Diploma in Restaurant Management (special purpose award) 1 year part-time programme

This Diploma in Restaurant Management (Level 7 Special Purpose Award) is an innovative immersion programme arising from collaboration between AIT, Fáilte Ireland, the French Culinary Institute, other institutes of technology and a number of leading Irish hospitality practitioners.

The design of the restaurant management programme incorporates an innovative system of industry-education cooperation that will allow participants to work and study at the same time during the programme. The programme will produce trained, competent graduates who will make a significant and lasting contribution to the development of the restaurant and hospitality industry.


This programme is aimed at candidates with a passion for the business of restaurants and the capabilities to pursue a career in the sector at management level. It is envisaged that typical candidates will be existing practitioners or motivated career changers who wish to avail of an opportunity to develop high level careers in this sector.

On successful completion of this programme, you will be able to manage a restaurant effectively with proper use of resources in an ever-challenging macro environment. You will know how to implement best practices relative to the organisation, staffing and procedures. Your human resource management skills in motivating, monitoring and mentoring team members will be enhanced. You will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of food and beverage within the context of the restaurant sector, and be au fait with restaurant legislation, regulations, hygiene, and health & safety procedures.


Semester 1 (25 Credits)
Fundamentals of Restaurant Management, Beverage Management, Food and Beverage Control, Information Technology, Human Resources Management for the Restaurant Industry, Computer Applications for Restaurant Management.

Semester 2 (25 Credits)
Advanced Restaurant Management, Marketing for the Restaurant Industry, Oenology, Management for the Restaurant Industry, Computer Applications for Restaurant Management.

Semester 3 (10 Credits)
Students will also be required to complete 400 hours of work placement.

Minimum Entry Requirement As per prospectus

Career Opportunities
According to research undertaken by Fáilte Ireland the profile of jobs has changed significantly in the restaurant sector. One of the key findings of the report is the need for professionally skilled workers at the assistant management/supervisory level across diverse types of restaurant operations. From fine dining restaurants to more casual establishments, it became clear that the Irish restaurant sector is experiencing a shortage of people who embody the requisite combination of hospitality and technical competencies to successfully supervise and manage the industry in the twenty-first century. Graduates from this programme will be ideally qualified to meet this need for suitably qualified management staff.

Duration: 1 year Monday and Tuesday (days may be subject to change)

Enquiries: To Madeline Murtagh, e-mail mmurtagh@ait.ie

Award: Diploma in Restaurant Management

Application: Directly to the Admissions Office, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road,
Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Telephone: 090-646 8000

Download the Application form here

Visit the Athlone IT website http://www.ait.ie/aboutaitandathlone/courses/diplomainrestaurantmanagement/