Manchester Metropolitan University


International Tourism and Hospitality Management

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

This course offers graduates from any discipline the chance to gain access to management level careers in the dynamic tourism and hospitality industries.

  • The opportunity to plan and implement your own ‘live project’
  • Work with a local tourism or hospitality industry employer to develop your professional event skills
  • An external array of field trips and activity/visits and guest lectures from industry tourism and hospitality practitioners’ as part of the curriculum design
  • Throughout your studies, you will engage in a range of individual and group work and consultancy projects working with an array of tourism and hospitality industry partners and clients.
  • A ‘professional industry package’ with a year’s membership of an international trade association and magazine to develop your industry outlook.
  • Volunteering is a great way for you to gain experience and make contacts. We have a vast range of volunteering opportunities to help you develop your CV and enhance your professional outlook and support is available to find them.

Further details contact: Dr Thanasis Spyriadis, Subject Leader for combined MA International Tourism & Hospitality Management email:

Placement options

Internships You will be offered the chance to undertake a 36-48 week internship supported by our Placement Office, who have extensive contacts with industry and over 25 years of experience of helping students to find placements. The Placement Office will help with your CV, advise on interview techniques and continue to support you whilst you are away from the University.

About the course

This course has been designed with industry practitioners to offer a practical and managerial approach to equipping you with professional skills, providing you with many opportunities to gain professional experience.

The combination of taught units, a range of live experiential activity and client-based consultancy projects and opportunities to network with industry through external visits and guest lectures will enable you to develop a strong grasp of business culture and provide you with numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in your chosen sector and gain valuable experience.

Your studies will have an international focus to reflect the global nature of these industries. We have many well-established international collaborative partnerships, which will enrich your student experience. Our international research activities and projects will enrich your student experience and will create new opportunities for research through your engagement with employers.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Core Units

It is intended that core business topics you will study will include:

  • Financial Management 
  • Responsible Business
  • Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise 
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurship 
  • Methods of Enquiry 
  • Strategic Management and Marketing 
  • Dissertation or Strategic Live Project Management (option)
  • 'Industry Live' - 150 hours of industry experience 

Specialist units

In addition, you will also take specialist units:

  • Destination Management
  • Managing Hospitality Operations
  • International Tourism and Hospitality  Management*

*including an optional international field trip to Budapest (additional fee applies). Opportunities to gain insights into the industry are also available in Manchester at no extra cost.

Core Units
Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise

This unit provides an underpinning to developing creative thinking in a business environment utilising innovative techniques such as multidisciplinary imagineering techniques and performatory works.

Destination Management
This unit explores contemporary issues related to the management of destinations. Emphasis is placed on strategies for creating and sustaining destination comparative and competitive advantages.

A dissertation (optional) is completed after the taught module programme has ended. This part of the programme gives you the opportunity to undertake a detailed examination of a topic that interests you. You will conduct a piece of research under the supervision of an experienced academic, which will provide an intellectual challenge. The skills needed and developed for successful research will benefit your career in your chosen industry.

Financial Management

This unit provides you with a foundation for understanding, analysing and interpreting financial information in a business context. It enables you to apply accounting principles and financial theory to decision-making in your chosen sector.

Industry Live

This is a practical and professional development based unit. You will work with a local tourism or hospitality industry employer for a defined period to help develop your appreciation of the industry and augment your operational and practical tourism and hospitality management thinking.

International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Explore the global forces and market trends that influence the strategic and daily decisions made by managers in the tourism and hospitality sectors. You will evaluate the outcomes of these decisions through fieldwork in either Manchester or a European capital city. 

Leadership and Entrepreneurship

This unit examines the characteristics, impact and role of leadership and entrepreneurship in a contemporary business environment.

Managing Hospitality Operations

The unit will cover a number of key tactical and operational hospitality management issues and scenarios to support business decision making within the hospitality industry. It will include aspects of management principles as applied to the hospitality industry. It will review planning operations, financial planning for hospitality business, marketing, key performance indicators, and operations within a service context. 

Methods of Enquiry

This unit introduces the process of research and the primary principles of research design and enquiry including developing approaches to critical thinking and your dissertation.

Responsible Business

This unit explores and establishes the development of a responsible business culture in a complex and constantly changing environment including ethics, sustainable practices and much more.

Strategic Live Project

This part of the programme gives you the opportunity to utilise your developed professional management skills by planning, organising and implementing a live project with colleagues to a set of defined objectives. You will also write an individual reflective strategic management report as part of this unit. You have the choice of sector (subject to team formation), and the unit is designed to develop both your individual as well as teamworking skills. 

Strategic Management and Marketing

Strategic management and marketing unit is a foundation for strategic thinking in business and crucial to the development of developing strategy, managing resources and capability and long term business function including problem solving and consultancy.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Assessment includes written coursework, reports and live project work. The assessments are work orientated.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

This course is available to graduates holding at least a 2:2 UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) from any subject. Candidates with industry-relevant management experience may be considered.

International students please see .

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Career options after the course

Opportunities will be available to you in the UK and overseas with organisations such as tour operators, airlines, visitor attractions, hotel operations, resort management, with destination marketing organisations and with local authorities. You could enter into careers in areas including hotel management, restaurant management, food and beverage management and the wider travel, tourism and hospitality industries.

Confirmation of Regulator

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

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

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