International Hotel Management MSc

Why choose this course?

Our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management offers a dynamic perspective, recognised amongst the best in the world, and ranks in the top five of the QS World Universities. This programme combines our academic expertise with unmatched industry connections to provide you with a substantial understanding of the operational, managerial and strategic issues necessary for success in industry.

What you will study

Successful hotels are increasingly recognising that they can thrive and gain real competitive advantage from the effective management of assets, competences and capabilities.

Our Masters in International Hotel Management focuses on the operations, service delivery systems, and best management practices in a global context.

An integral aim of the programme is to encourage you to consider hospitality management from a wide range of necessary competencies, including identifying trends, appreciating ethical considerations, the importance of revenue maximisation, and effective systems design.

Through this programme, you will gain the ability to identify and understand the key decisions facing hospitality managers, as well as being able to evaluate the importance of alternative business approaches.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
MSc Full-time 12 months Oct 2018
Stag Hill

Global opportunities

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus + traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Programme leader

Dr Leon van Achterbergh

Our students

  • Purimprach Sangkaew, PhD Tourism

    "I really enjoy the research environment at Surrey. In my School there are many international students, which gives me opportunities to learn new perspectives from around the world."

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  • Anke Winchenbach, PhD Hospitality and Tourism Management

    "I clearly made the right decision. I am very happy to be part of the researcher community at Surrey!"

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Our graduates

  • Nadine Bernardi, Msc International Events Management

    "The programme itself was well structured, with lots of opportunities for practical experience. My tutors all had a working background in events, which was a great addition to the theory and knowledge delivered through the course."

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  • Rochelle Turner, MSc Tourism Management

    Rochelle Turner is Head of Research at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

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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. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

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.



Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can assist you in developing your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

Students are encouraged to disclose their condition and register with the service so that they can be appropriately supported during their studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also provided to students where appropriate.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2:1 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British or overseas university. Relevant work experience can be considered where applicants have not reached the standard entry requirements, although it is not an admissions requirement for this particular degree programme.

Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted.

Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic:  6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Oct 2018 £9,800 £19,800

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2018-19 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Loans, scholarships and financial support

There are many streams of funding for postgraduate students including awards, scholarships and loans. Learn more.


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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

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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.

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