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BA/BA (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management


Duration: 3 / 4 years

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Our industry is perhaps one of the most exciting and vibrant arenas for a new graduate to work within. Graduates will discover high-quality employment opportunities that exist within the UK or many thrilling overseas locations.

An explosive growth of leisure, travel and tourism over the past decade has led to an inevitable global expansion of the hospitality and tourism industries making a significant contribution to national and global economies. This, in turn, has resulted in identification of the need for well-educated, innovative managers. The hospitality and tourism industries have evolved in many different ways and are characterised by growth, diversity, vitality and dynamic change.

This course offers you an understanding of the nature of the product itself; an understanding of the political, economic and social context, within which the production and consumption of these products and services take place; an understanding of the management and organisation involved in the provision and consumption of hospitality and tourism products and services; and a range of specialist applications and skills such as law and an understanding of the research process.

In Year One you will study a range of modules which provide the opportunity to engage in high level food service and preparation skills, which will be delivered at the prestigious Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, and hospitality skills with the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, as well as practical tourism skills such as tour group leadership.

In Year Two you will study a range of management modules and you will also receive preparation to enter industry for a challenging work placement of up to nine months. This may take place in the UK or overseas.

In Year Three you will study a broad range of management techniques that are contextualised to the successful operation of a hospitality or tourism business.

In Year Four you will study strategic issues and contemporary challenges for managers and complete a dissertation in an area of your choice.

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (Mar 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.

You can opt to study for an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year.

Special Information for EU Applicants

The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website.

  • This course scored 100% for overall satifcation in the most recent National Student Survey,
  • This course could allow you to work across the globe, and graduates are highly sought after by international tourism and hospitality organisations.
  • The course provides business management skills relevant in the modern workplace.
  • In Year One, you will spend 9 hours per week in a classroom setting and eight hours per week in a practical setting. In Year Two you will spend nine hours per week in a classroom setting for the first semester and on placement. In Year Three you will spend nine hours per week in a classroom setting and less in the final year as there is more independent learning.

    Placement: The course includes a placement midway through Year Two. This invaluable work experience can take place either in the UK or overseas. A number of bursaries are available to help with costs.

  • Year One: Foundations of Marketing/ Business Management/ Financial Accounting/ Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management

    Year Two: Niche Tourism/ Operations Management/ Human Resource Management/ Marketing in Practice/ Plus preparation for an industrial placement that may take place in either the UK or overseas

    Year Three: Sustainability Issues/ Management of Hospitality Enterprises/ New Enterprise Creation/ Strategy Tourism and Developing Countries

    Year Four: Management Insight and Consultancy/ Contemporary Issues/ Challenges for Managers/ International Destination Management/ Dissertation

    Scottish Higher: BBBC

    A Level: BCC

    Irish Leaving Certificate: H2, H3, H3, H3

    International Baccalaureate: 28 points

    Required Subjects: Maths and English at S/Int2/N5/GCSE level are preferred

    Mature/Access: SWAP Access to Humanities / Arts / Business. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and / or experience.

    Other: Year 2 - HNC Hospitality Operations / Professional Cookery with B in the graded unit.
    Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB
    at Higher. A Level: BBB in relevant subjects. Year 3 - HND Hospitality Management with CB in the graded units.

    International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element below 5.5.

    You will have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to seek management trainee, junior management positions within both the hospitality and tourism sector. Recent alumni have found employment in Dubai, China, US, Canada, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and India. We also have many former students who continue to improve their careers in locations across the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands.

    Alex Huntstone
    BA (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management)

    I have lived abroad for most of my life and loved to travel. I was keen to enter a career which enabled me to continue this passion, and International Hospitality and Tourism
    Management seemed a perfect option. When looking at possible universities, aside from the course, I wanted to study at a campus university. As it offered this environment, along with an industry work placement, I opted to study at QMU.

    I enjoyed many things about the course, particularly the practical focus of Year One. I found that I responded well to the ‘hand’s on’ learning experience, and practical assessments such as taking part in a walking tour around Edinburgh, and creating an event at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School. These experiences were of great interest to me.

    And true to expectation, my 9-month placement has greatly benefited me. I worked at Disney World in Orlando. as a lifeguard at Magic Kingdom’s Contemporary Resort, as well as a character performer. I enjoyed being part of the most magical place on earth and seeing guests’ reactions to Disney World. It was an amazing experience which I will
    never forget. After graduating from QMU, I have returned to work for Disney at the Swan and Dolphin Resort, which is owned by Starwood and Marriot Hotels (one of the
    biggest hospitality companies in the world). I am working in Recreation and also being trained in Guest Services, Front Desk and Concierge. It has been a great experience
    and I am looking forward to the year ahead when I hope to advance my skill set and knowledge of the hospitality and tourism industry.

    Before choosing QMU, I visited the campus with my parents. I felt very welcomed by staff and this vibe continued across my studies. I formed a great relationship with lecturers: they were always there supporting and encouraging me when I needed them to.

    Having moved away from home, I found comfort in the ‘campus’ environment and I have made friends for life. I would recommend QMU to others: I had an experience I will never forget. Even though I have graduated my lecturers have continued to support and encourage me which has helped me get to where I am now.

    Kate Hughes
    BA/BA (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management

    Before going to university I decided to take some time out. I worked for six months as a waitress in an Italian restaurant in the UK then inter-railed around Europe absorbing the history and culture. I was very impressed by the general level of culinary expertise throughout all the countries I visited. After my tour of Europe I spent four months, living in a tent, working with 5-17 years as an outdoor specialist at a summer camp in Pennsylvania, USA.

    I have always had an interest in the hospitality and tourism industry. While at school I worked for a recruitment company that dealt with corporate events. I was employed as part of the team responsible for setting up and working at various functions. This experience, together with my time spent in Europe and the States, reaffirmed
    my interest in the hospitality and tourism industry. I love the course I am studying. It’s so exciting in that it is so diverse and combines both practice and theory - from studying at the Edinburgh New Cookery School and staging our own events, such as Christmas lunches, to watching a demonstration of cocktail making by a guest speaker from Harvey Nichols. We have also had the opportunity to participate in wine tasting and visiting a whisky distillery.

    However, the highlight so far has been conducting my own industrial placement in the United States. I worked at the Round Hill Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut for six months where I learned so much about the industry, and myself. As a member of the waiting staff team I actually served the Secretary for Defence, Chuck Hagel.

    The lecturing team are so approachable and extremely passionate about their subjects. I am really looking forward to the final year of the course as I am sure I will continue to learn even more about different aspects of the industry. It will be great to graduate and get back out into the working environment.

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