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Course content

This specialist MSc course develops ambitious students to become future leaders of the hospitality and tourism industry. Successful applicants will normally have a bachelor's degree in business, hospitality, or tourism management and a minimum of one year's relevant work experience.

You will build on your previous studies and work experience by developing your ability to think strategically across core management disciplines. You will have the opportunity to specialise in your chosen area. Our unique Bacchus Mentoring Programme gives you one-to-one support from a senior professional, who will help you to develop your professional skills and advise you on your future career. This is one of the many opportunities resulting from the strong relationships that the school has with industry professionals worldwide.

If you apply for the sandwich mode, you will undertake a one-year paid work placement, after completing the taught part of the course. You will be fully supported in finding a placement and supervised throughout.

Why choose this course?

  • You will participate in the Bacchus Mentoring Programme and will be mentored by a leading senior figure from the industry, who will help with your professional development. In addition, our dedicated Careers Centre provides you with extensive support in securing graduate jobs and placements. Leading hospitality employers visit the campus and recruit students.
  • The Oxford School of Hospitality Management is ranked top in the UK for hospitality management education (CEOWorld Magazine, 2015). In a recent survey, 96% of MSc International Hotel and Tourism Management students said they would recommend Oxford Brookes to potential students (PTES, 2016).
  • Our students and staff come from all over the world. This gives you a multicultural learning and social environment in one of the world's great student cities, Oxford.
  • You will learn from recognised experts in their fields - those who write the books that support your learning. Additionally, you will frequently engage with industry experts through a range of events and international visiting speakers that provide you with opportunities to interact with professionals, employers, academics, students and alumni. This helps you to develop your networking skills and gain useful, global contacts for the future.
  • You will become a member of the school's Bacchus Society, which will give you the opportunity to meet successful alumni and industry experts at a range of events to help you build up a network of industry contacts. Our students often find jobs through this kind of networking.
  • Learning and teaching is student-centred, participative and interactive - practice and theory is integrated into your learning and assessment. You will take part in the workshops, seminars, lectures, case study analysis and one-to-one tutorials. You can customise assignments to suit your own interests.
  • You have the option to take a one-year, full-time, paid work placement to further enhance your career prospects, if you apply for the sandwich mode.

Course content

The following modules build on your previous learning and work experience. You will develop a deeper understanding of the complexity of international hotel management in today's turbulent environment.

  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Managing People Across Cultures
  • Marketing Across Cultures
  • Corporate Governance and Risk Management in Tourism
  • Contemporary Issues in International Hospitality, Events and Tourism Management
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Mentoring and Leadership Development

Elective modules

You can choose one elective module from the following:

  • Tourism Digital Distribution Strategies
  • Events
  • Intercultural Leadership
  • Revenue Management

You can view the course structures here: 

September Entry 

January Entry

Teaching and learning

The innovative learning experience on this course is very much student-centred and interactive. You will take part in multicultural group work, case studies, workshops, seminars, lectures, events and one-to-one tutorials. Alumni and senior industry professionals contribute to the programme through guest lectures. You will have the opportunity to be personally mentored by an industry leader. 

The tutors are internationally renowned for their research and consultancy activities, and their excellent links with the industries. They bring commercial expertise into the classroom to inform you of contemporary developments taking place in the hospitality and tourism sector. 

Field trips

Each year, there are opportunities to go on field trips including visits to attractions, hotels, museums and the corporate office of a leading international hotel company.

Field trips are optional and are paid for by the student. Some field trips are subsidised.

Attendance pattern

Full-time mode involves approximately 15 hours of staff contact time per week. In addition there is a significant amount of independent and group study time. You will therefore be expected to take a great deal of responsibility for your own learning and to manage your time effectively. Assessment is based predominantly on individual coursework and the dissertation.


Visit the International Hotel and Tourism Management MSc page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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