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.
- Combine your studies with your work commitments so you can earn as you learn
- Enjoy both online and on-campus studies: you will only need to attend the University for three days per module
- Boost your promotion prospects on a course which places major emphasis on managerial and supervisory skills
- Make the most of our location on the edge of the Peak District National Park with its many hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions
- Learn in a real-life hospitality venue – the spectacular Devonshire Dome featuring a fine dining restaurant, bistro and day spa
- Broaden your networks: we have links with some of the leading names in hospitality such as Claridge’s, Marriott and Gleneagles
- Draw on case studies from your own workplace to help improve productivity and performance within your organisation
- Enhance your professional standing on a course accredited by the Institute of Hospitality (IoH)
- Become a member of hosco, the world’s leading hospitality careers network for students and graduates
Our hospitality, events and tourism courses have been ranked in the Top 10 in The Guardian University Guide 2019.
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 www.gov.uk/student-finance/parttime-students
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.
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:
- Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 October 2017
- Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 February 2018
- Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 May 2018
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.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||N/A|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
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.
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.
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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.