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MBA Hospitality

Course Description

The QMU MBA Hospitality fulfils the University’s vision of providing an industry relevant and interdisciplinary experience for students. We are widely recognised as a centre of excellence in hospitality and this course has been devised in consultation with employers and managers within the sector. Employers look beyond the letters when recruiting and want employees with real-life experience, so we’ve replaced the traditional dissertation with a student-centred, hospitality focused project that allows you to investigate, design and lead
a real world project in connection with an external business or organisation. Within the hospitality sector the need for high performing groups and teams holds a particular importance. By connecting our modular structure, our course takes a clear and consistent focus on team and project dynamics, and challenges you to take on different types of roles in delivering objectives.

The teaching team who deliver the masters courses have experience of leading high profile teams within the hospitality industry
and other related sectors. Our hospitality team have great passion and enthusiasm about their areas of expertise and are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with you. Your fellow students will come from a wide range of geographical, educational and business backgrounds, enhancing the overall experience. What our students have in common is a ‘gusto’ for the hospitality sector and a desire to
learn and succeed. If you are considering applying and can add your mix of enthusiasm and ambition to the course we would be delighted to discuss entry with you. If you would like to visit QMU, please get in touch.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will attend lectures and seminars, work in groups, complete case studies, participate in field trips, carry out independent learning, participate in discussions, develop ideas, and engage with experiential learning. Assessment methods include management reports, essays, and reflection on practice and group work with presentations. A unique aspect of the course is the challenge to design, lead and reflect upon a hospitality project that focuses on an external business partner. You will be expected to frame this challenge towards the hospitality sector. Central to the course experience is the regular involvement of guest speakers and field trips which provide valuable insights into practice, contemporary trends and thinking. Class sizes are normally 10-30.

Teaching hours and attendance

Modules you study on-campus require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Attendance requirements at QMU depend on which module you are studying and whether you are full or part-time. In most instances the taught elements of the full-time course occur on Tuesday, Wednesday (AM) and Thursday. Part-time students have the option to select different routes each year.

Links with industry/professional bodies

QMU is an approved centre of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the only professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. As an approved centre, we are working towards facilitating CMI professional qualifications within our postgraduate awards. The MBA involves a number of guest lecturers and visits to industry, for example Diageo, New Lanark Hertitage Centre, Nairn’s and Glenkinchie Distillery.


You will normally complete six core modules and two route specific modules. Examples of core modules include; Strategy*/ Inspirational Leadership in Hospitality+/ Developments and Issues in Global Hospitality Operations+/ Business Economics+/ International Marketing+/ Financial Management+/ Managing People+/ The Effective Manager.
You will also complete the Business Impact and Practice Project which runs across a full year (45 credits).
* 30 credits +15 credits


Successful completion of the QMU MBA Hospitality will prepare you for a range of management and leadership roles in the hospitality or wider related sectors.

Quick Facts

The practical hospitality focused project instead of dissertation challenges students to research, plan, manage and evaluate a project.

This course reflects contemporary working practice; our teaching and assessment promotes and supports team focus.

The small class numbers enable the development of strong personal relationships with our students

Visit the MBA Hospitality page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Traditionally, postgraduate students have an honours degree or equivalent and two years industry experience. Additionally, we welcome applications from graduates with an ordinary degree who can show a period of postgraduate work experience or substantive industry experience and a commitment to CPD.

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