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BSc (Honours) International Hospitality Business Management

Kick start your management career with a course that covers the length and breadth of the global hospitality industry.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS N221 Course code

Course description

What you study

Hospitality is not just about accommodation and foodservice. It covers a wide variety of service areas in which there is a need to meet customer expectations and includes anything from coffee shops to cruise ships, casinos to contract catering. This course is designed to meet the challenges of the £71.8 billion UK hospitality industry and has a reputation for producing high-calibre graduates. Our students have been winners or finalists of The Young Guns competition, an industry award that recognises students who have excelled during their placement year, for the last 12 years.

Each year you study key business development modules to increase your general business acumen and a blend of hospitality management modules. You develop your practical expertise using our dedicated state-of-the-art professional kitchen and restaurant space. The course also includes options to study conference and events management or culinary arts, allowing you to tailor your study towards the specialist areas of the industry that appeal to your individual career aspirations.

To help build your international employability, we give you the option to learn a language during every year of your degree. You can choose from Spanish, German, French, Portuguese and Chinese, from beginner through to beyond A level.

Key areas of study include • corporate hospitality • hospitality events business • conference and meetings • international hospitality • business and management • food and drink management • facilities management • finance • marketing • operations management.

How you learn

Your learning involves taking part in lectures, seminars, workshops, projects and practical sessions in our professional kitchen and restaurant space. You are assessed using a variety of methods, ranging from more traditional exams and coursework, to more innovative methods such as Dragons Den-style elevator pitches.

Work placements in the UK and overseas

Your future employability is at the heart of everything we do and in year three, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye-catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating.

Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there. Salaries of up to £22,000 are possible. If you study abroad, or do your work placement, in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Previous students have gained placements at organisations such as • Leopold Hotel, Sheffield • Marriott Park Lane, London • Waldorf Astoria, Shanghai • JW Marriott Hotel, Beijing

Learn from our experts

You are taught by lecturers with considerable international industry experience in a wide range of roles, including research and consultancy, training and development, food and beverage operations, hotel management, banqueting and conferencing. Our academic staff have previously held key management positions with such high profile companies as the Savoy Hotel and Gordon Ramsay Holdings. Our staff's research is also used to inform teaching and regularly appears in book chapters, conference proceedings and academic journal articles.

Professional recognition

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

This course is accredited by EPAS. Only three universities hold this accreditation at undergraduate level which recognises the academic rigour, employability, internationalisation and research that underpins the course. The continuous improvement that EPAS requires means that you will also benefit from international partnerships, and more opportunities to work study and aboard.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 96-112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. To be considered for a 96 points offer you must have a minimum of nine months of relevant work experience in the hospitality industry and a reference from a current employer. We accept AS Levels and general studies

Or

80-96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. To be considered for an 80 points offer you must have a minimum of nine months of relevant work experience in the hospitality industry and a reference from a current employer. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website 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 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

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.

2018 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS Points, including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications We accept AS levels and general studies

Where an applicant has not taken AS Level qualifications we may make a lower offer.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website 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 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• business analytics • marketing communications • management of hospitality resources • management of food and beverage operations • international corporate events and hospitality • academic and professional skills

Year one options

foreign language

Year two core modules

• the international business environment • people and organisations in context • managing food and beverage operations • managing hospitality resources • the hospitality events business or current trends in international culinary arts and service management • current trends and research in international hospitality events and conferences or the philosophy of the restaurant

Year two options

foreign language • option of joining the Erasmus scheme to study abroad for a semester or the whole year

Year three

• optional paid work placement

Final year core modules

• strategic management in international hospitality and tourism • hospitality business solutions • enterprise for hospitality and tourism professionals • leadership and hospitality organisational behaviour • critical approaches in hospitality marketing experiences and analytics • research project

Final year options

foreign language

Assessment
  • coursework
  • examinations
  • phase tests
  • work placement by written report
  • primary research interviews
  • group and individual presentations

Employability

There is a growing demand for graduates with management skills in global hospitality organisations, such as multinational hotels and independent restaurants. After graduating, our students have found careers with • Fairmont Hotels • Hilton International • Revolution Bars • Macdonald Hotels.

Three to five years after graduation, our students have secured roles within global companies, such as business development executive at STR Global Deloitte and deputy management positions and assistant manager at Hilton Worldwide.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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