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International Hotel and Tourism Management (MSc)

Course Description

This specialist MSc course develops ambitious students to become future leaders of the hospitality and tourism industry. Successful applicants will normally have a very good bachelor's degree in business, hospitality, or tourism management and a minimum of one year's relevant work experience. It is accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation System (EPAS).

You will build on your previous studies and work experience and develop your ability to think strategically across core management disciplines. You will have the opportunity to specialise in your chosen area. You will benefit from the strong relationships that the school has with industry professionals worldwide.

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.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international-hotel-and-tourism-management/

Why choose this course?

- The Oxford School of Hospitality Management is ranked top in the UK and seventh in the world for hospitality management education (Taylor Nelson Sofres, 2013).

- You will frequently engage with industry experts through our range of events and international visiting speaker programme 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.

- In a recent survey, 100% of our students said they would recommend us to potential students (PTES 2014).

- You will be mentored by a leading senior figure from industry, who will help with your professional development.

- Our dedicated Careers Centre provides you with extensive support in securing graduate jobs and placements. They invite leading hospitality employers to visit the campus and recruit students.

- You will learn from recognised experts in their fields - those who write the books that support your learning.

- Learning and teaching is student-centred, participative and interactive. You will take part in workshops, seminars, lectures, case study analysis and one-to-one tutorials.

- You can customise assignments to suit your own interests.

- Practice and theory is integrated into your learning and assessment.

- An optional one-year, post-study sandwich mode consists of one year's full-time, paid, supervised work experience.

- 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.

Teaching and learning

The innovative learning experience on this course includes multicultural group work, live case studies, the opportunity to create your own brand and an international visiting speaker programme. 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 hotel and tourism industry. They bring commercial expertise into the classroom to inform you of contemporary developments taking place in hospitality and tourism. Learning and teaching is very much student-centred, participative and interactive. You will take part in workshops, seminars, lectures, theatre role-plays, case study analysis and one-to-one tutorials.

Field trips

Each year, there is a series of field trips to events such as the World Travel Market and visits to destinations, attractions, hotels, museums and the corporate office of a leading international hotel company.

Attendance pattern

The 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.


After graduation from this course you will have excellent career prospects in hospitality and tourism – especially in the international hotel industry. Our graduates go on to work for the leading hotel brands in a wide range of roles either in the UK or internationally with companies like Accor, Compass, Carnival, Four Seasons, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Shangri-La, Mandarin Oriental, Marriott, Rezidor, Sodexho, Sol Melia, Starwood and TUI. Depending upon their prior experience, graduates have obtained supervisory/junior management positions and operational roles.

Some students choose an academic career by studying for a PhD with us, or in other universities. Our study programme provides students with excellent preparation for doctoral studies and careers in teaching in universities.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

The Oxford School of Hospitality Management is ranked number one in Europe for hospitality research, and top in the world for research productivity (Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, March 2011).

We were recognised in the most recent research assessment exercise (RAE) as 'one of the leading hospitality research groups in the UK'.

Research areas and clusters

Our hospitality and tourism research areas include:
- consumer satisfaction
- education, careers and development
- environmental management and food studies
- entrepreneurship and small business management
- internationalisation and branding
- performance measurement and financial management decision making.

The school maintains a rigorous and dynamic doctoral programme leading to the higher degrees of MPhil and PhD. Postgraduate students join a supportive, friendly and multicultural research environment.

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

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in business, hotel, tourism and management (or equivalent) plus at least one year's work experience in the hotel and tourism industry. Entry will also be subject to two satisfactory references (one of these must be an academic reference). Applicants who have limited work experience in the hotel and tourism industry can join the sandwich mode and undertake the Professional Practice module, which starts in January each year.

Last Updated

03 July 2017

Course Fees

Home / EU: Full-time £8,000, Part-time £8,660; International: Full-time £13,700

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