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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 which has made a significant contribution to national and global economies. This, in turn, has identified 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 the hospitality and tourism products and services; and a range of specialist applications and skills such as law and understanding of the research process.

In Year One you will study a range of modules that 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 for 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 here are correct as of April 2016, but may differ slightly to those offered in 2017. We will add any updates to this page if necessary.

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.

  • 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 spent 9 hours per week in a classroom setting and 8 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 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.

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

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

    Year Three: Sustainability Issues/ Management of Hospitality Enterprises/ Strategy and Tourism in 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: Pre 2017: BBBC
    2017 onwards: 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: Advanced entry: 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 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.

    Julie Sutherland
    BA/BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management

    After leaving school, I went to college to study hotel and catering management and soon began a career in the industry: Trainee Manager; Assistant Manager in a number of hotels in England and one in Scotland; and managing an industrial catering unit. I then moved to Hong Kong, where I managed an outdoor catering company. On returning to the UK I took time out to have kids and then I decided that I wanted to teach in a FE college. After gaining a teaching qualification at Edinburgh's Telford College, I was offered a position at Telford and have been there for four years. I felt that there was more that I needed and wanted to learn as the industry had changed so much since the last time that I had worked in it. I wanted to update my knowledge and skills to cope with the demands of the ever-changing job roles and courses that are now offered at further education level so decided to do this degree at QMU. Studying at QMU has been very accessible. Not only is it local, but because I already had a HND, I was able to gain direct entry into Year Three. Also as a working mum, QMU has allowed me the flexibility to study part-time and I am spacing the modules over two years to gain a BA. I am enjoying the course and the support from the lecturer is excellent. I find the staff at QMU are all very knowledgable and have a friendly and relaxed nature. As a direct entrant I had a few nerves before the course started but the bridging programme really helped guide me in the right direction and allay my fears.

    The most challenging part of the course is being involved in group presentations as getting everyone in the group to work as a team is not easy. However, it is part of the assessments and prepares students for life beyond university. Once I finish the course, I will continue to teach at Edinburgh's Telford College, but will do so with more up-to-date knowledge and with experience of higher education which I can pass onto my students who, with my encouragement, may decide to study at QMU in the future.

    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. ItÂ’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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