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Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1-2 years

UK/EU fee

£5,040 (2020/21)

International fee

£5,040 (2020/21)

Course level



BA (Hons)

Start dates

January, September, May



Online course description

Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, this online International Hospitality Business Management BA (Top-Up) degree has been designed following extensive consultation with the hospitality industry to ensure you obtain the skills and understanding of the critical aspects affecting hospitality management. It will provide you with a range of opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge essential to the contemporary hospitality industry, as well as expertise in specific areas of management.

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You will develop a critical understanding of the forces influencing the international hospitality industry, be able to evaluate the role of core management functions, their application and contribution to quality and performance, as well as develop strategic plans that can respond to the changing demands within the international hospitality environment.

This course can help you to stand out in the competitive and continually expanding industry – research has shown that qualifications really make a difference to career progression in the hospitality arena. If you already hold an HND or Foundation degree, you can gain a full degree in 1-2 years with this online course.

Alternatively, our University Advanced Diploma in International Hospitality Business Management can be achieved in just 12 months by completing three core 20 credit modules - ideal for continuing professional development (CPD) or as a platform to continue study to a full bachelor's degree.

Institute of Hospitality Educational Membership Scheme (EMS)

Through our partnership with the Institute of Hospitality you'll be given free access to the Institute's Educational Membership Scheme (EMS) once you've enrolled onto this course. This gives you access to management guides, monthly specialist newsletters, e-journals, webinars and much more.

A talk from our Academic Lead

Our Academic Lead for Hospitality, Yukari Iguchi, talks about our International Hospitality Business Management BA (Hons) (Top-Up) course in this video.

Our Academic Lead, Yukari Iguchi, talks about the online Hospitality courses

View our International Hospitality Business Management BA (Hons) (Top-Up) course introduction video transcript

What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.

To complete this top-up degree you will need to complete four 20 credit core modules and choose two optional 20 credit modules in your preferred areas (120 credits in total).


Code: 6HO519

Leadership and Management in Context

Wherever there are people, systems and organisations, there will be leadership and management. Primarily this module will be studying the concepts of leadership and management within the modern organisation with the context of the current business environment, modern employment law and a more savvy employee base.

Newer leadership skills and techniques such as mentoring and coaching will be evaluated and developed, alongside more traditional skills such as communication, persuasion, negotiation and conflict resolution. How these are applied in specific situations, particularly periods of change, will be analysed.

The inter-relation between leadership and management will be explored alongside the place of both at differing levels within organisations. The occurrence and application of leadership by individuals without positional power will be evaluated and skills required for good leadership explored and developed.

The module will critically evaluate the key theories, research, practices and skills of leadership and management with emphasis given to supporting you to add your personal development portfolios in the area of leadership skills. There will be opportunities for you to discover and develop your leadership skills and reflect on means of development to support your future employability.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate effective leadership in modern organisations
  2. Reflect on and evaluate your own leadership skills
  3. Build on, or commence, your own personal development plan for leadership skills to enhance your future employability

Module content

  • Critical evaluation of leadership and management terminology and roles (distinctions and similarities)
  • Analysis of the importance of leadership in modern organisations
  • Leadership roles and responsibilities (appointed, emergent and shared leadership)
  • Trait, behaviour and power based approaches to understanding effective leadership
  • Leadership styles and the contingency approach to leadership
  • Charismatic and transformational leadership
  • Managing and leading through change
  • A critical evaluation of new leadership techniques including coaching and mentoring
  • Followership and the influence of followers
  • Leadership within a team based environment
  • Managing and leading in an international context
  • Leading in a diverse organisation
  • Practical leadership skills
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20 Credits

Code: 6HO520

Management Research Project

The international service economy relies on particular research methods and techniques in order to cope with the intangibility of the products and an inherent customer focus. Therefore, graduates with analytic skills and the ability to match the importance of consumer awareness to research skills are in demand within industry.

