Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management

This programme is targeted to students who wish to work in Tourism industry as qualified specialists in different areas. The programme aims at individuals who would like to work in tourism organisations who wish to acquire skills and knowledge of management in an international context. 

The programme is divided into four main parts - ‘basic studies’, ‘main studies’, ‘internship’ and ‘advanced studies’. 

The basic studies convey the legal principles, managerial fundamentals, scientific based inquiry skills and fluency of business language and terminologies. 

In the main studies, students language skills are further harnessed with advanced legal and management studies in the areas of ‘controlling’, ‘finance’, ‘international management’, ‘marketing’, ‘human resources’ and‘accounting’. In addition specialised tourism training is provided in the management and marketing in tourism where the students can engage in ‘destination management’, ‘tour operator management’,  ‘Business Travel/MICE’ and ‘hospitality’.

The internship semester aims to provide the operational reality of the industry where students are encourage to accept the industry placement at overseas to acquire the specific skills in intercultural context. 

The advanced studies provide a more hands on skill development year through business simulations, business seminars, tourism seminars, a tourism project and successful completion of a thesis.


Entry Requirement:

  • 2 passes E or above at GCE A'Level & 3 passes C or above at GCE O'Level / SSC ; OR

  • Diploma in a relevant field & 2 passes C or above at GCE O'Level / SSC ; OR

  • Relevant Foundation (Villa College)

Duration: 3 Years and 1 semester

Intake: January and July

MNQF Level: Level 7


Programme Objectives

The students should be able to identify opportunities and problems of the industry. These opportunities and problems are in turn converted into sustainable and viable tourism concepts. The students will be able to establish itself in the tourism industry on the management and leadership level professional to understand the complex and holistic correlations of the service process and this can put in the context of leadership. The focus is on the more academic and professionalization of the processes in the tourism service providers. Students learn the complexity of the individual service aspects and illustrates the holistic view of the tourism business both from a policy but also from an operational perspective.

Career Options

Students can work in various managerial posts in a tourist organisation ranging from

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Organisation and Planning
  • Accounting
  • Human Resource
  • Information Technology

Since tourism industry suffer from lack of trained professional several career advancement opportunities are available.

Exchange Programmes

Under this programme, students can choose to study one semester in Germany with no additional tuition fee payable to Heilbronn University. Student will have to however pay for the transportation and accommodation in Germany.

Summary of the Programme

Summary of The Program

Visiting Lecturers from Heilbronn University Germany

Some of the lecturers from Heilbronn University will also come to Villa College to deliver the modules to the students. This is done to enhance the learning experience of the Students. The following lecturers are to be arriving to teach at Villa College from Heilbronn University.

 Programme Structure

  • First Year (Semester I and II)
    • Introduction to Business Administration
      • Introduction to Business Administration
      • Marketing
      • Behavioral Science
      • Human Resources Management
      • Organisation
    • Accounting I
      • Bookkeeping
      • Introduction to Managerial Accounting
    • Accounting II
      • Introduction to Cost Accounting
      • Controlling
    • Introduction to Tourism Management
      • Introduction to Tourism Management
      • Proseminars in Tourism Management
      • Information Technology in Tourism
    • Economics I
      • Introduction to Economics
    • Introduction to Business Law
      • Business Law I
      • Business Law II
    • Introduction to Research methods
      • Introduction to Applied Research methods
      • Introduction to Statistics
    • Business English
      • Generic Business Terminology
      • Specific Business Terminology
    • Management Skills
      • IT for Business Students/Self Management
    • Language
      • Business language "French" or "Spanish" or "Italian" or "Mandarin"
  • Compulsory Advanced Courses
    • Business Administration
      • Finance
      • Strategic Management
      • Marketing Cases
      • Business Cases
    • Advanced Business Administration
      • Business Seminar
    • Tourism Management
      • Sustainable and intercultural Tourism Management
      • Project Management
      • E-Commerce in Tourism & Hospitality
    • Project in Tourism Management
      • Tourism Project
      • Information Technology in Tourism - Case Studies
    • Seminar Tourism Management
      • Business Seminar
    • Economics II
      • Microeconomics/Macroeconomics/Business Ethics
    • Economics III
      • Micro-/Microeconomics/Business Ethics/Advanced Economic Studies
    • Business Law
      • Business Law III
    • Research Methods
      • Models a Methods of Data Assessment
    • Business Communication
      • Professional Business Communication
      • Business Documents
  • Major Course Selection 
    • Major Course Business Administration (Choose One Major & 3 Modules)
      • Major in Accounting
        • Financial Accounting
        • Strategic Controlling
        • Analysis & Interpretation of Financial Accounting Information
        • International Accounting
      • Major in Finance
        • Introduction to International Finance
        • Derivatives and Portfolio Management
        • Corporate Finance
        • International Banking
      • Major in International Management
        • Introduction to International Management
        • Change Management
        • Specific Issues in International Management
        • Mergers and Acquisition
      • Major in Marketing
        • Introduction to International Marketing
        • Market Research
        • E-marketing
        • Service Marketing
      • Major in Human Resource Management
        • Introduction to International Human Resource Management
        • Specific Issues in International Human Resource Management
        • Employment Law
        • International Human Resource Management Case Studies
    • Major Course Tourism (Choose One Major & 3 Modules)
      • Major Destination Management
        • Destination Management
        • Destination Marketing
      • Major Business Traveller and MICE
        • Business Travel Management
        • MICE Management
      • Major Tour Operator Business
        • Tour Operator Management
        • Tour Operator Marketing
  • Minor Course Selection
    • Minor in Tourism Management
      • Destination Management
      • Destination Marketing
      • Business Travel Management
      • MICE Management
      • Tour Operator Management
      • Tour Operator Marketing
      • Transportation Management
      • Hospitality Leadership & Controlling
  • Additional Compulsory Advanced Courses
    • Rhetoric
      • Rhetoric I
      • Rhetoric II
    • Business Language
      • Business Language I
      • Business Language II
    • Internship
      • Internship
      • Internship Seminar
    • Selective Languages and Culture
      • Job Applications & Career Orientation
      • Meetings, Presentation & Negotiations
    • Bachelor Thesis
      • Bachelor Thesis
      • Bachelor Thesis Seminar

Fee Structure

Course Fee: MVR 39,500 per year (Payable in 8 installments)

Notes on Fees:

(a) The University Fee can be payable in equivalent Maldivian Rufiyyaa. The student need to pay this sum prior to registration with the Villa College. Therefore, planning on how to raise this fee is important. This is a non-refundable fee. For all other fees, Villa College Refund Policy Applies.

(b) The University Fee covers the subscription fee for all the modules (each student can with the fee sit for the module exam twice), the academic transcript, testamur and access to Online Library of Heilbronn University.

(c) If a student requires a more flexible payment plan from Semester 2 to Semester 7, you will be given opportunity to individually consult with the Finance Department to come up with a plan.