Tourism and hospitality are expanding global industries resulting in an increased demand for skilled managers to lead and develop international organisations.
The MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management will equip you with the tools necessary to analyse the major influences affecting the international hospitality business environment, as well as a deep-rooted understanding of the issues currently shaping the management of international hospitality corporations.
The real-world assessments within this course will give you hands-on experience of planning and managing your own live projects, professional work within industry and live client consultancy. The course has been designed through close consultation with industry partners, to ensure you gain the latest practical and professional skills necessary to succeed within this sector.
Guest lectures and industry visits will enable you to develop a strong grasp of business culture, network and immerse yourself in these industries. The international nature of tourism and hospitality will be a key focus of your studies; this is reflected through our well-established global links.
You have the opportunity to undertake a 36-48 week internship as part of your study.
This course offers graduates from any discipline the chance to gain access to management level careers in the dynamic tourism and hospitality industries.
-The opportunity to plan and implement your own ‘live project’
-Work with a local tourism or hospitality industry employer to develop your professional event skills
-An external array of field trips and activity/visits and guest lectures from industry tourism and hospitality practitioners’ as part of the curriculum design
-Throughout your studies, you will engage in a range of individual and group work and consultancy projects working with an array of tourism and hospitality industry partners and clients.
-A ‘professional industry package’ with a year’s membership of an international trade association and magazine to develop your industry outlook.
-Volunteering is a great way for you to gain experience and make contacts. We have a vast range of volunteering opportunities to help you develop your CV and enhance your professional outlook and support is available to find them.
This course has been designed with industry practitioners to offer a practical and managerial approach to equipping you with professional skills, providing you with many opportunities to gain professional experience.
The combination of taught units, a range of live experiential activity and client-based consultancy projects and opportunities to network with industry through external visits and guest lectures will enable you to develop a strong grasp of business culture and provide you with numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in your chosen sector and gain valuable experience.
Your studies will have an international focus to reflect the global nature of these industries. We have many well-established international collaborative partnerships, which will enrich your student experience. Our international research activities and projects will enrich your student experience and will create new opportunities for research through your engagement with employers.
This course has been designed in collaboration with industry, the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) and the Institute of Hospitality (IoH) and offers you the opportunity to gain professional expertise as well as an industry tailored and highly relevant Master’s degree.
The course recognises the importance of tourism and hospitality to national and international economies and the need for enthusiastic, competent managers to lead and inform the projected growth of the industry. A key focus of the course is on the development and application of digital skills to manage, communicate and sell to the target customer. Through practical learning and engagement with industry you will develop an ability to make decisions based on knowledge and theory, think beyond the conventional and apply practical management solutions.
You will gain a thorough understanding and awareness of contemporary tourism and hospitality issues and learn how to plan and develop strategies within both domestic and international contexts. Your transferable skills of communication, teamwork and decision-making will be established.
You will continue to develop your specialist skills, in-depth knowledge and practical experience. You will present a written research proposal for submission, which will normally form the basis for the Masters dissertation or project. A four week period of professional industry experience is undertaken at the end of the taught modules.
You are given the opportunity to conduct a piece of substantive, independent, research in area of your own choosing within international tourism and hospitality. You can work with live-clients on industry focused projects or present a formal dissertation of 15,000 words.
On Campus Study
You will engage with the course through online and on campus learning materials, lectures, tutorials, industry-led workshops and live client projects. These comprise of a mix of group study, site visits, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals.
Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).
Part Time On Campus Study
You will combines aspects of online learning and on-campus delivery. You will benefit from the support of CampusMoodle but also face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.
Please note the below activity summary represents full-time on campus mode only, part-time mode will differ.
The course requires you to become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how your learning occurs. You will spend approximately 10-20 hours per week working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for group activities and researching and writing course reports.
STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE
Our teaching staff have very strong links to industry, with the core teaching staff being members of a number of influential industry bodies including Aberdeen City & Shire Hotel Associations, VisitAberdeenshire Tourism Forum and The Burn Education Retreat (Goodenough College). One staff member is a Scottish Representative of the Tourism Management Institute.
They are actively engaged in research which underpins the course development and delivery.
Other staff members include guest lecturers and senior industry professionals which provides you with the opportunity to learn first-hand from professionals about the practical challenges which you may face in your working lives. Many of our staff feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.
Please note the below assessment period represents full-time on campus mode only, part-time mode students will study the same number of assessments but over a three year period.
