Masters degrees in Hospitality equip postgraduates with the necessary skills to provide food, drink and accommodation in a service context for businesses such as hotels or restaurants. Many courses also incorporate training in related fields such as Event Management.
Courses range from taught MA and MSc degrees, to vocational MBA programmes aimed at professional students. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, as well as sufficient work experience in some cases.
If you want to work in or manage a fast-paced service environment, then a Masters in Hospitality is ideal for you. Through these degrees, you can gain experience of good professional practice in a variety of service industries, from local businesses to international chains.
You will build your business management skills, examining business strategy and financial planning, customer service and quality standards. Formal training in food security and health and safety is also an important component of many programmes.
Courses often combine academic analysis of best practice with practical training and exercises. The latter may be conducted through small group tasks, or through an industrial placement.
Upon graduation, your expertise can be applied to services in football stadiums, restaurants, museums, and even major tourist attractions such as heritage sites and holiday resorts.
This course is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management. Our Executive MBA (Hospitality) is tailored around you and your individual development needs. Personalised coaching ensures that you graduate with the skills and confidence to become an agile and resilient business leader of the future.
This specialist route in Hospitality Management allows you to gain solid management education and personal development skills to be a marketable leader in the hospitality industry. It will allow you to develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of leadership and management. You will evaluate and synthesise a range of contemporary hospitality management models and theoretical frameworks in the examination of a variety of issues relating to the hospitality industry. These specialist modules will allow you to contextualise, consolidate and complement your learning developed in the complementary modules on the Executive MBA to provide you with a holistic view of the hospitality industry to support you in management decision-making and driving organisational financial performance.
Our approach replicates the real world where strategic decisions will span multiple business areas, providing you with a richer and more realistic learning experience. Your taught sessions comprise of intensive study blocks in Sheffield, combined with self-managed study time, so that you can work comfortably with your existing commitments in the UK or overseas.
You learn through
• problem-solving using real and simulated case studies
• self-directed study
• group work
To be a successful leader, you need to understand, implement and integrate the current fundamental concepts of business, and have insights from differing professional perspectives. You gain this knowledge by studying core MBA subjects within four integrated modules. Completing an integrated module means that instead of studying finance or globalisation in isolation, you study finance together with globalisation, marketing and decision making. Our approach replicates the real world where strategic decisions will span multiple business areas, providing you with a richer and more realistic learning experience.
At the diploma stage of the course, you have the opportunity to complete psychometric tests, which can help you increase your critical self-awareness, better understand your leadership skills and identify areas for development. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work on a consultancy project that involves investigating a real issue within your own organisation, or one with which you are familiar.
We tailor assignments and projects to the needs of your organisation or your own areas of interest, which maximises the value of your studies. Your organisation also has the opportunity to provide input into your learning and contribute to your development.
When you study an Executive MBA at Sheffield Hallam University you join a learning community of managers and leaders from across a range of professions and industry backgrounds. This provides you with excellent networking opportunities and you can benefit from seeing different perspectives and solutions to managerial challenges.
As a blended learning student, you will attend blocks in our MBA suite, and also have access to a vast range of learning resources which are available online and can be accessed from home.
This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and successful graduates gain Chartered Manager status (subject to application).
The Executive MBA (Hospitality) is designed to enhance your leadership capability, providing you with support to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and delivers the necessary development to enable you to advance your career.
This personal development is supported by practical experience and real world academic learning. This ensures that you have the skills, knowledge and experience, with a financial context, that organisations seek from their leaders.
Completing the course enhances your employability, by demonstrating your potential for leadership and ability to deliver solutions to complex organisational issues.
The course is highly valued by employers and previous graduates have gone on to successful careers in senior management in a range of industries and professions.
The hospitality industry is growing rapidly throughout the world and employment prospects for graduates are excellent. This course will help you to start or develop your career in international hospitality.
The course is designed and delivered by an industry-experienced team of academic staff, with an international focus attracting students from around the world. The course supports you in developing a broad range of professional, technical and transferable skills required by the industry. You gain the theoretical background, skills and experiences to become a successful leader in the hospitality industry.
You take core modules including • business and management strategy • the global hospitality experience • leadership and management skills development • consumer behaviour • marketing and technology in hospitality • sales and revenue management • work-related learning.
