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BSc (Honours) International Tourism and Hospitality Business Management

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Year of Entry 2023/24
BSc (Honours)

International Tourism and Hospitality Business Management

Develop the skills and knowledge required to become an industry expert in both tourism and hospitality, gaining real-world experience at every level.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £15,860 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? NNVF
When do I start? September 2023
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Study the fundamentals of global tourism and hospitality operations.
  • Develop vital skills in marketing, leadership and project management.
  • Take opportunities to study abroad, gain experience and study a language.
  • Deliver a consultancy project for a tourism or hospitality client.
  • Build your network through our professional body accreditations and Institute of Travel and Tourism.

On this course you’ll develop your hospitality business acumen and your strategic thinking in tourism development. You’ll become a socially conscious management professional who’s able to meet tomorrow’s sustainability challenges and customer needs.

Accredited by
  • Institute of Hospitality (IoH)
  • Tourism Management Institute (TMI)

This course is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, the international hospitality professional membership body for managers and aspiring managers who work and study in the hospitality industry.

This course is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute.

The Tourism Management Institute (TMI) is the professional body for destination management practitioners, with members drawn from all levels of the private and public sectors: national, regional,sub regional and local. TMI seeks to support professional development within the sector, for potential entrants as well as existing practitioners. Assessment and recognition by TMI means that students can be confident the course will provide them with knowledge, understanding, skills and experience which will fully prepare them for a career in tourism destination management.

Sheffield Business School accreditation

Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 5% of business schools globally.

Tourism subject group award

Our Tourism subject group is recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT), the membership organisation for tourism industry professionals and educators.

How you learn

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Watch lecturer Adele Doran talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Our award-winning teachers have held key management roles in tourism and hospitality. They’re involved in impactful and world-leading research. You’ll be able to understand the latest trends and have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to live projects in collaboration with industry partners – making you stand out to employers.

In each year of study you’ll have the opportunity to engage with the industry. You can apply to access placements, volunteering opportunities and work experience through our vast network of industry links.

You learn through

  • lectures, seminars and workshops
  • sessions led by industry-leading expert guests
  • live projects with external organisations
  • field trips and site visits
  • talks and resources developed by accrediting bodies
  • independent study and group work

You’ll develop your understanding of consumer behaviour,  using key metrics to make sound pricing and business decisions, as well as thinking ahead about a sustainable future for the industry. You’ll also gain the strategic skills you’ll need to shape tomorrow’s tourism and hospitality industry – including crisis management and planning for uncertainty. This will complement a core business focus – including marketing, people management and finance – to make sure you’re industry ready. 

You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through

  • access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments

Course leaders and tutors

Victoria Mellon
Victoria Mellon

Working in the tourism industry for large tour operators and hotels in the UK and USA has fuelled my enthusiasm for researching and teaching tourism, and I enjoy wor … Read more

Shqiperim Reka
Shqiperim Reka
Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Course Leader


Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you industry experience to prepare you for your future career – and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

Previous students have undertaken placements with companies such as Jet2, Disney World, Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide, to name a few.

Live projects

In every year of your course, you’ll have the opportunity to work on live projects to build your skills and professional experience. Previous students have audited accessibility information for Access for All, provided market research for TUI UK and Ireland, reviewed the hospitality offer at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and advised a social enterprise on its catering and outdoor events.

Field Trips

Field trips are an important part of your studies. They’re the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow students and observe how theory plays out in the real world. Previous students have enjoyed a two-day visit to Malton's food market and York – with talks from the hotel manager and a ghost tour.

Networking opportunities

You’ll engage with tourism and hospitality industry stakeholders throughout the course. Many modules include guest speakers and you’ll benefit from a close relationship with the industry through our graduate networks and links with professional bodies.


We’ll encourage and support you to take part in external competitions. 

Recently, one of our students won the prestigious YCO Diamond Research Award – in which 40 countries were competing – based on her final year research project. Other students have won the debating competition at the Passion for Hospitality competition in London and one of our final year students won the prestigious Young Hoteliers Summit challenge award, organised by the École Hôtelière de Lausanne and Marriott International.

Future careers

The tourism and hospitality industries are among the UK’s largest employers. The course prepares you for managerial roles in

  • hotels and resorts management
  • tourism product development and management
  • restaurants and food service management
  • tourism operations management
  • destination marketing and management
  • meetings, exhibitions, conferences, and events
  • theme parks, visitor attractions and heritage sites
  • pricing analysis

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Marriott International
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • TUI
  • Jet2
  • Welcome to Yorkshire
  • Visit Britain
  • The Red Carnation Hotel Collection
  • Four Seasons
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  • Center Parcs
  • Mitchells and Butlers

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • a state-of-the-art kitchen and restaurant space
  • specialist industry software to manage operations and elaborate pricing strategies
  • specialist hotel management, food costing, menu management and business management simulation software

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies


  • English language or literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade D or 3

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

• entry with prior credit - we consider applications for direct entry to the final year from those holding Higher National Diplomas or equivalent qualifications

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Academic Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Finance And Data Interpretation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To The Global Tourism Sector Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Global Food, Drink And Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tourism Management: Principles And Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Research Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sustainability Management For Hospitality Businesses Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Innovations In Tourism Marketing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: International Food And Beverage Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Learning In The Workplace Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Personal And Professional Development Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Consultancy And Enterprise Challenge Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Strategy And Crisis Management In International Tourism And Hospitality Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: International Hospitality Analytics And Revenue Management Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Responsible Global Tourism Planning Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/24 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £15,860 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Tourism and hospitality courses (PDF, 231KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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