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MSc International Hospitality Management

with optional work experience route

Gain the skills and experience needed to develop a career in the international hospitality industry with the help of a highly experienced team of experts. You study with students from all around the world and have the option to do a full-time MSc or improve your experience and employability with a 12-month additional placement.

Course length 12-24 Month(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

The hospitality industry is growing rapidly throughout the world and employment prospects for graduates are excellent. This course will help you to start or develop your career in international hospitality.

The course is designed and delivered by an industry-experienced team of academic staff, with an international focus attracting students from around the world. The course supports you in developing a broad range of professional, technical and transferable skills required by the industry. You gain the theoretical background, skills and experiences to become a successful leader in the hospitality industry.

You take core modules including • business and management strategy • the global hospitality experience • leadership and management skills development • consumer behaviour • marketing and technology in hospitality • sales and revenue management • work-related learning.

This range of modules ensures you develop as a well-rounded and transnational manager, capable of achieving business objectives across cultures. You also take a module on research methods to support your masters dissertation research project.

You also choose an option module based on your personal interests and development plan. This is designed to provide an in-depth exploration and critical understanding of an area of the hospitality industry, such as • strategic resort hotel management • hospitality service excellence • managing profitable food and beverage operations • talent management • managing the property asset.

The course also includes a range of learning methods to improve your knowledge and professional experience, such as guest lectures from industry experts, online and video technologies, field trips and live consultancy projects with real organisations.

The work experience route involves a 12 month work placement in the UK or overseas. During your placement you improve your practical management skills and employability, gaining real experience in industry. We help you secure a placement by running employability workshops and have dedicated placement team to support you. Past students have had placements with world leaders in hospitality including • Ritz Carlton • The Gleneagles Hotel • Hilton hotels • JW Marriott • Conrad. Download our work placement guide (PDF, 52KB) for more information.

The course is based on the following principles
• excellent student experience
• business engagement and employability – through the work-related learning module and the industry mentor scheme
• flexibility – through option modules and the bespoke work-related learning module

Professional recognition

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

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally an honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification

We welcome enquiries from people with substantial management experience but do not have the normal entry requirements. We may invite you for an interview to discuss your background, experience and qualifications. Through accreditation of prior learning (APL), you may be able to claim entry with credit or exemptions based on your existing qualifications, knowledge and experience. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If you do not meet the above criteria you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. After passing this diploma we automatically offer you a place on one of our business-related masters degrees.

Work Experience Route

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in all skills or equivalent.

Non Work Experience Route

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

If your English language skill is currently below the required level we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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

September start – typically 12 months or 24 with work placement
January start – typically 15 months

Typical modules may include

Core modules

Business and management strategy (30 credits)
This module develops your key management skills in marketing, HRM and business analysis in a problem-based learning environment. You are asked to analyse and then present solutions to real life management problems that organisations are facing.

The global hospitality experience (15 credits)
The aim of the module is to enable you to understand globalisation in the hospitality industry and appreciate the competitive environment within which hospitality businesses operate. You explore national and organisational cultures/ impact and ways in which cross-cultural effectiveness can be developed. You apply international management concepts to hospitality businesses across national boundaries and develop a critical view of international strategies through applications of cross-cultural management theories in the hospitality industry.

Leadership and management skills development (15 credits)
You explore and develop the skills required of leaders and manager in the hospitality and tourism industries. As part of this module you investigate how personality, motivation, emotional intelligence, group dynamics, conflict management and networking are used to effectively manage and lead teams.

Consumer behaviour, marketing and technology in hospitality (15 credits)
This module provides you with the knowledge and skills to critically analyse the contemporary hospitality marketing landscape. This is achieved by exploring technological innovations, marketing practice and consumer behaviour.

Sales and revenue management (15 credits)
The aim of the module is to enable you to understand the principles of revenue management and its application within the hospitality and tourism industry. It provides you with an appreciation of how to make strategic pricing decisions using relevant data. You develop your knowledge of strategic sales techniques and account revenue maximisation. You look at the links between the sales and revenue functions within hospitality and tourism organisations.

Work-related learning (15 credits)
This module gives you the opportunity as part of the course to engage with industry contacts in order to gain experience and skills from the workplace.

Research methods (15 credits)
Crucial in providing underpinning knowledge and understanding for success within your dissertation, you develop analytical and technical research capabilities. By engaging with methodological and philosophical issues you develop your own research project based on a critical examination and evaluation of published research.

Dissertation (45 credits)
The dissertation provides an invaluable opportunity for you to undertake a major research project on a topic relevant to your work or interests. You review different research methods and techniques, which gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained, and to develop your research skills.

Optional modules

You choose one from • strategic resort hotel management (15 credits) • managing innovation and change in hospitality (15 credits) • hospitality project management (15 credits) • hospitality management consultancy (15 credits) • strategic financial analysis (15 credits) • strategic use of ICT for hospitality (15 credits) • hospitality service excellence (15 credits) • managing profitable food and beverage operations (15 credits) • managing the property asset (15 credits) • talent management (15 credits) • sales and revenue management (15 credits)

  • essays
  • management projects
  • problem solving exercises
  • group work
  • dissertation


There are international career opportunities in organisations such as • food and service management • hotel corporations • conference and event organisers • restaurant groups • national tourist organisations • international tour operators • transport operators • visitor attractions • resort management • government agencies.

Our graduates have gained positions in the USA, Australia, Spain, China, Malaysia and the UK with companies such as • Intercontinental hotels • Hilton hotels • Disney • British Airways • Compass group.

Many of our students already have careers when they begin the course. After graduating, they are in an excellent position to improve their careers with their current employers.

You can also continue with further study by completing a PhD or Doctorate in Business Administration.


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)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £6,300 without work experience placement, or £7,700 with work experience placement.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the course without work experience placement, or £7,820 with work experience placement

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,800 without work experience placement or £14,300 with work experience placement

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 without work experience placement or £14,750 with work experience placement

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How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

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