This range of modules ensures you develop as a well-rounded and transnational manager, capable of achieving business objectives across cultures. You also take a module on research methods to support your masters dissertation research project.
You also choose an option module based on your personal interests and development plan. This is designed to provide an in-depth exploration and critical understanding of an area of the hospitality industry, such as • strategic resort hotel management • hospitality service excellence • managing profitable food and beverage operations • talent management • managing the property asset.
The course also includes a range of learning methods to improve your knowledge and professional experience, such as guest lectures from industry experts, online and video technologies, field trips and live consultancy projects with real organisations.
The work experience route involves a 12 month work placement in the UK or overseas. During your placement you improve your practical management skills and employability, gaining real experience in industry. We help you secure a placement by running employability workshops and have dedicated placement team to support you. Past students have had placements with world leaders in hospitality including • Ritz Carlton • The Gleneagles Hotel • Hilton hotels • JW Marriott • Conrad. Download our work placement guide (PDF, 52KB) for more information.
The course is based on the following principles
This course is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, the international hospitality professional membership body for managers and aspiring managers.
September start – typically 12 months or 24 with work placement
January start – typically 15 months
You choose one from
• strategic resort hotel management (15 credits) • managing innovation and change in hospitality (15 credits) • hospitality project management (15 credits) • hospitality management consultancy (15 credits) • strategic financial analysis (15 credits) • strategic use of ICT for hospitality (15 credits) • hospitality service excellence (15 credits) • managing profitable food and beverage operations (15 credits) • managing the property asset (15 credits) • talent management (15 credits) • sales and revenue management (15 credits)
There are international career opportunities in organisations such as • food and service management • hotel corporations • conference and event organisers • restaurant groups • national tourist organisations • international tour operators • transport operators • visitor attractions • resort management • government agencies.
Our graduates have gained positions in the USA, Australia, Spain, China, Malaysia and the UK with companies such as • Intercontinental hotels • Hilton hotels • Disney • British Airways • Compass group.
Many of our students already have careers when they begin the course. After graduating, they are in an excellent position to improve their careers with their current employers.
You can also continue with further study by completing a PhD or Doctorate in Business Administration.
This is a broad course that prepares you for a successful management career in the international hospitality, events and tourism industries. You will be introduced to key concepts, including the psychology of consumer behaviour, how to create a marketing plan, hospitality operations and strategic financial management. You don’t need to have previously studied hospitality, events or tourism management and prior work experience is not required.
After completing your academic studies, you will have the option to undertake a one-year paid work placement as part of the course (sandwich mode). You will be fully supported in finding a placement and supervised throughout.
The School provides you with opportunities to interact with professionals, employers and alumni. This helps you to develop your networking skills and to gain useful, global contacts for the future. Our unique Bacchus Mentoring Programme gives you one-to-one support from a senior industry professional.
The following compulsory modules enable you to develop a deep understanding of the complexity of international hospitality, events and tourism management.
You can choose one elective module from the following:
Please see the following course structure charts:
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 hotel, tourism and events industries. They bring commercial expertise into the classroom to inform you of contemporary developments taking place in hospitality and tourism industries.
Assessment is based predominantly on individual coursework and the dissertation. There is an examination in the Strategic Financial Management module.
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.
Field trips are optional and are paid for by the student.
The full-time mode involves approximately 15 hours of contact time per week, but 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.
Tourism has experienced continued expansion and diversification, becoming one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the world. According to UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO, 2014) the worldwide international tourist arrivals are expected to see a 3.3% increase a year between 2010 and 2030, and reach 1.8 billion by 2030, with emerging destinations growing at the fastest rate.
This creates many career opportunities for qualified managers in the hospitality and tourism industries in both developed and developing countries. The MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management is designed to prepare graduates for management and senior management positions in a complex and dynamic industry.
The course helps you to start or develop a career in the international hospitality and tourism industries. You build a strong theoretical and practical foundation by studying both business management modules, and tourism and hospitality modules.
You learn to apply and critically challenge your understanding of the industries in practical contexts, particularly in the work-related learning module and during your industry placement. You also critically examine the sustainability of the international hospitality and tourism industries. Throughout the course enhance your employability skills, such as communications and team-working, which are vital for rapid career development.
