Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of DCM Programme, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a solid foundation in language and communication skills for employment and further study;
  • Develop interpersonal skills and digital competence essential for handling food service operations;
  • Command knowledge and technical skillsets in food management through work placement in authentic catering industrial environment;
  • Identify their potentials, interests and strengths as well as develop capacity for future career and personal development.


The DCM Programme comprises 10 courses and a block of work placement with a total of 33 units. Students shall normally complete the programme in one year on a full-time basis.

Language Skills

  • English Communication: Listening & Speaking
  • English Communication: Reading & Writing
  • Practical Chinese Writing

Communication & Application

  • Information Technology Applications
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Career and Personal Planning

Catering Services

  • Fundamentals in Food & Beverage Service
  • Operations & Making in Catering Industry
  • Customer Service Management
  • Human Resource Management

Work Placement

  • 240 hours conducted at food & beverage establishments

Medium of Instruction

English and Chinese

Assessment and Award

Performance of students is monitored and assessed on a continuous basis through assessment tools such as exercises, assignments, projects, presentations, class participation, tests, and examinations.

To qualify for the award of Diploma in Catering Management, students must:

  • have an attendance rate of 70% or above for each course; and
  • pass the assessments of each course; and
  • attain a cumulative GPA of at least 1.50

Multiple Pathways

Upon successful completion of the DCM Programme, students could pursue a career in the catering industry.

Graduates will also be eligible to progress to the Higher Diploma Programmes offered by CUSCS. Students who commence the DCM Programme in the academic year of 2022-23 and successfully complete it in one academic year can apply for the Diploma Programme in Catering Management (DCM) Advancement Scholarship* at the amount of HK$5,000 for progressing to the CUSCS Higher Diploma Programmes.


Telephone: 3943 9057 / 3943 9015
Fax: 2770 8275
E-mail: scs-dipcm@cuhk.edu.hk