Postgraduate education available from 2019/20
IFT launched its first group of postgraduate programmes – at respectively diploma-, master’s degree- and PhD-level – in academic year 2019/20. That followed the Institute completing all relevant preparatory work during 2018/19. It is expected that the ability to offer postgraduate education will help the Institute further consolidate its role as a top provider of tourism and hospitality education in the Asia-Pacific region.
In academic year 2019/20, IFT began offering postgraduate programmes leading respectively to a master’s degree in either: International Hospitality Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; or International Food and Beverage Management. Another opportunity introduced in 2019/20 by IFT regarding further studies was the programme leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in International Hospitality and Tourism Management.
The Institute also started a programme leading to a doctoral degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. The PhD programme is aimed at postgraduates that envisage either an academic or research career.
Available bachelor’s degree programmes
Daytime programmes (delivered in English)
Evening programmes (delivered in Chinese)
- Culinary Arts Management
- Tourism Business Management
- Heritage Management
- Hotel Management
- Hotel Management (evening)
- Tourism Event Management
- Tourism Event Management (evening)
- Tourism Retail and Marketing Management
What was the class of 2018 doing 6 months after graduation?
(Source: IFT Career Placement Survey, conducted in December 2018)
IFT offers 3 bachelor degree programmes via evening classes. These are: Tourism Event Management; Hotel Management; and Tourism Retail and Marketing Management. The first 2 programmes were launched in evening-class format in academic year 2010/11. Tourism Retail and Marketing Management has been offered since academic year 2016/17.
The evening bachelor degree programmes complement, and are an alternative to, IFT’s existing daytime class arrangements. The aim is to further the Institute’s nurturing of new, talented professionals for the city’s tourism and hospitality industry. Evening programmes target in particular 2 groups of people. These are: employed people who might or might not have a bachelor degree but wish to further their studies in order to meet their career needs; and those freshly-graduated from high school who need to work for financial reasons or other personal motivations and cannot take up an IFT daytime bachelor degree programme.
Each year, IFT accepts up to 40 new students per evening bachelor degree programme. Besides the normal application procedures, the Institute offers a referral scheme, allowing companies in Macao to recommend employees for enrolment in IFT programmes without the employees needing to take part in written IFT entrance examinations.
The same quality standards apply to daytime and evening programmes at IFT. Students on evening bachelor degree programmes are required to attend a curricular internship, in the manner of their counterparts on daytime programmes. But evening students are given greater flexibility regarding completion of their internship. Evening programme undergraduates who are already working can apply to have their work time counted for internship purposes, provided their job relates to the area of specialisation covered by their bachelor degree programme.
Another difference between an IFT programme delivered in the daytime, versus the evening, is the medium of teaching. Lectures for daytime programmes are in English; those for evening programmes are in Chinese. In addition, the evening degree programmes are delivered in modules.
Classes in the IFT evening bachelor degree programmes make wide use of “experiential learning”, i.e., the process of acquiring knowledge through experience – a trademark of IFT’s educational practices. The Institute also regularly invites executives working in relevant fields to meet evening bachelor degree programme students, and deliver talks or lead seminars.