Course Overview

The PgCert (Hospitality and Leadership) is designed for those with hospitality and/or business qualifications and/or experience who wish to develop their knowledge of hospitality systems, trends, and business applications to an advanced level. The programme is designed as a specialist course which assists students in blending their existing talents with advanced hospitality and developing skills in strategy, asset management, intercultural communications, and project management. Modules include: Hotel Asset Management, Project Management, Strategy and Innovation for Hospitality, and Intercultural Communication for Business.

The programme will be offered on a full-time basis over one academic semester (January–12 weeks). The programme will consist of lectures, industry exposure, experiential learning, in-company study, computer-based simulation, guest speakers, and projects in the relevant subjects.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System. See supporting documents requirements here.

Entrance Interview 
Suitable applicants must pass an entrance interview. Interviews are conducted by representatives visiting your country or through video conferencing (Zoom).

Who Teaches this Course

  • Adrian Sylver, Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Dr Sean T. Ruane, Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Dr Maria Palma-Fahey, Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Sarah Ryan, Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Kate O’Connell, Shannon College of Hotel Management

Requirements and Assessment

See supporting documents requirements here.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the Postgraduate Certificate in Hospitality and Leadership will normally hold, or expect to hold before the programme commences, an undergraduate degree, usually a Second Class Honours or equivalent in a related area. Relevant work experience may also be considered in lieu of an academic qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable. Applicants will be invited to an online interview.

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


Full-time: 1 semester

Next start date

January 2023

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

The programme will be offered on a full-time basis over one academic semester (January–12 weeks). To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Hospitality and Leadership, candidates must successfully complete modules to a total of 30 ECTS. 


  • Hotel Asset Management
  • Intercultural Communication for Business
  • Project Management
  • Strategy and Innovation for Hospitality

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates with the skills taught in this programme are highly valued by a range of business and hospitality organisations, both nationally and internationally.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€3,640 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Tuition

€3,570 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Student levy

€70 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Non EU

€6,190 p.a. 2023/24

Find out More

Loraine Kavanagh
Programme Leader
T: +353 91 497 238

Shannon College of Hotel Management
Shannon Airport
Co Clare