Study hospitality operations from an international perspective, specialising in hotel and resort management, and giving you everything you need to become a leader in the hotel and resort industry.
What you study
Gain the knowledge and skills required to become a leader in the hotel industry with a global perspective. You gain an understanding of the industry and learn how to identify and act on changing patterns of customer demand to run a profitable business in a wide range of different types of hotels and resorts. We provide you with the mix of strategic and operational skills you need to succeed in the role, including human resources, revenue management, finance and marketing.
The course also develops your cultural awareness and understanding of the challenges associated with doing business around the globe. In 2016, our students hosted video conferences with partner institutions in Russia, Botswana and the Czech Republic to develop their cultural competence.
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 • business and management • hotel management • resort management • food and drink management • finance • hospitality and tourism marketing • operations management • human resources • management skills.
How you learn
Your learning involves taking part in lectures, seminars, workshops, projects and practical sessions in our state of the art professional kitchen and restaurant space. This dedicated facility has an industry standard restaurant management system which won a Savoy Education Trust grant.
Work placements in the UK and overseas
Your future employability is at the heart of everything that 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. There are no tuition fees for the placement year, making this a great opportunity to earn while you learn. 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 with organisations such as • Sofitel, London • Hilton Metropole, Brimingham • Hotel Arts, Barcelona • Ibis Golf and Country Club, Florida.
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 in 5* resort hotels across Europe including the prestigious Gleneagles resort in Scotland. Furthermore, our staff's research is used to inform teaching and regularly appears in book chapters, conference proceedings and academic journal articles.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time
Typical modules may include
|Year one core modules||
• business analytics • marketing communications • management of hospitality resources • management of food and beverage operations • international food drink and society • academic and professional skills
|Year one options|
|Year two core modules||
• the international business environment • people and organisations in context • managing food and beverage operations • managing hospitality resources • international resort culinary arts and service management • behavioural studies in the consumption of food and drink
|Year two options|
• optional paid work placement
|Final year core modules||
• strategic management in international hospitality and tourism • hospitality business solutions • enterprise for hospitality and tourism professionals • international hotel management • international resort management • research project
|Final year options|
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 • Hilton International • Marriott International • Q Hotels, as well as graduate internships.
Three to five years after graduation, our students have secured roles such as human resource manager and sales and marketing manager in global companies.
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We do not charge course fees during a placement year.
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.
We do not charge course fees during a placement year.
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,500 a year
2017/18 academic year
Typically £12,750 a year
Additional course costs
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