My lecturers are from around the world and have not only academic prestige but also working experience from within the hospitality and tourism industries.
Designed to meet the needs of a dynamic sector, this programme blends a core of business and management studies with specific, specialised modules that draw on our extensive experience in hospitality and tourism.
Through the business modules, you will explore the key approaches and techniques vital to managing and running an international business. The specialist modules, meanwhile, give you a detailed appreciation of the unique features and challenges of the hospitality and tourism industries.
From hotels to casinos, airlines to cruise ships, tour operators to resort development, our International Hospitality and Tourism Management programme primes you for a career at the heart of one of the world’s largest, most exciting and fastest-growing sectors.
Taught by an outstanding international faculty, we pride ourselves on creating an educational environment for the programme that encourages you to grow both personally and professionally. Our approach combines theory and practice in a way that gives you the chance to apply your knowledge, making use of case studies, business simulations and site visits.
This balance gives you both the in-depth knowledge to thrive in international hospitality and tourism and a broader range of transferable skills that can be applied to a variety of managerial and entrepreneurial roles.
We have strong relationships with major organisations in the hospitality and tourism sector and there are regular opportunities to interact with senior industry figures. These links not only keep you up-to-date with the latest sector developments, but can also significantly improve your employability upon graduation.
In Year 1, all modules are compulsory. The modules will enable you to develop fundamental and international hospitality and tourism-specific management skills and knowledge. All managers in service industries need to be able to understand, analyse and improve the processes for which they are responsible.
The hospitality-specific module, Understanding Service Delivery, provides you with a strong knowledge of the nature and purpose of the service concept and the ways in which processes and people deliver this. The tourism-specific module, Business of Tourism, examines the development, operation, structure, organisation and trends associated with individual sectors of the tourism industry, such as transport and visitor attractions.
The module analyses and discusses each sector’s economic and operational characteristics and the ways in which they interact in the production of tourism products and services.
In Year 2, you will study a combination of compulsory modules based on fundamental management topics such as Business Finance and Managing Organization and Human Resources, and international hospitality and tourism-specific management topics such as Tourism Policy and Development, and Hospitality and Tourism Technology and Media.
You will be able to choose from a wide selection of optional modules based on a variety of management topics, including business, entrepreneurship, retail, and hospitality and tourism. Tourism Policy and Development examines the development, formulation and role of policies for tourism that can meet the needs of the stakeholders and establish planning goals and instruments.
During the Sustainable Tourism module, you will consider the way in which the tourism industry impacts on people and places, but also the way in which resource depletion, biodiversity, climate change and ageing societies impact on the tourism industry.
You will also be able to choose two optional modules from the following selection:
The Professional Training placement year is an integral part of our programme. Our prestigious placement partner organisations provide opportunities for you to gain valuable experience in a professional working environment, increasing your confidence, skills and employability when you graduate. You can choose to spend your placement in the UK, Europe or even further afield.
In Year 3, you will study a combination of compulsory modules based on fundamental management topics, such as Business Strategy, and hospitality and tourism-specific management topics, such as Entrepreneurship in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry and International Tourism Destinations.
You will be able to choose four optional modules. The International Tourism Destinations module looks at the development of different destinations and considers a key element of this development, whether this is recovering from a crisis (in the case of Sri Lanka), taking advantage of a sports event (in the case of Australia) or using tourism to assist those in poverty (in the case of Kenya).
In Year 3, you will study two compulsory modules based on fundamental management topics:
You will be able to choose six optional modules from the following selection:
Recent International Hospitality and Tourism Management graduates have entered employment with organisations such as:
Each 15-credit module is designed to involve 150 hours of student work. This is time spent in lectures, laboratories and tutorials, and includes private study on your own or in small study groups. You will also write essays and assignments drawing on your understanding of a subject.
Our staff members are innovative in delivering engaging learning sessions that bring together theory and practice for your intellectual and professional development.
