Available start dates
- September 2017
- September 2018
- Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane
- Full time: Full-time: MSc: 12 months or 24 months in sandwich mode, which includes one year's full-time paid supervised work experience.
- Part time: Part-time: MSc: 24 months
The contemporary international tourism industry is facing a range of challenges. On this course you will explore how destinations and organisations may respond to these challenges through the development of innovative solutions, such as new products or services, or alternative ways of doing business. You will explore the political, social, economic challenges facing the tourism industry, how innovation and entrepreneurship might provide solutions to these challenges and the impact this has on consumer behaviour. You will have the opportunity to gain ‘real world’ experience by working with our industry partners on a Tourism Consultancy Project. After completing the taught element of the course you will have the option to undertake a one year, paid work placement. You will be fully supported in finding a placement and supervised throughout by a member of our academic team.
Why choose this course?
In a recent survey, 100% of our students said they would recommend the Oxford School of Hospitality Management to potential students (PTES 2014).The School is ranked top in the UK and seventh in the world for hospitality management education (Taylor Nelson Sofres, 2013). Our students and staff come from all over the world. This gives you a multicultural learning and social environment in one of the world's great student cities, Oxford. You will undertake a consultancy project, working with our industry partners, to identify innovative solutions to their current challenges. This is good preparation for your future career in the sector. You will be mentored by a leading senior figure from industry, who will help with your professional development. Learning and teaching is student-centred, participative and interactive. You will take part in workshops, seminars, lectures, case study analysis and one-to-one tutorials and have the opportunity to customise assignments to suit your own interests. Our dedicated careers office provides you with extensive support in securing graduate jobs and placements. An optional one-year, post-study sandwich mode comprises of one year's full-time, paid, supervised work experience. You will become a member of the school’s Bacchus Society, which will give you the opportunity to meet successful alumni and industry experts at exciting events such as the Bacchus Alumni Awards. Through the Society, you'll also get mentored by a senior industry professional who will help you to develop your career prospects and professional network. You will learn from recognised experts in their fields – academics who are actively researching in this area. You will frequently engage with industry experts through our range of events and international visiting speaker programme. Researching and writing an academic journal article for the Contemporary Issues assignment helps to develop your research, analytical and academic writing skills.
How this course helps you develop
This masters equips you for a career in the international tourism sector. This may involve working with international tourism businesses in the private sector, such as travel agencies and tour operators, or working in the public sector with local, or national tourism organisations, destination management organisations, or government agencies. You might also consider starting your own business, or social enterprise. 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.
Normally a minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent in any subject. Entry will be subject to two satisfactory references (one of these must be an academic reference). Although useful, prior work experience in the hospitality and tourism industry is not a requirement for this course. English language requirements If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the university's English language requirements:
- IELTS minimum level 6.0, (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing, and 5.5 in listening and speaking).
- If you have completed your undergraduate degree in the UK (at least one full year of study) you will automatically meet our 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.
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Last updated October 12, 2017