MSc International Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management has been designed to provide you with the enhanced skills and knowledge which are necessary to support 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 you opportunities to interact with current industry practitioners and therefore enables a hands-on approach.
The programme is offered full time (1 year mode) or part time (2 year mode). A new sandwich version is also offered in full time on a 2 year mode. The sandwich programme requires you to successfully complete a minimum of 36 weeks full-time work placement. This is a very valuable experience which allows you to familiarise themselves with the day to day activities of Tourism, Hospitality and Event businesses, and to use your initiative in dealing with issues of the work environment.
Dr Mary Quek
Senior Lecturer, Hospitality
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Dr Sofia Reino
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The University is member of the Tourism Management Institute (TMI), Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and the Association for Event Management Education (AEME).
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).
Graduates will be prepared to follow a career in events planning, hospitality and tourism management as well as marketing, often working for event management organisations, large travel companies, hospitality businesses and airlines. Graduates will be equipped for this type of job thanks to the analytical skills and required industry and managerial knowledge that they will have acquired through their studies with us. These will support them in the decision-making which is essential when working as managers of the tourism, hospitality and event industries.
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.
Full time students on the sandwich route will be expected to take a minimum of 36 weeks full time work placement.
You must pass all the modules in Semester A to proceed onto the placement. For students with visa restrictions, the placement would need to take place within the UK. You 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 you 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. You will need to 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.
*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.
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
The normal entry requirements for the programme are:
English Language entry requirements
In addition all students for whom English is not their first language must produce evidence of their English Language proficiency. The standard required is an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each band), or an equivalent score on a test recognised by the University of Hertfordshire.
This requirement will be waived if the student has successfully completed an undergraduate degree at a university in the United Kingdom, or another All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
- GCSE English language grade A-C
- IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
Other English language tests are accepted. Please contact the International Office for details.