International Hotel Management MSc

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Why Surrey?

Our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management offers a fresh, dynamic outlook, unsurpassed industry connections, a leading international reputation and a remarkable track record in graduate employment.

This programme combines our academic expertise with Surrey’s unmatched industry connections to provide you with an understanding of the operational, managerial and strategic issues involved in running successful hotel services worldwide.

Programme overview

Our Masters in International Hotel Management focuses on the operation, delivery and management of successful hotel (and hotel related) services worldwide.

An integral aim of the programme is to encourage you to consider hospitality management from a range of perspectives.

Successful hotels are increasingly recognising that they can thrive and gain real competitive advantage from the effective management of assets, competences and capabilities.

Through this programme, you will gain the ability to identify and understand the key decisions facing hospitality managers, as well as evaluate alternative approaches to the management of the areas mentioned above.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to provide a high quality, vocational education which is intellectually rigorous and up-to- date, as well as relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and other professionals in the hospitality industry.

In addition to subject-specific knowledge, the programmes aim to develop generic management skills necessary to be effective in todays’ challenging business environment.

The programme has a business management orientation related to the hospitality sector and draws upon a range of cognate areas of study to explain and analyse the particular sector. It takes an integrated approach so as to provide a coherent exploration of the inter-relationships between the various components.

In addition, by way of elective modules, students on the programme can specialise in particular aspects relevant to their backgrounds, interests and aspirations.

The programme is international in scope and coverage, and lecturers draw upon the most recent research to inform their teaching. The programme aims to develop students as independent and reflective learners, able to continue their learning once in their chosen professions in the hospitality industry.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Upon completion of the programme, students will gain:

  • A systematic, in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to the student’s chosen area of study in management
  • A high level of theoretical and applied knowledge of the management, operation, organisation and provision of business or service sector education

An understanding of the research process

Intellectual / cognitive skills

Students will develop the ability to:

  • Independently critically evaluate approaches and techniques relevant to management in the sector concerned
  • Evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on own/others’ work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies
  • Demonstrate high level learning and problem solving abilities in the range of modules studied 

Professional practical skills

Students will gain the ability to:

  • Conduct research and produce a high quality Dissertation: this includes the ability to select, define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level; to develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; to analyse the issue; to develop recommendations and logical conclusions; to be aware of the limitations of the research work
  • Identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and therefore to propose new areas for investigation, new problems, new or alternative applications or methodological approaches

Key / transferable skills

Students will learn:

  • A range of generic skills relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and professionals, irrespective of their sector of operation. These will include analysis and synthesis, oral and written communication, computing/IT literacy, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, problem solving, independent and group working and research
  • An awareness of ethical dilemmas likely to arise in research and professional practice and an ability to formulate solutions in dialogue with peers, clients, mentors and others

Application and evaluation

Students will be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of and ability to evaluate some approaches and techniques relevant to management in the sector concerned
  • An ability to evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on own/others’ work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge
  • An ability to demonstrate learning and problem solving abilities in the range of modules studied

Synthesis and creativity

Students will gain an ability to identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and therefore to propose new problems

Transferable skills

Studdents will complete the programme with a range of generic skills relevant to the needs of managers, particularly in oral and written communication, computing/IT literacy, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, problem solving, independent and group working

Ethical understanding

Students will have an awareness of ethical dilemmas likely to arise in professional practice

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

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Programme leader

Dr Leon van Achterbergh

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Admissions enquiries:

+44-(0)1483-682-222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

Programme facts

Type of programme:

MSc

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months

Start date:

Sep 2017

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification from a British or overseas university.

Relevant work experience could be an additional benefit where applicants have not reached the standard entry requirements, although it is not an admissions requirement for this particular degree programme. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2017 £9,500 £19,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Funding

Loans, scholarships and financial support

There are many streams of funding for postgraduate students including awards, scholarships and loans. Learn more.

 

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

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The Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence

For all (with the exception of MBA) postgraduate taught courses starting in September 2017 within the Surrey Business School, the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the School of Law, we are offering all applicants who hold a  UK 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) or above opportunity to be awarded between £2,000 and £4,000 through the Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence Scheme. Download a flyer or read more for eligibility and to apply.

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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