Course details

Study options

Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

112 (September 2019 entry)

Course level



BA (Hons)

Start dates

January, September †


Buxton Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

As the role of the hospitality manager becomes ever more complex and demanding, a degree gives you a stronger professional platform for advancing your career. We now offer a part-time route to our acclaimed BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management for anyone seeking real flexibility in their learning.

This course is accepting applications for 2019 entry.

Our hospitality, events and tourism courses have been ranked in the Top 10 in The Guardian University Guide 2019.

Why you should study International Hospitality Management at the University of Derby

Taking this flexible route to our BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management is a smart move if you already work within the sector or cannot commit to a full-time degree programme. It not only leads to a well respected academic qualification but also enables you to apply your learning directly to your own working role.

For the next step in your career

Hospitality is now one of the largest and fastest growing sectors in the global economy and demand for graduate-level skills is running high. This course prepares you for senior roles through a powerful combination of technical and managerial skills, real-world projects and more traditional academic learning.

Informed by a deep understanding of the needs of guests, customers and employers, it develops not only your knowledge of hospitality operations but also your skills in leadership, finance, IT and human resources.

In addition, it reflects key developments which are changing the industry today – from a greater emphasis on sustainability to technological advances, from changing customer expectations to new concepts of luxury.

Your ambitions are in good hands with us. We have an international reputation for excellence: world-leading hospitality educators like the Swiss Hotel Management School have adopted our degrees.

Flexible learning to suit you

We have developed the part-time BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management so that you can fit your studies around your work and other commitments.

Backed by full support and guidance from our expert staff, you will work towards your qualification via a flexible blend of online and on-campus learning.

We recommend that you study three modules (or 60 credits) per year. However, if you wish, you can fast track your learning and study more than three modules per year, subject to availability.

For each of these modules, you will spend three days learning at our Buxton campus. This is your chance to get to know your lecturers and fellow students, sharing your views and experiences, and setting up study support groups.

As a part-time student, you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to fund your studies. Find out more at

Buxton campus: the ideal backdrop for your studies

We’re proud to offer some of the UK’s best university facilities for hospitality students. When you attend the University, you will be based in the impressive grade II* listed Devonshire Dome, a real-life events venue that can accommodate up to 900 guests for banquet-style functions.

The campus features a highly rated fine dining restaurant; a popular bistro; seven state-of-the-art training kitchens; two licensed bars; and an award-winning commercial spa. It is an excellent setting in which to develop your service delivery, supervisory and management skills.

A leading UK destination for tourism, events and spa experiences, the town of Buxton has a great deal to offer you as a case study of the hospitality industry. And new initiatives such as the restoration of the historic Crescent as the area’s first five-star thermal spa and wellness hotel will add a new dimension to the town’s appeal.

Networked into the hospitality industry

Prominent industry figures have significant input into this course, ensuring that what you learn truly reflects the world of work. Our annual Industry Networking Day, stimulating programme of guest lectures and inspiring roundtable discussions also help you make vital contacts and share best practice.

Our networks include Marriott Hotels, Gleneagles Hotel, The Lancaster London, Red Carnation Hotels, Compass Group, Loews Hotels and Resorts in Florida, GlenArbor Country Club in New York, Jurys Inn, Zuma Restaurants and smaller businesses located in and around the Peak District. Our close links with local hotels, for instance, enable you to further your knowledge and understanding of lodging operations. 

Practical experience to match your academic knowledge

We ensure your learning is varied, vibrant and meaningful, with plenty of hands-on projects grounded in industry practice. Our modules cover the full range of qualities and abilities required by the senior hospitality professional, including customer relations, problem solving, team working, communication, leadership and management.

One of the advantages of the course is the chance to relate your learning to your own working role and experiences. You can utilise case studies from your organisation to add value and meaning to your studies. In turn, you will be able to bring new ideas, perspectives and knowledge back to your workplace, improving your effectiveness and productivity.

