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Course content

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.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

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.

PROGRAMME AIMS

-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

FURTHER INFORMATION

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.

Visit the International Hospitality and Tourism Management - MSc page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

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