MA International Hospitality Management
Why choose this course?
- This course is ideal for you if you're interested in developing your leadership and management potential. You will meet a variety of industry representatives,who regularly collaborate with us
- You will study with other students from countries such as Bulgaria, India, Russia, Greece and South Korea, which will help you to develop your thinking around global practice - a critical business management skill, especially in hospitality
- You will be able to get involved in consultancy work
- Our friendly, professional staff and key members of the team specialise in international hospitality management, not just generic business
- You can study this course full time or part time. If you study full time, you can also enjoy a period of work placement in UK or abroad.
Start date: September and January for the MA traditional route, May for the MA with integrated work placement.
Course length: Full time: one year, full time with integrated work placement: twenty months, part time: two years and up to six years.
Campus: Buxton Campus
This course is available to international students
This course is ideal for you if you're a professional looking for career progression in hospitality management or a professional from another discipline looking for a career change. It has been designed for students who are interested in developing their leadership and management potential.
You will develop your understanding of the management of cultural diversity, the internationalisation of the industry, marketing, finance and strategy in a wide variety of contexts, including hotels, exhibitions, festivals, product launches, trade shows and sporting events.
By using guest speakers, industry days and having the chance to work on real life problems, you will be able to combine theory with practice and gain the skills and confidence you need to fast track your career.
As part of the course, you will regularly get involved in consultancy work. One of our current MA students is contributing to a local community project around sustainable food production and the sourcing of local ingredients. The project was filmed and broadcast by the BBC in late 2011.
You will meet a variety of industry representatives, who regularly collaborate with us. We are working with companies as diverse as Hilton International, Skibo Castle, Gleneagles and Marriott Hotels.
You can study this course full time or part time. You'll learn through on campus teaching, e-learning, block study and/or a combination of these options. All the modules involve experiential learning, which will help you to add to your skills base in your individual portfolio.
Our team specialises in international hospitality management, not just generic business. Our lecturers are experienced scholars and leading practitioners in the hospitality industry. Many of them are actively undertaking applied research, and are members of national and international organisations.
You will study these modules:
- Independent Scholarship (triple module)
- Managing the International Hospitality Service Experience
- Operations and Project Management
- Research Methodologies
- Integrated Business Management (double module)
- Strategic Directions.
Applicants will normally be in possession of:
- A UK 2.2 (or above) Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised British or overseas Institutions. All subjects are considered, but possession of degrees or relevant experience in related subjects will be advantageous
- A significant portfolio of work at appropriate level or relevant professional qualifications.
Every applicant is assessed individually on their merits and will need to attend either a face to face or Skype interview. Students applying for the MA with integrated work placement will need to attend an additional interview with a prospective industry organisation.
English language requirements
- International applicants will also need to be able to show they have a good standard of English
- IELTS minimum overall: 6
- TOEFL: 550-575.
For more information, please visit our postgraduate applying page.
This is a classroom based course.
- £695 per module (you usually take 9 of these modules in total)
- Full time: £10,455 (in total)
*These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2013 and August 2014. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.
All of the Postgraduate MA programmes at UDB are delivered both face to face and through blended learning (mixture of face to face and distance learning).
All of our modules are taught within Academic Calendar (September through to July), but the pattern of delivery is dependent upon cohort, industry and University input. This may include weekends, a block study week, weekly during the academic year or blended learning. The emphasis is on flexible teaching and learning.
Whether you are studying Full-time or Part-time, the MA courses require a great deal of independence of learning and application. Normally 20 Credits modules will take you about 200 hours to complete and 40 or 60 Credits modules will take you 400 or 600 hours to complete.
Learning in each module will be directed through lecturing input, module teaching materials and a variety of supporting learning activities. However, you should keep in mind that at Master’s Level you will spend approximately 60% of your time on independent learning, review, revision and assignment preparation.
Par-time students have the flexibility to study between 2 and 4 modules per year.
The teaching and learning methods used are diverse and may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical fieldwork exercises and online learning materials. The assessment methods allow you to further develop professional skills you can use in the workplace. Assessments include briefing reports, pitches, presentations, essays, unseen examinations, and case studies.
Whether you are a recent graduate, or an industry practitioner, this course will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to apply for management positions in the international hospitality industry and related sectors. Some of our students have started their own hospitality business or have accessed senior management positions in 4 and 5 star international hotel chains; while others have moved into academia and the research arena.
Yang, MA International Hospitality Management student (Class of 2010-2011)
"It has been very pleasing to have Peter as my supervisor and lecturer. Thank you very much for all of your support and good suggestions. I have learned a lot in both academic and practical ways during my year. It was a really good experience for me! Best Wishes."
Diana Petkova Belichovska
"I'd recommend this course because of its good reputation and because it's a worldwide recognised qualification."
"Besides studying, I was given many opportunities to expand my social network as the University of Derby. Buxton has many international students studying here every year and I have learned about different cultures, traditions and food that I would not have known about if I had remained in South Korea."
Lauren Docksey, 3rd year Hospitality Management student
"After thinking about postgraduate courses I didn't want to look at what other Universities were offering, Buxton has everything I need and more why would I look elsewhere."