Hospitality Management Master of Business Administration (MBA) 2016-17

This course also available for 2017-18 entry

About the course

The MBA is the most highly regarded, top-ranking management programme in the UK. The Huddersfield MBA is designed to provide the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs with the highest level of management education and personal development.

This MBA course helps provide the knowledge and skills development you would expect from a standard MBA with a particular focus on hospitality management.

Studying for an MBA at Huddersfield will help you realise your ambitions, become a more effective manager, develop a strategic and global management perspective and improve your communication skills. Inspirational and expert tuition (our MBA teaching staff are all Fellows of the Higher Education Academy), exposure to the latest management thinking and the potential to benefit from and learn with other talented students for the duration of the programme will help equip you for senior management roles.

Having successfully completed the MBA programme you should be well-placed to achieve your personal goals. The qualification helps make you a valuable asset to your organisation where you have the potential to climb the career ladder. Alternatively, you may choose to use your MBA to redefine your ambitions and change your career direction.

Our long tradition of delivering management education is demonstrated in the fact that in 2015 we celebrated our 30th anniversary of delivering the MBA at Huddersfield.

Discover more about postgraduate study at Huddersfield by watching our latest subject videos featuring current students and staff.

Start date:
26 / 09 / 2016


September start - 1 year full-time
Part-time study also available

Entry requirements

Full-time: You should have a good first degree or equivalent professional qualification. In addition you would need at least two years' relevant work or managerial experience.

Part-time: You should have a good first degree or equivalent professional qualification. In addition you would need at least two years' relevant work or managerial experience. If you do not meet the entry criteria for this course, you may want to take a fast track programme taken over two terms leading to the award of a Certificate in Management Studies(CMS). We also consider applicants with significant managerial experience without a formal degree.

Applicants already holding a University Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) may be considered for entry on to the programme at the start of Term 4.


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Course content

Core management modules:

+ Finance for Managers

This module enables you to develop an understanding of the purposes and uses of financial information, together with the ability to use quantitative skills to improve performance management and decision making within an organisation.

+ Business Economics

This module aims to provide a simple framework for beginning to understand some of the behaviour observed in firms, markets, and industries and offer some suggestions as to appropriate forms of optimising behaviour. A range of models and concepts for the analysis of business activity are introduced.  The discussion will demonstrate that while the assumptions and devices used in economics may sometimes seem simple and abstracted from reality, it can nonetheless often provide a powerful framework for interpreting and framing strategic issues.

+ Managing People in Organisations (F/T)

Managing People in Organisations is an extremely practical module which introduces critically analyses and evaluates key elements of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour to enable effective deployment of people within organisations. A strategic exploration of the global context within which people work and are managed is also carried out through a range of organisational behaviour concepts and theories.

The assessment for this module is a 5000 word analytical report based upon an Organisational Case Study provided (worth 100% of module marks).

+ Service Operations and Marketing

This module develops your exposure to the needs and wants of a variety of service customers, including the buying behaviour of service customers, segmentation strategies and the customer experience. You will develop your knowledge of managing operations through methods, models, tools and techniques relevant to service provision. The assessment for this module is a 5000 word analytical report based upon an case study.

+ Strategic Thinking

This module explores the nature of strategic thinking and strategic management within a range of organisations and across business networks. Case study is used extensively to inform this debate and to cultivate analytical competencies. The intention is to develop your abilities to think strategically and increase critical awareness of your roles in, and relationship to, strategy. Module assessment is via a short essay and a case-study based examination.

+ Global Leadership and Change

This module addresses the need to adapt to different international cultural perspectives and worldviews in the light of changing ideas. A topical and eclectic guest lecture series stretches your thinking and conversational skills leading to an individual assignment which assimilates the ideas received during the lecture programme.

A written group assignment gives you the scope to identify important global concerns and develop new insights into leadership and change issues.

A written group assignment gives you the scope to identify important global concerns and develop new insights into leadership and change issues.

+ Postgraduate Dissertation Proposal

This module considers how to draft, frame and research a topic on an area of interest. It is a precursor to the dissertation module and equips you to understand both research methods and philosophy. The main research philosophies together with the actual practical means of carrying out business research will be explored.

A written dissertation proposal (worth 70% of the module marks) helps you set out your research ideas and explain your chosen research philosophy and methods. A poster (worth 30% of the module marks) visually depicting your research area, methodology and philosophy will also be submitted.

+ Postgraduate Dissertation

This is a self-initiated theoretical and investigative piece of research that offers you an opportunity to research a topic related to your subject in the form of a written dissertation (15,000 words).

In consultation with an allocated supervisor, you agree a suitable research agenda which will allow you to demonstrate a high level of research, analytical and presentational skills. This builds upon the ideas generated from previous study on the dissertation proposal agenda which will allow you to demonstrate a high level of research, analytical and presentational skills.

Studying the Hospitality Management route you will also undertake the following two modules:-

+ Management of International Hospitality Organisations

This module critically explores contemporary forces within the Management of International Hospitality Organisations. On completion of this course students will have the ability to synthesise and apply concepts in an informed and innovative way; with the objective of addressing plausible solutions to ongoing organisational dilemmas in the international hospitality industry, brought about by the management of discontinuous change. Assessment is via a 3,000 word - report (50% of module marks) and 3,000 word Individual essay (50% of module marks).

+ Hospitality Operational Analysis and Planning

This module aims to increase your understanding and analytical skills when faced with performance management of the hospitality industry. You will investigate an international hospitality business and present an over view of your findings (worth 30% of module marks).

How effectively operations are managed is also a key issue and so emphasis will be placed on extending the process of operational management. Building on from your presentation you will develop your case study in report format (worth 70% of module marks).

Following the taught elements of the course you will undertake a dissertation as a major project that enables you to specialise in the hospitality management area. This will be supported by workshops on research methods.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

As an MBA graduate you will be a valuable asset to an employer and are well prepared to take on additional roles and responsibilities. The MBA frequently opens up career opportunities or provides a springboard for a change in career direction.

Professional links and accreditations

As an MBA student you will have the opportunity to register for a Level 8 Diploma from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Upon graduation you also have the opportunity to apply for Chartered Manager status with the CMI. The Business School is an official HE Partner of the CMI

Teaching and assessment

Group discussion and skill sharing, along with more traditional teaching methods and modern technology contribute towards making the programme lively and interesting.

Lectures are supplemented by guided reading, case study analysis, workshops, tutorials and seminars as well as essays, time constructed assessment activities, learning logs and a dissertation.

We are the UK's only university where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


The £17m Business School is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.

All teaching rooms are high quality and the school has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You'll have comprehensive access to online resources through Unilearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you'll need.

The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.

Our Learning Development Group can provide advice on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management. There are also specialist learning advisors for international students who can help with a range of skills including academic English and language support.

How much will it cost me?

We offer extremely competitive course fees combined with excellent teaching and learning resources and facilities. For more information on full-time Master's fees please visit the University's fees and finance page.

Other information

For information on forthcoming Postgraduate or Part-time Study Fairs please visit here.

Listen to what our students and staff have to say about postgraduate study at Huddersfield in our new subject videos.

Find out more about the professional bodies we work with: Chartered Management Institute

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff are contributing to the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry and the professions. For more information, see the Research section of our website

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