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Course content

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

  • excellent student experience
  • business engagement and employability – through the work-related learning module and the industry mentor scheme
  • flexibility – through option modules and the bespoke work-related learning module

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, the international hospitality professional membership body for managers and aspiring managers. 

Course structure

September start – typically 12 months or 24 with work placement

January start – typically 15 months

Core modules

  • Business and management strategy (30 credits)
  • The global hospitality experience (15 credits)
  • Leadership and management skills development (15 credits)
  • Consumer behaviour, marketing and technology in hospitality (15 credits)
  • Sales and revenue management (15 credits)
  • Work-related learning (15 credits)
  • Research methods (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (45 credits)

Optional modules

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)


  • essays
  • management projects
  • problem solving exercises
  • group work
  • dissertation


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.

Visit the International Hospitality Management MSc page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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