KEY DETAILS OF THE COURSE PROGRAMME
This MTEHM Programme is designed as a Diploma leading to Master of Tourism Economics
and Hotel Management. It has two separate levels. They are:
I) Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism Economics and Hotel Management
II) Master of Tourism Economics and Hotel Management (MTEHM)
Only those candidates who successfully complete the Postgraduate DTEHM are eligible to read
for the MTEHM Programme. Those students who complete the Postgraduate DTEHM, but do
not wish to proceed for MTEHM will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism
Economics and Hotel Management. Those students who successfully complete the MTEHM
will be awarded the Master for Tourism Economics and Hotel Management.
Duration of the Programme
Duration of the course Programme will be of two years part time, in which the first year will be
devoted to the Postgraduate DTEHM and the second year will be allocated for the MTEHM
programme. The entire programme covers two academic calendars of four (4) semesters.
Duration for Post Graduate Diploma (Pg. DTEHM): One (01) year
Duration for Master Degree (MTEHM): Pg.DTEHM + One (01) year
Medium of Instruction
The medium of instruction shall be English.
Structure of Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism Economics and Hotel
Management (Pg. DTEHM)
The Postgraduate Diploma consists of three components.
(a) Eight compulsory course modules
(b) One optional module for specialisation
(c) Extended essay.
A. Compulsory Modules:
DTEHM C501: Tourism Operation for Destination Development
DTEHM C502: Tourism Marketing and Destination Promotion
DTEHM C503: Hotel & Resort Operations and Consumer Service Development
DTEHM C504: Tourism Economics and Practical Applications
DTEHM C505: Human Resource Management for Tourism Development
DTEHM C506: Tourism Planning and Development Administration
DTEHM C507: Statistical Analysis and Accountancy
DTEHM C508: Applications of GIS, Information Technology and E-Tourism
B. Optional Course Modules for Specialisation:
(Select one from the following)
DTEHM S501: Eco-tourism and Tourism Typologies
DTEHM S502: Travel Agency and Tour Operation
DTEHM S503: Media and Advertising Management in Tourism
DTEHM S504: Finance Management for Tourism Managers
DTEHM S505: Transport Operations and Ticketing
DTEHM S506: Tourism Product Designing and Quality Advancement
DTEHM S507: Managing Small-Scale Enterprises in Tourism
C. Extended Essay (DTEHM-EE)
The Extended Essay (EE) is one of the requirements of the Postgraduate DTEHM. The
maximum limit of the EE shall be 5000 words. It provides the students with an
opportunity to conduct independent research on a topic approved by the coordinator and
the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Arts. The topic should be related to the programme. A
supervisor shall be appointed by the Faculty Board on the recommendation of the
coordinator of the programme to supervise the extended essay. There is also a short
course on report writing of the extended essay. It comprises guiding lectures for report
writing, discussions and presentations. Twenty hours are allocated for this purpose.
Structure of Master of Tourism Economics and Hotel Management
The students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism Economics and
Hotel Management (Pg. DTEHM) are offered the opportunity of continuing their studies in the
Master of Tourism Economics and Hotel Management (MTEHM) Programme.
Master of Tourism Economics and Hotel Management (MTEHM) Programme consists of three
A) MTEHM 501: Research Methods and Project Appraisal
As this Master Programs is expected the student to do a self-study dissertation or project report
related to tourism, this course module has been designed to provide the necessary knowledge and
skills in conducting a research study or a project report preparation. It is a compulsory course
module and the evaluation procedure of this module shall be done by written papers, assignments
B) Seminar Research Paper Presentations
Seminar research paper presentations should be carried by each student and these seminar
presentations will be organised by the Department of Economics with the participation of experts
in each subject area. The evaluation will be done by an appointed panel from the examination
board meeting of the Department of Economics.
C) MTEHM 502: Thesis
The main component of the Masters Programme shall be the Dissertation. The major objective of
the programme is to do a successful research thesis by the students. Students should carry out a research
on an approved topic of their choice falling within the fields of travel, tourism and hospitality studies.
The candidates are free to choose the research field but related to the Programme and shall be
recommended by the coordinator and approved by the Faculty Board on the recommendation of
the Department of Economics. The thesis shall be a major piece of independent research. Supervision
will be provided by either the academic staff of the University of Colombo or those appointed for the
purpose from outside.
The length of the dissertation shall be a minimum of 25,000 words and a maximum of 30,000
words. It must be submitted in triplicate by the end of the second year of the programme. An oral
examination will be held on the thesis.