MSc International Hotel and Tourism Management - January or September Start
Accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation System (EPAS)
This specialist MSc course is is accredited by EPAS (European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation System). It is suitable for students who have a very good bachelor's degree in business, hospitality, or tourism management and a minimum of one year's relevant work experience.
The course is designed for ambitious students who are destined to become future leaders of the hospitality and tourism industry. The programme builds on your previous studies and work experience and develops your ability to think strategically across core management disciplines, as well as allowing you to specialise.
Why choose this course?
Key features of this master's programme include:
- personal mentoring with an industry leader and a variety of self-development tools
- excellent learning and teaching from academics who are authors and specialist researchers in hotel and tourism management
- practice and theory that is integrated into your learning and assessment
- the ability to customise assignments to suit your own interests
- a genuinely multicultural learning environment in one of the world’s great student cities, Oxford
- stimulating international visiting speaker programme, including industry experts
- dedicated hospitality and tourism careers office, which arranges for the leading hotel brands to visit the campus to recruit students; we provide students with support in obtaining jobs and placements
- an optional one-year, post-study sandwich mode comprising full-time, paid, supervised work experience.
This course in detail
You build on your previous studies and learn about decision making for profit in the Strategic Financial Management module. The influential role of culture is covered in Managing People Across Cultures and Marketing Across Cultures, and how responsible businesses manage risk in Corporate Governance and Risk Management in Tourism.
A choice of elective modules includes: Digital Strategies for Hospitality and Tourism Distribution, Events Management, Intercultural Leadership, and Revenue Management.
There is also the opportunity to study a specific hospitality/tourism topic in depth in the Contemporary Issues and Dissertation modules.
The following modules build on your previous learning and work experience to enable you to develop a deeper understanding of the complexity of international hotel management in today’s turbulent tourism environment:
Strategic Financial Management focuses on the use of financial information for managerial decision making in the international hotel, events and tourism industries. The content includes an exploration of the key financial issues impacting on managerial decision-making in planning for profit and managing assets. You will explore the financial implications of current developments affecting the management of hotels, events and tourism businesses.
Managing People Across Cultures enables you to assess the international hotel and tourism environment and make judgements about the most appropriate human resource management approaches to adopt in different situations. It aims to increase your awareness of issues that need to be considered when companies decide to expand beyond their domestic market. You learn how to develop a human resource strategy for a hospitality company's expansion into a new country. You are also introduced to a range of practical approaches for the management of people in contemporary organisations.
Marketing Across Cultures introduces you to the concept of marketing within an international hotel and tourism context. It provides you with conceptual frameworks to analyse the strategies of international hotel and resort companies. A key feature is the emphasis on the cultural differences and similarities that international hospitality/resort operators have to understand to develop effective global marketing strategies. Working in groups, you carry out a non-assessed comparative research exercise into a country and market sector from a hotel/restaurant/resort marketing perspective. Your individual assignment involves a country market analysis and market entry strategy for a British hospitality brand's international expansion programme - and you design your own brand.
Corporate Governance and Risk Management in Tourism aims to integrate the knowledge you have gained about the management of hotel and tourism organisations; and introduce you to the rationale and requirements of good corporate governance and risk management in a dynamic tourism environment. In a group you will research the historical and current business context and corporate governance, of a company of your choice in the international tourism industry. You will have to assess its governance and its performance, evaluate the risks it faces in a global context and make recommendations on the strategies the company should follow to achieve its business objectives. The module helps students move from being strictly operationally driven to becoming more global strategic thinkers, able to identify and respond to factors that are threatening the achievement of a company's strategic objectives.
Contemporary Issues in International Hospitality, Events and Tourism Management provides you with the opportunity to develop one research focus from a wide range of topics including: accounting, branding, climate change, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, environmental issues, events, finance, human resources, marketing, risk management, revenue management, social media, and tourist consumer behaviour - as applied to the international hospitality, events and tourism sector. You will research your chosen subject area, critically analyse the literature and theory, and write an article suitable for publication in an academic journal. In undertaking this module you will work on your own with the support of a specialist tutor.
The Research Methods module provides an introduction to research methods so that you are aware of the approaches, methodologies and resources available for your module assessment and – most importantly – your dissertation. You design the methodology for a research project that helps you understand how to collect and analyse the data required to write your dissertation.
The Dissertation develops your ability to critically review literature; identify the gaps in current knowledge; practise relevant research skills to facilitate data collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation and writing. The 20,000-word dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth from multiple perspectives, working independently and supervised by a specialist tutor. You choose the hospitality, events or tourism management topic which you wish to study. This can be the same topic as in your Contemporary Issues module or a different subject area.
