International Hospitality and Tourism Management BSc (Hons) – 2017 entry

My lecturers are from around the world and have not only academic prestige but also working experience from within the hospitality and tourism industries.

What you'll study

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.

Programme overview

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.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

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.

Compulsory modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

In Year 2, you will study a combination of compulsory modules based on fundamental management topics such as Business Finance and Managing Organisations 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 Operations 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.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules (two of the following):

Professional Training placements

The Professional Training placement 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.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

In Year 3, you will study a combination of compulsory modules based on fundamental management topics, such as International Business Strategy, and hospitality and tourism-specific management topics, such as Entrepreneurship in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.

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).

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules (six from the following):

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): £50
  • Trip (including overseas travel and accommodation): £500
  • Grand total: £550

Teaching and assessment

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.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 2 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 2 per cent medium group teaching
  • 17 per cent large group teaching
  • 79 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Career opportunities

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.

Graduate prospects

Recent International Hospitality and Tourism Management graduates have entered employment with organisations such as:

  • Air Berlin
  • Fairmont Group
  • Four Seasons
  • Hilton
  • Thomas Cook

Global opportunities

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:

  • Victoria University, Wellington
  • Ryerson University, Toronto
  • La Trobe University
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Melbourne University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Modul University

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 hospitality and 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 to improve or learn another language.

Learn more about the Erasmus programme or discover where our global opportunities can take you.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

Access to HE Diploma

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 Credits at Merit.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

74 per cent

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers ABB/Scottish Highers AABBB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AB

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). 

Selection process

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.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2018 entry information

Course Options

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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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.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the fees page for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

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.

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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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Professional Training placement at the Savoy Hotel

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.

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