BSc (Hons) International Hospitality Business Management

Industry masterclasses. Networking. UK or International work placements. Get a head start in your International Hospitality Management career with a course designed in collaboration with industry, and delivered by the experts.

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There are endless opportunities in the international hospitality industry. Restaurants, Bars, Cruise industry, Events industry, Tourism, Contract Catering and the Hotel Industry.

What’s more, much of the knowledge, skills and operational experience gained in these sectors can pave the way for a career in Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Finance.

You’ll start preparing for your career on day one. During induction week, you’ll learn about the exciting opportunities ahead. Placements, volunteering, events – there are lots of ways to make your CV stand out if you’re prepared to make the most of them.

We designed this course alongside our industry partners to make sure it delivers what employers are really looking for. Those same partners will be involved throughout your studies – from judging entries in competitions to giving talks on the latest issues.

Opportunities in Manchester and beyond
We’ve packed our programme with valuable experiences to add to your portfolio. Like our second-year competition, with the winners attending the EMCup in Maastrich to compete against hospitality students from 40 European universities.

Our industry partners are always visiting us to give talks or looking for students to work with them at events or on placement. You could shadow the event coordinator for a 600-person ball at The Principal. Or work with the HR team at Hotel Gotham. Or the finance team at the Lowry. The only limit is how much time you can spare!

Academia meets the real world
We make sure you get a good mix of classroom work and practical sessions. One day you might be learning about operations in a lecture, the next you might be on a tour of a kitchen with the head chef. There are plenty of opportunities to learn practical skills. Take our food product development lab, for example. Here you’ll learn all about menus, food waste and sustainability, and the cost implications of homegrown vs bought-in products.

Features and Benefits

  • Top 10 in the UK - we're ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism, in The Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Industry links - we developed the course with lots of input from industry – and our partners will be involved throughout your studies.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Test your skills - take part in competitions including the BII awards, the EMCup and the HOTS competition where you’ll manage a virtual business.
  • Engage on an international level - take advantage of our international links with organisations like American Hotel Academy (Romania) or International Management Institute (Switzerland).
  • A city of opportunities - get involved in Manchester’s thriving hospitality industry with our mentor scheme and volunteering opportunities.
  • Get a global insight from your peers - learn from our experienced international team and study alongside students from all over Europe and the rest of the world.
  • Choose a placement or study abroad – the course offers real flexibility as you will enrol on the three year course and then decide if a placement or overseas study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.


Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

A degree in hospitality can lead to a number of graduate schemes and management careers. International Hotels are one obvious destination for many hospitality students, and with restaurants, spas, and golf courses there’s lots of variety in a hotel career. But throughout the course you’ll also learn about the range of options in the wider sector. You could think about roles in;

And with the international scope of the course, you’ll have the confidence to look for work anywhere in the world.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


A levels ­– BCC-BBC

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – DMM

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English


GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 106 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

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

Further information

This is a new course for the 2020 intake - advanced entry to the course is not available. 

Course details

Since this course has an international focus, you can study a language as one of your option units throughout each year with us. You’ll also be able to choose from other options in hospitality and tourism to help you personalise the course around your own interests and career goals.

After your second year, you can choose to go straight on to final year or go on a placement. We have great links with local organisations, and we can help you find opportunities all over the world. We’ll also support you throughout your time with the business.

Your final year research project is a chance to really show off your expertise and specialise in a subject. You can choose your own topic or base it on something you discovered on your placement.

Foundation year

This course has a foundation year available. For more information visit the foundation year page.

You will study the following units:

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Core Units

Marketing for Tourism

You will develop marketing skills for tourism, learning how to recognise the importance of marketing as a role and function and apply the marketing mix to illustrate different tourist markets and needs.

Global Business Landscape

Businesses today are operating in a highly complex and dynamic landscape. This unit introduces students to contemporary business/e-business and the factors that shape the nature of businesses operating in an increasingly complex global market. Students will be exposed to a range of relevant tools and frameworks to analyse the impact of dynamic business landscape and volatile global markets on a business’s ability to compete successfully.

