MSc International Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management with Placement Year

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Why choose Herts?

  • Advanced research option: You have an opportunity to develop enhanced critical and research skills which could be a great asset to you in either a work environment or in academia.
  • Employment prospects: Graduates are working as hotel customer relations managers, travel agents, and airline staff for organisations including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Expedia Group, and TUI.
  • 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).

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?

Our Postgraduate studies are sector leading amongst over 100 Higher Education Institutions in the UK as evidenced by our extraordinary achievement:

  • 1st out of 85 universities for business and management in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023)
  • 1st for Skills Development, 2nd for Support, Resources, Community and Assessment (Advance HE, 2023)

  • 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.

  • 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
    Preparation for the Workplace 0 Credits Compulsory
    Work Placement Portfolio 0 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
    Professional Work Placement 60 Credits Compulsory
  • Key staff

    Dr Sofia Reino
    Programme Leader
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    Further course information

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

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


    Studying the tourism course at the University of Hertfordshire was a priceless experience for me. The knowledge and experience acquired during my study enabled me to confidently explore my entrepreneurial capabilities and start my own travel company.
    In addition to managing my tourism business, I am also a consultant to the government in tourism planning and development on a national level, and acting as the Secretary of the MICE Industry Cluster Group of the World Bank GEMS Project on Tourism for Cross River State in Nigeria.

    John Atsu

    Owner and Managing Director, Alvasta Travel & Leisure Company Ltd, Nigeria

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