International Tourism and Hospitality Management MSc / Top-up

London South Bank University

Program Description

International Tourism and Hospitality Management MSc / Top-up

London South Bank University


Wherever you want to work, the hospitality and tourism industry provides opportunities like few others. The sector is one of the most diverse and exciting industries around, employing over a quarter of a billion people worldwide. This figure is set to grow over the next few years - especially as the demand for senior and specialised roles increases.

Ranging from resorts, country clubs and international hotel chains to airlines, tour operators and restaurants – the options available within tourism and hospitality can help you make a career out of your passion. To excel in this industry you need to be a good leader, manager, entrepreneur and show awareness of the ethical, cultural, environmental and social settings within which you are working.

This Masters degree encourages an entrepreneurial approach to examining growth opportunities in tourism and hospitality businesses and destinations. It addresses the needs of both the commercial and non-commercial elements of the sector, the latter often requiring public/private partnership forms of governance.

International Tourism and Hospitality Management Top-up

If you already hold the Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management from either: Confederation for Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) or the Organisations for Tourism and Hospitality Management (OTHM) you can top-up your qualification to a full MSc.

The degree is jointly delivered with ESHotels in Paris enabling you to integrate with students from this course when you jointly participate on a field trip.


Year 1

  • Critical issues in tourism and hospitality industry
  • City marketing
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Business and management strategy
  • Marketing strategy
  • Professional leadership

Optional placement year

Year 2

Choose from the following options:

  • Dissertation
  • Extended management report


International Tourism as a career

You can probably expect a busy, fast-paced job wherever you decide to specialise, interacting with different people and organisations. As the large majority of organisations in the sector are small to medium enterprises (SMEs), less formal ways of finding and applying for jobs, such as speculative applications, can be effective.

The large number of SMEs is due to there being plenty of available opportunities for you to start your own business. Like many others, web-based tour operations, restaurants and events management companies are all popular options for start-ups. However there are also some graduate training schemes with some of the big hotel and restaurant firms - so you have choices over the route you take into this vast sector.


The types of salaries available vary depending on which kind of organisation you work for - restaurant managers can earn anything from £18,000 to £60,000 a year. The median graduate starting salary for hotel and catering groups is £17,000.

Career progression

There is a worldwide shortage of well qualified tourism and hospitality managers, particularly in Asia, and this professional Masters qualification will help you to progress your career. If you are academically minded this could also be a positive step towards a PhD and academic career.

Professional links

We have a wide range of industry speakers on the course and you undertake a range of projects that bring you into contact with managers from the sector. In particular, you'll undertake a company shadowing project in semester 2 where you analyse the operations and policies of a chosen company and come into direct contact with their managers.

You may undertake a voluntary year-long work placement to gain, extend or seek variety in your experience within the industry. If you undertake this option, or are working within the industry as you study with us, you may undertake an extended industry-related management project instead of the traditional dissertation.

Teaching and learning

Academic expertise

Department staff advise on key urban, environmental and leisure research agendas including the Swiss Tropical Institute's urban health research programme, the World Health Organisation's Collaborating Centre on Urban Health, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee and the International Real Estate Research Symposium. Recent research grants have been obtained from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the UK Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, the US National Institutes of Health, South African Medical Research Council and Malaysia's National Institute of Valuation.

Tools and knowledge

The course develops the appropriate skills, tools and knowledge to operate innovatively in the global tourism and hospitality environments. The nature of the teaching and assessment allows you to apply the theories and processes learnt in class to your preferred setting (eg public or private sector; tourism or hospitality industries; UK, European or international).

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 first degree/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in a relevant discipline or substantial professional experience
  • Relevant professional experience will also be considered.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 31, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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13 months
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7,500 GBP
United Kingdom - London, England
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