International Hospitality and Tourism Management MSc

International Hospitality and Tourism Management MSc

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise


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

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Why study this programme?

The tourism and hospitality industry has undergone growth in both private enterprise and international public sector management. The growing size and dominance of hospitality and tourism as a major employer around the world means that companies and organisations are continually seeking individuals with the knowledge and capabilities of managing various aspects throughout dynamic and progressive industry. Therefore, the MSc in International Hospitality and Tourism Management has been designed to meet such challenges and provide a curriculum to enhance the knowledge and skills of its students and ensure that they are able to succeed as hospitality and tourism managers. This is a vocational, personal and intellectually stimulating postgraduate course which will enhance your knowledge and skills of hospitality and tourism management within a global context. A range of professional, managerial and transferrable skills will be developed on the course, alongside an extensive knowledge of management disciplines applicable to the hospitality and tourism industry.

A sandwich variant of the MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management programme is also offered.  After successfully completing 6 taught modules and a research element (either a Dissertation, or Management Consultancy Project), a Professional Work Placement in Tourism, Hospitality, Events is an option for students who want to complete a year-long Work Placement.

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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.

For the Sandwich mode students are expected to secure their own preferred work placement with a suitable employer with the support and guidance of the School.

Programme at a Glance

MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management is a 11 month degree comprising three parts. The first two parts include the taught element and the final part consists of research and writing the Dissertation or a Management Consultancy Project element.

MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management (Sandwich) lasts up to 24 months and it enables students to gain deeper understanding of different cultures, living and working in a tourism and / or hospitality environment, in a country that may be different to their own. Students who successfully complete Professional Work Placement in Tourism, Hospitality, Events, in addition to meeting the requirements of the award, will have the award “in sandwich mode”.

PG Diploma - Six modules

  • Principles & Practice of Tourism, Hospitality & Events
  • Management Development in T, H & E
  • International Tourism Management
  • Global Hospitality: Themes and Brands
  • Research Methodology: Theory & Practice
  • Tourism & Sustainability

 MSc - Nine modules

  • Dissertation or Management Consultancy Project

MSc (Sandwich Mode)

  • Professional Work Placement in Tourism, Hospitality, Events (Option on MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management)

Further Information

For full-time students, the taught element is normally completed over a nine month period starting in September. 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 course, in part or in its entirety, may graduate with either a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in International Hospitality and Tourism Management. Students wishing to complete the MSc award must complete the research element, which comprises of a Dissertation or a Management Consultancy Project. 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.

After successfully completing six taught modules and a research element, students who secure a work placement may add an optional module Professional Work Placement in Tourism, Hospitality, Events to their studies.

The placement allows the student to benefit by learning from practical learning experiences following the more formal study of the degree course.  Placements undertaken by students vary widely, depending on location, type of position within the organisation, size of organisation, employment sector etc. Placements may include roles in hotels, tour operators, event companies, the recruitment sector, finance and marketing departments. The positions could be paid roles or voluntary work as both are equally important in contributing to the students’ employability development.

The placement period should normally cover a minimum of 24 weeks full-time employment (paid or un-paid) throughout the course of the module up to a maximum of 40 weeks. Subject to negotiation with tutors, the placement might extend across more than one organisation.

Programme Aims

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

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, Dorota Ujma, David Jarratt, Sean Gammon, Paul Fallon, Jo Guiver, Jane Shaw, Daniel Wright and Amanda Payne.


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


  • Critically evaluate the theoretical aspects of hospitality and tourism and develop a critical appreciation of the varying cultural contexts in which management and public sector policy decisions are made in relation to hospitality and tourism
  • Apply research skills and analysis and display mastery of a specialised area of knowledge within tourism and hospitality 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 tourism 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 two hour workshop session.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, 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).


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


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

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Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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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 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 or a Management Consultancy Project.

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