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MA Luxury Hospitality Management with Internship

Course Description

Course detail

The MA in Luxury Hospitality Management course runs over 12 months (24 months for part-time) based around eight modules (20 and 40 M-level credits in size) - four per semester on the full-time programme and two per semester on the part-time route.

For those students following the internship route this will come at the end of the programme following the successful completion of all taught modules.

The Luxury Hospitality Business Environment
This module introduces you to the luxury hospitality business environment within an international context. You will be able to acquire a specialist knowledge and understanding of the subtleties that differentiate various businesses and services in the luxury hospitality sector and those elements that are relevant for managing these businesses in the global economy today. You will develop a critical understanding of key operational, financial and cultural aspects of the luxury hospitality business environment and the impact of changes in that environment at national and international levels. The module includes field trips in luxury hotels, private clubs, Michelin–starred restaurants and corporate hospitality service centres as well as guest lectures from leading industry professionals.

Designing the Customer Experience I
This module addresses the unique opportunities and challenges that the luxury hospitality industry faces when designing a customer experience. It will be underpinned by the sociological, cultural and historical perspectives of international luxury lifestyles that determine patterns of consumption and usage. It incorporates models and concepts drawn from new product and service development theories and innovation management forming a comprehensive understanding of 'experience centric' luxury production and consumption. You will explore the entire product-development process, from identifying customer needs to generating concepts, to prototyping and design to product launch.

Designing the Customer Experience II
Building on the previous module which focused on consumer needs and luxury product development, this module looks at the design and management of the service, i.e. the delivery process of the luxury experience and the value creation for the consumer. It will be underpinned by the leadership and cultural perspectives that determine the service-profit chain of human-centred service design which links external customer satisfaction with internal customer satisfaction. You will explore the nature of 'service ecologies' comprising a set of actors (people, product and service tools) and the relationships among them. The module will enable you to map and analyse existing 'experience centric' services and design new ones using fundamental concepts for talent development, employee engagement and management of change.

Business Performance Analysis
In order to ensure that they are pursuing strategies and actions which will enable their business to achieve its goals, managers must be able to measure and analyse the financial, social and environmental performance of the business. In this module you will learn how to evaluate information and data available in annual reports, financial analysts' reports and companies' websites using the Triple Bottom Line approach which combines three considerations: is the company financially, socially and environmentally sustainable? Using the principles and practices of analysis offered in this module you will be able to continuously optimise your business performance and enhance your contribution to the societies you operate in.

Brand Reputation Management
Key to the success of luxury hospitality brands is building, maintaining and enhancing “trustworthy” and 'committed' relationships with customers and other stakeholders such as owners, investors and shareholders. These brands are chosen because people trust that they deliver quality, but also trust everything that they stand for. This module will use elements of Social Evaluation Theory in order to gain comprehensive level of understanding of how opinions and perceptions on luxury hotel and resort brands are shaped. As reputation is a composite construct comprising legitimacy, status and high performance, the module will also explore marketing, risk management, corporate reputation management and Corporate Social Responsibility strategies and tactics that luxury hospitality brand managers can employ to champion and protect each one of these components in order to build a resilient brand. The module aims to develop students as more intellectually questioning, enquiring managers and leaders and to introduce contemporary and innovative perspectives on managing the reputation of luxury brands and achieving business resilience.

E-Strategies and Systems
This module explores the use of the internet and information technologies that change the business dynamics in all aspects of luxury hospitality: the design, production, distribution and delivery of products and services. You will be able to evaluate the ways in which luxury hospitality brands can gain economies of scale, coordinate design, production and distribution of products and services, manage supply chains and customer relationships and change the competitive landscape by capturing the benefits of new technologies. You will also gain an understanding of how these 'disruptive technologies' enable business models that can change the cost and differentiation dynamics in the luxury hospitality sector.

Dissertation (including Research Methods)
Research Methods: This module prepares you to produce a research thesis. It covers a range of topics, including theories and approaches to management research, problem formulation, investigative methods of data collection and data analysis.You will be assessed on the finished written document of up to 15,000 words.

Internship (including Luxury Business Project)
Luxury Business Project: This module prepares you for your internship, covering a range of topics from handling a job interview to the development of research skills and professional report writing. You will work in a team on a luxury business project which may include one or more aspects within a prestigious hospitality company (brand extensions and positioning, distribution, advertising, communication, new product development, etc). Companies propose the topics/issues that are important or strategic from their perspective. A presentation of the final results is organized for the company staff and a written report will be submitted.

The Internship: You will work for a minimum of 1,200 hours (or thirty weeks) with an employer in paid employment. The internship allows you to apply your theoretical knowledge to a practical work-based situation.

Visit the MA Luxury Hospitality Management with Internship page on the University of West London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You would normally be expected to have a good honours degree (2.2. or above) from a UK university, or equivalent, in any subject.

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