Mentoring and Leadership Development provides you with an opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of leadership theory and practice. The module will develop your understanding of leadership theory by engaging you with contemporary debates on leadership in the hospitality, events and tourism industries, with a particular focus on ethical leadership. You will develop your professional competencies and understanding of leadership practice through participation in the Oxford School of Hospitality Management's Bacchus Mentoring Programme, which will match you with an experienced mentor from the international hospitality, events or tourism industry.
The sandwich mode comprises one year of full-time taught study and then one year full-time, supervised work experience. The sandwich mode of study provides paid, supervised work experience with a suitable international hospitality and tourism employer. You carry out an assessed project for the company as part of your academic studies on the placement.
You can choose one elective from modules such as: Digital Strategies for Hospitality and Tourism Distribution, Events Management, Intercultural Leadership, and Revenue Management. Other electives may also be available.
As our courses are reviewed regularly, course content and module choices may change from those listed in the course entry.
Teaching and learning
Our innovative learning experience includes multicultural group work, theatre role plays, live case studies, the opportunity to create your own brand, and an international visiting speaker programme.
Tutors are internationally renowned for their research and consultancy activities, and their excellent links with the hotel and tourism industry. They bring expertise into the classroom to inform you of contemporary developments taking place in hospitality and tourism. Learning and teaching is very much student-centred, participative and interactive. You will take part in workshops, seminars, lectures, theatre role-plays, case study analysis and one-to-one tutorials.
This course includes the opportunity to be personally mentored by an industry leader.
Each year, there are a series of field trips to events, like World Travel Market, and visits to destinations, attractions, hotels, museums and the corporate office of a leading international hotel company.
The Oxford School of Hospitality Management
Full-time: MSc: 12 months or 24 months in sandwich mode, which includes one year's full-time paid supervised work experience.
Part-time: MSc: 24 months for UK and EU students (teaching normally provided on one day or two half days each week during semesters.)
Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane
September 2014 or January 2015
Home / EU full-time on-campus fee: £8,000
Home / EU part-time on-campus fee: £8,660
International full-time on-campus fee: £13,170
Part-time and sandwich fees quoted above are for the entire course if studied across consecutive years
How to apply/ Entry requirements
Normally a minimum of a good second-class honours degree in business, hotel, tourism and management (or equivalent) plus at least one year's work experience in the hotel and tourism industry. Entry will also be subject to two satisfactory references (one of these must be an academic reference).
Please also see the university's general entry requirements.
English language requirements
- IELTS minimum level 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing components and 6.0 in speaking and understanding
Further information about the use of TOEFL for entry and visa applications onto courses at Oxford Brookes
Please also see the university's standard English language requirements
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's minimum language requirements as well as the university's requirements.Find out more about English language requirements.
Preparation courses for International and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.
- If you need to take a pre-master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course, you can take our two year master’s course. This course combine the pre-master's diploma and your master's in one application. You can apply for one visa for the two years of study.
- If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.
If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.
How to apply
You apply for this course through UKPASS.
Conditions of acceptance
When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.
Careers and professional development
There are excellent career prospects in hospitality and tourism – especially in the international hotel industry and in academia. Our master's education helps students to accelerate their careers. Most graduates are able to work for the leading hotel brands in a wide range of roles either in the UK or internationally with companies like Accor, Compass, Carnival, Four Seasons, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Shangri-La, Mandarin Oriental, Marriott, Rezidor, Sodexho, Sol Melia, Starwood and TUI. Depending upon a student’s prior experience, graduates either obtain operational roles or supervisory/junior management positions.
Some students choose an academic career by studying for a PhD with us, or in other universities. Our study programme provides students with excellent preparation for doctoral studies and careers in teaching in universities.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
How Brookes supports postgraduate students
You are provided with strong support mechanisms to help in your demanding study schedule. Help and advice is provided by the programme lead, module leaders, individual tutors, academic advisers, and the Oxford School of Hospitality Management administrators. The school’s careers and work placement office is in close contact with hospitality and tourism employers to help students with careers and work placement advice.
Supporting your learning
From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.
Personal support services
We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.
The Oxford School of Hospitality Management is ranked No.1 in Europe for hospitality research and No.1 in the world for research productivity (Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research).
The aim of this department is to conduct rigorous research that advances academics' understanding about the management of hospitality and tourism organisations and destinations nationally and internationally. It addresses the needs of organisations and policy makers and informs teaching and learning practices.
The school has a very supportive and collegiate research culture developing knowledge and skill capacities in hospitality and tourism management with particular focus to the following research areas: International Business Development and Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.
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Last updated September 28, 2015