This module aims to provide an opportunity for you to engage in a small scale business research project. The content of your project will be determined by you in response to an issue in your current practice and the independent nature of this module offers you the opportunity to develop your analytical and critical skills in an analysis of a service sector topic, selected by you. You will be guided by your module tutor who will help you with the framing of the research question.

You will be assessed a piece of work that presents the process and outcome of your own research, which should produce the actionable results with practical impact within the hospitality businesses, for example: practical problem solutions, providing ‘how-to’ knowledge, or new product development. Through undertaking a series of activities and producing the outcome, you will develop a set of transferable skills that includes professional awareness, specific occupational skills, and certain technical skills. This is also a good PDP opportunity as you will develop your expertise.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the appropriate and feasible management research topic within the hospitality industry context
  2. Design a research project that critically evaluates a problem or issue to a professional standard
  3. Identify and employ appropriate research methods to collect data, analyse, and draw conclusions, providing recommendations where appropriate
  4. Present the outcomes of the research project in the appropriate methods to the stakeholders

Module content

The nature of your learning in this module will vary depending on your chosen topic. The project could take a form of a critical case study, a dissertation or a work based management project and you may present your outcomes in any forms which can be submitted electronically. Due to this, the module contents will focus on guidance, design and implementation of research projects including:

  • Researching and analysing academic work
  • Specifying research questions and testing hypotheses
  • Research styles and traditions: quantitative and qualitative and combining methods
  • Building up a feasible research design, including ethical, sampling and reliability evaluation
  • Primary research methods covering a range of qualitative and quantitative methods, such as interviewing, focus groups, observation and questionnaires
  • Analysing and presenting data
  • Ethical issues in research approach and design and recognition of University research ethics policy guidelines (University of Derby Code of Practice on Research Ethics)
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20 Credits

Code: 6HO521

Managing Cultural Issues in Service Delivery

With the globalisation of service, the importance of managing a multicultural workforce to meet the expectations of an increasingly diverse market has become a major task for hospitality managers. This module examines how cultural differences impact on organisational performance within service sectors and seeks the ways to investigate ways of delivering quality service that meets expectations of international clientele.

The first half of the module examines the concepts of culture and its impact on communication and performance in the workplace, and the second half of the module focuses on the context in particular organisational diversity strategies in service sector organisations and HRM practice such as recruitment, promotion, training, and flexible working arrangements.

A series of discussions based on organisational scenarios will enable you to develop problem-solving skills relating to managing diversity at work. You will be assessed through group discussion boards and a collaborative piece of work. These methods of assessments will develop your transferable skills such as negotiation and persuasion and team work, and you will benefit from networking with your peers.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. effectively communicate personal values with awareness of and considerations on different cultural values
  2. critically evaluate the theories and concepts associated with culture and cultural diversity
  3. relate theoretical concepts to the current practices in the service sector workplace
  4. formulate an organisational policy to manage cultural diversity in order to achieve business goals
  5. effectively communicate organisational values, policies and procedures to internal and external audiences

Module content

Culture and cultural diversity: cultural dimensions, impacts of culture within workplace and upon consumer behaviour, diversity and equal opportunities.

Cross-cultural communication: personal presentation, cross-cultural business negotiation, ethics, impacts of culture on motivation and group effectiveness.

Managing multicultural workforces: role of managers, recruitment, cross-cultural training, performance management, employee welfare and benefit, international human resource development.

Managing the multicultural organisation: the organisational context, organisational cultures, strategies for changing organisational culture, host-guest relationships, policies, practices and procedures and their application in different organisational contexts, cross cultural business ethics and international sustainability.

Managing the diverse market: globalisation/glocalisation of markets, international competition, corporate social responsibilities, achieving customer satisfaction and loyalty in the international marketplace.

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20 Credits

Code: 6HO523

Strategic Hospitality Operations Management

This module examines the parameters of operations within a hospitality context which have to be managed in order to achieve the business goals of the hospitality organisation.

It also examines in depth some of the more challenging management issues, with a particular focus on the efficient and effective use of resources to provide a quality of customer service as the basis for creating stakeholder values.

