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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time, Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

This course is a conversion course (meaning it is intended for students who have not studied the subject previously).  It is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.

This course is intended to provide you with an advanced understanding of the hospitality and tourism industry and a managerial perspective of how to run such organisations. After completing this course, you'll have the capacity to be involved in more analytical, developmental and strategic perspectives of the industries than those at undergraduate level, and gain insights of the issues affecting hospitality and tourism. 

Equally, this course will provide the opportunity for you to identify and engage with specialisms such as consumer behaviour, marketing, international human resource management, revenue management and international market trends. You will also have access to a wide range of extra curricula activities and qualifications, such as our visiting speakers programme for example representatives from Hilton International, Shangri-la Hotels, Fairmont Hotels and Le Manior aux Quat Saisons. You will have the opportunity to attend our Annual hospitality student conference and to undertake added value courses such as the Wine and Spirits Trust Award, trips to the World Travel and Tourism Market, London and the HOTS Hotel Simulation package.

Gain a more detailed insight about this course by watching our online presentation delivered by Senior Lecturer Dr Susanna Curtin.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, January 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

September: 1 year full-time (16 months with optional study exchange). January: 16 months full-time (18 months with optional study exchange) or 2 years part-time

Accreditations:

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO); Tourism Management Institute; Institute for Travel & Tourism

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

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

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.

Core units

  • Hospitality Operations Management: Operations management is considerably less tangible in Services Management than in manufacturing. This unit addresses the issues that distinguish hospitality and tourism operations from those in other fields. By focusing on the inter-relationships between systems, services and technical factors, product quality, capacity and productivity, The unit offers a multidisciplinary framework to explore the wider inter-relationships between operations, marketing and accounting.
  • Innovations in Hospitality: The unit will address the current issues and innovations, which transform and shape the international hospitality and tourism context and its organisations, with focus on how these may be effectively managed.
  • The Tourism & Hospitality Industries: This unit will provide you with a comprehensive appreciation of the tourism and hospitality business ecosystem. Based on Leipier’s tourism system, the module analyses the value chain of the industry and examines the role of each stakeholder in the tourism and hospitality value system and identifies linkages, interrelations and collaboration requirements.  The unit will be delivered through a series of industry guest lectures.
  • Destinations: Contexts for Tourism & Hospitality: Placing the tourism destination at the heart of discussion, this unit explores the physical, conceptual and administrative spaces in which tourism and hospitality activities occur, and as such provide the context for an exploration of the complex and interrelated activities of tourist activities. The unit will be international in nature, drawing on examples and practices from developed and developing nations.
  • Business Strategy & Finance: The foundations of strategic analysis and choices that tie into an organisation’s business decisions. This includes private, public and third sector. You'll study the corporate finance sources of organisations, reporting and interpreting financial data. This will help you understand the dynamics of the tourism, hospitality and leisure sectors.
  • Dissertation: An opportunity to study a subject in-depth, showing your understanding of it. The dissertation is the conclusion of your learning experience, where you'll carry out a research project. You'll use appropriate research methodology to collect and analyse data and present your findings. Your dissertation will be 15,000 words, and you'll be taught about research methods.

Option units (choose one):

