International Hospitality and Event Management MSc

International Hospitality and Event Management MSc

School of Management


Post- graduate





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    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years

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Why study this programme?

Postgraduate International Hospitality and Event Management provides management education for existing managers and those with a relevant undergraduate education who want to develop a career in the dynamic area of international hospitality and event management. The growing size and dominance of hospitality as the major employer around the world means that companies and organisations are continually seeking individuals with the knowledge and capabilities of managing a variety of aspects throughout this dynamic and expanding industry. Current hospitality trends and market analysis are used to illustrate the competitive environment within which changing event provision and expansion can be successfully delivered. Therefore the emphasis throughout this postgraduate course is on the development of a wide range of professional and managerial skills linked to key themes within the area of international hospitality and event management. 

Entry Requirements

Students require a good honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject related to tourism, business or service sector management. It would normally be expected that this degree be awarded at the level of lower second class or above. Other graduates who can demonstrate a commitment to the study of tourism management or who have significant industrial background will also be considered for entry.

Programme at a Glance

The modules have been selected to ensure a blend of theoretical and practical issues within both a managerial and a subject specific context. Furthermore, the application of key management skills throughout the hospitality sector is considered from an organisational viewpoint whilst also seeking to aid personal growth and development.

Six modules

  • Principles and Practice of Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Management Development
  • Managing Hospitality and Event Operations
  • Global Hospitality: Themes and Brands
  • Event Planning and Management
  • Research Methodology: Philosophy and Practice

MSc - Nine modules

  • Dissertation

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

This is a 12 month course comprising three parts. The first two parts are the taught element and the final part is consists of research and writing the dissertation element. The taught element focuses on key aspects of hospitality and event management.

For full-time students, the taught element is normally completed over a nine month period starting in October. Part-time students will normally attend on a one day a week basis and complete the taught element in two years. Students who complete the taught element of the degree, in part or in its entirety, may graduate with either a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in International Hospitality and Event Management. Students wishing to complete the MSc in International Hospitality and Event Management must complete the research element, which comprises of a dissertation. Full-time students will normally complete this in the three months that follow the taught element, whilst part-time students complete this during the course of an academic session.

Work experience opportunities are available for students during non-teaching time within a range of different roles in the service sector management industry.


I’d recommend this course as it provided opportunities to meet like-minded and passionate graduates who wanted to progress within the hospitality industry. There was a high level of interaction in lectures, encouraging group work activities. The support and encouragement from lecturers to achieve the best possible results was excellent and they were all vastly experienced in their specialist areas.

Charlotte Armitage



  • Gain an extensive range of knowledge and understanding of the subject of hospitality and events and be able to evaluate contemporary issues in hospitality and events and related areas
  • Critically assess the importance of both theory and practice for effective hospitality and event management in a global business environment
  • Write critically, and at length, on a specific topic related to events and, or, hospitality

Teaching and Learning Methods - Knowledge is acquired through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, simulation exercises, research posters and guest speakers. Directed reading and self-study will enhance both knowledge and understanding.


  • Be able to exercise judgement as to the appropriateness and potential value of concepts, models, paradigms and ideologies to the understanding and management of organisations in the area of hospitality, events and related sectors
  • Appraise a range of strategies for the determination, implementation and control of business policies, structures and plans at a strategic level in hospitality and events and be able to offer and apply rationally-constructed solutions

Teaching and Learning Methods -  Individual modules involve students developing and utilising one or more of these skills in preparing material for seminars, participating in activities and preparing assignments. Some modules have an emphasis on the political, sociological and philosophical aspects of the subject, whilst the major emphasis is on the management and practical application of hospitality and events in a global context.


  • Critically evaluate the theoretical aspects of hospitality and event management and develop a critical appreciation of the varying cultural contexts in which management and public sector policy decisions are made within the hospitality and events industries
  • Apply research skills and analysis and display mastery of a specialised area of knowledge within hospitality and/ or events through an independent research study

Teaching and Learning Methods - Students are encouraged to question and present alternative approaches to different management concepts within hospitality and event management. In particular students are expected to be able to contextualise management practice within a range of appropriate concepts and theories.


  • Appraise personal and career development needs through self-reflection, action planning and implementation
  • Appreciate the importance of management development

Teaching and Learning Methods - This will be part of an on-going process on the postgraduate modules but will be developed specifically through the Management Development module that will be taught in a workshop session.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Industry Links

We have great links with a range of varied employers across the service sector, both within the UK and overseas. The School is a full member of the Institute of Travel and Tourism and enjoys all the benefits of cross industry participation and employability support and guidance for students. In addition to this, we remain affiliated to the Association of Tourism in Higher Education – a tourism led body that both informs the curriculum and future developments across tourism education today.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Students will find the teaching and learning environment worthwhile and challenging. The learning environment is organised to ensure that key concepts, theories, and where appropriate, practices relevant to management in the hospitality and event industry form a central role in teaching and learning.

Assessment includes reports, essays, presentations and seminar papers and for those completing the Master of Science Programme, a Dissertation.

Programme Aims

  • Develop your ability to critically assess knowledge and understanding of business and management theory within the context of the academic study of hospitality and events and improve business and management practices within the hospitality and event management industry
  • Prepare and develop you for a career in hospitality and event management or a related occupation by developing professional and transferable skills
  • Develop and extend your critical understanding of the theoretical and management issues underpinning the study of hospitality, events and related areas
  • Develop your ability to undertake independent, critical and substantive research and investigation within the area of hospitality and event management

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. Please take a look at our staff profiles for more information: Carley Sutton, Professor Richard Sharpley, Doroto Ujma, David Jarratt, Sean Gammon.