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International Hospitality and Tourism Management (MSc)

Course Description

Course Overview

The MSc programme is delivered over 2 semesters of taught modules, followed by the 60 credit final project. The programme can also be studied part-time, with the minimum period of study being two years and the maximum five years.

To meet the educational and professional needs of each student, the programme offers three awards and exit points: Postgraduate Certificate; Postgraduate Diploma and MSc. Learning and teaching strategies are designed to promote active engagement of the student with the subject area and reflect the strong vocational emphasis of the awards.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/management/courses/Pages/International-Hospitality-and-Tourism-Management-MSc.aspx

Course Content

The programme is modular and comprises of core/compulsory modules, which are considered to be essential for each Award title. In line with Cardiff Metropolitan University’s assessment and awards regulations:
- The Postgraduate Certificate can be awarded following the successful completion of 60-credits of taught modules (20 credits of which must be either Tourism, Hospitality and Events Industries in Context or Exploring Hospitality & Tourism Landscapes)
- The Postgraduate Diploma can be awarded following the successful completion of 120-credits of taught modules
- The MSc can be awarded following the successful completion of 120-credits of taught modules plus 60-credits from the Dissertation or Enterprise Project or Consultancy Project.

Postgraduate Diploma/MSc students can select one optional module (Internship or Crisis, Risk and Strategic Change Management) to customise their Award. In addition, on successful completion of 120 credits, MSc students can select a different format for their Independent Research Project (Dissertation or Enterprise Project or Consultancy Project) to customise their Award to meet their specific needs and career ambitions.

- Distinguishing features of the programme include:
The Exploring Hospitality and Tourism Landscapes module where the students and staff will undertake the module overseas. This module will be hosted by one of our partner institutions e.g. in Greece or Bulgaria, and, in time, students and staff from that institution will join Cardiff Metropolitan students on the module. This is included in the programme fees but requires students to be available for a week to travel.

The Industry Project Management module, which involves students undertaking a live consultancy project as a group.

An optional Internship module, which will enhance students’ employability.

An option for the final project is an Individual Consultancy Project, which give students an opportunity to engage with an industry practitioner.

Students also have the opportunity to pursue a language module as an elective, potentially enhancing their employability.

Students can also engage with the opportunity to achieve additional professional certificates, e.g. Wine and Spirit Educational Trust, First Aid and Royal Society for Public Health Food Hygiene Awards, as these professional certificates provide added value and can enhance student CVs.

Compulsory modules:
- Managing People & markets across cultures (20 credits)
- Tourism, Hospitality and Events Industries in Context (20 credits)
- Industry Project Management (20 credits)
- Exploring Hospitality & Tourism Landscapes (20 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)

Optional modules:
- Internship (20 credits) OR
- Crisis, Risk and Strategic Change Management (20 credits)*

Final project:
Dissertation OR Enterprise Project OR Consultancy Project (60 credits).

*Please note this module will not be running for February 2016 intake.

Employability & Careers

All students undertake a live consultancy project through the Industry Project Management module, which provides an opportunity to engage with employers in the industry.

Student have the option to undertake the Internship module. The duration of this (unpaid) internship is either for a minimum of 20 days, which will normally be undertaken during term-time one day a week throughout semester one and semester two or in blocks of time during the semester breaks.

Alternatively, the students can undertake an internship (paid or unpaid) for the duration of 10-12 weeks (usually engaging in a full time role in an organisation) and this will normally be completed during semester three which would mean that the engagement with the final project would be deferred until September when the internship is completed and 120 credits are awarded.

Students undertake operational, supervisory and if possible, management tasks and duties within the organisation; During their internship students are expected to follow the same work pattern as other employees in the organisation and to perform routine work consistent with that which they aspire to on successful completion of their programme of study. They will also undertake a work based project tailored to meet the needs of the organisation.

Students can opt for an individual consultancy project as their final project.

The majority have students have progressed to managerial roles within the industries.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

The postgraduate scholarship is an award for those studying a full time taught masters programme at Cardiff Met in 2015. The award will pay for your fees in full, valued at £4000 depending on the course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £4000


See http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pgscholarships for full criteria.

Application Procedure

Please fill in the online application form at: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pgscholarshipsOr visit the website to download the application form and return by:Post: Admissions, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 029 20 416286You will receive notification that we have received your application and successful applicants will be notified in September following enrolment.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An initial degree awarded by another approved degree awarding body (2:2 or above); or a non-graduate qualification which is deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £6,500; International Students: £12,000

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