Why choose this course
Studying on our BSc (Hons) Professional International Hotel Management course will give you access to our influential industry connections and our unique, cutting-edge research, courtesy of our inspiring School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
In our globalised world, hotels are in increasing demand and compete to set the benchmark for customer experience while, at the same time, catering to all cultures and tastes. Our BSc in Professional International Hotel Management provides you with the knowledge and professional skills you need to become an industry leader.
Surrey is one of the UK’s top universities for tourism, transport, travel and heritage studies, ranked 6th in the Complete University Guide 2022.
Our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management also has an outstanding global reputation, we are ranked 1st in the UK and 3rd in the world for hospitality and tourism management in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021, 1st in the UK and 11th in the world for hospitality and leisure management in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 and 6th for hospitality, leisure and tourism in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.
What you will study
Dynamic management practices are crucial to successfully managing global hotel companies. We’ll facilitate your development in the professional competencies and skill sets that global hotel organisations are looking for, focusing on operations management, service delivery systems and strategic management practices from around the world.
Hotel management will be looked at from ethical, financial, sustainable and technological perspectives. There will be a particular focus on sustainability and technology, in order to create managers for the future.
Whilst studying at the University, you’ll learn about managing people, finances, marketing and operations in this dynamic sector. Assessments will be based on real-life issues in the sector, including assessments conducted during work experience, allowing you to develop the analytical skills needed to apply your knowledge.
You’ll learn about the current contexts and challenges facing hotel managers in their decision-making and you will use your critical analysis skills to seek solutions to problems. By the time you graduate, you will have two years’ work-experience and the knowledge and professional skills to be an effective manager in this exciting and dynamic sector.
The University of Surrey has a long history of providing the hotel sector with exceptional employees from the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Many of our alumni can be found in the most senior positions in hotels across the globe.
This new programme develops on this, providing an additional professional focus with two years of industry training making up half of the programme, and a more vocational focus. In addition to our exceptional on-campus hospitality facilities used as training sites, the School has long-standing relationships with hotel companies. This gives students unparalleled opportunities to develop professional skills and network with those working in the sector, including through guest lectures and other events.
The first year of your course will be spent at the University, developing an understanding of the basics of hotel management and service delivery, and developing professional and operational skills. This will include time in our training restaurant, developing an understanding of both front-of-house and kitchen operations. In Year 2, you will further develop your skills in an operational role at a hotel. You will continue your studies whilst working, taking two online modules with assessments based on your work environment. Year 3 will be based at the University, studying more strategic issues in the sector before moving into a second year of industry experience in a more supervisory role. Again, you will study two online modules while working, leading up to the creation of a strategic development plan for the hotel you are working in.
All assessment will be based on real issues in the sector, developing your ability to use your knowledge to problem-solve and devise realistic and workable solutions, and also defend your position. These are important skills that industry leaders are looking for in new graduates.
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.
We aim to prepare you for a successful career at the heart of one of the world's most exciting industries. The hotel 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)
Academic year structure
The programme comprises of four years, two of which take place on the University campus and two which take place in industry.
In Year 1, you’ll learn the fundamentals of hotel management and service delivery across two taught semesters. During this time, you’ll be taught both in the classroom, and in our excellent hospitality-related facilities, notably our Lakeside restaurant and coffee shop, where you’ll learn first-hand about the importance of service delivery, and also what it’s like to work both in front-of-house and kitchen operations.
In Year 2, you’ll put the skills you have learnt in Year 1 into practice in an operational role in a hotel. During this time, you’ll complete two more modules online, with assessments linked to your workplace. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the running of a hotel, and what it’s like to work in an operational role.
Having gained a good understanding of working in the sector, Year 3 takes you into the more strategic aspects, preparing you for a more managerial role. You’ll also be able to tailor your programme, to an extent, in this year through the choice of elective modules.
Your final year is spent in a hotel in a more supervisory position, which could be in the UK or overseas. You’ll be able to hone your management and leadership skills, and through two further online modules, contribute to the future development of the hotel’s activities through researching and writing a strategic development plan.
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.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
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 note: this course is subject to validation, therefore no modules have been confirmed at this moment in time. These modules will appear once the course has been validated.
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. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
We assess modules individually and award credits for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.
Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
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.
As a student at Surrey, you can also sign up to our free courses in the following areas:
Living in student accommodation is a great way to meet new people and spark friendships.
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).
Other international qualifications
If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other 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.
Suitable applicants will be invited to an interview. Offers are normally made in terms of grades following a successful interview.
Recognition of prior learning
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 contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2022
UK To be confirmed
Overseas To be confirmed
BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)
UK To be confirmed
Overseas To be confirmed
Professional training To be confirmed
- Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms.
- Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
- Fees for international students: 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.
- Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
- Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
- International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
- 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
- 50% in January of the same academic year.
The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.
If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.
Professional Training placement fees
If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.
See the information about 2020/21 academic year Professional Training placement fee.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, you will develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.
Students from our existing programmes frequently take up overseas professional training, which enhances their CV and also exposes them to different ways of working. It also shows them to be open to new experiences and resilient, which are both important personal characteristics. You will have the opportunity to work overseas (subject to successful interview) in one or both of your periods of placement. Previously students have worked as far afield as Australia, the Maldives and Hong Kong, gaining understanding of how other cultures work and interact, which is important in this global sector.
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 procedures, the student 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 registration terms and conditions (PDF) from the 2020/2021 academic year 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 and before you accept an offer. Read more.
In particular we wish to draw your intention to the following matters affecting the academic year 2021/2022:
- Covid-19 - 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 2020/2021 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach, details of which can be found here [link]. It is anticipated that these programme changes and the hybrid learning approach will be adopted throughout the academic year 2021/2022, however, given the changing nature of the pandemic, this is being kept under continuous review. Detailed information on all changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is available at the coronavirus course changes page. The linked pages set out information relating to general University changes and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.
- Brexit - The UK is now no longer part of the EU. We are awaiting further information and instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. EU students applying for programmes in the academic year 2021/2022 and students applying for courses with placements abroad should visit our dedicated webpages for the latest information on how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect their courses.
Subject to validation
This programme is subject to approval. This means that it has received initial agreement from the University and is currently undergoing a detailed final approval exercise, through the University’s quality assurance processes. These processes are a requirement for all Higher Education Institutions within the UK, to ensure that programmes are of the highest standard. Occasionally there may be instances where the University may delay or not approve the introduction of the programme. In these instances applicants will be informed by no later than 5 August.
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.