University Of Johannesburg School Of Tourism And Hospitality

The origin of the School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) at the University of Johannesburg dates back to 1968 when the Witwatersrand College of Advanced Technical Education envisaged that South Africa should develop its own hoteliers.

The Hotel School of the Witwatersrand College of Advanced Technical Education officially opened its doors in January 1968 in the Italic Centre, Plein Street, Central Business District of Johannesburg under the leadership of Prof Japie van Lill.

Tourism Programmes

Diploma in Tourism Management
This programme equips students to be competent in a variety of technical, managerial, personal and operational skills required in the running of a tourism enterprise.  It provides a sound foundation for progression into entry-level employment opportunities and the ability to progress further into industry leadership positions or explore entrepreneurship opportunities in this chosen field.

Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Development and Management

This programme prepares students to apply critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques within the tourism development and management environment.  Successful students of this program will be able to demonstrate their abilities in the application of marketing, financial and human resource management principles; differentiate and apply different research methodologies within tourism settings; and understand how to plan, organise, and lead various initiatives in the tourism environment.

Advanced Diploma in Tourism Development and Management

The purpose of this programme is to provide students with information and skills to operate and manage within an inter-disciplinary tourism environment to demonstrate evidence of independent cognitive and applied research skills.

Hospitality Programmes

Diploma in Food and Beverage Operations

This programme equips students with the relevant knowledge, technical and personal skill required to handle food and beverage operations effectively, efficiently and in a sustainable manner.  This diploma includes practical knowledge of food service, wines, cocktails, and Barista training. 

Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management

This programme combines theory and practical workplace-relevant knowledge to provide relevant managerial and leadership skills required for entry-level professionals in the public and private hospitality environment. 

Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management

The purpose of the programme is to provide students with an academic learning opportunity to enter the hospitality industry at a middle management level, able to utilise and apply critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques. The student should be able to demonstrate and understand how to plan, organise, lead and control initiatives in hospitality management and hospitality operations; skills in revenue management thinking; apply marketing and human resource management principles; understand supply chain and logistics, and differentiate and apply different research methodologies within tourism and hospitality settings.

 Postgraduate Programmes

Master of Tourism and Hospitality Management
The aim of this programme is to develop the ability of the student to question, analyse and interpret tourism and hospitality management issues within a global context.  This is achieved through the delivery of a research-based dissertation at the Masters Level where the student will show evidence of scientific research and the ability to reflect in the context of tourism and hospitality management.  The programme therefore, assists in the continuing professional development of managers and leaders in the sector.

PhD in Tourism and Hospitality

The aim of this programme is to develop the applied competencies of the postgraduate students on an advanced level in research, analysis, interpretation and understanding of Tourism and Hospitality.  Through a doctoral dissertation or doctoral by articles, the student will show evidence of independent research in his field, to contribute towards solving complex problems in society for the sustainability of the Tourism and Hospitality industries. 

Continuous Education Programmes  

Tourism –  Short Learning Programmes

Short Learning Programmes (SLP) that are accredited and provide professional development, to upskill existing employees within the industry and to provide niche development programmes for the tourism and hospitality sector.


  • Applicants are invited to apply for SLP depending on age, previous educational levels and industry experience.
  • Duration – Less than a year OR Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Hospitality Management (Block release)

  • This course enables students, practitioners, managers and supervisors to elevate their skills and ability by learning more about the key managerial concepts within Hospitality management. After completion of this course, candidates will be more effective in managing organisational resources.  
  • To qualify, candidates must be employed by a restaurant either as a full-time employee or as a management trainee

RPL Application Process

1. How:

The applicant must visit the University website, and click on “study at UJ” link.  After clicking on the link, the applicant will be directed to the application web page.   

The applicant must then click “Recognition of Prior Learning” link. The link has information on RPL guidelines, application form and RPL Request form. The applicant must download the application form and RPL Request form. Complete and attach the following documents and email them to

  • Certified copy of National Senior Certificate or relevant school leaving certificate 
  • Certified copy of academic record of highest qualification obtained 
  • Certified copy of Identity Document (South African citizens) or Passport (International applicants)
  • Proof of payment of the R200.00 application fee (banking details on the UJ Application form) – which includes the RPL request fee

2. When

RPL applicants should apply using the online portal (above) between Jan -April of the year before they intend to continue their studies. The process of RPL takes approximately a year to complete, because of the rigour of the process. Therefore, a candidate wishing to be considered for the RPL process needs to have gathered all evidence of previous qualifications and professional development before the application process starts (using the link provided above).

3. Who should apply:

RPL is “the comparison of previous learning and experience of a student, howsoever obtained, against the learning outcomes required for a specific qualification and the acceptance of such learning for purposes of qualification of that which meets the requirements” (SAQA Regulation 452, No. 18787, March 1998:5).  

You can apply for RPL if you have developed skills and knowledge through work experience. Learning from experience refers to work experience, in-service training, and self-study or life experience, such as voluntary or community work.  

Specifically, in Hospitality – we would target people in the industry that have completed a block release certificate in hospitality management or the ‘old’ certificates in food and beverage management. (NQF level 5)  

At present, we are not RPL ing all certificates at NQF 5. Certain private culinary providers’ curriculum do not meet the quota of theoretical rigour required, specifically in financial management but also including law and management. Without formal evidence in these areas – it is not possible to accept only work experience as evidence.  

Most qualifications from private providers at NQF 6 require status confirmation and are not RPLs.  These applicants require a letter from their provider and full academic record. This Status process follows the normal online application process and is not seen by the Department unless a query exists.

Applications & Enquiries  

Click here to apply to study at the University of Johannesburg’s School of Tourism and Hospitality.

Undergraduate Enquiries  
Rakgadi Tsosane
Tel l +27(0) 11 559 1051
Email: Admin Building, Reception 
Postgraduate & CEP Enquiries                                                                                      Jeneshri Naicker                                                                                                                         Tel: +27(0) 11 559 1595                                                                                                       Email:                                                                                                         STH Admin Building, Office 2