BA/BA (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management

Want to be a leader in a fascinating and fast-growing global industry? On this course you will learn the business management skills that the best employers in international hospitality and tourism are looking for, enjoy close support and supervision from our staff and gain practical experience on a 20-week internship in the UK or abroad.

This course is only available for direct entry into Year Two in 2023. Should you wish to enter in Year One or Year Three, please visit the BA/BA (Hons) International Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management course entry.

Why QMU?

  • The course, in partnership with Dakota Hotels, has a unique Student Experience Fund that helps pay for a range of extra-curricular student activities across the four-years. Enjoy lunch in a Michelin star restaurant, trips to a range of visitor attractions and even taste the produce on a brewery and distillery tour as part of your studies at QMU.
  • Our classes are small compared with some other universities, so you will enjoy more personal engagement with lecturers. We will know you by name and help manage your learning from your first lecture to graduation.
  • More people visit Edinburgh than any other UK city after London, and you will study on a campus that is six minutes from the centre of town.
  • It is the perfect place to learn your tourism and hospitality management trade.
    Our graduates are usually in employment or further training soon after graduating and many are making names for themselves in highly respected hospitality and tourism businesses, in the UK and across the world, including DisneyWorld, Hilton, Malmaison, VisitScotland and Gleneagles.
  • In the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, we are ranked in the top 20 UK universities for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism (15th out of 56). 
  • At QMU we have a strong commitment to social justice and the environment. The academic team believe passionately that business can make good profits, maintain a focus on the people they serve and play a positive role in the future of our environment. This ethos is woven throughout the course and the team believe that this approach leaves our graduates in a very strong position to manage businesses in the future.

What you will gain from this course

The hospitality and tourism sector is worth £11 billion to the Scottish economy alone, supporting 14,000 tourism enterprises. As a graduate of our international hospitality and tourism management degree you will be at the forefront of these exciting industries. 

On this course you will:

  • Gain a thorough theoretical understanding of the political, economic and social factors at work in the industry, and what they will mean for you as a manager of the future.
  • Learn hands-on how to manage money, resources and talent in a fast-moving hospitality and tourism environment.
  • Focus on 'food', a continuing cornerstone of the hospitality industry. You will be working with a range of food professionals, creating menus, learning about food and, importantly, how you put profit on a plate.

You can chose to exit this course with an honours degree or an ordinary degree. The numbers of years which you study will be dependent on whether you enter the course at Year Two or Three. 


Year One

Not available in 2023.

Year Two

You will: 

  • Focus on management skills, in theory and the real world.
  • Prepare for a challenging and rewarding 20-week internship in the UK or overseas.
  • Have the opportunity (subject to availability) to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, visit Exchanges and Study Abroad*.


  • Operations Management
  • IHTM Internship
  • Market Diversification in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Resources Management
  • Digital Business and eCommerce Futures
  • Revenue Management in Hospitality and Tourism

*This opportunity is available in both Years Two and Three however you will only be able to undertake it in one of those years. 

Year Three

Not available for September 2023 entry.

Year Four

You will:

  • Look at wider strategic issues such as 'What are the biggest challenges that hospitality and tourism managers face today?' or  'How do you successfully lead people in a highly competitive sector?' 
  • Learn to understand wider strategic issues and will develop your ideas into a dissertation in an area that you are passionate about.
  • Have the flexibility and support required in your final year at QMU to progress to the next stages of your career, be that hospitality, tourism or academia.
  • Engage with the significant contemporary issues of sustainability and social justice within hospitality and tourism.


  • Strategy and Practice
  • Dissertation
  • International Destination Management and Marketing
  • International Leadership for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Contemporary Issues in Hospitality and Tourism

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by a variety of methods during each semester.


You will complete a paid 20-week internship in Year Two, in the UK or overseas.

Our tutors will help you prepare for this invaluable real-world experience and we will set up interviews on campus to make finding the perfect host organisation as straightforward as possible.

Several bursaries are available to help with costs.

Exchange opportunities


Entry requirements

Required subjects: Maths and English at Nat 5/GCSE level are preferred

Entry onto Year One is not available. 

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 subject

Year Three

For details of related HNC and HND courses, visit our College Leavers and Mature Students Advice page 

Am I a Widening Access student?: We apply the minimum entry criteria to applicants who meet one or more contextual factor. To see if this would apply to you, please refer to the access and application page.


Whether you want to work for a major global hotel brand in Dubai, manage the success of a tourism business in Scotland or launch a start-up that will change the way the industry works. This course will give you the competence and confidence to take the challenge on and shape the future of hospitality and tourism.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

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

Awarding body

QMU. More information is in the ‘External Review’ section of the How we teach and how you'll learn page.

Open Day presentation

Please note:

  • The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2022) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2023. Please check back here for any updates.
  • The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/24 Entry Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).
  • Teaching staff may be subject to change.



Course Overview

On campus
2 or 3 years full-time (dependent on entry and exit point)
Start Date
September 2023
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
SCQF Level

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