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Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism

Angela Dicker, Current Student

An online course designed to explore every facet of the food and wine tourism experience.

Students with internet access and a passion for gastronomy and tourism will be able to study this course from anywhere in the world, networking with like-minded individuals and studying topics including contemporary trends in cuisine and culinary arts, food writing for media, festival and event planning and design, the history of gastronomy and the restaurant, small business management, sustainable food production and tourism business, marketing food and wine tourism and food and drink in literature, art and film.

Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism (24 Months)
Graduate Certificate in Gastronomic Tourism -
6 months
Graduate Diploma in Gastronomic Tourism -
9 months
Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism -
9 months
  • Unique field of study - One of only a few programs available around the world leading to an advanced degree in gastronomic tourism.
  • Delivered fully online – study from anywhere in the world, structured to fit into other work/ life commitments.
  • International focus – study with people from different cultures and backgrounds who share your desire for knowledge in this exciting field
  • Explore areas of interest – undertake a double-weighted research project focusing on an aspect of Gastronomic Tourism of your particular interest
  • Choose your life - Graduates will work in a diverse range of careers including hospitality, event management, writing, media and tourism.
  • Professional Staff - An enthusiastic and informed group of academic staff who apply a range of perspectives that enhance understanding
  • Professionally recognised - This course is accredited to meet The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism.

This course, delivered online in association with Southern Cross University, is designed to support and enhance understanding of the gastronomic tourism experience and to study all facets of how food and drink interconnect in our lives… that’s agriculture, economy, health, politics, sustainability, cultural traditions, social values and more. ‘Food’ is simply a brilliant way to study the world, cultural difference and history, while at the same time learning how to give pleasure and to increase our own sense of satisfaction. Importantly, the degree focuses on the relationship of food to tourism and the role this relationship plays in the development of regional economies and their sustainability. In addition,, students also get the added benefit of studying management, marketing and other industry-focused subjects, within a hospitality and tourism context.

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Entry Criteria
  • Academic qualifications assessed equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s degree


  • Applicants with no formal qualifications who demonstrate academic or professional standing considered by the Head of School to be equivalent to the Bachelor degree requirement will also be eligible for admission. Applicants accepted on this basis will initially be admitted for the Graduate Certificate of Gastronomic Tourism.
  • English language proficiency - All applicants for admission to Southern Cross University must meet the University's English language requirement for admission irrespective of study location or study mode. For details on SCU English language proficiency requirements External Website.

To apply for the Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism, Graduate Diploma of Gastronomic Tourism or Graduate Certificate of Gastronomic Tourism applicants must complete the application process, providing certified academic transcripts and other relevant documentation.  Please visit Programs & Apply for further details. 


The cost is AUD$2,650 per unit or AUD$31,800 for the full Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism (12 units). Australian citizens may be eligible for FEE-Help.

Australian citizens will also need to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Please see the Student Services and Amenities Fee webpage External Website published by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education for more detail.

Students should also allocate funds for the cost of required textbooks.  For each unit the Unit assessor will determine a required text book.  Students must access the required text book in some way.

Course Duration

Students can study up to two units each session (previously called trimester). Each year consists of three sessions.  Each session is approximately 13 weeks in duration. Please note that not all units can be studied in each session. See the unit availability guide for 2015 [ PDF 185KB] for when units are being delivered.

Students can complete their studies in two years (two units per session) or four years (one unit per session).

Course Content

To be eligible for the award of Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism a candidate shall
successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units comprising:

  1. all units listed in Part A
  2. three (3) units from Part B;
  3. and four (4) units from Part C (please note candidates who have completed a Bachelor degree in a cognate field will be granted Advanced Standing for these units)

Below is a list of units currently available.