Financial Management for Managers

Understanding financial management is an important skill for all managers to ensure profitability for companies. Learn how to analyse financial statements, plan budgets and use financial data to inform decision-making.

Food & Service Operations

This unit will introduce students to the key operational roles and responsibilities of food and service operations with a clear thread to operational and logistical intricacies within any given hospitality business environment. Students will be expected to apply theory to practical to support application within industry and build core operational skills. The unit will underpin professional development with session on product development through practical kitchen demonstrations and workshops in areas of logistics and sourcing of commodities and supply chain management, control procedures, stocking systems and food safety. Further practical aspects of service will be supported through our collaborative partner/industry visits where students will engage in applied service skills workshops and work based learning. They will also have an understanding of developing and managing a quality service operations.

Hospitality Business Intelligence

Academic and digital skills are developed in this unit to foster students’ engagement with their own personal and professional development. This unit will support students as they make the step up to degree-level study.

This unit introduces student to the foundation of analysis and interpretation of business data. It incorporates the use of Microsoft Excel spread sheets to analyse and present data in appropriate format.

International Hospitality and Tourism

The unit looks at the wider context of the International hospitality and tourism industry. Students will study the importance of understanding the nature of hospitality and being hospitable and the dynamic nature of working within the sector and the wider tourism industry. The unit will also look at the nature of tourism experience and the push and pull factors that feed tourism growth and global demand. The unit will feed into the research areas of international hospitality and tourism.

Technology and Innovation or Uni-wide language

In this unit, students will study and explore current and future trends in relation to technology and innovation within the hospitality industry and how it impacts and will continue to influence. The unit also looks to draw on innovation and technology that may have future application within the hospitality industry anticipating new future market trends. The challenges to integrate technology into operational routines and the challenges of dealing with the 'multi-personality' digital consumer will also be explored.

You will study the following units:

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Core Units

Hospitality Business Entrepreneurship

In this unit students will study the application of entrepreneurial behaviours, attributes and written skills of identifying and validating new business ideas and the hospitality sector. The unit will further develop the personal and profession development skills needed in business through collaborative and interdisciplinary learning by working in groups in a student lead project. Students will explore the defining characteristics, behaviours and motivations of small business-owners, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurial leaders from a practical business perspective to support the development of practical application within the hospitality industry.

Contemporary Issues in Hospitality, Tourism and Events

The unit will allow the opportunity for students to explore and comprehend the important characteristics of the hospitality, tourism, events and leisure environment. The unit will introduce facets aligned to the diverse nature of hospitality, tourism, events and leisure and the associated commercial and non-commercial spaces. The sector is constantly adapting to market demands by creating new niche and inspiring offerings and students will study the importance of understanding the nature and diversity of the sector and its key components and trends concerning the modern day consumer to ensure stakeholders receive a high-quality experience.

International Hospitality Project

This unit gives students the opportunity to formulate and design their own rational for a research project. The student will explain the purpose of this research through a strategic plan and justify the methods chosen to solve the research question or problem. The project is developed through a brief

research proposal, which will provide justification for the project. Projects will range from food and beverage product development to International research projects with partner institutions.

Responsible Hospitality & Tourism Management

This unit provides an overview of basic business principles in sustainable, responsible and ethical conduct. In addition, students will explore social responsibility in business and how it affects decision-making. Students will analyse some of the major global challenges such as climate change, management of resources, pollution and the impact of economic development. These will be addressed in the context of hospitality business management. 

Hospitality Sales and Marketing

The purpose of this unit is to introduce marketing and sales principles and strategies, to understand market research and consumer behaviour, and to apply market research principles to product/service design. Students will learn how to formulate a marketing strategy; this will involve understanding market segmentation, targeting and positioning and how to target relevant markets and customers, both internationally and locally. Students will study how to formulate marketing decisions for products and services and how to develop customer relationships in Business-to-Consumer and Business-to-Business contexts.

Revenue Management

This unit introduces you to the foundations of revenue management for the hospitality sector. It incorporates an introduction to the principles of revenue management, strategic pricing, decision making processes, the role of the revenue manager and relationship with other departments. It explores the principles and practices applied by revenue managers in the accommodation sector, including, demand forecasting, market segmentation, inventory and price management, distribution channel management, digital marketing, consumer behaviour and market intelligence to assist decision making.

