The MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management programme provides expertise in tourism with a practical orientation related to management and strategic issues in the fast-evolving tourism sector at the national and international level. Greece provides the ideal place to study Hospitality and Tourism and more specifically, Thessaloniki, which has been at the crossroads of many different cultures and a student metropolis.

The Programme

The IHU MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management is designed to:

Enable students to acquire the expertise and develop the skills for the acquisition and application of integrated solutions for the effective management of tourism enterprises in a highly competitive international environment with an emphasis on the management and economic activity of the tourist industry as well as environmental issues related to the tourism sector.

Develop skills and expertise targeted at effective decision-taking and critical assessment of issues concerning management in the specific sector and also to provide practical orientation related to management and strategic issues in the fast-evolving tourism sector at the national and international level.

Enable students to acquire the knowledge required for the strategic planning of enterprises and organisations concerning their compliance with environmental legislation; in general, teach them how to minimize the environmental impact of their operation on the environment through voluntary activities.

Enhance students’ self-awareness and self-confidence through the acquisition of knowledge and practical skills in disciplines related to tourism management.

Some interesting points

Tourism | one of the fastest growing industries in the world

The tourism industry is becoming extremely important to most countries’ economic growth. Tourism creates and sustains jobs, brings new business, and contributes to the quality of life, which constitutes the key to development and prosperity. According to the World Tourism Organization, International tourism is expected to increase by 3.3% per year in the period between 2010 and 2030.

Greece | the ideal place to study Hospitality and Tourism

Steadily and traditionally recognized as one of the most popular leisure destinations, Greece provides the ideal place to study Hospitality and Tourism as you can find every type of tourist facility, a rich cultural heritage, some of the most stunning beaches in the world, and impressive mountain ranges. According to SETE, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, and the World Travel &smp; Tourism Council, Greek tourism contributes 16.3% to GDP and is expected to employ nearly 850,000 people by 2024.

Thessaloniki | a World Heritage City with a large student community

Recognized by UNESCO as one of the most important cities in the history of mankind, Thessaloniki combines a fresh, dynamic outlook with a leading international reputation. Home to Greece’s largest student population, Thessaloniki qualifies as a student and cultural metropolis. Built between the sea and the mountain, Thessaloniki has been at the crossroads of many different cultures, constituting a truly cosmopolitan city in South-East Europe. The growth and diversity of the tourism industry have driven companies and organisations to seek out and hire skilled, dynamic, flexible and international-oriented managers.

Ideal Career Path

The programme is designed for those who are aiming for a career in travel, tourism or related industries. The programme supports students and professionals who aim for careers in:

  • Tourism business,
  • Government agencies,
  • Museums/Heritage centres,
  • Travel agencies,
  • Event management,
  • Real estate,

The Careers Office of the International Hellenic University provides students with focused events, access to career information, vacancy information, career fairs, Erasmus opportunities and internships.

The Core Modules

  • Ηοspitality and Tourism Operating Systems
  • Tourism Management
  • Financial Management for Tourism Development
  • Services Marketing
  • Quantitative and Research Methods
  • Tools for Business Analysis
  • Strategic Management in Tourism
  • Environmental Management in Tourism/Sustainable Tourism
  • Human Resources Management in Tourism

The Elective Modules

Students choose four modules from the following list according to their interests and their current and future career orientation:

  • Alternative Forms of Tourism
  • Tourism Policy Analysis
  • Project Financing in Tourism
  • Marketing of Destinations
  • Tourism Product Development
  • Contemporary Topics in International Tourism
  • Cultural Heritage Tourism
  • Destination and Event Development
  • Visitor Attraction Management
  • Tourism Planning
  • Social Science in Tourism
  • Entrepreneurship in Tourism and Hospitality
  • Innovation in Tourism
  • Environmental Legislation
  • Environmental Accounting and Reporting
  • Project Management
  • Elective course from other IHU’s programmes

Dissertation: As part of the MSc programme, students submit an individual project on a subject relating to their studies and career. The topic is chosen by the student with input and advice from a faculty member, who acts as supervisor, working closely with the student. The dissertation is an individual 10,000- word paper of original scientific work, which upon completion is submitted for examination and approval by a three-member committee chaired by the student’s supervisor.

Consulting project (optional): During the last part of the taught terms, students participate in a consulting project relevant to their interests. In groups, students study an actual problem of a particular tourism firm or organisation. Following analysis of the problem, the students prepare and present concrete and practical solution(s).


Duration of the programme: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Teaching takes place on weekday afternoons.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for an MSc programme, candidates are required to have:

  • a good university degree (original transcripts)*,
  • proof of English competence [a recognised certificate of proficiency, recently acquired IELTS (6.5 and above), or TOEFL (IBT, 90 and above) or TOEIC (850 and above) score],
  • two academic references,
  • a personal interview may be required.

*From a recognised University.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated June 11, 2019
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