Swiss Hotel Management School (Leysin, Switzerland)

The Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS) is part of the Swiss Education Group (SEG). It is a modern, private Swiss institution of higher education, with a philosophy "dedicated to teaching quality hospitality management programmes, which meet the needs of today's hospitality industry" and setting standards for the future.

SHMS opened its Leysin Campus in 1994. The centre has been developed as a "learning resort" for their programmes delivered in association with the University of Derby. This will allow the further development of a specialist campus with a clear focus on University of Derby programmes and the academic needs of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

SHMS's overall vision is to develop, an educational institution concentrating on the service delivery sector concerned with tourism and hospitality and its management, at diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The University of Derby Buxton has partnership links since 1998. The link was originally intended to assist the SHMS develop its Hospitality Management Diploma to honours degree level. The SHMS has a reputation for delivery excellence in the practical context required by the hospitality industry worldwide.


The following programmes are currently running at SHMS:

  • BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management
  • BA (Hons) International Events Management
  • BA (Hons) International Hospitality and Events Management
  • MSc in International Hospitality Management



The SHMS enrols students twice a year, in February and September. All students are enrolled at the SHMS and registered with the University. Once enrolled, the University of Derby provides students with ID cards and access to the University’s virtual learning environment (University of Derby Online) where online resources and learning materials are available.

Students will receive administrative support from both SHMS and University of Derby.

Award Ceremonies

Awarding students attend Award Ceremonies held at Swiss Hotel Management School in January and June