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MSc International Hospitality & Tourism Management

This multi-accredited conversion course will develop your critical understanding of the international hospitality and tourism industry with a managerial perspective.

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time, Full-time with placement

Why study MSc International Hospitality & Tourism Management at BU? 

  • Study at one of the top-ten ranked universities in the world for tourism and hospitality 
  • Address current issues and innovations that transform and shape the international hospitality and tourism context 
  • Identify and engage with specialisms such as consumer behaviour, marketing and international human resource management 
  • Grow your professional network and apply taught elements of your degree into practice with an optional 30-week placement 
  • Study abroad at one of our many partner institutions across the world 
  • Location, location, location; enjoy your studies in one of the UK’s leading tourist destinations 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Course accreditations

The accrediting bodies on this course are renowned industry-wide for promoting excellence and the highest standards, all of which is reflected in the BU Business School Experience: 

  • BU is recognised as a leading university in the industry by the Institute of Travel & Tourism Centre of Excellence. This allows you to take advantage of networking opportunities, hear from high-level industry speakers and raise your professional profile 
  • Accreditation by the leading hospitality professional body, the Institute of Hospitality, offers numerous benefits to you such as free membership and access to the mentoring scheme
  • Recognition by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO.TedQual) provides opportunities to participate in tourism policy events of the highest-level, and secure placements in prestigious tourism organisations globally.  

Key information

Next start date:

January 2022, September 2022, January 2023, September 2023

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

September: 1 year full-time (16 months with optional study exchange). January: 16 months full-time (with or without optional study exchange), 2 years part-time or with optional 30-week work placement

Accreditations:

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO); Institute of Hospitality; Institute of Travel & Tourism Centre of Excellence;

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject or equivalent

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

If you want to study part-time, you’ll study alongside full-time students over two years. You'll be expected to study a minimum of three units per year, along with your dissertation towards the end of your second year.

The timetable for when units take place varies each year but the typical delivery for one unit is four hours a week, split between two sessions, so you will be required to be on campus at least two days a week. We can work with you to consider the timetable and make an appropriate individual plan in terms of which order to study which units.

Download the programme specification (pdf 328kb)

Rankings

10th
Our ranking in the UK for hospitality, event management and tourism in the Guardian League Table 2021
2nd
BU is second in the UK for hospitality and tourism management according to the Shanghai Rankings of Academic Subjects 2021
10th
We are 10th in the world for hospitality and leisure management – QS University Rankings 2020

Placements

An exciting and valuable part of your studies with us is the opportunity to gain valuable experience through a full-time industrial placements, for a minimum of 30 weeks.

You will have the option to start your placement when the taught units of the course are finished, and after you complete your dissertation.

Find out more about placements for postgraduate students

Your application

Entry requirements

Careers

Our graduates from this course have entered large organisations as part of a management development scheme and to gain practical experience before being appointed to management roles.

Other graduates have also returned to home environments to run family businesses and developed their own business opportunities.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find information on living costs for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Suthida Naiyawong

BU was a great choice for me. Not only did my career and connections benefit but it was well worth leaving home for two years to gather memorable experiences.

Hear from our staff

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis

You’ll learn from people with first-hand knowledge, well respected in industry. We use our experience and insights to give in-depth understanding of the subject.

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