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BA (Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management (Top-up)

Preparing the future leaders of the Tourism and Hospitality industry video
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This course is specifically designed for students with appropriate existing qualifications (such as HND or Foundation degree) in Hospitality, Tourism or allied subjects to continue their studies to degree level. It develops graduates with the managerial skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in these dynamic and challenging international industries.

As well as gaining a better understanding of hospitality and tourism management, you'll be guided in developing your ability to evaluate and analyse and to apply your knowledge in innovative ways. The core of the course focuses on strategic management subjects taught in the context of hospitality and tourism and on research methods with expert academic support given for your dissertation.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017, September 2018


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year


Institutute of Travel and Tourism

Entry requirements:

Successful completion of Foundation degree or HND in Business Studies with 55%. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements page.

Course details

Year 1

  • Dissertation: A major piece of individual research where you'll investigate a topic of your choice. This involves collecting, interpreting, and presenting data, and linking your findings to your existing knowledge in the subject using a sustained and balanced argument.
  • Customers, marketing communications and social media: Understand marketing communications and how they're used to influence consumer and corporate purchases. You'll also examine communication plans with reference to selling hospitality and tourism products in an international market.
  • Leadership in hospitality: Gain confidence for reviewing hospitality organisations using a wide range of conceptual models. You'll be able to understand and explain the rationale and logic of strategic and tactical decisions and developments.
  • Global hospitality & tourism issues: Develop a global appreciate of management issues in the hospitality and tourism industries. You'll test ideas and concepts against evidence from informed sources.

As well as studying these units, you'll choose one unit from the following options:

  • Conference & events management: Understand of the complexities of the conferencing and events industries in economic and operational terms, and the integral issues for the day-to-day management of events and conferences.
  • Financial management: An opportunity to study financial management. You'll appreciate how financial decisions are made in organisations, in the context of corporate strategy.
  • Food, culture & travel: Explore the complex relationships between food and culture in an international context. You'll approach food and culture from commercial tourism and hospitality, social and domestic contexts, review food studies and be encouraged to debate a range of topics.
  • Leisure, tourism, events & climate change: There's a two-way relationship between leisure, tourism, events and climate change. Leisure and tourism is weather dependent, and the industry has to adapt to the climate change while making a significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. This unit will explore these relationships, how the industry adapts to climate change and how it can reduce its contribution.
  • Media, tourism & leisure: Study the relevance and applications of media practices for leisure and tourism.
  • Professionalism & leadership: Improve your professionalism through personal reflection, group feedback and experiential learning. Analyse your leadership and management skills in situations you might encounter, and identify opportunities in large companies and training schemes.

You'll be assessed through coursework assignments and end of year examinations.

Programme specification

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Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Selection criteria

Background and experience

For this course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Are innovative and open to new experiences
  • Possess the ability to think logically and organise their work
  • Have enthusiasm for their chosen industry
  • Have an enquiring mind and are prepared to ask questions
  • Are strong team players who are willing to work and learn alongside others.

You should be able to demonstrate an interest in hands-on organisation, showing the skills to be innovative, flexible and enthusiastic managers. These skills are needed by an industry that exists to create something special for its customers. Good interpersonal skills are vital alongside the ability to problem solve. We are particularly interested in people with new ideas who can express themselves well in writing, work well in groups and can demonstrate a wide range of interests.

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their applications on an individual basis; therefore an interview may be requested. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU.

You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Full entry requirements

This course requires: successful completion of Foundation degree or HND in Business Studies with 55%.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and Literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.


How we spend our free time is becoming increasingly important, which means the hospitality and tourism management industry is always looking for innovative and skilled graduates. This course will prepare you for work in this exciting sector, giving you an insight into various aspects of the hospitality and tourism industry.

Our graduates are highly sought after, thanks to our excellent reputation in the tourism and hospitality sector. You'll be equipped to take on a variety of roles once you graduate, including:

  • Customer service assistant
  • Health and safety advisor
  • Marketing co-ordinator
  • Project manager
  • Duty manager.

You can find our graduates working for some of the world's best-known tourism organisations, including Walt Disney World, Hilton Worldwide, Travco and VisitScotland to name just a few.

Industries worked in

  • Hospitality
  • Tourism
  • Travel
  • Business
  • Marketing.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

Our lecturers

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the tourism sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.

Philippa Hudson - Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

Philippa is a food safety professional specialising in the implementation of food safety management systems in smaller businesses.With a background in practical food microbiology, Philippa delivers aspects of food safety and food hygiene to hospitality and nutrition undergraduates. Philippa’s research focuses on the everyday impact of food safety, from children’s lunchboxes to students’ fridges. She has also worked on consultancy and Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects with local businesses to ensure they have appropriate systems in place to manage food safety. She was interviewed by regional press and radio about her research into the cleanliness of children’s lunchboxes.

Richard Ward - Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

Richard research evolves around young adults and alcohol and on food allergen management within the hospitality industry. Richard is an external consultant/qualification developer to City & Guilds of London for hospitality management, food & beverage supervision and food safety qualifications, he is also Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and Member of the British Institute of Innkeeping.

What our students say

Mhairi Strachan

Like a cup of tea, the hospitality management course warms you up to the industry, prepares you for placement and polishes you up for the future.

What employers think

Suzi Wotton

Take every networking opportunity available. Meet new people and this could result in you finding a good industry mentor to give you inspiration.

What our students say

Olivia Perry

Being a hospitality student welcomes you into a family. The lecturers are so friendly and helpful; they really help you get through the course.

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