Postgraduate Course

International Hospitality and Tourism Management


Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK fee

£9,450 for the full course* (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 for the full course (2024/25)

Course level




Start dates

September, January

The MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management provides you with knowledge of how to manage organisations in international sectors, underpinned by a balanced understanding of the hospitality and tourism industries. You will graduate with the knowledge, understanding and experience to take up managerial roles within the hospitality or tourism sectors. 

You’ll have the chance to enhance these skills before you graduate with an optional work placement in the UK or abroad, allowing you to put theory into practice in an industry setting.

Our programme is built around three key themes that reflect the principles of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and are informed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These themes cover areas such as: 

  • Protecting the natural environment  
  • Building sustainable communities through regenerative tourism 
  • Promoting accessible tourism solutions 
  • Improving wellbeing through nature connectedness 
  • Assisting sustainable transport systems and capitalising on sustainable digital technologies 
  • Promoting ethically sourced ingredients 
  • Developing ethical supply chains 
  • Changing behaviour around consumption 
  • Sourcing, and provenance 
  • Encouraging corporate and social responsibility in Hospitality 
  • Finding solutions to waste management 
  • Ethical packaging, and disruptive technologies 
  • Focusing on increasing productivity through sustainable practices 
  • Using the principles of the circular economy to become more sustainable 
  • Improving workplace wellbeing and the development and application of new and emerging technologies for tourism and hospitality 
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At the forefront of industry

The hospitality and tourism industries are amongst the fastest-growing employment areas worldwide. Due to this growth, employers require individuals with the necessary skills and education to lead the next generation of hospitality and tourism businesses.

These industries are facing new global challenges, compelling companies to adapt. Tomorrow’s hospitality and tourism leaders will not only need to learn to act according to the norms of their profession – but also develop the competencies to think critically, measure satisfaction and performance, and apply a set of tools to achieve standards. You’ll gain the skills needed to support tourism and hospitality businesses' transition to a global sustainable economy. You will explore how to do this through service innovation, processes of continuous improvement of service quality which are increasingly directed by technological innovation, and the adoption of sustainable and responsible business practices.

A degree for a sustainable future 

Sustainability is at the heart of our degree, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the sustainable development goals, and the role tourism and hospitality play in influencing visitors and guests behaviours. You’ll explore how this can be utilised for social, cultural, and economic benefits for local communities, and how we can reduce negative environmental impacts at local, national, and international levels.

You’ll explore how sustainable digital technologies are used to build resilient infrastructures and global supply chains, foster innovation, and support the developments of destinations both locally and internationally. 

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What you will study

You’ll study a range of exciting modules covering key topics such as:

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

You’ll learn in a collaborative environment where you can create and test new ideas in partnership with our academic team and industry. Our curriculum is centred around authentic assessments and investigations, co-designed in collaboration with industry, to provide you with real-world experiences and industry insights to create well rounded graduates ready to launch their career.

Our diverse and enriching learning environment ensures students can share learning experiences, assessments, projects, case studies and research with colleagues studying within Derby Business School and across collaborative partner institutions. 
This degree has an interdisciplinary research focus, drawing on the expertise, knowledge, skills, and research from the College of Business, Law, and Social Sciences to offer a well-rounded understanding of responsible tourism and hospitality. 

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Our Business, Economic and Social Policy research

Our research in this area aims to make a real difference to business, economy and society regionally, nationally and internationally. We will advance and share knowledge in all its forms and impact on public policy.

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Entry requirements

If you are taking the placement route for this course you will also need to consider the following items: 

Fees and funding

2024/25 (August 2024 - July 2025)


£9,450 for the full course*

£1,050 per 20 credits


£14,900 for the full course


Please note 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 after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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International student scholarships

We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students which can be used together to offer a reduction in your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


The applied nature of this degree means that you’ll be able to demonstrate a range of valuable transferrable skills such as research and analysis, time management and ethical awareness in professional settings, meaning you will be well placed for a range of graduate roles in fields such as:

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† Additional information about your studies

2 years with placement option

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.