International Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management Practice MSc

Key information

Start date: May 2020

Part-time: 2 years

Why choose this course

Ranked top 10 in the QS World University Rankings 2019, our hospitality, tourism and events programmes boast a leading international reputation.

Whether you’re newly employed in one of these sectors, or an existing employee looking to enhance your professional development, our Senior Leader apprenticeship incorporating the MSc International Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management will allow you to gain a masters qualification while earning a wage.

With internationally renowned academics, qualified industry-practitioners, state-of-the-art facilities and flexible learning, we are perfectly positioned to train you in the skills your company needs both now and in the future.

What you will study

At the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, we are tackling the leadership skills gap among professionals in the hospitality, tourism and events sector, and have a keen understanding of what employers are looking for.

You’ll spend the majority of your time working in industry and the rest of your working time studying at the University. Our blended approach means that you will learn through a mixture of online and face to face teaching, so that you can take an apprenticeship at Surrey wherever you are based in England.

You’ll explore industry issues such as terrorism, security, sustainable tourism, intensifying competition, politics and technology advancement and have opportunities to network and collaborate with other learners.

We work in close partnership with employers to ensure you acquire the knowledge and leadership skills needed to thrive in an increasingly competitive environment.


This course is taught by academic staff from the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Programme leader

Jackie Watson

Prof Jackie Watson

See profile

Apprenticeship structure

There are three parts to your apprenticeship:

  • Off-the-job training (programme of study at the University of Surrey) - 24 months.
  • On-the-job training (in employment).
  • An end-point assessment at the end of your programme - 3 months.

Find out more about the apprenticeship structure.


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

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

None, apprentices will have to study all eight of the taught modules and complete the work based project in order to be granted the MSc award.

Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

None, apprentices will have to study all eight of the taught modules and complete the work based project in order to be granted the MSc award.


Learners are required to be on the University of Surrey campus for 10 days of learning:

  • 20 May 2020
  • 21 May 2020
  • 15 July 2020
  • 9 Sept 2020 
  • 10 Sept 2020 
  • 20 Jan 2021
  • 21 Jan 2021
  • 26 May 2021
  • 27 May 2021
  • 15 Sept 2022

These dates are subject to change.


Once your on-the-job training (programme of study) and off-the-job training is successfully completed together with your employer, we’ll agree that you’re ready to take the end-point assessment. This will take an additional three months on top of your programme of study.

Entry requirements

Applicants require one of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree including three years work experience in a supervisory role (leading a team) and a Level 2 mathematics qualification.
  • Five years work experience in a supervisory role (leading a team) and a Level 2 mathematics qualification.

You will also need to meet the apprenticeship eligibility requirements of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

English language requirements

Level 2 English language or Level 2 English literature qualification.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.


Start date: May 2020


UK/EU £9,000

Overseas £9,000

Employer information: we charge up to the funding cap which is currently £18,000.

Additional costs

As an apprentice you are responsible for funding the costs of any travel or accommodation to attend face-to-face, off-the-job training and replacement certificates for previous qualifications.

Other than this, you will not be asked to finance or contribute towards the cost of your apprenticeship. Should you choose to leave an apprenticeship early, your employer cannot claim training or assessment costs back from you. See all additional costs that your employer will be responsible for.


The costs of your tuition fees will be covered by your employer and the government, through the apprenticeship levy.

You won't need to apply for a:

  • Tuition fee loan
  • Maintenance loan.

Find out more about apprenticeship funding.


How to apply

If you have an employer that is willing to support you with the apprenticeship and you meet our entry requirements, please ask your employer to contact Further details about how to apply will be provided once initial contact is made.

If you have any queries about this apprenticeship and the application process, please contact

Application process

As part of your application, you’ll need to provide:

  • Details of your employment
  • Proof you meet the requirements of the ESFA apprenticeship funding rules
  • Proof you meet the requirements of our entry requirements and the apprenticeship standard.

You will also need to complete a detailed Initial Needs Assessment with your employer and us, to confirm what relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours you already possess and whether any of these would be covered by the apprenticeship.

Find out more about the application process.

Admission information

Our undergraduate admissions policy (including degree apprenticeships) provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study.

Please note, we our finalising our terms and conditions for degree apprenticeships and these will be made available shortly.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Additional information

You will be required to attend 10 days of learning at our Stag Hill campus. Outside of this, you will complete virtual, online study.
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