Admission

Admission Requirements

 

Academic Requirement for PgD / MSc

 

A bachelor's degree in the areas of hotel and tourism management, food and beverage management, recreation and leisure management, or the like;

OR

A bachelor's degree in areas other than those listed above; admitted applicant may be required to enroll in bridging course(s).

 

Both the International Food and Beverage Management and the International Gastronomy Management programmes are management-rich food studies programme. They are predominantly class-based teaching and is marginally related to practical cooking. As such, admission requires competencies in related fields of food studies - whether cooking ‘per se’ or not. These can be determined on a case-by-case basis. Bridging course(s) may be required.

 

Bridging Course(s)

  1. Applicants holding a non-hospitality / tourism related bachelor degree will have to complete at least one generic tourism-related certificate-bearing bridging course at the undergraduate level or above offered by a recognised higher education institution (including IFT) with a minimum of 45 teaching hours such that they can have a better contextual understanding of the sector.
  2. Bridging course(s) can be done in any HEI (including IFT) with course outline approved by IFT before course enrolment. The bridging course(s) should be normally completed before the commencement of the admitted postgraduate programmes.
  3. If completion of bridging course(s) cannot be done before the commencement of the postgraduate programmes, the candidates must show proof that they have already enrolled in concerned bridging course(s).
  4. Bridging course(s), like postgraduate courses, must be completed before proceeding to the dissertation stage.
  5. Sample of a typical considerable bridging course can be found in the attachment. (Click here to download).

 

Work Experience Requirement for PgD / MSc

 

a) 1 year of working experience at the supervisory or management level:

  1. in hospitality or tourism sectors if the bachelor degree attained is non-hospitality or tourism related; or
  2. in hospitality, tourism or other industry or professional sectors if the bachelor degree attained is hospitality or tourism related.

b) 2 years of working experience at the front-line level:

  1. in hospitality or tourism sectors if the bachelor degree attained is non-hospitality or tourism related; or
  2. in hospitality, tourism, or other industry or professional sectors if the bachelor degree attained is hospitality or tourism related.

Students who fail to meet either (a) or (b) above may be admitted but will need to undertake a 640-hour non-credit bearing internship programme as a graduation requirement. Students who are working full time but fall short of the above requirements at the time of application may be waived the internship requirement upon providing adequate justification, and work experience can continue to be accumulated during the student’s course of study at IFT, subject to final approval of the Admission Panel. Nevertheless, official exemption will only be granted upon evidence of work experience fulfilment.

 

English Proficiency Requirement

 

One of the following proofs is needed if applicants are non-native English speakers or holders of bachelor’s or master's degrees awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English:

Type

Score

 TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign
 Language)

 At least 550 for paper-based test or
 213 for computer-based test or
 79 for iBT-based test

 IELTS (the International English
 Language Testing System)

 A Band Score of at least 6.0 overall