People Management and Development

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the theories, strategies, policies and practices that underpin the management and development of human resources in organisations particularly in the tourism industry.

You will study the following units:

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Core Units

Research Project

The dissertation or project draws upon and consolidates earlier work throughout the course and provides an opportunity to research a particular topic, which is of interest to students. The research project is an opportunity to work independently to conduct research into a particular topic and to demonstrate the analytical and evaluative skills, which are the hallmarks of an honours degree graduate. The scope for a topic is based on successfully completing the secondary research in the research design project unit and moving forward with primary research.

Management and Leadership in Hospitality

This unit will focus on the complex challenges of leadership and management of self/others and is a core unit in developing personal and professional development skills needed to manage effectivity and efficiently in the workplace. This unit will include elements of coaching, talent management, recruitment and retention strategies, motivation and empowerment in the context of management and leadership theory. The unit will include aspects on theory and practice with relevant industry exposure through guest lecturers and managing an international workforce, training and development and performance management.

International Strategic Hospitality and Tourism Management

A number of key strategic and operational tourism and hospitality management issues and scenarios to support business decision making will be analysed in this unit. It will also include important business models and tools from the hospitality business environment and wider tourism sector. These academic models and business tools will be critically analysed individually and then in context with relevant aspects of general international business operations.

Hospitality Cross-Cultural Management

This unit will focus on the complex challenges of global mobility, managing across national borders in international hospitality careers. Area or interest on this unit are leadership concepts & practice, which include leadership styles, ethical leadership, organisational culture and cultural diversity. The nature of the international workforce in hospitality and tourism leads into cross-cultural management, International management & career development, issues in globalization and global mobility trends. Cultural diversity; Cross-cultural management; Personality & psychology; Management of change; Power and politics; Motivations for expansion; Internationalisation; globalization; Global mobility trends; Culture shock and cross-cultural adjustment.

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 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). 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:



Placement options

Each of our tourism, events and hospitality management degrees offer the chance to spend a year getting a taste of professional life. Opportunities are available worldwide with a wide range of companies, from boutique hotels to five-star deluxe properties, gastro pubs to Michelin star restaurants, and cruise liners to theme parks.

A year out not only gives you the opportunity to develop your core skills and learn about how a business really operates in your industry, but also shows employers that you’re ready to get to work.

To find out more about what a placement can do for you, visit our placements page

Study Abroad

Many of our courses offer the opportunity to spend up to a year overseas, studying with one of our partner institutions across Europe, or beyond. Go abroad in the third year of your degree, and you’ll not only learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and discover more about yourself – you’ll also boost your career prospects.

Having first-hand knowledge of another country’s cultures and traditions can take you far in a range of careers. And, by going abroad you’ll also demonstrate the kind of independent spirit and adaptability that many employers want.

Working Abroad

Gaining work experience with an international flavour offers a double benefit. While you’ll learn valuable professional skills in a real-world workplace, you’ll also experience different cultures, ways of working and new perspectives. Whether it’s a summer exchange, holiday internship or year-long international placement, global experience can make a world of difference to your career prospects.

A City of Opportunities

Every year, the city plays host to millions of visitors, a packed live music calendar, some of the world’s biggest sporting contests and every sort of festival you can imagine, from food and film, to Pride and punk music. With our city centre campus, it’s all within easy reach.

For today, that puts us in the perfect place to offer an education rooted in the real world – with relevant skills, useful experience and valuable connections to support your ambitions in events, tourism or hospitality management. For tomorrow, that puts you in a city with a wide range of employers and a growing demand for ambitious graduates.

Department of Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management

Our Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management Department combines technology with creativity in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The department stays closely linked with professional institutes, associations and businesses, as part of its founding principle of education working with industry to produce career ready graduates.

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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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Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. 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)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 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 degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course 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 or online. 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-£450 for a laptop, books and printing. Compulsory costs include dissertation printing and binding in fourth year.

Placement Costs

Estimated at £2700 based on location, visa etc…

Professional Costs

Additional cost for CHIA (£75 optional professional qualification) 


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