Graduates of our degree have proven to be highly employable across a range of organisations, not just within hospitality and tourism.
Some of our graduates choose to go into operational management roles, running hotels, holiday companies and resorts around the world. Others specialise in marketing, human resources, IT and other head-office positions in large hospitality and tourism-based corporations. Many find excellent career opportunities in hospitality and tourism consultancy businesses.
We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas for one semester during your second year (typically the autumn semester).
The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management currently has 17 exchange agreements spanning four continents of the globe. Our international partners include the University of Queensland in Australia, Victoria University Wellington in New Zealand, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Central Florida in the USA. Partnerships with European institutions include Modul University in Austria and La Rochelle Business School in France.
Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and enable students to enhance their international outlook. If you choose to study at one of our European partners, you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant.
Taking part in the exchange programme is an invaluable experience that will expand your knowledge of international event management, broaden your horizons, enhance your CV and enrich your life on a personal and professional level.
In your third year you might then want to think about spending your Professional Training placement abroad. Students have worked in many places, both in Europe and beyond; if working in Europe you will again be eligible for an Erasmus grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.
GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or international equivalent – see relevant country page).
Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.
6.5 IELTS minimum overall
6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill
|Qualification||Course Length||Professional Training||UCAS code||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||3 years||N230||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||4 years||N231||View KIS data set|
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Tuition fees are currently set at £9,000 per year for UK/EU undergraduates starting in 2015. Fees for 2016 entry will be available in the autumn.
Fees for students classed as overseas for fees purposes are as follows: £15,800 for 2015 entry. Fees for 2016 entry will be available in the autumn.
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.
A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.
Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.
Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.
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Jason Vickers and Zuzana Polakova, current students at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management feature in a film about working at the Savoy in London.
"I chose a placement at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in London because of the important economic impact research it carries out, demonstrating the industry’s global value."
Hospitality and tourism programmes at Surrey are ranked number one in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.
Jason Vickers and Zuzana Polakova, current students at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, feature in a film about working at the Savoy in London. A five star hotel filled with heritage, the Savoy is steeped in tradition but remains at the cutting edge of innovative hospitality
New research ranks the University of Surrey number one in the UK and Europe – and fourth internationally – for research in hospitality and tourism.
The Good University Guide ranks Surrey top of national league tables.
The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Surrey has been ranked top in the country for student satisfaction by the National Student Survey (NSS) 2013.
A final year student from the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has become the first winner of the Wimdu Scholarship, a programme designed to recognise the skills that are fundamental to a successful marketing campaign in a fast-paced, global economy.
Students from the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management to run a series of themed menus at Lakeside Restaurant.
Hospitality and Tourism rated top sector for graduate career progression in new online survey.
The University of Surrey has been ranked sixth in this year’s Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.
Tamara Edwards is currently employed on the IT Graduate Development Programme at TUI Travel PLC. She studied Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, including a Professional Training placement year at Park Plaza County Hall Hotel in London.
Congratulations to our new alumni who recently graduated in University of Surrey Hospitality and Tourism Management programmes at the Hong Kong University School for Professional and Continuing Education (HKUSpace).
Matthew Gardiner, an alumnus from the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has been featured in a list of ‘Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders’.
Undergraduate student Tianyue Qiu has won recognition from HOSPA for excellence in her studies.
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has been given the Employer of the Year Award for Professional Training 2012-13 at the University of Surrey, based on the experience of Tourism Management undergraduate student, Elizabeth Andrews.
Surrey academics assist local government as Iraqi city of Erbil prepares to become Arab Capital of Tourism in 2014.
A new mobile app, designed by academics at the University of Surrey, will radically change the way visitors interact with museums and gallery spaces.
Professor Graham Miller, Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has been appointed as a ‘Core Expert’ by the European Commission (EC) to help guide the continued development of the European Tourism Indicator System (ETIS).
The University of Surrey has become the first university to receive the prestigious Tourism Society Award, a recognition of its sustained commitment to excellence in the tourism industry.