International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) (NN82)




University of Sunderland

International Tourism and Hospitality Management

(Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

Requirements / Wymagania

PRZEDMIOT (co najmniej 2 przedmioty na poziomie rozszerzonym) POZIOM PODSTAWOWY POZIOM ROZSZERZONY
Matura podstawowa oraz rozszerzona Ogólna średnia ze wszystkich przedmiotów minimum 60% (podstawowe i/lub rozszerzone) Ogólna średnia ze wszystkich przedmiotów minimum 60% (podstawowe i/lub rozszerzone)
Stara matura ocena minimum 3 -
J. angielski minimum 80% minimum 50%
Certyfikat językowy IELTS opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury - minimum 6.0 -
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Course overview 

Sunderland is particularly strong in tourism, with the department being ranked fourth in the country by The Guardian University Guide in 2015, and with staff research being graded as ‘world-leading’ and 'internationally excellent' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

This course is for people who want to top-up a Foundation Degree in International Tourism and Hospitality Management (or equivalent) to a full honours degree. It is essentially the final year of the International Tourism and Hospitality Management course. You will research a major project related to your selected topic of international tourism and/or hospitality management. The project needs to demonstrate the skills expected of degree-level students, including a clear argument, rigorous data, critical analysis and solid conclusions.

By studying in London, you will be in a world centre of business. You will also have opportunities to build a global network of contacts as London is home to over 100,000 international students.

Tourism has been described as the world's biggest single industry and it accounts for millions of jobs worldwide. Many of our graduates, equipped with specialist knowledge as well as transferable life-long skills, go on to work in managerial roles within the tourism and hospitality industry.

Download the programme specification (.pdf) for more information on the International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top-Up) course.

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Modular structure

Tourism is a fast-moving industry, and so the exact content of this course changes every year.


This module introduces key themes, concerns and tasks inherent in the planning and development of tourism and leisure. These include: the role of the public, private and the voluntary, community and charitable sectors; public participation/consultation; green planning; and ways in which the economic impact of development can be measured.

The module combines theory and practical work, and you will take part in field visits and sessions run by professionals active in the industry.


The urban environment has only recently been re-discovered as a tourist destination. Tourist arrivals in cities are constantly growing, and increasingly more research has been undertaken to investigate the phenomenon of urban tourism.

This module provides an insight into the characteristics of urban tourism. Topics will include: historical background and the development of urban tourism; tourism as a key to urban regeneration; the demographic, socio-economic and psychographic profile of the urban tourist; the supply side of urban tourism: services, infrastructure and activities; the impacts of tourism in the urban environment; managing urban tourism; the concept of place-marketing; trends and developments in urban tourism.


This module covers the following themes in the new phenomena of e-Tourism, including: the relationship between IT and tourism; decision support systems, travel recommendation systems and destination management systems; body and layout of different travel websites; internet and the tourism search and decision process; evaluation methods (qualitative and quantitative) of websites, with a special focus on travel websites; mobile technologies and tourism, social networking and tourism.


International Hospitality Management covers many aspects of the hospitality industries, with a specific focus on contemporary issues. For this reason, the exact content will vary from year to year.

Topics will include: the impacts of globalisation; strategic hospitality management; change management in the hospitality industries; international marketing and branding, global trend analysis; the impact of IT; food and the hospitality industries.


This module explores the increasingly important area of food and drink tourism for regional economic development and identity formation. You will explore the importance of food and drink in relation to the tourist experience and destination success for those countries and regions closely associated with food and drink. The module also provides insight into how food and drink allow tourists to explore aspects of culture and identity

Topics will include: the role of gastronomy in tourism production and consumption; gastronomy as differentiation strategy; typologies of gastronomy tourism; gastronomic tourist experiences; food and drink festivals and the formation of cultural identity; globalisation and the homogenisation of food and drink; the meanings associated with gastronomy and hospitality; the role of food and drink for special events; regional gastronomy products and economic development; food and drink and local agricultural systems and networks in gastronomy tourism.


There are many theories and principles in the management of service quality in tourism, hospitality and events. In this module, you will analyse these theories and other issues in service delivery for the service organisation, employees and consumers. You will develop an appropriate model for analysing service quality in a given service organisation related to tourism, hospitality or events.

Topics will include: service gurus and the introduction of service quality; total quality management; international perspectives of service quality; service profit chain; service management for employees and managers; models of service delivery, eservices; guestology; the customer experience; measuring and managing service delivery; customer feedback systems and service recovery and improvement.

Teaching and Assessment 

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, field work and e-learning. There is an emphasis on developing independent study skills. You will have opportunities to present ideas and information to other students and also develop concepts and analyses within groups. Assessment methods include written coursework, projects, presentations, practical exercises, time-constrained examinations and the major project.

There is considerable flexibility over the topic of your major project, though it must be relevant to international tourism and/or hospitality management. It needs to demonstrate a clear argument, rigorous data, critical analysis and solid conclusions.

To find out more about modules, credits and how you will be assessed, please see the page on how courses are taught. Information about course regulations and documentation can be found on the University of Sunderland Academic Services website.

Fees and funding

To apply for this course you need an HND in a subject related to tourism or hospitality, or an equivalent qualification.

We recognise and accept all internationally accredited qualifications. Each application is considered on its own merits, and other factors such as your work experience and maturity can also help your application for this course.

In addition to academic qualifications, you must also have a minimum level of English language skills. If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.


The annual tuition fee for this course is £9,250 for students from the UK / EU.

Full-time UK and EU students studying on undergraduate courses in 2016 / 2017 may be eligible for a number of scholarships:

  • The University of Sunderland Scholarship
  • The Get There Scholarship
  • The Care Leavers’ Scholarship

Find out more about which scholarships you may be eligible for.

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