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MRes in International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Course Description

Hospitality, travel and tourism generate 10% of global GDP and provide 277 million jobs (1 in 11 jobs) in the global economy. The ongoing growth of almost 4% out-performs growth in the majority of industry sectors – according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (2015).

The MSc in International Tourism and Hospitality Management has been developed in response to this rapidly growing market demand and is one of the first Masters of its kind offered by a Russell Group University in a globally recognised EQUIS accredited Business School.

The programme offers an international and intercultural experience preparing you for a career in the global marketplace.

You’ll have the opportunity to take up summer school opportunities with some of the Business School’s prestigious international partners including Kedge Business School (France), Zagreb School of Economics and Management (Croatia) and the University of Ljubljana – Faculty of Economics (Slovenia). You will also be able to gain international work experience during the winter break at one of the world’s most desired destinations, Dubai, a global city and business hub of the Middle East.

During semester two, you’ll have the option to undertake a field trip in locations such as South Africa, Dubai and other European countries and on completion of your first year you’ll be able to apply to work in some of the world’s leading employers, such as Marriott, IHG hotel group, Accor, Disney Resort Paris to name but a few.

Whatever options you select, you can be sure that our worldwide industry connections will enable you to study the hospitality industry from an entrepreneurial, international, operational and strategic management perspective. You will be taught by internationally acclaimed experts who use real life projects and case studies to ensure you leave Exeter with the best possible preparation for the next step in your career.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages. (http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/)

Programme structure

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits. Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/ .

Compulsory modules

Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows; Managing People; Research Methods; Marketing; Work Based Project and Hospitality Sociology and Economic Framework

Optional modules

Optional modules will be available under different pathways, some recent examples are as follows;

*Marketing pathway; E-Business; Environmental Purchasing; Critical Marketing; Supply Chain Management; Google Module and Study Field Trip

*Human resource management pathway; Employment Relationships and Law; International Marketing and Financial Analysis; Purchasing and International HRM and Study Field Trip

*Strategic and operational pathway; Logistics Purchasing; Multisite Operations Management and Logistics; Strategic Purchasing; Critical Marketing and Study Field Trip

*Events management pathway; Events Management; The Business of Events and Study Field Trip

*Tourism pathway; Tourism Business: Management Impacts and Evaluation; International Tourism Management and Development;

*Sustainable Tourism Management; Tourist Behaviours; Tourism, Policy and Strategy and Study Field Trip


Our Master’s programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world you plan to work. Employers expect advanced communication and technical skills, team-working and independent research, project-management and the very latest specialist knowledge from their postgraduate recruits.

An MSc in International Tourism and Hospitality Management will enable you to develop the tourism, management and professional skills and subject expertise that will make you a valuable asset from day one of your career.

Careers in International Tourism and Hospitality Management

An MSc in International Tourism and Hospitality Management, with its emphasis on data analysis, strategy and sustainable and global thinking, prepares you to be a leader in international tourism and to develop a career in a variety of roles, including:

Hotel manager
Tourism officer
Tourism consultant
Marketing executive
Property analyst

Potential employers include international hotel chains such as Hilton, Holiday Inn, Radisson; smaller boutique hotels and eco-resorts; tourism authorities; government advisory boards; Destination Management Organisations (DMOs); National Parks and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). Increasingly, most employers in this area expect post holders to become involved with economic development, strategic planning and regeneration issues. The private sector, which includes private heritage sites, visitor attractions and leisure and conference companies, also provides a wide range of employment opportunities.

Visit the MRes in International Tourism and Hospitality Management page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Saul Greenland

For me sustainable tourism is the key to the continued success of tourism in developing countries – so I embarked on the Masters at Exeter with the aim of gaining the knowledge I needed to start building a career for myself in this field.
The Tourism, Development and Policy programme is designed to give you a holistic understanding of the industry, which is essential for the kind of consultancy work I’d like to get into. I have enjoyed hearing from speakers who have given us an insight into what it’s actually like to work within tourism. I have been introduced to people doing lots of interesting projects and had plenty of opportunity to network and gain contacts.
In particular the work-based learning module has led to me working within a large, high profile organisation, the National Trust, and use the skills I have learnt on the programme in a very practical way. I have been working with the Trust to create a visitor experience survey to measure customer service across their Devon properties – which should look really good on my CV.
In previous education, I was always spoken to as a student, but at Exeter I have felt like an individual who has potential. When I told Claire Dinhan, my tutor on the sustainable tourism module, that I wanted to become a sustainable tourist consultant for developing countries, I was worried she might think this overly ambitious. However she seemed impressed that I had high hopes and said she had every belief that I could achieve it.
So when I finish, my immediate plan is to get some experience within sustainable tourism in either New Zealand or Australia, who are both experts in this field. After that, I’d like to work for an NGO in a developing country like Bhutan or Burma. And then I should have enough experience to apply for high skilled jobs in large organisations like UNESCO as a sustainable tourism consultant.
Ultimately I enrolled on this course because I wanted to help solve contemporary issues in tourism and have the opportunity to live abroad. Coming to Exeter has provided the foundations and tools I need to do something I feel very passionate about.


Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. For 2016 entry, the total value of scholarships for taught postgraduate programmes exceeds £500,000. This is in addition to over 100 PhD studentships we make available each year.Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a good Honours degree, from a recognised university. Please see website for full details. View Website

Course Fees

See our web site for more information (click on "Finance") View Website

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