Plymouth Business School

MSc International Hospitality Management

Are you aiming for an influential role in one of the fastest growing global industries? Through our Institute of Hospitality accredited programme, you’ll develop an international perspective on hospitality management and the contemporary issues that shape it. Sharpen your knowledge of business and marketing theory and gain strategic and operational insights into the hospitality sector through our strong industry partnerships.

Key features

  • Learn to meet the changing needs of the hospitality industry and the varying demands of both society and the economy. 
  • Benefit from established industry contacts with international corporations like Hilton Worldwide, helping you network your way to a graduate career. 
  • Take an international perspective on one of the fastest growing sectors in the world and learn first-hand from industry experts. Our lecturers are active in research areas such as sustainable practices, consumer behaviour, motivation and satisfaction, and staff retention. 
  • Gain a competitive advantage on a course accredited by the Institute of Hospitality.
  • Investigate a topic you’re passionate about and sharpen your research skills, by undertaking an independent postgraduate dissertation.  
  • Explore key topics within International Hospitality Management, such as luxury, service, customers and innovation, through diverse and relevant fieldwork.  

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Throughout this programme, you’ll familiarise yourself with key marketing theories and business strategies within the context of the hospitality industry. You’ll study a diverse range of current topics from business development and service operations, to e-commerce strategies and people management. The programme features fieldwork, guest speakers from industry and lectures led by research active academics. Every aspect of your studies will be grounded in current trends and emerging practices, culminating in an independent research project and dissertation. Benefit from a strong focus on international management, while building on the regional strengths of the south-west of England.
    Core modules
    • HTM701 Managing People in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry

      Students will examine a range of issues pertaining to the strategic management of people in the context of tourism and travel operations and the hospitality industry. Concepts examined will include the evaluation of change management and the planning processes necessary to effect change in organisations, including SMEs.

    • HTM702 Tourism and Hospitality Marketing

      Using current literature and with reference to case studies, this module presents a comprehensive approach to marketing theory and practice within the context of the tourism and hospitality industry.

    • HTM703 Competitive Advantage for Hospitality

      Students will reflect on current thinking on industry topics that impact on the creation of competitive advantage for hospitality. This will include an examination of trends and emerging issues, service science, value chain, knowledge management, ethical practices and talent management.

    • HTM704 Tourism and Hospitality Dissertation

      This module introduces to the use of appropriate data collection and analysis methods. It also provides students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their capacity for independent study in the application of research skills to a tourism or hospitality management topic appropriate to the award.

    • HTM706 e-Service Strategies

      Students will examine a range of issues pertaining to the strategic management of electronic commerce in the context of tourism and travel operations. Concepts examined will include the evaluation of contemporary influences that impact on the strategic management of e-commerce. The module will examine and analyse the interrelationships amongst the travel and hospitality channels of distribution.

    • HTM708 Hospitality Service Encounters

      This module conveys the latest thinking in service management with regards to food provision, facilities and customers within the hospitality environment. Noting that the hospitality industry is one of the largest industries worldwide and that the provision of food and facilities are key elements, the module will look at service management concepts through many different viewpoints in terms of customers and differing organisations. The impact of service encounters upon the customer will underpin the module.

    • HTM709 Hospitality Business Development and Entrepreneurship

      This module helps students to understand and appreciate business development principles in the context of hospitality operations. The module develops the student's knowledge and understanding of the principles behind the design, development, delivery and strategic maintenance of hospitality operations. The student will consider the structure, organisation and performance of hospitality businesses and will review a live hospitality operation towards the production of a business development strategy. Case study teaching based on actual business development projects undertaken within the last 10 years will be used to qualify theory.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc International Hospitality Management 17 18 4334

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) from a UK university or equivalent award from an overseas institution.  

Other qualifications and/or experience  may be considered, if you have demonstrated acquired knowledge and skills sufficient to meet the challenges and demands of this programme.

Where the applicant does not have a degree then a minimum of three years relevant managerial level work experience is required.

Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes.  

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £5,500 £8,000
International £11,000 £14,000
Part time (Home/EU) £300 £500
Part time (International) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Doctoral College is available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Doctoral College:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Student insight – Ci Song

Plymouth is a lovely place to study. The University is diverse and the lecturers provide an excellent level of teaching. If you really love the hospitality industry, just go for it and apply - you won’t regret it!

Fieldwork

We maintain strong links with local hospitality businesses to provide field trip opportunities within the vibrant south west tourist sector; one that attracts visitors from all over the world. This allows students to explore the real hospitality industry and gain valuable experiences that complement the academic programme.

Students benefit from a strong focus on international management ensuring that skills and knowledge developed within the programme are transferable and valuable to any hospitality sector across the world.


Meet the tutors – Dr Christina Kelly

Dr Christina Kelly is the Programme Manager for MSc International Hospitality Management, a member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and a trainer for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Dr Kelly’s recent research focus has been on the impact of sociological factors on consumer expectations when dining out.

Learn more about Dr Kelly’s research interests

Hotel School

The Plymouth University Hotel School has a serious ambition to prepare future graduates to be industry ready, while working with industry partners and focus on providing stimulating ‘real world’ learning experiences.

Mr David Dingle CBE Chief Executive, Carnival UK Patron, Plymouth University Hotel School

Find out more about the Hotel School

People

Master Your Future – Faculty of Business Professoriate Scholarships

The Faculty of Business Professoriate Scholarships of £1,000 are awarded to selected students undertaking postgraduate study each year.

The opportunity to apply for a professoriate scholarship is available to applicants currently in receipt of an offer for postgraduate study.

Find out more and how to apply


Postgraduate loans

You may now be eligible for a government loan of up to £10,280 towards the cost of your masters degree.

The loans will be available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan 

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate study in the Faculty of Business can help you realise your ambitions and develop your potential as a manager and leader of the future. Whether you come to us as a newly qualified graduate or after a successful track record in industry we provide high quality, professionally accredited postgraduate programmes, and PhD and professional doctorate supervision.

International community

Play your part in out thriving international community of 3,000 students from over 100 countries studying full and part time programmes at the University.

We'll help you at every step of your journey from applying to settling in, during and after your postgraduate studies.

International study pathways with Plymouth University International College

Plymouth University International College (PUIC) offer university foundation, first year degree and pre-masters pathways to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees within the Faculty of Business. With 96 per cent of all students progressing on to their chosen Plymouth University degree, the PUIC pathways are an excellent alternative entry point for international students.

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