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Hospitality and Tourism
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Hospitality and Tourism

We have a global reputation in the industry for our hospitality-related degrees

Optional work placement to boost your skills and career progression

Do you want to enter a dynamic, global industry that is constantly expanding and changing? Whether you are interested in hospitality and tourism planning, travel services, managing events or tourist attractions, our International Hospitality Management postgraduate course will help prepare you for managerial roles in this field and pave the way for you to enter a vast array of diverse careers.

University College Birmingham is internationally renowned for providing outstanding hospitality management courses and training. By completing this course, you will be able to follow in the footsteps of our graduates working in senior management positions within the sector all over the world. Our course will boost your understanding of the industry environment and critical awareness of current issues, all while being supported by our expert lecturing team.

Our hospitality management master's course gives you the chance to carry out research abroad on a five-day study trip, with essential costs covered by the University. You will also have the option of a three to six-month industry placement to enhance your employment prospects when you graduate.

Why should I choose this course?

  • RESIDENTIAL VISIT – Travel overseas on a five-day research trip, with past students having visited Paris, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Lisbon and Krakow
  • WORK PLACEMENT – Take on an optional three to six-month work placement in the industry to gain valuable experience before completing your course
  • EXPERT TUITION – Learn from lecturers with a wealth of industry experience, as well as keeping up to date on the latest academic research and developments
  • TEAM SCOTLAND PARTNERSHIP – University College Birmingham will be the home for Team Scotland at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, offering unique opportunities for our students to work with the team and its athletes

Our facilities

University College Birmingham is widely renowned for providing world-class training facilities for the food and hospitality industry. Our AA Rosette Highly Commended restaurant provides an ideal environment on campus for students on our hospitality courses to master their skills across service styles.

Course breakdown

  • Postgraduate

Core Modules

Hospitality Operations Development

This module is about examining strategic-level operations management issues through evaluating how operations may have to develop or change to meet the future needs of the market. This evaluation will be carried out within the context of corporate strategy and the external global business environment.

International Live Project Management

This module is based on an overseas visit to undertake a specific consultancy project. By applying your project management skills to an international destination, you will develop your ability to produce management solutions for a real case study. You will get involved with project management at all stages, work in a team whilst leading a particular work package. The collaborative teamwork will focus on developing strategies/ solutions to your given project brief. Please note: the costs of the essential elements of the trip will be covered by UCB.

Leadership in Decision-making

Service industries, such as hospitality and tourism, are very competitive. Organisations that make more effective decisions deliver superior financial performance. They need to constantly analyse and improve existing performance while looking ahead to try and judge the future requirements of the market. Management is about solving problems and making decisions. This module investigates sources of business data and information and how they can be transformed and applied to inform problem solving and decision making. People are not always rational and objective decision makers so this module also explores sources of and treatments for human bias in decision making. Decision making is not all about objectivity and numbers. There are many factors that need to be taken into account that are difficult to quantify or put a value on. Organisations need to consider the impact of their decisions on all stakeholders, there is an ethical dimension to decision making. Appropriate leadership skills are required to ensure an effective process and resolution. Problem solving, decision making and implementation can impact on people and how they feel. Stakeholders may have different interpretations of the situation and different views about the solution. They may be affected in different ways by the solution.

Managing Across Cultures

Today's global hospitality industry requires employees to have an understanding of management and leadership across cultures, so you will explore the issues surrounding this while assessing the move away from local cultures to a more cosmopolitan environment. You will examine the management styles, motivation techniques and leadership theories as well as any complexities and contradictions that may occur.

Strategic Financial Analysis

Developing your ability to interpret financial information, such as budget control and investments, enables you to understand the principles of finance within an organisational context. You will examine how managers use financial tools and techniques to enhance the decision-making process and shape the direction of organisations.

Choose 1 optional module

Global Dynamic Environment

You will explore the dynamics and disruptions of global trends and developments on tourists and the wider tourism and aviation industries. You will examine the rise of new tourist typologies, the development of innovative & creative models, products and practices as destinations and organisations strive for sustainable competitive advantage. A particular emphasis will be placed on tourism and aviation futures and the response needed by industry and governments to develop more responsible and inspirational strategies.

Global Solutions for Hospitality & Tourism Marketing

We live in a flat, hyper-connected, shrinking, interdependent world in which time horizons are compressed, communications are 24/7, information is prolific, customers are also competitors and global teams are located throughout the world. Forget Porter's five forces model! If we recognize the fact that post BREXIT, foreign governments in cross border trade may become a significant barrier to entry, then a partner, a customer, or a competitor are in fact a 6 th force in the five forces model and when planning overseas hospitality, tourism and events market entry, distributors / agents / partners can even be a 7 th force. This module provides an overview of the unique aspects of marketing in the international hospitality, tourism and events environment and the role of the international marketing manager in the development of strategies for overseas market entry for a variety of markets in diverse cultural, political, and economic situations.