The placement option offers you an additional opportunity to develop your practical skills, either in the UK or abroad. We help you gain a placement by running employability workshops and have dedicated placement team to support you. Placement opportunities exist in organisations such as • Hilton • Marriott • Conrad • Anantara resorts • Como resorts • the Gleneagles hotel • the Hotelbeds Group • Omega Travel • Cosmos • Visit Peak District and Derbyshire.
You graduate with the skills and knowledge to plan, manage and promote products, services, businesses and destinations in the international hospitality and tourism industries in a competitive and sustainable manner.
The course is based on the following principles
This course is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, the international hospitality professional membership body for managers and aspiring managers. It is also recognised by the Tourism Management Institute, the professional organisation for tourism destination managers. TMI has extended recognition to this course delivered in Hong Kong in partnership with SHAPE.
September start – typically 12 months or 24 months with work experience
January start – typically 15 months
Choose two from
Plus, choose one 15 credit module from • strategic resort hotel management • hospitality service excellence • managing profitable food and beverage operations • managing the property asset • talent management • sustainable tourism and hospitality in 21st century • contemporary issues in tourism • tourism and globalisation • visitor attraction management • tourism, culture and society • sales and revenue management.
You can find international careers in organisations such as • hotel corporations • conference and event organisers • national tourist organisations • international tour operators • transport operators • visitor attractions • resort management • government agencies.
You can also continue with further study by completing a PhD or Doctorate in Business Administration.
This degree has been designed to meet the needs of those who aspire to management in the Hospitality industry. It is aimed to help you develop a detailed knowledge of the industry and the associated management skills and abilities necessary in the world’s largest and fastest growing industry to meet the needs of an ever more sophisticated consumer.
The MSc in International Hospitality Management is for those with a passion for delivering quality in the hospitality sector and who wish to accelerate their careers. The course will develop your understanding of the key principles of hospitality including consumer behaviour, localism, quality and service provision. The degree is strongly business/enterprise focused, providing you with in-depth knowledge of the key management principles - planning, leading, organizing and control - and how they translate within a hospitality context. Designed to be vocationally relevant and academically challenging, this course is for current employees seeking to up-skill and move into management positions across the hospitality sector, as well as provide graduates with all the competencies and qualities needed for employment as future hospitality managers.
The Hospitality Industry is one of the world’s fastest growing sectors. The industry is vast and covers a diverse range of activities from Michelin Star Restaurants to Fast Food Operations; from Budget to Seven Star Hotels; from local pubs to major entertainment venues. Anywhere that people are away from home and need food, drink or accommodation is where our industry provides the service. The qualification is recognised worldwide for international employment.
The course starts with an induction period of three days duration. As a full time student you will complete the master’s degree in three semesters / one calendar year. Part time students will complete a maximum of two modules per semester and it will take six semesters 2 to 2½ years.
A key strength of the MSc is that it is modular in structure and delivered in blended learning mode, with all modules being taught in 3 day intensive blocks.
Our novel delivery is designed to fit around your home and work life as a mature student. We recognise that being able to schedule study around your life-needs is of vital importance for academic success. Accordingly we have designed our master’s programmes to be delivered in compact and intensive three day immersive learning experiences.
The block delivered modules are supported with online discussion groups and three half day learning sets (tutorial learning support) per module. These days are set to meet with your tutors and student groups to develop your assessed work.
Semester three includes the three day learning block on research methods followed by a series of support meetings with your dissertation or business project supervisor between June and September.
The calendar of scheduled teaching blocks and learning sets is available to you prior to commencement on the programme.
Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality that academic, vocational and professional standards achieved are appropriate and programme content and delivery meet international Institute of Hospitality benchmark standards.
This master’s qualification offers a world of opportunities in terms of career options in one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries. The Hospitality industry is vast and covers a diverse range of activities from Michelin Star Restaurants to Fast Food Operations; from Budget to Seven Star Hotels; from local pubs to major entertainment venues. Anywhere that people are away from home and need food, drink or accommodation is where our industry provides the service. You also have the opportunity to pursue avenues such as teaching, lecturing, training, research and consultancy.