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International Hotel Management (BA)

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Our International Hotel Management degree aims to enhance lifelong learning skills and personal development so you can work with self-direction and originality and contribute to the hotel industry and society at large. The programme aims to produce graduates who are global citizens and who approach their personal and professional lives from a sustainable perspective.

The programme will develop your managerial and intellectual skills, including critical reasoning, analysis, creativity and reflection, so you can show an in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the nature of hotel management, the characteristics of the hotel guest and implications for the management of service encounters.

The programme aims to prepare you for a career, or career development, within the hotel and hospitality sector by developing appropriate professional skills. This is done by giving graduates the knowledge and understanding of the external environment and its effects at local, national and international levels upon the hospitality and hotel sectors. You will graduate with a systematic understanding of the structure, management and marketing of organisations within the hospitality industry.

This programme provides hotel placements for students across the UK which is a compulsory part of the programme - providing you with industry employment experience.

Programme Managers:

For any correspondence or requests specific to this programme, please can you direct all emails to both Programme Managers.


International Hotel Management (BA; 3 year course)
UCAS Code: R3H1
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  • There are three intakes per year: September, January and April.

Full-time applicants who wish to start in September should apply through UCAS. Part-time applicants, or applicants who wish to start in January or April, should apply through the University. 

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Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year

Why choose this course?

Employability is at the heart of our programmes. As well as hospitality specific skills, the programmes have modules that embed transferable skills of innovation, dealing with unexpected events, resilience, personal initiative and responsibility, problem solving and creativity, reflective practice and the development of an enterprising mindset.

The learning strategy for the programmes requires BA students to complete six workplace practice/work experience modules to rehearse their professional practice skills in real world environments. BA students will have the opportunity to undertake a year’s internship, at either one or two hospitality establishments, between levels 5 and 6.

All staff teaching on the programmes have close links with industry, and many are former employees of hotels themselves. The course continuously evolves in accordance with feedback from industry, and one of our strongest relationships is with the Marriott Corporation.

What you will learn

Course Overview

There are multiple programme durations:

Standard: three academic year programme of full-time study and up to six years part-time.
Non-standard: two academic year accelerated programme of full-time study with placement year, and up to four years part-time.

The pattern of full-time delivery varies depending on programme duration:

Standard three year: Three terms per academic year. Full-time students will study 40-credits worth of modules per academic term. Within a term, the modules run in parallel with each other.
Non-standard accelerated two year programme with placement: Three terms per academic year. Full-time students will study 60-credits worth of modules per academic term. Within a term, the modules run in parallel with each other.

Part-time study allows maximum flexibility for students to suit their workload and family commitments. Students will typically study half the credits of a full-time study equivalent (60 credits per year).

All modules are compulsory.

Module Topics

Year One - Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA)

  • Business Skills for the International Hotel Industry (20 credits)
  • Marketing Essentials (20 credits)
  • Hospitality and Guest Services for the Hotel Industry (20 credits)
  • Food and Beverage Operations (20 credits)
  • Hotel Administration and Front Office Operations (20 credits)
  • Operating Hotel Facilities (20 credits).

Year Two - Level 5 (Dip HE & BA)

  • Financial Management for the Hotel Industry (20 credits)
  • Foreign Languages and Cultural Awareness (20 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship (20 credits)
  • Personnel Resourcing and Development (20 credits)
  • Management and Organisational Behaviour (20 credits)
  • Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism Management (20 credits).

Year Three - Level 6 (BA)

  • Hotel Placement Project (30 credits)
  • Managing Food and Beverage Operations (10 credits)
  • Managing Guest Service Operations (10 credits)
  • Managing Hotel Administration (10 credits)
  • International Meetings Management for the Hotel Industry (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Themes in the Hotel and Hospitality Sector (20 credits)
  • Organisational Consultancy (20 credits).

All modules are compulsory.


Exams are not heavily used in the programmes because the assessment focus is on the rehearsal of activities typically undertaken in the hotel and hospitality environment.

