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International Tourism and Hospitality Management (MSc)

Course Description

About the course

This innovative course prepares you for management within various sectors of the worldwide tourism industry. The continued growth of this industry has brought about an increasing need for flexible and skilled managers able to operate at a global, as well as national and local level. In a rapidly changing tourism environment, you are grounded in the skills necessary for strategic analysis and the knowledge necessary for informed and flexible decision-making.

The course is designed to cater for local and international professionals within the industry who wish to gain the necessary qualifications and theoretical awareness to enabling you to advance your careers or operations. It will also appeal to recent international and home graduates who wish to acquire the specialist knowledge and qualifications necessary in order to manage tourism operations.

This programme has a core set of modules, with all of the functional business management modules delivered in Stage 1: People Management and Development, Decision Making for Managers (Finance and Accounting) and International Tourism Marketing. In addition, a Research Method module is designed to clearly contextualising research in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management. In doing so, this will enable the students to benefit from the growing research expertise of the subject group to assure a sound transition to Stage 2 where students will be required to evolve understanding into new spheres or deploy knowledge in more practical context.

At Stage 2, the core module ‘Contemporary themes: Tourism/Hospitality/Event Management provide students with the opportunity to explore current trends and issues affecting an industry of their interest. Students are also given the flexibility to create their curriculum by choosing three out of six optional modules. The ‘Live Projects’, ‘Project Management’ and ‘Residential Field Trip’ modules are created to enhance practical skills at networking and applying theories to practice. The ‘Ethical Dimensions of Tourism’ and ‘Crisis and Risk Management in Events’ and 'Urban Regeneration' are developed to address the increasing concern for businesses in the areas of ethics and crisis management.

At Stage 3, students complete a research dissertation in the specialist area you have chosen. This provides the opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and evaluate the complex nature, structure and functional areas of the tourism, hospitality and event industries, and their global trends and implications in different geographical, economical and socio-cultural contexts.

This course provides a contemporary, critical, and international programme of study which guides students through the main debates, research, and techniques of the area of study. It provides the students with qualities, skills and qualifications thereby enhancing their employment opportunities and their career advancement. The programme team is committed to a philosophy of rigour and the provision of guided choice in the programme of study. A richness of approach will emerge not just from the teaching, but also from the international student cohort.

*A supplementary fee applies to the residential field trip.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/international-tourism-and-hospitality-management

Why choose this course?

- Develop the skills and knowledge to build a career in the fast-paced international tourism industry

- Benefit from the skills and international experience accumulated by a dedicated team of teaching staff and industry practitioners

- Gain an international perspective by studying with different cultures and applying theory taught in the classroom through live projects and case studies


We are preparing graduates for successful careers in the hospitality, recreation or tourism industries or in an associated government agency with an international, national or local focus. Graduates from the programme are employed by international hotel chains (Four Seasons Hotel, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, The Ritz Carlton, Starwood Hotel Group) in China, India Macau, Thailand and Great Britain, as well as working for independent hotels and Event Management companies in Great Britain. Other careers pursued by our Graduates include Recruitment Agents, Lecturers and entrepreneurs (travel company, import and export trading company).

Teaching methods

We offer a varied programme of teaching that includes facilitated seminars, practical workshops, projects for companies, web-based learning, case study analysis and traditional lectures. We also provide sessions by visiting staff, practitioners and consultants to give a varied perspective of the topics covered. You will be assessed through a variety of coursework including presentations, reports and projects. You will also be required to complete a dissertation and will be supported by a dissertation supervisor.

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/international-tourism-and-hospitality-management#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the International Tourism and Hospitality Management (MSc) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (at least 2:2 or above) or equivalent in any subject, or four years' industry experience in an executive role (to be assessed on individual basis). All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered: GCSE English language grade A-C; IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)

Course Fees

UK/EU Students: Full time £6,100, Part time £510 per module; International Students: Full time £12,000

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