Wherever in the world, you want to work, the hospitality and tourism industry provides opportunities like few others. The sector - ranging from international hotel chains, airlines and tour operators to conference venues, tourist boards, and government organizations - is one of the most diverse and exciting industries around, providing management opportunities worldwide in business operations, marketing, sales, customer service, HR, research, logistics and policy. Employment in this sector is set to grow over the next few years and the demand for senior and specialized roles will increase.
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 helps prepare you for this. We encourage an entrepreneurial and questioning approach to the industry, examining growth and development through the prism of social responsibility and sustainability. The degree also emphasizes the management of strategic issues that arise in the sector, through the specialist modules of marketing, business development and management, leadership and cross-cultural management.
We examine the needs of both the commercial and non-commercial elements of the sector and the networks and partnerships that link them.
Postgraduate students enrolled in the MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management join a residential five day trip Semester 2. For the last three years, we have been to Belfast where we study the processes of city marketing. On your return, we analyze the issues that the city faces in becoming a competitive destination and you write a City Marketing plan for Belfast.
International Tourism and Hospitality Management Top-up
If you already hold the Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management from either the 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 by studying a research methods module and researching and writing a 20,000-word dissertation.
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.
Key course information - ordered by mode
|Full-time (with placement)||2 years||September||Southwark Campus|
|Part-time (with placement)||3 years||September||Southwark Campus|
|Full-time||1 year||September||Southwark Campus|
|Part-time||2 years||September||Southwark Campus|
- Critical issues in tourism and hospitality industry
- City marketing
- Cross-cultural management
- Business and management strategy
- Marketing strategy
- Professional leadership
Optional placement year
Choose from the following options:
- Extended management report
Part-time = two modules a year for three years then dissertation in Year 4; or four modules in Year 1 then two modules plus the dissertation in Year 2, with dissertation extending into Year 3.
International Tourism as a career
Tourism is an international service industry and so you can probably expect a busy, fast-paced job wherever you decide to specialize, interacting with different people and organizations around the globe.
Our LSBU postgraduates work around the world. Many works for international companies, tourist boards, policy, and development institutes, acquiring senior management skills as they progress.
The nature of the industry - the large majority of organizations in the sector are small to medium enterprises (SMEs) - also provides opportunities for you to start your own business. Web-based tour operations, restaurants, and events management companies are all popular options for start-ups. You certainly have choices over the route you take into this vast sector.
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Below is just one example of the fantastic partnerships and strong relationships LSBU has with employers.
The types of salaries available vary depending on which kind of organization 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. (Target Jobs)
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 Ph.D. and academic career.
We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
If you are a home or EU student you may wish to consider undertaking a voluntary year-long work placement in the UK or overseas to gain, extend or seek variety in your experience within the industry prior to studying with us. If you undertake such a placement you may use this as the basis for an extended industry-related management project instead of the traditional dissertation. This is subject to prior approval by the Course Director and must be an investigation into an aspect of management that is worthy of investigation and is subject to the usual academic discipline.
This option is not open to overseas students, as Home Office regulations mean that overseas students are unable to get a visa for the placement year.
Teaching and learning
Classroom teaching includes a mix of traditional lectures, seminars, workshops and guest lectures from industry stakeholders. We undertake a real-life business development scenario with our industry partner Merlin Entertainments and undertake a residential field trip in Semester 2.
The nature of the teaching and assessment will allow you to apply the theories and processes learned in class to their preferred setting (e.g. public or private sector; tourism or hospitality industries; UK, European or International).
We are currently negotiating a partnership with InHolland University, Amsterdam, where you could study Semester 1 in Amsterdam and complete Semester 2 and the dissertation at LSBU (This option is open to UK and EU students only).
Department staff is experts in their respective fields of urban, environment, tourism, heritage and leisure and related educational policy. Many have professional affiliations, appointed positions, and research links, for example with the Association for Tourism in Higher Education, Local Economy, The Landscape Research Group, The Organisation for Tourism and Hospitality Management (OTHM), the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Tourism Society. We integrate these links into our teaching wherever possible.
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 learned in class to your preferred setting (e.g public or private sector; tourism or hospitality industries; related policy and government organizations; the UK, European or international).
- 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.
All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.
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Last updated September 8, 2018