The hospitality industry is growing rapidly throughout the world and employment prospects for graduates are excellent. This course will help you to start or develop your career in international hospitality.
The course is designed and delivered by an industry-experienced team of academic staff, with an international focus attracting students from around the world. The course supports you in developing a broad range of professional, technical and transferable skills required by the industry. You gain the theoretical background, skills and experiences to become a successful leader in the hospitality industry.
You take core modules including • business and management strategy • the global hospitality experience • leadership and management skills development • consumer behaviour • marketing and technology in hospitality • sales and revenue management • work-related learning.
This range of modules ensures you develop as a well-rounded and transnational manager, capable of achieving business objectives across cultures. You also take a module on research methods to support your masters dissertation research project.
You also choose an option module based on your personal interests and development plan. This is designed to provide an in-depth exploration and critical understanding of an area of the hospitality industry, such as • strategic resort hotel management • hospitality service excellence • managing profitable food and beverage operations • talent management • managing the property asset.
The course also includes a range of learning methods to improve your knowledge and professional experience, such as guest lectures from industry experts, online and video technologies, field trips and live consultancy projects with real organisations.
The work experience route involves a 12 month work placement in the UK or overseas. During your placement you improve your practical management skills and employability, gaining real experience in industry. We help you secure a placement by running employability workshops and have dedicated placement team to support you. Past students have had placements with world leaders in hospitality including • Ritz Carlton • The Gleneagles Hotel • Hilton hotels • JW Marriott • Conrad. Download our work placement guide (PDF, 52KB) for more information.
The course is based on the following principles
This course is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, the international hospitality professional membership body for managers and aspiring managers.
September start – typically 12 months or 24 with work placement
January start – typically 15 months
You choose one from
• strategic resort hotel management (15 credits) • managing innovation and change in hospitality (15 credits) • hospitality project management (15 credits) • hospitality management consultancy (15 credits) • strategic financial analysis (15 credits) • strategic use of ICT for hospitality (15 credits) • hospitality service excellence (15 credits) • managing profitable food and beverage operations (15 credits) • managing the property asset (15 credits) • talent management (15 credits) • sales and revenue management (15 credits)
There are international career opportunities in organisations such as • food and service management • hotel corporations • conference and event organisers • restaurant groups • national tourist organisations • international tour operators • transport operators • visitor attractions • resort management • government agencies.
Our graduates have gained positions in the USA, Australia, Spain, China, Malaysia and the UK with companies such as • Intercontinental hotels • Hilton hotels • Disney • British Airways • Compass group.
Many of our students already have careers when they begin the course. After graduating, they are in an excellent position to improve their careers with their current employers.
You can also continue with further study by completing a PhD or Doctorate in Business Administration.
For experienced managers looking to develop their international management competencies, the Henley Flexible Executive MBA delivers a world-class education effectively and conveniently. The course is structured to allow you to continue to work full-time and to study your MBA part-time connecting your learning to current global and relevant organisational issues. As such, it’s ideal if you are unable to take significant time out of the workplace to study and want greater flexibility over how, when and where you achieve your MBA qualification.
The Flexible Executive MBA is delivered through a blend of face-to-face workshops, activities involving peer-group learning in teams and self-study, on- and offline using a distance-learning approach. Over the 30 months of the course, individuals study and share experiences with like-minded professionals from a wide variety of managerial backgrounds and business industries. The course has a number of aims for its programme members, including:
Our MBA programme has a particularly strong focus on themes of international business, leadership and corporate reputation. There is a real hands-on approach to learning, you work collaboratively with your fellow students and classes are taught by international faculty at the cutting edge of their disciplines.
Our MBA programmes combine the best in academic theory with practical, real life projects. This means that as well as having an outstanding learning experience, you will be ready to put it all into practice immediately when you are back in the workplace.
At Henley, we recognise that you want to develop yourself to prepare for the challenges of business leadership, so within the programmes there is a continuous element of personal development and career development to support you throughout your journey.
On the Full-time and Executive MBA programmes, you have the opportunity to go on an international study visit, to an overseas location where Henley has a developed network and a strong footprint.
Everything above is informed by Henley's eminent reputation in teaching practising managers and in research excellence and application.
We empower individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders, who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Whatever mode of learning chosen, the Henley MBA proves to be a life-changing experience for many. An enriching experience that provides new outlooks that will shape your decisions throughout your life. Intense, rewarding, challenging, stimulating and relevant.
The Henley MBA is a truly international experience, with a global focus to the syllabus and research, enriching study trips and a cohort drawn from the leading economies of the world.
Personal development is woven into the fabric of the Henley MBA. We take a whole-person approach which acknowledges the complexity of balancing work, home, study and career. In addition to a high level of individual support while studying at Henley, services are available to assist your career ambitions, including coaching, networking, mentoring, and recruitment resources.
The alumni network
Your cohort and cohorts from previous years are likely to form the most valuable network throughout your career. From day one you join the alumni association, a group of 70,000 spread over 150 countries. There are regional and international alumni groups and Special Interest Groups providing a priceless series of events, mentoring programmes, career advice, and industry contacts and information.
The environment – Executive and Flexible Executive MBA
The Executive and Flexible Executive MBA are taught at our Greenlands campus on the banks of the River Thames in Oxfordshire within 30 acres of beautiful conservation parkland. We are less than an hour’s drive from Heathrow Airport, within easy reach of London and close to many major motorway links. It is perfect for quiet reflection as well as stimulating debate with other leading business minds and provides an ideal learning environment for busy executives: you have the space and surroundings required to stretch your mind and think away from the pressures of the office.
Class sizes are deliberately small and delivered in board-room style seminar rooms to facilitate group work and discussion. Resources include the ARC (Academic Resource Centre) that holds books, journals, market research reports, dissertations, working papers and company information. The modern new space provides the perfect place for study, including a 24-hour Quiet Study Space.
Leisure facilities include a fully equipped and professionally staffed fitness centre, outdoor sporting facilities, on-site accommodation and restaurant.