What is international hospitality and tourism management?

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.

About the Course

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.

Course Structure

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.

Entry Requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBC

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Required Subjects: Maths and Eng 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.

Advanced Entry:

Year 2

  • HNC: 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: HND Hospitality Management with CB in the graded units

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element below 5.5.


Modules could include:

Year One

Foundations of Marketing/ Financial Accounting/ Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism/ Foundations of Hospitality 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

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of the printing of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 (Feb 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.


You will have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to seek management trainee or 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.

Quick Facts

  • This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction 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.

Learning and Teaching

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.

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Study Abroad

We offer the opportunity to study for a single semester at an overseas institution.


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.

Associate Student Places

You can study this course as an associate student completing the first year at Edinburgh College.

Please Note:
The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

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.



Course Overview

3/4 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding

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