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MSc International Tourism, Hospitality and Event management has been designed to respond to the enhanced levels of skills and learning necessary to make key decision-making within the international tourism, hospitality and event industries.  The programme is underpinned by a strong theoretical base across a number of contexts relevant to tourism, hospitality and event management in contemporary international environments.​  A distinctive feature of this programme is that it offers students the opportunities to interact with current industry practices and therefore enables a hands-on approach working with practitioners.

The programme is offered in full time (1 year mode) or part time (2 year mode).  A new Sandwich version is offered in full time on a 2 year mode. The Sandwich programme has been designed to respond to the enhanced levels of skills and learning necessary to make key decision-making within the international tourism, hospitality and event industries.  Governments, industry, and the media have all recently stated that there is a need for improved knowledge and skill levels within the sector. 

The course is also designed to cater for local and international professionals within the industry who wish to gain the necessary qualifications and theoretical awareness to enabling you to advance your careers or operations.

Why choose this course?

  • Develop the skills and knowledge to build a career in the fast-paced international tourism, hospitality and event industry
  • Benefit from the skills and international experience accumulated by a dedicated team of teaching staff and industry practitioners
  • Gain an international perspective by studying with different cultures and applying theory taught in the classroom through live projects and case studies

Key staff

Dr Mary Quek
Senior Lecturer, Hospitality
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Course details


We are preparing graduates for successful careers in the hospitality, recreation or tourism industries or in an associated government agency with an international, national or local focus. Graduates from the programme are employed by international hotel chains (Four Seasons Hotel, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, The Ritz Carlton, Starwood Hotel Group) in China, India Macau, Thailand and Great Britain, as well as working for independent hotels and Event Management companies in Great Britain. Other careers pursued by our Graduates include Recruitment Agents, Lecturers and entrepreneurs (travel company, import and export trading company).

Teaching methods

We offer a varied programme of teaching that includes facilitated seminars, practical workshops, projects for companies, web-based learning, case study analysis and traditional lectures. We also provide sessions by visiting staff, practitioners and consultants to give a varied perspective of the topics covered. You will be assessed through a variety of coursework including presentations, reports and projects. You will also be required to complete a dissertation and will be supported by a dissertation supervisor.

Work Based Learning

The MSc International Tourism, Hospitality and Events (Sandwich) programme incorporates a one-year work placement of a minimum of 36 weeks full time work experience.  Students must normally achieve a Semester A grade average of 60% to proceed onto the placement.   For students with visa restrictions, the placement would need to take place within the UK.  Students will typically need to secure a placement by the end of April in their first academic year of study, in order to process the necessary paperwork required.

The ‘Sandwich’ award requires students to successfully complete a minimum of 36 weeks full-time work placement, submit acceptable milestone reports during the placement as part of their ‘Professional Work Placement’ module, and pass the ‘Work Placement Portfolio’ module at the start of their final semester.  Students identify and apply for their placements, and are supported in this by the UH Careers and Employment Service, and the School’s ‘Preparation for Work’ module.


Level 7

Core Modules

  • Accounting and Finance in the Organisation - 15 Credits
  • Managing Strategy - 15 Credits
  • Marketing and Technology for Tourism, Hospitality and Events - 15 Credits
  • People Management for the Tourism, Hospitality and Event Industries - 15 Credits
  • Research Themes and Methods in Tourism, Hospitality and Events - 30 Credits
  • Crisis, Risk and Recovery for Tourism, Hospitality and Events - 15 Credits
  • Field Research - 15 Credits
  • Management Research Report - 60 Credits


Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

An honours degree (at least 2:2 or above) or equivalent in any subject, or four years' industry experience in an executive role (to be assessed on individual basis).

How to apply


Start DateEnd DateLink
17/09/201930/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/201931/07/2020Apply online (Part Time)


Start DateEnd DateLink
17/09/202030/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/202031/07/2021Apply online (Part Time)