International Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management MSc

Key information

Start date: May 2020

Why choose this course

At Surrey, we’re world leaders in hospitality and leisure management. We’re ranked 3rd in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2020 for hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism and in the top 10 globally by the QS World University Rankings 2019.

Designed with employers to meet industry needs, our MSc International Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management course will equip you with the leadership and management skills to succeed in your industry.

This course is unique in the UK and you’ll study through part-time distance learning, enabling you to gain an MSc while working in a managerial or professional role.

What you will study

This course has been designed to equip leaders in the hospitality, tourism and events sectors to prosper in a fast changing, complex environment. It will enable you to achieve an MSc qualification, irrespective of previous education, helping you address issues in your organisation while also going through a transformational experience both personally and professionally.

Our MSc prepares leaders for the realities of doing business in the visitor economy. It includes activities to connect learners to peers, academics, researchers and industry leaders.

It also features both in-class and online learning and you will have opportunities to put your theory to the test and develop knowledge, skills and behaviours as you apply the learning in your own organisation.


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, Learners will have to study all eight of the taught modules and complete the work based project / dissertation in order to be granted the MSc award.

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

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


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 course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Entry requirements

A 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification, plus relevant professional experience (at least three years in supervisory roles, leading a team or being in charge of a department).

Alternatively, applicants without a degree will be considered if they have five years of relevant experience.

All applicants should have GCSE Maths and English at grade C(4) or above.

View entry requirements by country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each component.

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.

Credit transfer

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: May 2020

Distance-learning -

UK/EU £9,000

Overseas £9,000

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 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 distance learning masters, 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. 

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this course:

  • Travel and accommodation expenses for on-campus study (if required): Estimated at 20 days and 20 nights for the overall programme (24 months), we advise budgeting £100 a night for accommodation and subsistence in Guildford, for a total cost of £2,000 for 20 nights’ accommodation and subsistence.


You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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 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 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.


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. 

University of Surrey

University of Surrey
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