Management of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events

The module will require students to critically assess the feasibility of large scale event projects and event facilities. Students will study current contemporary issues and trends relating to event project management and the impact of International events on local and regional economies. Students will be required to evaluate the financial viability of events projects, whilst considering long term return on investment. In addition, students will be required to critically analyse associated operational requirements that may influence key performance indicators; including project layout and design, logistics and human resource requirements. The consideration of an international workforce will also be analysed.

Choose 1 optional module

Postgraduate Conference Research Project

The Postgraduate Conference Research Project allows students to engage in creative enquiry as they demonstrate ability to develop an in-depth investigation into an area of their own interest within the area of Hospitality, Tourism or Events management. The Module develops business relevant knowledge and advantageous competencies such as report writing, visual communication and presentation skills.

Postgraduate Employability Project

This project is formed while working on your industrial placement. The key will be to develop your independent learning, problem solving, analysis, assimilation and communication skills while on placement. You will be able to demonstrate your knowledge in a particular area of the sector and apply theory models to dissect the real world problem. During your taught programme, you will explore the process of designing and constructing an industry-focused piece of research. The output will be a body of work which will assist in your gaining employment in your chosen sector.

Optional placement module

Postgraduate Work Placement

The Postgraduate Work Placement module provides students with the opportunities to further develop practical skills, relate theory to practice and to gain a sound base of experience. In addition, the module seeks to develop 'life skills' to assist students in progressing towards a career in management. The placement period offers the student the opportunity to experience work in the hospitality industry and to gain academic credit for their learning. It is important therefore that students are given the opportunity to work in an organisation which is both appropriate to their needs and has a professional approach towards training and development. Students' needs and any previous experience are taken into consideration, when introducing them to a suitable employer. The staff in the hired@UCB suite will draw on their extensive experience to ensure that the objectives are met as fully as possible.

The modules listed above are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain up-to-date as well as being informed by industry and the latest teaching methods. Occasionally we may need to make unexpected alterations to modules – should this happen, we will communicate with all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

A 3 Year Degree with an average of at least 60%
A 4 Year Degree with an overall average of at least 55%

Postgraduate diploma

Applicants holding a 3 Year Degree with an average between 55-60% or a 4 Year degree with an average between 50% and 55%, will be offered entry onto the Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance. Those achieving Masters level passes on the Postgraduate Diploma can proceed to the Masters gaining the award in the same amount of time as if they had initially registered on the Masters Programme initially.

English entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification to meet the entry requirements onto a degree programme.

English Entry requirements for students applying from India  

Board Minimum Requirement (2021)
CBSE B Grade
ICSE 60%
Cambridge B Grade / 6 Pointer
Maharashtra State 60%
Andhra Pradesh 60%
Kerala 60%
Karnataka 60%
West Bengal 60%

If you do not have one of the above qualifications, please see here for the full list of accepted alternatives.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS 6.0 with no element less than 5.5

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Seminars, lectures and fieldwork provide opportunities for you to explore concepts that are relevant to your study. You will also analyse case studies to help you understand the link between theory and sector practice.

Assessment will be conducted in a variety of ways to help you develop a range of skills. This will include essays and reports, case study analysis, presentations, investigative fieldwork and simulation using industry-specific software.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024 (UK website).


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Work placements

Placements provide you with vital real-life experience and help build your skills and confidence before you graduate, as well as potentially leading to a job after your studies. Our dedicated hired@UCB employability team will help you to find your ideal placement.

Our MSc/PGDip International Hospitality Management course includes an optional three to six-month placement upon completion of the taught part of the course, with opportunities available throughout the UK and internationally.

Work alongside experts in your field

Some of the employers we have worked with include:

  • Grand Pigalle Hotel (France)
  • Hotel Paris Marriott (France)
  • Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa (USA)
  • The Landmark (London)
  • Hampton by Hilton (Birmingham) 
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please be aware that opportunities to travel overseas for placements, residential trips or project work may be affected by government travel restrictions. Please see our Covid FAQs page (UK website) for more information.
My enquiries were handled really efficiently by staff. When I came here to study, the standards they had set beforehand were kept very high. I would say my favourite element of the course was being able to interact with and learn from the intelligent and highly experienced lecturers.

Marta Suchomska International Hospitality Management MSc

Career opportunities

  • Theme park manager
  • Conference centre manager
  • Event manager
  • Restaurant manager (fine dining)
  • Travel agency manager
  • Catering manager

Please note: The examples of roles are to serve only as a guide.


Our dedicated careers, employability and placements team is here to support you in every step towards your future.

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