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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    See website for details

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    For information on course fees, please visit our website.

  • Last Updated

    06 August 2019

We are one of the top universities in the world for the study of tourism and hospitality, 10th in the world for hospitality and leisure management according to the QS University Rankings 2019 and 2nd in the UK (10th in the world) for hospitality and tourism management according to the Shanghai Rankings of Academic Subjects 2019.

This Master’s is a conversion course – meaning it is intended for students who have not studied the subject previously – and will provide you with an advanced understanding of the hospitality and tourism industry, with a managerial perspective of how to run such organisations. It is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.

The degree is intended to provide you with an advanced understanding of the hospitality and tourism industry and a managerial perspective of how to run such organisations. After completing this course, you'll have the capacity to be involved in more analytical, developmental and strategic perspectives of the industries than those at undergraduate level, and gain insights of the issues affecting hospitality and tourism. 

Equally, this course will provide the opportunity for you to identify and engage with specialisms such as consumer behaviour, marketing, international human resource management, revenue management and international market trends. You will also have access to a wide range of extra curricula activities and qualifications, such as our visiting speakers programme for example representatives from Hilton International, Shangri-la Hotels, Fairmont Hotels and Le Manior aux Quat Saisons.

You will have the opportunity to attend our annual hospitality student conference and to undertake added value courses such as the Wine and Spirits Trust Award, trips to the World Travel and Tourism Market, London and the HOTS Hotel Simulation package.

Gain a more detailed insight about this course by watching our online presentation, delivered by Senior Lecturer Dr Susanna Curtin.

Core units

  • Hospitality Operations Management: Operations management is considerably less tangible in Services Management than in manufacturing. This unit addresses the issues that distinguish hospitality and tourism operations from those in other fields. By focusing on the inter-relationships between systems, services and technical factors, product quality, capacity and productivity, The unit offers a multidisciplinary framework to explore the wider inter-relationships between operations, marketing and accounting.
  • Innovations in Hospitality: The unit will address the current issues and innovations, which transform and shape the international hospitality and tourism context and its organisations, with focus on how these may be effectively managed.
  • The Tourism & Hospitality Industries: This unit will provide you with a comprehensive appreciation of the tourism and hospitality business ecosystem. Based on Leipier’s tourism system, the module analyses the value chain of the industry and examines the role of each stakeholder in the tourism and hospitality value system and identifies linkages, interrelations and collaboration requirements. The unit will be delivered through a series of industry guest lectures.
  • Destinations: Contexts for Tourism & Hospitality: Placing the tourism destination at the heart of discussion, this unit explores the physical, conceptual and administrative spaces in which tourism and hospitality activities occur, and as such provide the context for an exploration of the complex and interrelated activities of tourist activities. The unit will be international in nature, drawing on examples and practices from developed and developing nations.
  • Business Strategy & Finance: The foundations of strategic analysis and choices that tie into an organisation’s business decisions. This includes private, public and third sector. You'll study the corporate finance sources of organisations, reporting and interpreting financial data. This will help you understand the dynamics of the tourism, hospitality and leisure sectors.
  • Dissertation: An opportunity to study a subject in-depth, showing your understanding of it. The dissertation is the conclusion of your learning experience, where you'll carry out a research project. You'll use appropriate research methodology to collect and analyse data and present your findings. Your dissertation will be 15,000 words, and you'll be taught about research methods.

Placements

An exciting and valuable part of your studies with us is the opportunity to gain valuable experience through a full-time industrial placements, for a minimum of 30 weeks.

You will have the option to start your placement when the taught units of the course are finished, before you start your dissertation.

Careers

Our graduates from this course have entered large organisations as part of a management development scheme and to gain practical experience before being appointed to management roles.

Other graduates have also returned to home environments to run family businesses and developed their own business opportunities.

As an International Hospitality & Tourism Management graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles in areas such as:

  • Operational management
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Hotel management
  • Tourism mangement

As you progress through the course, selecting an option unit and setting up your placement – should you choose to complete one – will help you establish the exact career path you want to follow, and the sector in which you want to put your studies to use.


Visit the MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management page on the Bournemouth University website for more details!

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