  • Air Transport & Tourism: The aim of the unit is to develop your awareness of the role of aviation management in the successful planning and development of international tourism. It will evaluate the potential barriers to continued growth and explore the conflicts and challenges of meeting both economic and environmental targets, highlighting the contribution of aviation to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
  • Conference Tourism: Here, you'll reflect on the conference sector's growth, and examine its present state by identifying the size, value, trends and growth of major conference destinations throughout the world. You'll also suggest how destinations and venues can develop a better conference product.
  • Crisis & Disaster Management: You'll develop a systematic understanding of the unique needs and critical resources that exist within key sectors and activities of Tourism, Hospitality and Events. You'll complete a number of strategic and tactical planning exercises aimed at addressing the need to integrate tourism and events within risk reduction, response and recovery strategies.
  • Design for Tourism & Hospitality: This unit addresses the role and significance of design in and for the tourism and hospitality industries at the level of individual businesses and organisations or sites and events. It considers the design of tangible and intangible objects or ‘things’ such as buildings (exteriors and interiors), maps and guides, souvenirs, live events, corporate identities, business processes, and servicescapes.
  • Entrepreheurship: The process of creating a new entrepreneurial venture, and funding sources for new and upcoming entrepreneurs. There's a focus on identifying and evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities. Entrepreneurial development may cover a single entity, a further investment by a portfolio entrepreneur, a management buy-out, a spin out or a venture in an existing organisation.
  • Food Design & Marketing: You will develop an understanding of the broad context of food design and marketing. The unit focuses on food in terms of its aesthetics, the processes and tools used in, and the spaces where food is, prepared, distributed and consumed and how these are promoted and communicated to the consumers with emphasis on consumer behaviour towards food.
  • Global Food & Drink: The unit will provide an in-depth analysis of the role of food and drink in the international hospitality, tourism, retail and events business environment. An understanding of the nature of our relationship with food socially, economically, politically, environmentally and in terms of technology is a valuable addition to other strategic and operational areas of expertise.
  • Sport Tourism: Learn about the features of sport tourism and the changing demands for it, along with its supply structures and impacts on and responses from sport and tourism providers. You'll explore how sport, tourism and events interact.
  • Tourism & the Media: This unit will develop your ability to critique and apply media theories, practices and discourses in relation to tourism.
  • Tourism Culture & Society: The unit explores the principles, concepts and practices of tourism from the perspective of social science and cultural studies theories. More specifically, the unit discusses the contributions of social science disciplines in understanding the multiple dimensions and manifestations of tourism globally.
  • Tourism Management & the Natural Environment: You’ll critically reflect upon the significance and impact of tourism on a variety of ecosystems; the use of animals in tourism, the ways in which tourism can be successfully managed to ensure it contributes to the goals of biodiversity and conservation; and the relationship between climatic changes and tourism development.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Optional work placement

The placement is intended to foster personal and professional development, and to help you to make a connection between academic learning and the working world. You should consider how a range of management theories can be used, and if management in industry could be improved. The transferable skills developed will improve your performance in your future career, both as employee and manager.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management (pdf 328kb).

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.

Placement opportunities

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, before you start your dissertation.

What job roles can you expect?

Students are capable of taking on a very wide range of work; from operational to managerial in a variety of environments (hotels, tour operators, event companies, recruitment sector, finance and marketing departments). The placement should be a paid job but voluntary work can be just as enjoyable.

What support is available?

We provide a lot of support for you to help you find work, including a block of seminars, covering topics such as writing a CV and a covering letter, completing an application form, performing well in interviews, and we also provide language support to assist you with the written elements of your applications. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to find work. The university does not guarantee that you will find a place. As you all probably know, it is hard work finding a job, and for this reason, many students change their mind once they are here, and choose a taught unit instead of doing the placement.

During your time on placement you will be supported by a unit tutor and a placement development adviser who will visit you on placement and keep in touch by phone and email.

International students

If you choose to do a placement as part of your course:

  • If you have previously studied in the UK, we will consider any study limit that may apply. We will issue your CAS according to the length of time you are entitled to under UKVI regulations (if you do not have enough time left for a work placement year, we will issue your CAS to cover your course dates only).
  • If you decide after you have enrolled on your course that you do not want to do a placement, this will be reported to the UKVI when you have successfully completed your course.

If you choose not to do a placement as part of your course:

  • We will note this on your CAS and your visa will only be granted long enough to cover your taught course, excluding placement.
  • If you change your mind while you are here and decide you want to do a placement, you will need to leave the UK to make a new Tier 4 visa application for the additional year of study. You would need to pay for your return travel back to your home country, as well as the cost of a new Tier 4 student visa application.

Find out more about placements by reading our student blog.

Selection criteria

Background and experience

For International Hospitality & Tourism Management we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a real passion for the Hospitality and Tourism industry
  • Love working in a multi-cultural, internationally diverse, customer driven environment
  • Are keen to learn about how the industry works and cutting edge thinking and practice
  • Have the motivation to undertake an academically challenging, well focused and enjoyable postgraduate course.

Selection methods

We will be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their applications – there are no interviews or additional selection activities. 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.

Full entry requirements

The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:.

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

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the Future Students Enquiry Team for more information

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 a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading, 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 postgraduate entry requirements page.

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.