Assessment includes written assignments, reports and practical assessments that test knowledge, understanding and cognitive skills but with an emphasis on the development of practical and key (transferable) skills that mirror the skills that the students will require when they enter the workplace following completing of their respective courses.

Coursework and practical tasks are set in a variety of formats. These include:

  • Practical in-class exercises (e.g. debate seminars)
  • Roleplay (e.g. mock interviews, customer focussed scenarios etc.)
  • Presentations
  • Learning Logs – either completed on placement or in practical in-house sessions
  • Research projects
  • Peer mentoring
  • Video critique
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Work experience placement assessments.

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Key Information

  • Dr Jayne Griffith-Parry– Academic Director
  • Chris Wilkin – Programme Manager (academic)
  • Lola Villard – Programme Manager (placement)
  • Julia Ault
  • Lisa Marie Bassler
  • Laurence Blake
  • Muhammad Cassamo
  • Dale Clarke
  • Ffion Cumberpatch
  • Jaliya Da Silva
  • Neil Dyer
  • Helen Evans
  • Rodriguez Fernandez Aguilera
  • Kathryn Flynn
  • Robyn Griffiths
  • Tristan Hawkins
  • Scott James
  • Melissa John
  • Charlotte Joyner
  • Deborah Lloyd
  • Dr Emma Roberts
  • Kathryn Roberts
  • Luciana Suardi
  • Ruth Taylor-Davies
  • Maggie Lan Zhang
Entry Criteria

The programmes usually require students to have achieved 88 UCAS points.

Whilst grades are important, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to this subject area and so welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess your suitability for your chosen course we arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications, these are held both virtually and at campus.

Career Opportunities

Our programmes are designed to produce graduates with both a strong academic understanding and practical skills fit for the industry.

The vocational emphasis of our programmes puts our graduates in a particularly strong position when applying for jobs and graduate management training schemes, such as the prestigious Marriott “Voyager” Graduate Management Training programme.

Whilst other graduates choose to progress within family-owned hotels, other hospitality businesses, consultancy firms etc., due to the range of skills students obtain on this degree, our graduates are highly sought after for a range of different careers.

Additional Costs

It is essential that all students have access to a laptop or desktop device for online learning and suitable width broadband.

During this degree, students will have the opportunity to attend several field trips within the UK and abroad. We attempt to keep the costs of field trips as low as possible and many are significantly subsidised by the University.

Costs to students for UK trips are no more than £100 during the academic year. For overseas trips we aim to keep the cost below £500 and attendance on these will be optional.

For field trips abroad, students will have the opportunity to pay for them in staged payments to lessen the financial burden. We normally expect the final payment for a field trip to be made four weeks prior to the field trip taking place.

Student Quotes

“We have had interesting lectures with practical application on assignment related tasks. We always have been taught, supported, guided, encouraged, and evaluated by our tutors; where guests from the industry who had shared their life experiences, were invited."

“During my last term in college, I have been enriched in my knowledge by new useful information, skills, and experience. I have practised critical understanding of different subject areas, related concepts and had the opportunity to demonstrate acquired knowledge through participation in solving tasks, answering questions, expressing my opinions during classes, writing assignments, and delivering presentations.”

“I have learned so much in my classes through a great mix of listening, speaking and practical learning activities within a very safe and supportive learning environment. Sometimes as a student you feel pushed to learn and try out new competencies, feeling safe and supported in doing so I gained valuable feedback for all of us to succeed." 

“Our tutors have incredible gifts for teaching, the classes seem like play but there is serious learning going on, their methods are great, very clear and concise. Thank you, for all the knowledge I achieved from you all, it was a wonderful journey!”

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Study Abroad Opportunities

We can on occasions support your learning whilst abroad but this is managed on an individual student by student basis and will be discussed with your level tutor and programme manager.


Please visit our Accommodation section to find out more.

Further Information

Programme Managers:

For any correspondence or requests specific to this programme, please can you direct all emails to both Programme Managers.