MSc International Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

Why choose Herts?

  • Industry accreditations: The University is a member of the Tourism Management Institute (TMI), Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), and the Association for Event Management Education (AEME).
  • Employment prospects: Graduates work as hotel customer relations managers, travel agents, and airline staff for organisations including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Expedia Group, and TUI.
  • Flexibility: You have the option to complete the course on fast-track in one academic year, or to complete in two-years with a choice of a work placement or advanced research.

Professional Accreditations

The University is member of the Tourism Management Institute (TMI), Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and the Association for Event Management Education (AEME).

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About the course

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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. 

Why choose this course?

  • The course offers you comprehensive knowledge of the Tourism, Hospitality and Event industries. 
  • It is delivered by a very successful and internationally renowned team of experts, both in terms of their managerial experience and academic knowledge.  
  • It offers a balance of practical input and academic knowledge to support graduates in their future careers within these industries. 
  • It provides opportunities to interact with current industry practitioners.
  • It presents flexibility to study full time, part time and it offers the possibility to undertake a work placement. 

What will I study?

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
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    International Business Strategy 15 Credits Compulsory
    Accounting and Finance in the Organisation 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods for Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management 15 Credits Compulsory
    Contemporary Themes: Tourism/Hospitality/Event Management 15 Credits Compulsory
    Marketing and Technology for Tourism, Hospitality and Events 15 Credits Compulsory
    People Management for the Tourism, Hospitality and Event Industries 15 Credits Compulsory
    Crisis, Risk and Recovery for Tourism, Hospitality and Events 15 Credits Compulsory
    Field Research 15 Credits Compulsory
    Management Research Report 60 Credits Compulsory
  • Key staff

    Dr Mary Quek
    Senior Lecturer, Hospitality
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    Dr Sofia Reino
    Programme Leader
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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc International Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc International Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

    Student experience

    At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation and childcare to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.

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    Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

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