International Hospitality Management MSc 2016-17

This course also available for 2017-18 entryThis course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

The course provides the opportunity for you to gain a detailed knowledge of the international hospitality industry. Through teaching and assessment you'll be enabled to make appropriate judgements concerning strategic and operational challenges facing international hospitality businesses and you will be able to devise and implement relevant strategies to address these challenges.

The course is designed for graduates from hospitality, tourism, business or related disciplines who wish to develop a detailed understanding of international hospitality management and pursue an international career in the hospitality industry.

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Start date:
19 / 09 / 2016


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Students are normally accepted onto the course based upon the following admissions criteria:

A good first degree (2:2 honours or above) in Hospitality Management, Tourism, Business, Management or a related discipline.

If you have an appropriate professional qualification or work experience you will be considered on an individual basis.

If English is not your first language, you are expected to demonstrate English language ability at a level equivalent to IELTs 6.0 (TOEFL 550 or Computer Based 213) before commencing your studies.


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Course content

The course consists of the following 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. The assessments for this module are 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).

Strategic Management for the International Hospitality Industry

This module applies concepts, models and frameworks of Strategic Management to the international hospitality industry. You will assess a hospitality firm’s approach to strategy by means of an individual case study and discuss a particular aspect of strategy for international hospitality businesses via a group assignment.

International Tourism

The module involves an analysis of tourism and the structure of the tourist industry.  Tourist destination and tourist market will be reviewed and the tourism marketing issues will be investigated.  Impacts of tourism from economic, social, and environmental perspectives will be analysed in order to develop tourism products in the destination sustainably.

International Marketing

The international marketing modules focuses on the key decisions to be made by organisations when considering operating in international markets - whether to go international, which markets to select, how to enter the market and how to develop marketing programmes for the target market. This will be supported by study of the international environment and international and global customers.

International Human Resource Management

This module explores human resource management emphasising the international dimension. Differing national cultures and an increasingly globalised economy are key aspects of the module.

The module examines the wider context in which IHRM initiatives are set in a wide range of different countries and cultural contexts. There is a strong focus on the strategies and practices of multinational corporations as well as a range of public, private and voluntary organisations. Assessment is by an individual assignment.

Entrepreneurship in a Global Context

Global changes in technology communication and capital market create opportunities for innovative start-ups to build successful companies in countries around the world The aim of this module is to explore issues specific to international entrepreneurship. The module will examine how entrepreneurs create and manage emerging ventures in other countries and create and manage start-ups or emerging ventures which are global in at least one important aspect. This module evaluates the global and international environments in terms of the characteristics of economy society and policy making for entrepreneurship of all types such as science and social entrepreneurship. The assessment for this module consists of a presentation and 3000 word written report.

Research Methods for International Hospitality

This module covers a wide range of research methods and techniques in order that you can select a method of investigation which is appropriate for your chosen research topic. You will present your research to other students and staff and write a feasibility report covering the rationale, aim and objectives, literature and methodology.

International Hospitality Dissertation

The aim of this module is to develop your skills and ability to undertake an original investigation into a particular international hospitality management problem or issue. The module is underpinned by the Research Methods for International Hospitality module in which an appropriate dissertation topic will have been identified. You will receive regular weekly supervision from a supervisor who will provide further guidance on research design, literature, methodology, methods, analytical techniques and presentation requirements. The dissertation will normally be between 15,000 and 20,000 words.

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

The course provides the opportunity for you to be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge required for management positions in the international hospitality industry and related sectors. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue a career in education, research or consultancy.

Teaching and assessment

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Extensive use is made of contemporary case studies and, where appropriate, fieldwork visits and guest lectures will take place. All our academic staff are members of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and are engaged in international research and scholarship. In addition, some teaching staff have industrial experience at a senior level.

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?

In 2016/17, the tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £4,950 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please see Fees and Finance.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

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If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC) or you can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

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