International Hospitality Management

International Hospitality Management BA (Hons)

This well-established International Hospitality Management course will give you the skills to be an effective manager within the global industry, whether you are thinking of developing your management skills to work in restaurants, bars, conferences, hotels or resorts. This industry focus is emphasised throughout all aspects of the programme, thus it will enable you to gain a competitive edge in the graduate job market, and you can personalise your study and your optional third year work placement according to your chosen career path. Course numbers are kept small so that you can develop close working relationships with staff and other students very quickly. 

National Student Survey 2017
Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management.  Top 25 in the UK for providing opportunities for students to apply what they have learnt.


UCLan is one of the best places in the UK to study hospitality and tourism management. We were ranked third in the North West for Tourism, Hospitality & Events in the National Student Survey.

The course is delivered by a dynamic team of academics, many of whom have international experience and are publishing in a variety of journals, trade press and media outlets. The course has a number of employability-based modules and students are encouraged to work part-time for valuable work experience.  

Hospitality is a global industry, where dealing with international guests may be a day-to-day occurrence. We support you to develop intercultural communication skills through our wide range of language courses, which you can take up as an option within the course, or as an additional award.

In the early stages, you will explore the hospitality industry and its development from an international perspective. You will look into the context of human resource skills as well as the field of customer service. All students will develop skills in food and beverage operations. The development of practical skills will aid you when seeking employment in the sector and in addition to this it will give you an awareness of hospitality provision from a supervisory and management perspective.

This course provides a strong management orientation through the study of marketing issues alongside the analytical approach of talent management, applied research and service quality. The international nature of the industry is also considered in more detail by conducting a study of current trends in hospitality, corporate hospitality and related business events. Planning for the placement year will also take place to prepare you for the future ahead.

In Year 3 (Year 4 if you started in the Foundation Entry)  you can choose to undertake a 48-week placement. Our dedicated placement team work with you to find you a placement opportunity that is relevant to your career aspirations. Our students take up a range of opportunities and have worked in four and five star hotels in China, USA and New Zealand, and the family entertainment resorts of Orlando Florida. You can also work throughout the UK for appropriate hospitality placements and we will support you in using them effectively through your search, application process and implementation of suitable options.

The final year is founded on the critical and analytic study of the global hospitality industry and the needs of strategic management. A personal and professional development module helps to capitalize on the placement year, providing an opportunity to reflect upon achievements and plan the next stage of a professional career. A range of options provide some flexibility and allow students to develop and follow their interests in managing quality, tourism and events experiences. A culmination of your academic development is tested in an independent, research-based option which you will need to complete in the final year of your course. You may select a full dissertation, an independent study module or a consultancy project, or an entrepreneurial business project, following your preferences and areas of interest.

As part of the practical modules, you will also take up additional certificates and qualifications needed in the industry. For example, a Level 2 Award in Catering in Food Safety allows you to safely practise your culinary and front-of-house skills in local restaurants.


Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years or four years with 48-week work placement (N220)

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    N220 // N864

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate Diploma: Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Food and Beverage Operations
  • Food Safety Management
  • International Hospitality Management
  • Exploring Management in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Foundations in Scholarship, Research and Technology

Optional Modules

  • Language
  • Event Planning and Management
  • Service Excellence and Professionalism in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Tourism Destinations

Year 2

Core Modules

  • International Issues in Hospitality
  • International Corporate Hospitality and Business Events
  • Marketing & ICT for Visitor Economy Managers
  • Talent Management and Employability
  • Applied Research and Service Quality in Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Optional Modules

  • Language
  • International Study Visit
  • Events in Action
  • Tourism Development and Sustainability
  • Work and Learn

Years 3

Core modules:

  • Case Studies in Global Hospitality
  • Contemporary Issues in Food & Drink
  • Managing Strategically in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Management Development
  • Independent Research Option (1 of 4 available)

Optional modules:

  • Managing Quality in Service Organisations
  • Tourism and Events: Society, Culture and the Visitor Experience
  • Dark Tourism & Thana-Events: Managing Macabre Attractions & Exhibitions
  • Sport Tourism Management
  • International Fieldwork
  • Industry Based Experience (for 3-year course only)

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Learning Environment and Assessment

Learning on the course takes place in lectures, on-line and in practical settings. In the first year, you will attend on average16 hours of study per week, which will include some practical sessions. In the second and final year, attendance will be about 12 hours per week. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course, and you will be expected to work for about 36 hours a week in total. During the placement year - for those who take this option - you will be expected to follow the normal work patterns of the event industry.

Hands-on sessions in our Scholars Restaurant and Kitchen will aid you when seeking employment in the sector, and in addition, gives you an awareness of hospitality provision from a supervisory and management perspective.

You will face a variety of assessments, predominantly coursework, but also examinations. Assignments may take the form of essays, reports, presentations, poster presentations, training exercises, development journals or portfolios. Some assessments are individual, others will involve group work.


Graduates of the course are pursuing careers throughout the international hospitality industry. Many are working for large international organisations, whilst a significant number have chosen to work more locally in the UK hotel industry. You can aspire to working in cruise ships, nightclubs, casinos, major hotel chains and restaurant groups.

The optional 48-week work placement in 3rd year (Year 4 if you started in the Foundation Entry)  ensures graduates have a good level of work experience once they graduate. Many students go on to work at their placement company once they leave UCLan. You can also choose to work abroad on an international placement and students regularly work for Disney in their placement year or in a number of international hotels chains across at least five continents.

As in Tourism and Event programmes, there is an opportunity for participating in local, national and international field visits.

The programme is delivered by a team of internationally renowned academics. Please take a look at our staff profiles: Professor Richard Sharpley, Dr Philip Stone, Carley Sutton, Dr Sean Gammon, Dr Dorota Ujma, David Jarratt, Jane Shaw, Rod Train, Angela MacKenzieDeborah Slater

We are also home to two Research Institutes: The Institute of Transport and Tourism and The Dark Tourism Institute.


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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

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Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.