You will be assessed through a production of guidance materials to a front-line manager within an hospitality organisation and by working on this assessment, you will also develop transferable skills such as professional awareness, professional development, specific occupational skills and certain technical skills.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the interdependence of business strategies and operational functions within the hospitality organisations
  2. Critically evaluate the theories, concepts and practice of operations management in the context of international hospitality management
  3. Identify the appropriate methods of collection and analysis of operational information to monitor operational efficiency
  4. Provide a diagnosis of the existing organisational issues within a parameter of operations management
  5. Formulate and justify strategies to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness to achieve business goals, deploying the available resources

Module content

Hospitality operations: characteristics of hospitality services; food production and service; accommodation management; revenue management; departmental communication; integration of front-of-house and back-of-house functions

Resource planning and deployment: planning human, physical and financial resource requirements; managing processes; risk management; contingency planning; ensuring the effective control of human, physical and cash resources, evaluating actual operational performance against standards

Hospitality operations management: location and layout design; managing queue and customer traffic; stock control; supply chain and logistics; performance monitoring; Health and Safety; managing demand fluctuation; establishing and managing quality standards nationally and internationally

Customer experience: balanced scorecard; understanding needs and expectations of international clientele; managing the achievement of customer satisfaction; comparative service quality management systems

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20 Credits

Code: 6AG512

Financial Statement Analysis

The analysis of financial statements can tell us a great deal about the health of a company and its ability to deal with future challenges.

This module concentrates on using the financial information available to assess the relative strengths of companies and to assess the impact of outside forces on their viability. Analytical and forecasting skills will be used to aid decision making.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse financial statements to make decisions on the strength, sustainability and adaptability of a business
  2. Evaluate the influence of internal and external factors on the company’s future prospects

Module content

  • Interpretation and analysis of company financial reports
  • Forecasting techniques
  • Factors affecting share prices
  • Evaluation of company’s place within the industry sector
  • Vulnerability to external events
  • Prediction of likely success or failure based upon extensive research

Module teaching and learning

The module will be taught through a series of online units supported by a mix of learning activities.

Activity typeHoursCategory
Self-paced study and activity 30 1

Facilitated learning activity

30 1
Guided independent study 100 2
Peer-to-peer learning activity 40 2

This module is based on the self-paced supported online learning delivery model. You are provided with a set number of units of learning content. Content can be in text form, can include video and audio material, screencasts or presentations with voiceovers. This content is supported by additional optional activities such as discussion forums to enable you to ask questions of your peers and your tutor to clarify their understanding and to engage in further development of the principles and ideas addressed.

Formative learning activities such as practice examples, worked examples and online quizzes are made available. Such activities enable you to interact and apply and exchange knowledge.

You will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a set number of live classroom sessions during the module. These provide you with ‘real time’ access to your tutor and an opportunity to collaborate with their peers. Recordings of these sessions are made available to all students for review by those unable to attend and for students to use as preparation for the module assessment strategy.

Module assessment methods

The module is assessed by 100% coursework, completed individually, split into two equally weighted tasks. Feedback from the first assessment will inform progress and act as feed forward to the second assessment.

Formative assessment

A range of formative assessment methods - providing feedback rather than grades - will be employed. This will include formative assessment during seminars and facilitated learning activities, allowing for peer and tutor feedback.

Seminars and personal tutorials will feature regular formative assessment throughout the semester, through exercises or class discussion.

Summative assessment

Coursework 1 - 50%: A numerical analysis of the performance of two companies from a specific industry sector. To include brief discussions of findings. This is to assess learning outcome 1.

Coursework 2 - 50%: A written report analysing the comparative performance of the two companies examined in coursework one. Word limit 2,500 words. This is to further develop learning outcome 1 and demonstrate learning outcome 2.


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20 Credits

Code: 6BM500

Business Psychology

This module will introduce you to key topics about psychology in the workplace such as leadership, corporate crime, and workplace motivation. There will be a focus on the application of psychology to real business problems.

