A Unique Degree

Shannon College degrees are renowned for the balance of practical training and business acumen combined with relevant, professional work placements.

1. Practical Training

KitchenThe essence of hotel management education at Shannon College is balancing business and management education with a thorough grounding in all practical aspects of the hotel industry. Overall, Year 1 students have nearly 30 contact hours of lecturing; over half of which is in practical training. The students rotate between five practical groups; culinary, food science, restaurant service, accommodation services and information technology; spending two weeks in each before rotating to the next.

With our training kitchen and training restaurant, students develop attention to detail to match the work standards found in the world’s top hotels.

2. Business Acumen

LibraryWhile the practical training plays a very important role in preparing students for management roles in the industry, there is also a strong emphasis on business subjects throughout the four year programme.

As the two Shannon College programmes are level 8 honours degrees in business studies, students receive a strong business management education, particularly in the areas of accounting, management, economics, human resource management, marketing, strategic management and entrepreneurship. All of which ensure graduates are capable of not just running hotels, but also of managing the business of hotels.

3. Work Placements

Fitzpatricks NYStudents undertake two placements during the four year programme. The Year 2 Placement is a professional practice placement in leading hotels in Europe. Students have an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in Year 1, in a real hotel environment. Students are placed in hotels in France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium, the UK or Ireland.

At the end of Year 4, students begin their management career with a Trainee Management Internship in Ireland, UK, US, Europe, the Arabian Gulf and further afield. Leading international hotel companies, including Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Jumeriah International, Marriott, and Starwood, visit Shannon College to recruit final year students on management development programmes.