International Hospitality Management BSc (Hons) or MBus (Hons) – 2017 entry

What you'll study

Drawing on extensive experience of teaching, researching and working in hospitality management, this programme combines specific industry-focused modules, a core foundation in business and management, and, with our Professional Training placement programme, hands-on experience in real hospitality organisations.

The programme benefits from the Lakeside Restaurant and Lakeside Coffee Shop, on-campus establishments run by the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management that give you the opportunity to learn how to plan, organise, evaluate and manage successful hospitality businesses.

Programme overview

The perfect foundation for senior managerial roles in this dynamic, thriving sector, our renowned International Hospitality Management programme opens up a variety of prestigious career opportunities for you, both in the UK and overseas.

Our aim is that you will leave us as a professional ready to make an immediate impact in the field; to ensure this happens, you will start developing professional skills from the outset of the programme.

This combination of academic theory, up-to-date industry knowledge and practical experience will kick-start your hospitality management career, giving you opportunities across a range of organisations and sectors – from hotels and restaurants to events companies and cruise ships.

Graduates also go on to work for consultancy companies, or use their degree as a gateway into other areas in which hospitality is an essential activity, such as estate management or corporate entertaining. Others have used the business and management elements of the programme to move into broader management roles.

We also ensure that our programme reflects the current state of the hospitality industry, making extensive use of case studies, simulations, site visits and the latest data to provide you with the most up-to-date and relevant education possible.

Our degree is one of the most prestigious qualifications in hospitality management, with our alumni occupying some of the most senior positions in the industry.

Our MBus programme offers highly academic students a direct route to a Masters qualification by extending your BSc for a further year.

Graduates of the programme will be able to combine theory and its application in the commercial world and are therefore likely to be highly attractive to employers as future strategic leaders and senior managers in the hospitality sector.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, you will be given an introduction to the diverse nature of the hospitality industry and the wide range of products and services that the industry encompasses.

This will include an overview of the characteristics that differentiate each sector of the industry, its variety of markets, the needs of its customers and an understanding of staffing dimensions required to meet these.

You will also start to learn key management concepts through modules in Marketing Principles and Financial Accounting, as well as building workplace skills through Developing Professionals.

Modules in Restaurant Management and Restaurant Operations are based in the Lakeside Restaurant, giving you an understanding of the realities of working and managing in a restaurant environment.

Compulsory modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

In Year 2, you will continue your exploration of the industry and of broader management skills. Optional modules will allow you to extend your knowledge in areas that you find particularly interesting.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules (three from the following):

Professional Training placements

The Professional Training placement is an integral part of our programmes. 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.

Recent students have enjoyed placements at:

  • The Fairmont Group
  • Intercontinental Hotels Group
  • Le Méridien
  • Radisson Edwardian Hotels
  • The Ritz Hotel
  • The Savoy Hotel

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules (four from the following):

Year 4 (FHEQ Level 7)

The graduate employment market increasingly demands the highest qualifications and the ability to hit the ground running when taking up a new position. At Surrey, we have responded to this demand by creating our new MBus qualification.

A further advantage of the MBus is that you graduate in June, giving you a head start in the postgraduate job market where graduation is normally in October. It also makes you more experienced and better qualified than Bachelors students graduating in June.

During the MBus year you will, in addition to taking advanced classes, undertake a substantial piece of applied research, demonstrating your ability to put theory into practice and providing you with a showcase project to impress future employers.

You can apply directly for the full MBus programme or transfer into it during your BSc studies providing you achieve high grades in your key modules. Either way, the MBus is covered by the student loan scheme – potentially saving you thousands of pounds that you might have to spend upfront on a separate Masters degree.

As with our Bachelors degrees, the MBus also offers you the chance to study abroad in your second year and undertake a Professional Training placement in your third year.

Compulsory modules:

Additional costs

There are associated costs with the BSc (Hons) programme:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): £50
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £68
  • Trip (including overseas travel and accommodation): £500
  • Grand total: £618

There are associated costs with the BMus (Hons) programme:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): £20
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £68
  • Grand total: £88

Teaching and assessment

Each 15-credit module is designed to involve 150 hours of work, including lectures, laboratories, tutorials and individual study time. Students enjoy the practical application of running our Lakeside Restaurant, which is open to the public.

You will be part of a team, devising menus, preparing advertising and managing finances, alongside cooking and serving food.

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):

  • 4.36 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 6.31 per cent medium group teaching
  • 1333 per cent large group teaching
  • 76 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Career opportunities

Our graduates have proven to be highly employable across a wide range of industries, not just within hospitality. Their specialist skills make them ideal for service sector companies’ fast-track graduate recruitment schemes.

Customer-oriented skills make them attractive to any service-based industry.

Some graduates choose to go into operational management roles, running hotels and restaurants around the world. Others specialise in marketing, human resources, IT and other head office positions in large hospitality-based corporations. Some set up their own successful hospitality businesses.

Graduate prospects

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

  • Four Seasons
  • Hilton Hotel Group
  • Hyatt
  • The Goring Hotel
  • The Savoy Hotel

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 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 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

75 per cent

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Scottish Highers


Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB


Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB

Welsh Baccalaureate


Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA


Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA

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 and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or international equivalent – see relevant country page).

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

6.0IELTS 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 N220 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 Years N221 View KIS data set
MBus (Hons) 4 Years N862 View KIS data set
MBus (Hons) 5 Years N800 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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