This module will focus on fundamental applications of psychology, as a science, for understanding important business, work, and workforce problems. Throughout the module, you will be encouraged to apply contemporary psychological concepts and methods to understand the application of psychology to core work and organisational issues. The module will also cover people's behaviour, thoughts and emotions related to their work. You will consider how ideas from psychology are used to increase people's effectiveness at work and how these ideas can assist in the development of personal and organisational change needed by people and organisations.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate key psychological concepts and theories on their role to solve workplace problems
  2. Investigate contemporary developments in business psychology as a science, in understanding key organisational and business issues
  3. Demonstrate a deep understanding of how human behaviour is influenced by organisations, their behaviour, their systems and their structure

Module content

The module will cover the following areas:

  • Social scientific research methods to study people, workplaces and organisations
  • Historical and current perspectives, practices and principles of business psychology
  • Concepts of the person in psychology and the individual difference approach
  • Personnel selection and assessment
  • Work satisfaction, job satisfaction and organisational commitment
  • Ergonomics and consumer psychology
  • Organisational development
  • Leadership development
  • Talent management
  • Culture
  • Health and wellbeing at work
  • Employee engagement
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20 Credits

Code: 6BM501

Global Business Environment

Business organisations do not exist in a vacuum. Their decisions and actions take place in a dynamic and often turbulent environment, within which many different external factors impact upon their performance.

This module focuses upon key business decisions in the global economic environment which can present both opportunities and threats to an organisation. It includes an assessment of operations management in the supply chain, including procurement and quality systems.

This module will help participants to explore and understand globalisation, how it impacts on business and how businesses can formulate and then act in response. It will introduce concepts, models and frameworks that can be applied to manage supply chains networks and all local operations such as procurement and quality systems that can affect overall global business success. This module explains the workings of the domestic and international economic systems and examine key aspects of the economic environment which affect the business climate. You will be both introduced to relevant theoretical and conceptual frameworks and given a firm empirical understanding of the international business environment.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate how the commercial decisions of a business in one country are influenced by the actions of businesses within the supply chain
  2. Critically analyse social science concepts, theories and contemporary and pervasive global issues, and the ability to apply them to business and management contexts

Module content

The module will cover various aspects of the changing global environment. An indicative list of topics is given below, however, the main aim of the module is to examine contemporary issues within the global business environment that are likely to impact upon business operations and strategy.

  • The rise of globalisation and economic interdependence of nations including discussion on definition and key indicators; globalisation: definition, evolution, implications for countries, firms and people
  • Role of global governance and international institutions, including rationale and role of the UN on local policies; international capital and financial markets: New York, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo; world institutions: World Trade Organisation, International Monetary Fund, United Nations
  • The formulation of a firm’s responses to globalisation, including pricing policy, costs, production decision: make or buy, location of investment, adapt or die; including market selection
  • Consequences for business and consumer theory and evidence
  • Environment: global warming - Kyoto agreement
  • Supply chain management, procurement and quality systems
  • Business and corporate culture
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Firm and stakeholders - ethical issues
  • Risk management
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20 Credits

Code: 6HO522

Managing Service Quality

Consumers today expect a very high overall level of service and competition is often driven by strategies focusing on quality of service to add value, as opposed to product or price differentiation. Therefore, quality and its management are key aspects of modern business for service sector organisations in the global world.

This module aims to develop your insights of the issues involved and the approaches employed in quality management, as well as the ability to critically analyse and evaluate systems for improving service quality in order to achieve customer satisfaction in the international service industry context.