As an International Hospitality & Tourism Management graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as:

  • Operational management
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Hotel manager
  • Tourism manger

Industries worked in

  • Business
  • Hospitality
  • Management
  • Tourism
  • Marketing

Further study

If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.

*The above are taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) and BU institutional data.

Our lecturers

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the hospitality 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.

Dr Viachaslau Filimonau - Principal Academic

Viachaslau Filimonau is a Principal Academic in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality. Viachaslau’s current research interests include sustainable mobility patterns, environmental management practices in tourism & hospitality enterprises and pro-environmental consumer behaviour. Viachaslau holds a BSc degree in Geography, a MSc degree in Environmental Management and Policy and a PhD in Tourism.  He is the programme coordinator for MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management and leads the ‘Hospitality Operations Management’ unit.

Dr Sean Beer - Senior Academic

Sean Beer is a Senior Academic with a passionate interest in the interaction between tourism, culture, food, the countryside and the food supply chain.  He has considerable practical experience in hospitality, agriculture, marketing, the food supply chain and the rural economy in general, gained in family businesses and the food industry, local and international. His principal research interests include the food supply chain, consumer behaviour, rural business, society and development. On the MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management degree he leads the core ‘Business Strategy and Finance’ unit, and the optional ‘Food and Drink’ unit.

Dr Lorraine Brown - Associate Professor of Tourism

Lorraine Brown is Associate Professor of Tourism.  She has research interests in qualitative methods, the experiences of female tourists, literary tourism, and the relationships between tourism and memory.  On the MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management degree she leads the placement and dissertation units, and also teaches research methods.

Dr Charalampos (Babis) Giousmpasoglou - Senior Academic

Babis Giousmpasoglou is a Senior Academic in Hospitality.  He worked for 20 years as a senior/general manager in the Greek luxury hospitality industry, before moving into academia.  His academic research interests include human resource management, organisational behaviour, and cross-cultural management, within the context of hospitality organisations. On the MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management degree he teaches on the ‘Hospitality Operations Management’ unit.

Professor Adele Ladkin - Professor of Tourism Employment

Adele Ladkin is Professor of Tourism Employment.  She has research interests in labour and human resources aspects of tourism and hospitality, along with and in the influences of digital technologies on the travel experience.  On the MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management degree she leads the ‘Tourism and Hospitality Industries’ unit.

Dr Evangelia (Lia) Marinakou - Senior Academic

Lia Marinakou is Senior Academic in Hospitality. Before entering academia she worked in various management positions in the Greek hospitality industry.  Her academic research interests focus on human resource management in hospitality, women in hospitality management,  and as teaching and learning methodologies in higher education.  On the MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management she teaches on the ‘Innovations in Hospitality’ unit.

Jeff Sadd - Lecturer in Finance

Jeff Sadd is a lecturer in finance across many programmes within the Faculty of Management. His professional career background was in the International Capital Markets, specialising in Derivative Risk Management, working both in London and New York, where he was a Director of Derivative Trading and Management for a major U.K. bank. For the MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management programme, he teaches on the Business, Strategy and Finance, offering students a mix of academic and "real world" approaches to finance.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsidised travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the students section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance) you may be required to pay additional fees equivalent to one ninth of the tuition fee per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text
15/11/2017

After an annual review of the placement year tuition fee,  a price increase in line with current inflation, equating to 3% has been introduced for September 2018 entrants.

Fees £790
02/10/2017

The unit Tourism and Hospitality Principles & Practice has changed to The Tourism & Hospitality Industries

Course details

Tourism & Hospitality Principles & Practice: This unit is international in nature, drawing on examples and practices from developed and developing countries. You'll appreciate the broad study of tourism as a field in its own right.

10/08/2017

Changes to all core and option units for students starting in September 2018 onwards

Course details - Sept 2018 onwards

Course details - Sept 2017 & Jan 2018

06/05/2016

A new option unit: Economics for Tourism and Hospitality

Course details

N/A

04/03/2016

A new option unit: Creative Industries in Tourism & Events

Course details

N/A

02/03/2016

Elective unit change. Removal of the unit Managing Organisations and addition of the unit Research Methods

Course details

Managing Organisations: Develop competence in organisational management and behaviour for a management career in the leisure sector. You'll investigate key roles and how these may be affected by operational environments and organisational structures and cultures, particularly in international and multinational organisations.

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