Part A - Core Units
Students must complete all 8 core units (including one double-weighted unit)

MNG00273 Events Management
SOC03418 Food and Drink in Contemporary Society
MNG03419 Gastronomic Tourism
COM03420 Gastronomy and Communication
MKT01907 Tourism and Hospitality Management
HOS03417 Principles of Gastronomy
BUS00913 Research Methods for Tourism and Hospitality
MNG93003 Industry Research Project

Part B - Elective Units
Students must complete 3 elective units

HOS03423 Aesthetics of Food and Drink
MKT01909 Service Management for Tourism and Hospitality
HOS03421 Food and Wine Technology
COM03422 Food and Wine Writing
MKT00720 Marketing
ISY00244 Information and Communication Technology for Tourism
MNG03236 Tourism and Hotel Professional Development
MNG03237 Tourism and Hotel Internship (double-weighted unit)

Part C
Students must complete 4 Part C units (only if they have not completed a bachelor degree in a cognate discipline)

MKT01425 Tourism in Asia Pacific
SCI00419 Food and Beverage Management
HMS00423 Sustainable Tourism
MKT00128 Tourism Hospitality Sales and Promotion
MNG01222 Facility and Risk Management for Hospitality Operations
MKT00204 Special Interest Tourism
MNG10724 Coastal and Marine Tourism
MNG10228 Production Management for Convention and Events
MNG10723 Hospitality: History, Politics and Culture

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing may be available for this program. All applicants wishing to seek Advanced Standing must complete the Advanced Standing application form [ PDF 217KB].

a. Candidates who have completed a Bachelor degree in a cognate field will be granted four (4) units of Advanced Standing from Part C.

b. Candidates may be granted advanced standing on the basis of relevant work experience or professional qualifications obtained through formal, non-formal or informal learning. Advanced Standing will only apply against post graduate level units (or equivalent) studied as part of previous studies that closely matched the syllabus of our program.

Exit Awards

Intermediate Awards (early exit points) are offered at Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma levels.

Time Requirements

Students should anticipate a commitment of no less than 15 hours per unit per week.  Thus a student studying two units can expect to study no less than 30 hours per week. Students planning to undertake this program need to allow extra time initially to familiarise themselves with the study portal, learning resources, professional referencing and writing at postgraduate level.

To undertake the program students must have fast and reliable internet access.


Students can commence in Session 1 (February) Session 2 (June)   or Session 3 (October).


Four partial tuition scholarships (valued at AUD$5300 each) are offered annually for this program to support talented individuals from all over the world in their pursuit of gastronomic knowledge and education. Students applying for these scholarships need to meet the eligibility criteria for the program. In 2015 we will be offering a new professional development scholarship for media professionals.

The 2016 Scholarships program is now open and applications are being accepted until November 2015.

Visit the Le Cordon Bleu Scholarships section for more information.


All SCU courses are fully accredited and comply with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). All AQF qualifications are quality assured.

Information Sessions

We offer regular information sessions and webinars.  Register your details to be sent further information about the next available information sessions.

More Questions?

Please download Frequently Asked Questions [ PDF 409KB] or ENQUIRE NOW

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CRICOS Provider Numbers: (SA & VIC) 01818E (NSW) 02380M
RTO ID number: 4959
Le Cordon Bleu Australia courses are provided under the Tuitions Assurance Scheme (TAS):
the Federal government Tuition Protection Scheme (TPS) (as per the compliance requirements of the ESOS Act)
and ACPET ASTAS (as per the compliance requirements
of the VET Quality Framework, the Higher Education Standards Framework
and the Higher Education Support Act 2003).

Last Updated 16 April 2015

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Career Pathways

Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism

• Marketing (for destinations, restaurants, organisations, wineries)
• Tourism (Cellar Door Manager, Food & Wine Tourism Policy Advisor, Tour Guide, Food/ Wine/ Tourism Trail Operator)
• Hospitality (Food/ Wine Distributor, Import/ Export)
• Media (Publishing, Food/ Wine/ Travel Writing, Public Relations)
• Education (Food, Wine, Hospitality, Home Economics, Food Studies)

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