BA/BA (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management

The hospitality and tourism industries have evolved in many different ways in recent years and are characterised by growth, diversity, vitality and dynamic change. This, in turn, has resulted in identification of the need for well-educated, innovative managers.

A six-month internship, a study abroad opportunity* and the hands-on nature of this course, ensures that you are well equipped to enter a variety of careers in the hospitality and tourism industry.


Why QMU?

  • 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.
  • Strong industry connections lead to opportunities to attend conferences, workshops, and to apply for scholarships (see examples under 'Recent Student Awards').


About the course

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 organisations 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 six-month internship. 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 or business project in an area of your choice.



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 each year as outlined.



Year One modules

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Tourism
  • Introduction to Hospitality
  • Introduction to Finance & Accounting
  • Management for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Foundations of Hospitality and Tourism Development


Year Two modules

  • Operations Management
  • IHTM Internship or Business Law
  • Market Diversification in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Resources Management
  • Digital Business and E Commerce Futures
  • Revenue Management in Hospitality and Tourism


Year Three modules

  • New Enterprise Creation
  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Tourism in Developing Economies
  • People, Planet and Profit
  • Design for Hospitality and Tourism
  • plus one elective module


Year Four modules

  • Strategy
  • Dissertation or Business Project
  • International Destination Management and Marketing
  • International Leadership for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Contemporary Issues in Hospitality and Tourism

Following a re-validation in May 2018, the modules listed here are slightly different to those in our printed UG prospectus 2019 entry.  




You will complete a six-month internship in either Year Two OR Year three . This invaluable work-based experience can take place either in the UK or overseas. Students are responsible for sourcing their internship with a host organisation. To facilitate the process, we hold a series of classes to help you prepare as well as a speed interview event on campus to match hosts offering placements with students. A number of bursaries are available to help with costs.


Exchange opportunities*

In Years Two or Three, you have the opportunity to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/exchanges-and-study-abroad/

*Subject to availability


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBC

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Required subjects: Maths and Eng at S/Int2/N5/GCSE level are preferred

Mature/Access: See related Access courses. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and /or experience.

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • HNC: HNC in a related subject 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 Three

  • HND: HND in a related subject with CB in the graded unit





For details of related HNC and HND courses, see www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications



You will have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to seek management trainee or junior management positions within both the hospitality and tourism sectors. 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.


Associate student places

You can study this course as an associate student completing the first year at Edinburgh College. For more information, see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/access-to-higher-education/associate-student-scheme/

Professional registration/ accreditation


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year 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