You will have the opportunity to undertake a four-week period of professional industry experience in a tourism or hospitality role, which will enable you to put into practice the knowledge and skills developed throughout the course.
You will have access to our Placement Office, who will support you remotely in sourcing and validating a suitable position.
Past placements have within Tourism and Hospitality have been undertaken at The Mariner Hotel, AECC, Gleneagles, Tui Travel, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Menzies Aviation.
Worldwide expenditure on hospitality and tourism is set to increase over the next 10 years with "1 in 10 workers on the planet employed as a result of Travel & Tourism" by 2021 (World Travel and Tourism Council). Growth such as this creates many opportunities for those equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge. On completion of this course you will be able to embark on a professional career in the international tourism and hospitality industry.
Previous graduates from this course have gone on to careers in areas such as:
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The tourism and hospitality industry has undergone growth in both private enterprise and international public sector management. The growing size and dominance of hospitality and tourism as a major employer around the world means that companies and organisations are continually seeking individuals with the knowledge and capabilities of managing various aspects throughout dynamic and progressive industry. Therefore, the MSc in International Hospitality and Tourism Management has been designed to meet such challenges and provide a curriculum to enhance the knowledge and skills of its students and ensure that they are able to succeed as hospitality and tourism managers. This is a vocational, personal and intellectually stimulating postgraduate course which will enhance your knowledge and skills of hospitality and tourism management within a global context. A range of professional, managerial and transferrable skills will be developed on the course, alongside an extensive knowledge of management disciplines applicable to the hospitality and tourism industry.
We have great links with a range of varied employers across the service sector, both within the UK and overseas. The School is a full member of the Institute of Travel and Tourism and enjoys all the benefits of cross industry participation and employability support and guidance for students. In addition to this, we remain affiliated to the Association of Tourism in Higher Education – a tourism led body that both informs the curriculum and future developments across tourism education today.
Students will find the teaching and learning environment worthwhile and challenging. The learning environment is organised to ensure that key concepts, theories, and where appropriate, practices relevant to management in the hospitality and event industry form a central role in teaching and learning.
Assessment includes reports, essays, presentations and seminar papers and for those completing the Master of Science Programme, a Dissertation.
-Develop your ability to critically assess knowledge and understanding of business and management theory within the context of the academic study of tourism and hospitality and improve business and management practices within tourism and hospitality
-Prepare and develop you for a career in tourism and, or, hospitality or a related occupation by developing professional and transferable skills
-Extend your critical understanding of the theoretical issues underpinning the study of tourism and hospitality and related areas
-Develop your critical awareness of management issues related to tourism and hospitality and the ability to undertake independent academic research
-Develop your ability to undertake independent, critical and substantive research and investigation within the area of international hospitality and tourism
For full-time students, the taught element is normally completed over a nine month period starting in October. Part-time students will normally attend on a one day a week basis and complete the taught element in two years. Students who complete the taught element of the course, in part or in its entirety, may graduate with either a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in International Hospitality and Tourism Management. Students wishing to complete the MSc award must complete the research element, which comprises of a dissertation. Full-time students will normally complete this in the three months that follow the taught element, whilst part-time students complete this during the course of an academic session.
Work experience opportunities are available for students during non-teaching time within a range of different roles in the service sector management industry.
Tourism has experienced continued expansion and diversification, becoming one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the world. According to UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO, 2014) the worldwide international tourist arrivals are expected to see a 3.3% increase a year between 2010 and 2030, and reach 1.8 billion by 2030, with emerging destinations growing at the fastest rate.
This creates many career opportunities for qualified managers in the hospitality and tourism industries in both developed and developing countries. The MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management is designed to prepare graduates for management and senior management positions in a complex and dynamic industry.
The course helps you to start or develop a career in the international hospitality and tourism industries. You build a strong theoretical and practical foundation by studying both business management modules, and tourism and hospitality modules.
You learn to apply and critically challenge your understanding of the industries in practical contexts, particularly in the work-related learning module and during your industry placement. You also critically examine the sustainability of the international hospitality and tourism industries. Throughout the course enhance your employability skills, such as communications and team-working, which are vital for rapid career development.
The placement option offers you an additional opportunity to develop your practical skills, either in the UK or abroad. We help you gain a placement by running employability workshops and have dedicated placement team to support you. Placement opportunities exist in organisations such as • Hilton • Marriott • Conrad • Anantara resorts • Como resorts • the Gleneagles hotel • the Hotelbeds Group • Omega Travel • Cosmos • Visit Peak District and Derbyshire.
