Why choose this course
Global hotel industry is being revolutionised by major shifts in consumer demand and buying power. In a post-pandemic world, the international hotel industry is gearing to see significant increase in demand for new experiences and business models. Innovative thinking, sustainable consumption/production and digital leadership are at the heart of our International Hotel Management MSc.
Our International Hotel Management MSc provides you with critical knowledge and the professional skills you need to become a successful industry leader. A combination of our academic expertise, cutting edge research and impressive network of industry connections will help you to develop an advanced level of understanding of hotel operations and strategic management of global businesses needed to succeed in this dynamic sector.
Our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is world leading in hospitality and tourism education, ranked 1st in the UK and 2nd in the world by the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022, 1st in the UK and 14th in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 and 1st in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2023.
If you are interested in studying on a fully online course, then explore our International Hospitality Management with Digital Innovation MSc.
What you will study
Dynamic management practices are crucial to successfully managing global hotel companies. We will facilitate your development in the competencies and skill sets that global organisations in the hospitality business are looking for, focusing on operations management, financial management, managing people and technologies, service delivery systems and strategic management practices from around the world.
Hospitality management will be looked at from ethical, financial, sustainable and technological considerations, through research and practice towards the creation of effective systems.
You’ll learn about the current contexts and challenges facing hotel managers in their decision-making and how to consider the value of alternative approaches to business. By the time you graduate, you will be equipped to take on the challenges and make your mark on the industry.
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. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.
Our International Hotel Management course will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in industry.
Some of our graduates have gone on to start their careers in the following areas:
- Hotel and restaurant management
- Revenue and asset Management
- Events management
- Cruise ships
- Tourism and travel
- Hotel property development
- Hotel technology.
Academic year structure
The majority of our teaching and services will be delivered via hybrid learning – both online and in person. All modules are compulsory in Semester 1, while there is choice of two optional modules in Semester 2.
Students starting the programme in February will complete their dissertation across academic years and will also undertake the Research Methods module during the summer period rather than in Semester 1.
You will complete exams in the following modules:
- Organisational Behaviour: Psychology in the Workplace MANM024
- Accounting and Finance for the Service Industry MANM490
- Revenue Management MANM243.
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, 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 Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (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 minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, 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
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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 your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, 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. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to 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.
In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.
Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (email@example.com) with any queries.
Start date: February 2023
Full-time - 1 year
Start date: September 2023
Full-time - 1 year
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
- If you are on a two-year full-time 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.
There are associated costs with this programme:
- Commuting (local travel expenses): £50 - Commuting to site visits.
Grand total: £50.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.
Scholarships and bursaries
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