International travel is easier than ever, putting skilled managers in high demand. Master the skills you need to succeed in this global industry.
Tourism and hospitality are vital to economies all over the world. This is a sector that’s full of opportunities and constantly evolving.
On this course, you’ll study the latest management practices and how they apply to tourist operations, attractions, resorts and more.
By industry, for industry
We created this course in partnership with airlines, attractions, hotels and other organisations, including the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), Expedia and STA Travel. And we’re working with even more to give you firsthand experience of the industry throughout your studies.
There will be live client briefs, guest lecturers, field trips and industry events. You’ll get to attend meetings with the regional ABTA group and have the option to complete an internship with one of our partners, where many of our graduates have been offered jobs.
Experts in the field
Your tutors have worked in tourism and hospitality organisations around the world – with decades of experience between them. And since this course is part of our Business School, you’ll also be taught by specialists in areas like digital strategy or entrepreneurship.
With the course being accredited by organisations like the Association for Tourism in Higher Education, you can be certain you’ll have access to the highest levels of expertise.
Features and Benefits
- Study in a city of culture – surrounded by Manchester’s excellent attractions on your doorstep, you’ll regularly get to see tourism and hospitality in action.
- Tourism and hospitality experts – you’ll be taught by staff with extensive experience managing operations in the hotel and restaurant industries or experts with tour operator management background.
- Triple accredited – Our Business School holds the globally recognised trio of accreditations from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA, placing us among the best business schools in the world.
- Industry connections – take advantage of our extensive industry links and seek out exciting opportunities in the thriving world of international tourism.
- Regular Industry events – learn valuable insights from guest lecturers working in the field, and visit key tourism organisations and hospitality giants.
- Hands-on learning – work with tourism and hospitality employers to develop your professional tourism and hospitality skills, putting them into practice organising your own live project.
- Placements – build a powerful CV filled with real-life experience through volunteering and professional internships of up to 48 weeks.
- Tourism and hospitality opportunities – graduate with a qualification that will allow you to pursue a variety of management careers in the global tourism and hospitality sector.
“Manchester is a thriving destination that attracts large numbers of both domestic and international visitors. Studying International Tourism and Hospitality Management in this context is ideal; it can enhance your learning experiences and offer brilliant opportunities for professional networking.”
Dr Thanasis Spyriadis
The course covers some of the most important skills you’ll need for your career, as identified by our network of industry partners. Topics cover everything from how airlines plan for the future, to what new trends are becoming big in hospitality.
We offer optional units from the Department of Marketing, Retail and Tourism, so you can specialise based on your own interests. And with the dissertation, you’ll explore an industry topic in real depth to become an expert in that area.
You’ll have regular exposure to industry throughout the course. You can also choose to do a 36 to 48-week internship here in the UK or further afield. Our partners include organisations like Manchester Airport and Qantas.
The units below indicate the course content for entry in September 2020.
- Applied research project
- Applied research proposal
- International strategic management
- Hospitality business analytics
- Tourism and hospitality marketing
- Strategy for digital
- Airline and tour operators
- Tourism and hospitality futures
- Tourism masters level learning
You can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, but you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.
While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.
Optional internship year
When you have successfully completed your taught units, you will have the opportunity to undertake a 36-48 week internship. You will be supported by our Placement Office, who have extensive contacts with the tourism and hospitality industries and over 25 years of experience of helping students to find placements.
The Placement Office advertise a variety of opportunities, support and advise on the application and recruitment process and continue to support you whilst you are away from the University.
An additional fee applies to this internship.
Study and assessment breakdown
10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
- Full-time 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 80% independent study
- Full-time 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination
You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in any subject. We might also consider your application if you have relevant management experience.
International students please see www.mmu.ac.uk/international
English language requirements
We require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.
Fees and Funding
UK and EU Students
- Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
- Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
- Optional estimate: £400-900
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print some of their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop of up to £100 each year for books and printing. In addition to the above, students can choose to go on an international field trip. The estimated cost for this activity is between £300-£500. This is optional and there is a local alternative for any student who chooses not to go.
- Optional estimate: £1,850
When you have successfully completed your taught units, you will have the opportunity to undertake a 36-48 week placement. You will be supported by our Placement Office, who have extensive contacts with the tourism and hospitality industries and over 25 years of experience of helping students to find placements. The Placement Office advertise a variety of opportunities, support and advise on the application and recruitment process and continue to support you whilst you are away from the University. The cost for the internship year is estimated at £1,850.
Students join our course from a range of backgrounds. Some are already working in the sector, others have just finished their degree (in anything from business to music). The range of career paths after the course is just as varied.
With the skills you’ll learn on this course, you could look for work in:
- Tour Operations
- Resort Management
- Hotel Operations
- Destination Marketing
- Restaurant Managing
Many graduates also choose to apply for graduate management schemes as part of their career journey.
About the School
Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a diverse international student population from more than 130 countries. The University is ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years ... Read More