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International Tourism & Hospitality Management (MSc)

Course Description

Tourism and hospitality continue to be expanding global industries with a high demand for managers to lead and develop international organisations. This course gives you the expertise to perform at a strategic senior level in these dynamic service industries.

By understanding the major influences affecting the international hospitality business environment you will explore issues currently shaping the management of international hospitality corporations. You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of international tourism and tourist destinations including the supply chain, customer demand and the global forces impacting on the sustainability of tourism.

With the range of management and marketing modules, research methods and your research project, you will have the opportunity to complete your study in subjects relevant to your future career ambitions.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


You should be able to boost your career to a senior management position in a range of international tourism and hospitality organisations. These include accommodation, food and beverage providers, tour, cruise and transport operators, plus government and non-government organisations supporting tourism initiatives both locally and globally.

- Food and Beverage Manager
- Hotel Manager
- Tourism Marketing Manager
- Travel Sales Manager

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Course Benefits

This postgraduate course is for you if you want to build on or convert your original undergraduate or professional experience, and have the desire to study international tourism and hospitality management at a higher level.

It is designed to enhance your ability to function effectively at a strategic level within public and private sectors of the international tourism and hospitality industries or to embark on an advanced programme of research.

Core Modules

Strategic Marketing (20 credits)
Explore the process and application of marketing management and strategy to the characteristics of the global tourism and hospitality industries. You will critique marketing concepts, tactics and strategy alternatives in order to understand the internal and external marketing environment.

International Tourism & Tourists (20 credits)
Develop skills, knowledge and understanding of international tourism and tourists through the analysis of international tourism destinations and organisations, the tourism supply chain, tourism demand and global forces which might impact on the sustainability of tourism systems.

Hospitality - Past, Present & Future (20 credits)
Study the history of the hospitality industry and the changes that have influenced its evolution. You will study the expansion from local to national markets and assess possibilities for the future.

Strategic Management (20 credits)
Gain an in-depth understanding of the concepts and techniques of Strategic Management and how to apply this knowledge to the service sector.

Research Methods (20 credits)
Examine the research needs and major influences affecting the design and execution of a robust investigation related to your field of study.

Research Project (40 credits)
Pursue a significant/extended individual research activity relating learning from your taught modules to the analysis of a particular issue related to the field study. The process will offer you the opportunity to advance research skills both academically and through practical application.

Human Resource Management (20 credits)
Gain an understanding of the definitions, concepts and theories that underpin human resource management. You will evaluate traditional and contemporary industry practices and explore the issues that make an impact on the management of human resources in the tourism and hospitality industries.

Dr Alexandra Kenyon

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality

"Our course provides students with opportunities to engage with industry partners giving them the knowledge to provide solutions and develop hospitality and tourism businesses. They will also gain confidence and employability skills as they explore their talents."

Alexandra's main interests include social marketing, alcohol retailing and alcohol advertising. She has a national and international reputation in the field of corporate social responsibilities, working with organisations such as Meeting Professionals International (Dallas), Best Bar None and National Pubwatch. Alexandra has engaged with 30 European Universities in an ERASMUS funded project to investigate alcoholic and non-alcoholic consumption patterns across Europe and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Advertising Research.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the International Tourism & Hospitality Management (MSc) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Aman Gupta

This distinctive course has given me the applied knowledge and experience I needed to run a seemless operation, delivering the ultimate customer satisfaction. I am confident that I will progress quickly in my career as a hotelier.

Aman Gupta
Food and Beverage Shift Leader, Radisson


Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) - 20+ Awards

To be eligible for a Scholarship from our University you must:•Be progressing from an Undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 (i.e. your Undergraduate course began on or after 1 September 2012).
•Be undertaking a Masters course (students on Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diplomas, MA/MSc ‘top-up’ courses, Integrated Masters or any other type of Postgraduate or Professional course will not be eligible).
•Meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to study.
•Be undertaking a course that is fundable by HEFCE (for example, NHS and NTCL funded courses are not fundable by HEFCE, so students to those courses will not be eligible).
•Be studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years (applicants to courses where the duration exceeds 24 months will not be eligible).
•Be domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU).
•Be paying your fees through personal or family resources. If you have your fees paid or part paid through a sponsorship arrangement you would not be eligible for a Scholarship.
•Be able to attend the course applied for in 2015-16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Leeds Beckett University is offering 105 scholarships, each worth £10,000, to UK and EU students who will be starting Postgraduate taught Masters courses in September 2015. The Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative, aimed at widening access to Masters courses by removing barriers to Postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups.

Included in this scheme are 15 scholarships to support Women in Science.

Application Procedure

You must make an application for a Scholarship alongside your application for the Masters course. Your application will be considered against the eligibility criteria stated at http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pss/.You must complete the PSS application form and supply the relevant supporting evidence by 31 May 2015. Failure to submit by the deadline and/or provide the necessary supporting evidence will mean that the application will not be considered.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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