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This MSc offers a taught programme that uses academic knowledge to inform operational hospitality management practice.

Our worldwide industry connections enable our postgraduate students to study the hospitality industry from an entrepreneurial, operational and strategic management perspective. You not only address core business and management subjects, but also hospitality as a global phenomenon and how it is consumed by cultures and societies.

On this course, you can expect:

  • an international approach and student body
  • a dedicated research lab
  • professional expertise and first-hand experience from all of our academics.

We are an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which informs our teaching and your learning.

The course is suitable if you are looking to convert from another subject area and pursue a future career in hospitality or if you already have a grounding in hospitality or related subject areas such as business, management, events, tourism or sport. 

Course structure

Full-time students attend workshops two days per week, while the part-time route usually requires one day per week. Some modules may be delivered intensively over several consecutive days.

The course is delivered through a variety of approaches including lectures, presentations, tutorials, case studies group work and live projects, all with an emphasis on interactive learning.

For international students, the MSc also offers an extended masters route with English language study for between two and sixth months before the course begins.

Areas of study

Management subjects address key issues of strategy, marketing, operations, human resources and financial planning, which are studied in parallel with international hospitality development. You acquire research skills as part of the course, which you can then apply to academic or industrial projects.

You will take five core management modules and one option module from a choice of four.


  • Globalisation, Society and Culture
  • Marketing for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Professional-Based Learning
  • Hospitality Imagineering
  • Food and Beverage Business
  • Final Project

One from:

  • Strategic Business
  • Visual Culture: Travel, Tourism and Leisure
  • Event Design and Management
  • Consultancy

Professional experience

Professional-Based Learning Module:

All credit-based postgraduate courses at the School of Sport and Service Management offer the Professional-Based Learning module.

The module offers you an opportunity to undertake practical experience in a work environment and gain invaluable first-hand knowledge. It is designed to help you engage with the process of planning and delivering expertise in practice, and to reflect upon and take steps to improve your academic, personal and professional skills.

In Semester 1 (September–January) you will have classes on CV development, interview skills, target setting, reflective practice and experiential learning, leading to 100 hours of professional experience in Semester 2 (February–June). This experience could take the form of a part-time job, an unpaid internship, a volunteering opportunity in the university or time as a mentee in your chosen industry. You can also take this module as part of a live consultancy in connection with one of your tourism, sport, hospitality or event modules, either in the UK or a School of Sport and Service Management project overseas.

Our school-based Employability Hub will be on hand to assist you in securing an experience that best meets your career goals and aspirations. Professional experience will enhance your practice and academic knowledge, and many of our students have started their careers with their placement organisation.

Culinary Arts Studio

The Culinary Arts Studio is a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, restaurant and cafe available for use by hospitality students. It provides an outstanding opportunity to observe and record social interaction within a hospitality setting.

The studio is fully equipped with programmable interactive mood lighting, a data projector, a PA system, CCTV, VHS/DVD playback, a multi-channel mixing desk and flat screen monitors.

Careers and employability

Graduates of the International Hospitality Management MSc are equipped to join hospitality organisations in senior positions, enter consultancy or the public sector, become sector analysts or pursue an academic career. Previous students include:

  • a director at First Class Golf Ltd;
  • a regional operations manager at Golden Crown Tours;
  • a director of operations at Havreholm Slot; and
  • a curriculum team leader in hospitality, tourism and travel at Westminster Kingsway College.

Visit the International Hospitality Management (MSc/PGCert/PGDip) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!




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