MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management

International travel is easier than ever, putting skilled managers in high demand. Master the skills you need to succeed in this global industry.

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Overview

Tourism and hospitality are vital to economies all over the world. This is a sector that’s full of opportunities and constantly evolving.

On this course, you’ll study the latest management practices and how they apply to tourist operations, attractions, resorts and more.

By industry, for industry

We created this course in partnership with airlines, attractions, hotels and other organisations, including the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), Expedia and STA Travel. And we’re working with even more to give you firsthand experience of the industry throughout your studies.

There will be live client briefs, guest lecturers, field trips and industry events. You’ll get to attend meetings with the regional ABTA group and have the option to complete an internship with one of our partners, where many of our graduates have been offered jobs.

Experts in the field

Your tutors have worked in tourism and hospitality organisations around the world – with decades of experience between them. And since this course is part of our Business School, you’ll also be taught by specialists in areas like digital strategy or entrepreneurship.

With the course being accredited by organisations like the Association for Tourism in Higher Education, you can be certain you’ll have access to the highest levels of expertise.

Features and Benefits

  • Study in a city of culture – surrounded by Manchester’s excellent attractions on your doorstep, you’ll regularly get to see tourism and hospitality in action.
  • Tourism and hospitality experts – you’ll be taught by staff with extensive experience managing operations in the hotel and restaurant industries or experts with tour operator management background.
  • Industry connections – take advantage of our extensive industry links and seek out exciting opportunities in the thriving world of international tourism.
  • Regular Industry events – learn valuable insights from guest lecturers working in the field, and visit key tourism organisations and hospitality giants.  
  • Hands on learning – work with tourism and hospitality employers to develop your professional tourism and hospitality skills, putting them into practice organising your own live project.
  • Placements – build a powerful CV filled with real-life experience through volunteering and professional internships of up to 48 weeks.
  • Tourism and hospitality opportunities – graduate with a qualification that will allow you to pursue a variety of management careers in the global tourism and hospitality sector.
“The course is structured in a way that not only provides important theory and information, but also a real opportunity to gain industry experience.” Syed Zain Ali Zafar, MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“Manchester is a thriving destination that attracts large numbers of both domestic and international visitors. Studying International Tourism and Hospitality Management in this context is ideal; it can enhance your learning experiences and offer brilliant opportunities for professional networking.”

Dr Thanasis Spyriadis, Programme Leader

Career Prospects

Students join our course from a range of backgrounds. Some are already working in the sector, others have just finished their degree (in anything from business to music). The range of career paths after the course are just as varied.

With the skills you’ll learn on this course, you could look for work in:

Many graduates also choose to apply for graduate management schemes as part of their career journey.

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in any subject. We might also consider your application if you have relevant management experience.

International students please see www.mmu.ac.uk/international.

English Language Requirements

We require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“It's very important to have employer partners as part of the curriculum because students need to be able to gain theoretical knowledge, but also understand how that's applied in the workplace…”
 
Listen to what Dr Steven Rhoden, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

The course covers some of the most important skills you’ll need for your career, as identified by our network of industry partners. Topics cover everything from how airlines plan for the future, to what new trends are becoming big in hospitality.

We offer optional units from the Department of Marketing, Retail and Tourism, so you can specialise based on your own interests. And with the dissertation, you’ll explore an industry topic in real depth to become an expert in that area.

You’ll have regular exposure to industry throughout the course. You can also choose to do a 36 to 48-week internship here in the UK or further afield. Our partners include organisations like Manchester Airport and Qantas.

The units below indicate the course content for entry in September 2020.

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Core Units

Strategy for Digital

Digital marketing never stays still. Learn about emerging techniques and best practice in the industry. You’ll develop the skills to create a winning digital communications strategy, measure your success and create a seamless experience for clients.

Applied Research Proposal

You’ll create an advanced proposal for a research project. This substantial brief is where you’ll identify and structure the complex issue you’ll explore in your applied research project.

Applied Research Project

Now you’ve completed your proposal, it’s time to write your research project. You’ll investigate the issue you identified earlier, and present your conclusions and reflections.

Tourism Masters Level Learning

To succeed at Masters level you need advanced study skills. Learn critical thinking, analysis and referencing to help you with your academic work. 

Tourism and Hospitality Futures

Keep up with consumer and industry trends in global tourism and hospitality. You’ll explore the latest industry innovations, even testing out your skills as a travel vlogger.

Airline and Tour Operators

The travel business is constantly changing. Discover how airlines and tour operators adapt to this dynamic environment, and examine the strategies they use to create long term value for their customers.

Tourism and Hospitality Marketing

Tourism and hospitality has its own set of unique challenges when it comes to marketing. Here you’ll explore the theory and application of marketing specific to the industry.

Hospitality Business Analytics

Analyse tactical, operational and management issues. You’ll explore hospitality scenarios and learn what it takes to make successful business decisions.

International Strategic Management

A modern international business has to be strategic to survive. Discover the management theories and practical tools that help organisations succeed. And develop your strategic thinking skills while exploring the nature of strategy.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment

Placement options

You can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.

While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.

Optional internship year

When you have successfully completed your taught units, you will have the opportunity to undertake a 36-48 week internship. You will be supported by our Placement Office, who have extensive contacts with the tourism and hospitality industries and over 25 years of experience of helping students to find placements.

The Placement Office advertise a variety of opportunities, support and advise on the application and recruitment process and continue to support you whilst you are away from the University. 

An additional fee applies to this internship.

Department of Marketing, Retail and Tourism

Our Marketing, Retail and Tourism Department is one of the UK’s largest providers of education in marketing, digital marketing, advertising and branding, public relations, retail management, place management and tourism management. The department’s mission is to develop its students into highly employable, socially and environmentally responsible professionals, delivering educational and research excellence, through courses accredited by key industry bodies.

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Taught by experts

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.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print some of their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. In addition to the above, students can choose to go on an international field trip. The estimated cost for this activity is between £300-£500. This is optional and there is a local alternative for any student who chooses not to go.

Placement Costs

When you have successfully completed your taught units, you will have the opportunity to undertake a 36-48 week placement. You will be supported by our Placement Office, who have extensive contacts with the tourism and hospitality industries and over 25 years of experience of helping students to find placements. The Placement Office advertise a variety of opportunities, support and advise on the application and recruitment process and continue to support you whilst you are away from the University. The cost for the internship year is estimated at £1,850.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

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 postgraduate 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.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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