The course will develop the strategic skills you need for a management or leadership career in hospitality and tourism, enabling you to successfully develop and run a wide range of business operations.
The tourism and hospitality industries continue to grow significantly, which means that highly skilled, agile, problem-solving leaders are always in demand. This master’s degree course in international tourism and hospitality management offers in-depth understanding of the opportunities and challenges in these sectors, and provides the strategic skills you’ll need to begin an exciting leadership career.
You may have just completed your undergraduate studies (which need not be related to hospitality or tourism) and may be looking for a move into tourism and hospitality. Perhaps you’ve already been working for a while, and now’s the time to change or accelerate your career. This programme welcomes all highly motivated students regardless of prior study or career experience.
We have excellent links with top employers, including the world-renowned The Ritz London (where students have enjoyed work-experience opportunities), and you’ll have many opportunities for exposure to the workplace and employers in the UK and overseas.
You’ll graduate with a sound understanding of the hospitality and tourism industries, including how to run an operation successfully and profitably. Your learning will be not only highly practical, but also rooted in the global context – preparing you to be career-ready for working, or doing business with, organisations anywhere in the world. There is the opportunity for an overseas field trip, and you could arrange to do an internship or real client consultancy project in another country.
You’ll also develop a range of skills which will transfer across to any other industry, including principles of management, and softer skills such as communication and teamwork.
Why choose this course?
This is a fast-paced course covering a wide variety of both strategic and operational content, helping you to be workplace-ready when you graduate. The emphasis is on professionalism and management, and you’ll have many opportunities for exposure to businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
Studying here at our campus in central London means you’ll be surrounded by a huge variety of hotels and attractions, including some of the most iconic in the world, catering to all tastes and cultures. London is the second-most visited city in the world after Bangkok, attracting over 19 million overseas visitors in 2016 – so you’ll have countless opportunities to immerse yourself in the travel and tourism industries.
Your learning will be very much applied, ensuring that it relates directly to your chosen industries and to the workplace, and your tutors will work hard to create opportunities for experiential learning. Teaching and assessments are often work-based, including case studies, simulations, presentations, live projects for clients, work experience, field trips, company visits, and guest lectures from organisations such as tour operators and leading hotel chains.
The course curriculum has been designed in consultation with industry to ensure that you’ll graduate with the type of skills employers are looking for. It has also been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute: students who pass two specific modules can be awarded the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership (providing they register as a CMI member and pay the membership fees). The CMI is internationally recognised as the professional body which sets the standards in management.
The tourism and hospitality industries touch every part of the globe, triggering a wide range of responses, opportunities and challenges. This course draws on international case studies and offers opportunities to engage with global organisations, helping you learn to respond to issues faced by businesses which trade internationally as well as multi-nationals and companies based in other countries.
You’ll be taught by highly qualified tutors with extensive career experience in the tourism and/or hospitality industries. They will draw on this experience to illustrate your learning with practical examples, and use their excellent network of contacts for arranging guest lectures and talks, internships and consultancy opportunities.
International experience opportunities
This course looks at tourism and hospitality within a global context, so every aspect of your learning will be internationalised. You’ll have opportunities for at least one overseas field trip, and in your final term you could arrange to do an internship, or a real consultancy project, in another country.
You’ll study alongside students from all over the world, including some leading travel destination countries. They will be encouraged to share their experiences and insights, informing your studies with perspectives on issues such as sustainability, globalism and workforce management. Group projects will also develop your skills in cross-cultural working.