You graduate with the skills and knowledge to plan, manage and promote products, services, businesses and destinations in the international hospitality and tourism industries in a competitive and sustainable manner.
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. It is also recognised by the Tourism Management Institute, the professional organisation for tourism destination managers. TMI has extended recognition to this course delivered in Hong Kong in partnership with SHAPE.
September start – typically 12 months or 24 months with work experience
January start – typically 15 months
Choose two from
Plus, choose one 15 credit module from • strategic resort hotel management • hospitality service excellence • managing profitable food and beverage operations • managing the property asset • talent management • sustainable tourism and hospitality in 21st century • contemporary issues in tourism • tourism and globalisation • visitor attraction management • tourism, culture and society • sales and revenue management.
You can find international careers in organisations such as • hotel corporations • conference and event organisers • national tourist organisations • international tour operators • transport operators • visitor attractions • resort management • government agencies.
You can also continue with further study by completing a PhD or Doctorate in Business Administration.
Tourism and hospitality are expanding global industries resulting in an increased demand for skilled managers to lead and develop international organisations.
This course will give you the expertise to perform at a strategic senior level in these dynamic service industries. By analysing the major influences affecting the international tourism and hospitality business environments, you will gain a deep-rooted understanding of the issues currently shaping the management of the industries' major corporations.
You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of international tourism and tourist destinations, including the supply chain, how to respond effectively to customer demand and the global forces impacting on sustainable tourism.
If you would like to complement your academic studies with substantial practical experience, you could select the sandwich option and undertake an extended work placement. Previous students have secured placements with companies such as Radisson Hotels and Hilton Hotels & Resorts.
With a range of management and marketing modules on offer and coupled with the opportunity to conduct your research project in an area of personal interest, you will be able to tailor your course to your career ambitions.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.
This postgraduate course is for you if you want to build on or convert your original undergraduate or professional experience, and have the desire to study international tourism and hospitality management at a higher level.
It is designed to enhance your ability to function effectively at a strategic level within public and private sectors of the international tourism and hospitality industries or to embark on an advanced programme of research.
You will be well placed to take up a senior management position in a range of international tourism and hospitality organisations. These include accommodation, food and beverage providers, cruise and transport operators, and government and non-government organisations supporting tourism initiatives both regionally, nationally and globally.
Hospitality and tourism is an exciting and demanding international industry where you need specialist skills and knowledge to succeed. If you see yourself as a future leader, our specialist management course will give you the tools to achieve your goals. It includes a field trip and hands-on work placements.
We’ve developed our Masters course to make sure you develop highly relevant skills that you can apply in the widest range of settings.
Some of the most important skills you’ll need to succeed in hospitality and tourism are ‘soft skills’ such as customer handling, team work, problem-solving and oral communication skills. Our course will help you to develop all of these and more. There’s a focus on management skills which will position you well for higher-level roles in hotels, tourism and hospitality management.
As well as hospitality and tourism, we’ll draw on knowledge from the fields of general business studies and marketing, placing great emphasis on the practical application of concepts so that you can be sure you’re developing ‘real’ skills as well as theoretical understanding. Studying in Cambridge, a renowned tourist destination, you’ll be able to hone your natural abilities and prepare yourself for the next stage of your career.
During the course there’ll be opportunities to go on a field trip as part of the Contemporary Issues in Tourism and Hospitality module, and to work in genuine tourism and hospitality environments, putting what you’ve learnt into practice. You’ll also enjoy guest lectures by speakers from our Global Sustainability Institute.
Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the east of England. You'll benefit from state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, study areas, campus libraries with online databases containing professional journals, plus our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) through which you can access study resources and help. We’re the business school of choice for several world renowned corporations including UPS, Barclays, Crawfords and Harrods, whose staff study our business degrees.
Our course is designed to make sure that you graduate with expert subject knowledge - but also with skills that are in demand by the international hospitality industry. These include soft skills such as customer handling, team working, communication and problem solving, as well as technical, practical or job-specific skills.
Principles of Marketing Management
Contemporary Issues in Tourism and Hospitality
Human Resource Issues in a Global Context
Research Methods for Business and Management
Postgraduate Major Project
Finance for Decision Making
You'll be assessed individually and through group work. Assessment methods can include feedback in class discussion, evidence of research, project work based on case studies and work experience, case study evaluation and oral presentations. You’ll also need to display critical reflection in your Postgraduate Major Project.
The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.
Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.
What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations.
We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.