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.

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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)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:

    Without sandwich - N864; with sandwich - N220

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Tourism, Transport and Travel is 1st in the UK for Academic Support, with 95% of students satisfied overall with their course - National Student Survey 2020. 
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism at UCLan are ranked in the UK's top 20 according to the Complete University Guide 2020
  • You have the opportunity to undertake a 48-week paid placement, supported by our placement team. Students have previously worked in four and five star hotels all over the world.
  • Practical modules allow you to take up additional certificates and qualifications needed within the industry.
  • Our strong industry focus and links with hospitality providers are at your disposal. These providers include: Northcote, Marriott, James Place, The Villa Group, Stanley House, English Lakes Hotels, and more.

Course Overview

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Principles and Practice of Hospitality
  • Developing professionals in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Exploring Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management

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:

  • Global Hospitality: The Future
  • Contemporary Issues in Food and Drink
  • Managing for Strategic Success in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Management Development in Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Independent Research Option (1 of 4 available):

Dissertation, Single Research Project, Consultancy Project or Enterprise Project

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)

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 96-104 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: 96-106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 96-104 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.

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

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

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Further Information

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.


Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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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. We also have a number of students going into operations roles whilst others specialise in Human Resource or Marketing.

The optional 48-week work placement in the third year (Year 4 if you started on the Foundation Entry) ensures that graduates have a good level of work experience once they graduate. You can also choose to work abroad on an international placement if you so wish; students in previous years have worked for Disney and selected hospitality management establishments including Marriott Texas, Hilton hotels London, Fairmont Hotels Dubai. Some have even run their own hospitality venue (Rivington Barn). There is also an opportunity to participate in local, national and international field visits. We currently have students on placement at Ritz Carlton KL, St Regis Abu Dhabi, H10 Hotels Lanzarote, Swire Hotels HK. Holiday Inn Local, Langham Shanghai and Hilton Manchester/Birmingham.

Throughout the course we work closely with local hospitality providers including: Northcote, Marriott, James Place, The Villa Group, Stanley House, English Lakes Hotels, Squire Hotels, Ribby Hall, Marketing Lancashire as well as other venues and attractions to promote industry links and provide networking opportunities through your degree.

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 ShawAngela 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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Kelly-Marie Staunton

Kelly-Marie Staunton

BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management, 2017 & LLM International Business Law, 2018

After gaining a first-class degree in International Hospitality Management from UCLan in 2017, Kelly-Marie Staunton has landed an exciting role as a Guest Relations Executive at the five star London Marriott Grosvenor Square.

Leanne Cheek

Leanne Cheek

BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management, 2005

UCLan International Hospitality Management graduate, Leanne Cheek, has landed the role of General Manager at Jesmond Dene House, an AA four red star and two Rosette hotel in the North East of England.

Important Information

This course is based in the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 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 2019/20 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.