You will be assessed through two pieces of individual coursework: an essay and presentation. They require you to investigate the current quality management practice within the industry and propose strategies to improve service quality. Through working on formative and summative assessments you will gain a set of transferable skills, namely professional awareness, occupational and technical skills to evaluate and devise a plan to improve service quality.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the management issues which are crucial to deliver products and services at desired standard to the customers of hospitality organisations
  2. Critically assess the key aspects of the quality improvement cycle
  3. Identify appropriate tools and techniques for measuring, controlling and improving quality
  4. Critically appraise the organisational, communication and teamwork requirements for effective quality management in international context

Module content

This module aims to expose you to a wide range of concepts, theoretical approaches and current industry practices and the opportunity to develop your critical insight of quality management in the hospitality industry. The discussion topics include but are not restricted to:

  • Nature and characteristics of service
  • Concept and philosophy of service quality
  • Understanding the diverse customer needs
  • Managing customer expectations in national and international context
  • Integrating marketing, operations and human resources
  • Service quality management techniques
  • Service guarantee and recovery
  • Total quality management (TQM)
  • Quality and productivity
  • Global standardisation vs localisation of service
  • Managing the service culture
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20 Credits

Code: 6MK506

Consumer Behaviour

Satisfying customers, consumers and clients is a priority for all organisations if they wish to survive and prosper.

This can only be achieved if organisations are able to see the world through their customers' eyes, understand the often seemingly irrational nature of their purchasing behaviour and respond with appropriate products or services.

This module concerns itself with theories underlying customer behaviour and provides a foundation for analysing customer needs and wants. It also provides an opportunity for students to apply these concepts through self-analysis and/or through applications in case studies or real life situations.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the theory and concepts of customer buying behaviour
  2. Demonstrate the ability to select, justify and apply relevant theory and models to successful decision making

Module content

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of a wide range of concepts and theoretical approaches and the opportunity to examine the role of customer behaviour from an experiential and organisational perspective. Including but not restricted to:

  • Consumers and consumption in a changing world
  • Consumer motives, goals and involvement
  • Consumer responses 1: exposure, attention and perception
  • Consumer responses 2: learning, attitudes and decisions
  • The meaning and nature of culture
  • Values and culture - Country-of-origin effect
  • Self and consumption
  • Life styles and loyalty
  • Group influences
  • Data-based consumer behaviour and digital marketing responses
  • Convergence or divergence in consumer behaviour?
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20 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

With a choice of dates to start your course (September, January or May) and interactive online learning materials, you've got the flexibility to study whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. The course modules still operate within a fixed trimester but you can choose to study during the day, evenings or at the weekend instead of having to attend fixed lectures.

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

Yukari Iguchi
Programme leader

Academic Lead for Hospitality and Leisure, Yukari Iguchi, has performed a range of roles including Programme Leader for undergraduate hospitality programmes, International Student Coordinator, International Collaborative Project Manager, and Online and Distance Learning Coordinator.

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Monday, 7 September 2020 11.00 - 12.00

Join this webinar to discover more about studying Hospitality online at Derby. The webinar includes a 30 minute presentation from Yukari Iguchi, Academic Lead for Hospitality.

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Entry requirements

You need to have both of the following:

If you have extensive industry experience at supervisory or management levels but do not meet the academic entry criteria above, we can consider your application - speak to our advisors for further information and guidance.

When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you've already studied so that we can make sure your HND or Foundation degree is compatible with this course. If you would like to be considered based on your professional experience, please send us a detailed CV.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5, you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes, which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £840 6 £5,040

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

Undergraduate funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for an undergraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to meet the cost of tuition fees.

If you already hold an honours degree, and you are looking to re-skill or up-skill, you may still be eligible for a loan to study this course.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


The hospitality industry is very competitive and continually expanding, so there are many opportunities for managers who want to work in the UK and overseas.

Students who undertake the BA (Hons) International Hospitality Business Management will be able to pursue a range of exciting careers within this sector. A significant number of our students attain a good degree and have gone onto management positions in the industry or further progressed their careers to higher positions within the industry. Previous students have gone on to find senior roles in the UK, Europe and the US, including one graduate who was employed at Gleneagles in Scotland.

As you’ll have a well-respected degree that’s been accredited and recognised by the Institute of Hospitality, you should be in a great position to apply for roles in areas such as:

This programme also provides a foundation for further study at postgraduate level in hospitality or similar areas of study such as tourism, leisure, or business studies, including the MSc International Hospitality Management.

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