Why choose this course
As digital technologies evolve, they bring fundamental transformation affecting organisations, people, and society. Managing the complexity of this transformation requires an opportunity-centred mindset and the ability to make well-informed and timely, tactical and strategic decisions to leverage change.
Studying our MSc in International Hospitality Management with Digital Innovation will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and tools to develop into a professional who understands business challenges and can manage technology-dependent solutions, leading hospitality organisations to thrive in the age of digital disruption.
Our International Hospitality Management and Digital Innovation MSc is designed to be delivered solely online via distance learning. This flexibility allows you to study for our distinctive, accredited course from anywhere in the world. You’ll be able to access all module materials and take module assessments through our virtual learning environment, SurreyLearn.
This course will give you access to our influential industry connections and our unique, cutting-edge research, courtesy of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Providing excellent graduate employment prospects, the School was ranked:
- 3rd in the Complete University Guide 2020
- Top 5 for hospitality, leisure and tourism in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
- Top 10 for hospitality and leisure management in the QS World University Rankings 2020.
What you will study
Relying on a deep understanding of the complex interplay between people, organisational processes, and digital technologies, this course will prepare you to lead, manage, strategise, develop, and implement innovative digital business solutions for the hospitality industry.
This course will take you on a unique journey through the different aspects of the hospitality industry and the intriguing intertwined relationships between them.
We’ll make sure you graduate from our course with outstanding knowledge of the managerial, operational and organisational best practices within the hospitality industry and more.
You will be able to tailor our course to suit your career aspirations by choosing engaging optional modules and creating a thought-provoking dissertation.
We aim to prepare you for a successful career at the heart of one of the world's most exciting industries. The hospitality sector is a broad and resilient one, and our graduates are highly employable across a wide range of organisations.
Some of our graduates have gone on to start their careers in the following roles:
- Conference Services and Facilities Manager
- Hotel Manager
- Senior Executive (in destination management services).
Find out more about the exciting career prospects our hospitality and tourism postgraduate degrees can offer.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Academic year structure
- Research Methods for the Digital Age (Compulsory)
- Hospitality Operations Analysis (Compulsory)
- Digital Marketing for Hospitality (Compulsory)
- Technology, Change, and Innovation (Compulsory)
- Accounting and Finance for Service Industry (Compulsory)
- Hospitality Information Systems (Compulsory)
- Designing Digital Hospitality Services (Optional)
- Business Plan for Hospitality, Tourism & Events (Optional)
- Strategic Management of International Hospitality Companies (Optional)
- Strategic Human Resource Management (Optional)
Dissertation, Applied Research Project, or Business Plan (Compulsory)
Please note this programme is not included in the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ and it will be delivered solely online via distance learning.
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.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22. This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
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, 75 and 120 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:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
A 2:1 UK honours degree in Hospitality or Management or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We may be able to take relevant work experience into consideration if you don't meet these requirements. If you have at least one year of relevant experience in a full-time graduate-level role (or a minimum of two years’ experience in a relevant graduate-level part-time role) please provide full details of your role and responsibilities in your personal statement and CV when you submit your application.
International entry requirements by country
Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
Start date: October 2021
Full-time - 1 year
Part-time - 2 years
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2021-22 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
- Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
Southern Grove Accommodation Bursaries
How to apply
Subject to places being available, we will continue to consider applications from applicants that do not require a student visa.
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 at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
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.
Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21. Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
A mixture of online learning and in-person teaching on our Stag Hill campus