting
  • Events Management
  • Malaysian Language (BM)

Semester 6

  • Work Placement

MQA Compulsory Subjects

  •  Bahasa Kebangsaan A/B
  • Pengajian Islam/ Pendidikan Moral
  • Pengajian Malaysia

*All Malaysian students are required to take 3 MQA Compulsory Subjects that include Bahasa Kebangsaan, Malaysian Studies, and Islamic Studies (for Muslims) or Moral Education (for non-Muslims). Malaysian students are required by MQA to pass all these 3 subjects to qualify for their awards. MQA Compulsory Subjects are optional for all International Students.

What our students say

Sam Choon Hong, Malaysian

Graduated on August 2010 and currently working in the hotel industry

“I have made the right decision by joining KBU. I chose this course as it is a combination of theory and practical. I am now working in a well-known 5-star hotel as a concierge supervisor. I was promoted not long after I joined the Front Office. This is evident that my studies at KBU gave me the knowledge and skills needed to perform my job. I believe that with a strong background in the field of Hospitality Management, it is actually easy to secure a career in the services sector.

Marion St Joan Galid, Malaysian

Graduated on 2013

I come from Sabah. The opportunities for those involved in tourism and hospitality industry are tremendous in Sabah. I wanted to work on something that is close to my heart and that’s why I chose to further my studies in the field of hospitality and tourism. Plus, the course offered in KBU is also very affordable.