You could get involved in a range of other ‘real-world’ projects too. Our students have delivered successful events at the Dome, including parties for 700 staff from Chatsworth and University graduation ceremonies. They have also taken part in prestigious international competitions, such as the annual Passion for Hospitality debating challenge.  

Setting the bar high

Our BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management is mapped against the latest occupational standards for the industry. It is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, which means your learning is always up to date and relevant. This gives you access to the Institute’s Educational Membership Scheme which offers you additional resources and networking opportunities.

What you will study

To complete the BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management, you will study modules such as:

Years one and two

  • Introduction to Higher Education and Learning Through Work
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Hospitality Concepts
  • Rooms Division Operations
  • Hospitality Operations
  • Finance and Control in Hospitality Operations

Years three and four

  • Making a Difference in the Hospitality Workplace
  • Research Skills
  • Business Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Management and Leadership
  • Hotel Revenue Management
  • Planning and Leading Hospitality Event Operations


Years five and six

  • Independent Study (double module)
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing the Guest Experience
  • International Resort Management
  • Event Tourism
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Find out more about International Hospitality Management (part-time)

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How you will learn

Flexibility and convenience

This is a part-time course which can easily be combined with your work duties. While your studies will mainly take place online, for each module you will also spend blocks of three days learning at our Buxton campus. Module teaching dates for the academic year 2017/18 are:

Work-related learning

You will deepen your subject knowledge through formal lectures, seminars, workshops, guided study, applied practice sessions, practical demonstrations and videos, small group exercises, case study discussions and online learning.

Your studies will encompass guest service to commercial standards, technical skills development, sales skills, health and safety, food safety, business processes, financial targets and budgeting, HRM practices, staff training, and maintenance and management of hospitality facilities.

Throughout the course, you are also encouraged to apply your learning to your own workplace where appropriate, using relevant and meaningful case studies from your own organisation.

In your final year, you will plan, design, deliver and communicate a sustained independent study on a theme of your choice. This could relate directly to your working environment so your findings can be harnessed to deliver real benefits to your employer, your customers and your colleagues.

Other work-related learning experiences include guest lectures, conferences, industry days, networking events, competitions, challenges and employer-led industry projects. 

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEN/A
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees



£1,155 per module




Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit


At a time when there are concerted efforts to ‘professionalise’ the hospitality sector further still, a degree-level qualification will stand you in good stead. With the BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management on your CV, you will be able to present yourself as a versatile, confident and forward-looking professional ready to drive the future of the industry.

You will be ideally placed to progress in your role at work, securing promotions and taking on additional responsibilities. The knowledge you gain on the course could also help your organisation to improve its operations and the customer experience, to promote itself more effectively or to broaden the services it offers.

Our graduates are now succeeding in management roles in settings such as international hotel chains, five-star luxury resorts, consultancy firms and the retail industry.

Some have drawn on the entrepreneurial skills they gained during their studies to launch their own hospitality enterprises, including a gastropub and craft brewery, an off-site catering venture and a celebration cake making business. Others have gone on to develop teaching careers focussed on hospitality and food related subjects in the UK and overseas.

Take your learning to the next level

You can consider progressing to postgraduate studies in related subjects, including our own MSc International Hospitality Management which prepares you not only for senior management but also for roles in academia and research. Some of our graduates gain industry experience before returning to study at postgraduate level as part of their career development.

Ongoing careers support

We’re committed to improving your employability at every stage of your studies. Our teaching staff join forces with the Careers and Employment Service to deliver workshops on subjects such as networking and effective use of social media. This support continues once you’ve graduated too: you are entitled to further help and guidance for up to three years after leaving the University.

You can also take full advantage of the hosco careers network to discover opportunities and share good practice with other professionals. 

Tony Loynes
Programme leader

Tony Loynes is the Course Director for the Applied Management programmes at the University of Derby.

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† Additional information about your studies

January start is available for Stage 3 entry only

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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.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.


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