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MBA Hospitality

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-The practical hospitality focused project instead of dissertation challenges students to research, plan, manage and evaluate a project.
- This course reflects contemporary working practice; our teaching and assessment promotes and supports team focus.
- The small class numbers enable the development of strong personal relationships with our students.

We are recognised as a centre of excellence in hospitality and this MBA has been devised in consultation with employers and managers within the sector. This MBA offers real-life experiences and engagement with the industry. We have a strong belief and desire to take you out of the traditional classroom setting to experience and explore the sector for yourself. For example, current students were overnight guests at a five star hotel where they were able to discuss the history, operations and challenges with the owner.

Within the hospitality sector the need for high performing groups and teams holds a particular importance. The course takes a clear and consistent focus on team and project dynamics and challenges you to take on different types of roles in delivering objectives. You will study a range of business and hospitality modules and complete a project with a hospitality organisation.

EXIT AWARDS: MBA (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Delivery: At QMU

Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Modules are also available as separate CPD courses. CPD fees are available on request.

Duration: Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 - 7 years

Start date: September and January

Application deadline: none

Teaching, learning and assessment: You will attend lectures and seminars, work in groups, complete case studies, participate in field trips, carry out independent learning, participate in discussions, develop ideas, and engage with experiential learning. Assessment methods include management reports, essays, and reflection on practice and group work with presentations. A unique aspect of the course is the challenge to design, lead and reflect upon a hospitality project that focuses on an external business partner. You will be expected to frame this challenge towards the hospitality sector. Central to the course experience is the regular involvement of guest speakers and field trips which provide valuable insights into practice, contemporary trends and thinking. Class sizes are normally 10-30.

Teaching hours and attendance: Modules you study on-campus require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Attendance requirements at QMU depend on which module you are studying and whether you are full or part-time. In most instances the taught elements of the full-time course occur on Tuesday, Wednesday (AM) and Thursday. Part-time students have the option to select different routes each year.

Links with industry/professional bodies: QMU is an approved centre of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the only professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. As an approved centre, we are working towards facilitating CMI professional qualifications within our postgraduate awards. The MBA involves a number of guest lecturers and visits to industry, for example Diageo, New Lanark Heritage Centre, Nairn’s and Glenkinchie Distillery.

Traditionally, postgraduate students have a business-related honours degree or equivalent and industry experience. We will consider recent graduates who can demonstrate additional capabilities. In addition we also welcome applications from graduates with an ordinary degree who can show a period of post-graduation work experience or from those with substantial industry experience and a commitment to CPD.

Accreditation of prior learning: You may be granted exemption from studying a module or modules up to a maximum of 60 credit points, provided you can demonstrate successful achievement of all the learning outcomes.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.0. with no individual component score below 5.5.

Home/EU - full-time: £11000 per year

Home/EU - part-time: £1250 per 15 credit module

Home/EU - part-time, dissertation: £2500

International - full-time: £13500 per year

International - part-time: £1,400 per 15 credit module

International - part-time dissertation: £2800

Scholarships: -SAAS Funding
In 2014 this course had SAAS (Students Award Agency for Scotland) funding. This funding was available for some Scots-domiciled and non-UK EU postgraduate students as well as local students. It is likely that this will be available for entry in 2015 - please check the SAAS website

-QMU scholarships for business postgraduate degrees
In 2014 five scholarships of £2500 were available for students on the MBA and MSc International Management and Leadership courses. It is likely that these will be available again in 2015.

- More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
Visit the International section of the website.

Course Fees:
Visit the Fees section of the website. -
Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
Visit the Funding section of the website.

All MBA students, will study the following core modules:

International Marketing/ Human Resource Management/ Directing Strategy for Value Creation/ Financial Management/ Business Economics

All MBA students will then take three further modules in their specific area, for example:
Family business Insight (FASE)/ International Tourism Management (Tourism)/ Operations and Supply Chain Management (General MBA)/ Global Issues and Challenges for Hospitality Managers (Hospitality)

You will also complete a 60 credit project (Business Impact and Practice) focused towards your specialism in partnership with an external organisation . This is your opportunity to discover, propose, plan, lead and deliver an externally driven project, whilst developing your skills of reflective practice and personal development planning.

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (June 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

Successful completion of the QMU MBA Hospitality will prepare you for a range of management and leadership roles in the hospitality or wider related sectors.



further information:

0131 474 0000 or
Richard Bent
+44 (0)131 474 0000

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