Postgraduate Course

MSc International Hospitality Management

MSc International Hospitality Management

Overview

The details
International Hospitality Management
October 2022
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus
Edge Hotel School

In one of the world’s most global industries employers are looking for creativity, confidence and passion from the next generation of hospitality leaders.

It takes more than knowledge to succeed – it takes experience, strategy and understanding. Edge Hotel School is the first hotel school of its kind in the UK, with learning and student experience bolstered by the use of its own fully-commercial 4* country house hotel, Wivenhoe House.

The growth of the worldwide hospitality industry has been dominated by American and, to a lesser extent, Western European multinational brands. However, the last decade has seen a significant increase in the emergence and growth of successful hospitality organisations from a range of emerging nations and cultures from across the world. This programme is designed to reflect the increasing cultural and geographical diversity of the hospitality industry.

As a global industry, the hospitality sector is driven by human connection and personalisation, relying on the experiences its workforce can deliver and the memories its customers create. To be a leader in the hospitality or events sector you’ll need the creativity to think outside of the norm and the confidence to manage everything thrown at you in an industry where no two days are the same.

With the MSc International Hospitality Management, these two strands are intertwined. Led by the Edge Hotel School and delivered in collaboration with Essex Business School, this programme combines a deeper understanding of the hospitality sector with the skills and knowledge of successful management. Complimented by contextualised learning in Wivenhoe House hotel, you can learn from experts across the spectrum of hospitality and management.

Why we're great.
  • Learn from a dedicated team of experts with decades of experience in hospitality, events and management.
  • The first hotel school of its kind in the UK to utilise a fully commercial 4* hotel as part of the learning and development experience.
  • Create a wide-ranging network of professional contacts to create exciting opportunities and bolster your career prospects.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

Our staff includes lecturers with both professional as well as academic backgrounds to ensure you are taught by people with industry-relevant experience themselves. Among our academic staff are published authors including a former hotel General Manager, a Food and Beverage Manager for award-winning cruise lines, an organiser of the BRIT Awards and London Fashion Week and a Dr. (PhD) with international research experience.

Essex Business School is also home to world-renowned academics and practitioners, producing work with global impact. By using current research in our teaching, you can explore the management issues affecting organisations around the world right now and graduate with a degree that equips you well for the world of work in the global hospitality industry.

Specialist facilities

Your future

The skills and knowledge you will gain throughout your MSc International Hospitality Management will be transferable to a wide range of working environments within the global hospitality and business industries. There will be opportunities throughout the Masters to meet industry leaders and managers, allowing you to build a comprehensive network of hospitality and business professionals. In a post-pandemic world, employers will be looking for graduates with enhanced understanding and skills to face the challenges of a sector that is adapting to the 'new normal.'

"Our Masters course connects you with our extensive network of industry professionals, equipping you with the skills, contacts and knowledge to succeed in the global hospitality industry" - Andrew Boer, Principal of the Edge Hotel School.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A degree with an overall 2.2 or international equivalent in a Hospitality related undergraduate degree or a degree in a related subject area, including business, economics and management.

A degree in any area will be considered dependent on any relevant professional or voluntary experience, previous modules studied and/or personal statement.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.0 overall, or equivalent, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components.

Structure

Course structure

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently approved for 2022 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

Components and modules explained

Components

Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
Core
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Optional
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.

Modules

Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms

COMPONENT 01: COMPULSORY

Accounting and Finance for Managers
(20 CREDITS)

It is essential for any manager to be able to analyse the performance of companies and take financial decisions. This module will start by examining how publicly available information can aid in analysing the performance of companies, and critically evaluating the limitations of financial performance measures. This part of the module will cover the contents of the annual report, preparation of main financial statements and evaluating the financial performance of companies based on publicly available information. The second part of the module will critically examine a range of issues that relate to financial and managerial decision-making, including cost behaviour, capital investment decisions, cost volume profit analysis and budgeting.

View Accounting and Finance for Managers on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: COMPULSORY

Contemporary Issues in the International Hospitality Industry
(20 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 03: COMPULSORY

International Marketing and Customer Experience for the Hospitality Industry
(20 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

International Management
(20 CREDITS)

Business is international in scope as managers take advantage of the comparative advantages countries around the world offer through complex and geographic dispersed value chains, not only to sell products but also to access intermediate goods, capital, knowledge and skills. This module, built around a live, practical project addresses several questions. 'How can a domestic firm internationalise its operations?' 'How are its resources and capabilities challenged and transformed by internationalisation?' 'What factors determine the success of an international business operation?' While many practical examples are provided, focus is given to developing an analytical approach to addressing these questions, drawing on two perspectives. These are the Resource-based view, which focuses on the resources and capabilities of the firm, and the Institution-based view which requires studying the differences in the business environment around the globe, to which successful companies need to adapt. The module considers political, economic and cultural difference and the strategies companies adopt when conducting business across national boundaries. Through the group project, students analyse the internationalisation of a real life organisation, identifying the purpose of internationalisation, selecting the most appropriate target market and considering the various means available to the firm to internationalise its operations. Topical issues in international business are also discussed towards the end of the module, such as the impact of Brexit on the trading relationship of the UK, the re-emergence of emerging market MNEs, 'born global' firms and the fourth industrial revolution.

View International Management on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY

Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour for the International Hospitality Industry
(20 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 06: COMPULSORY

Food, Beverage and Accommodation Management for the International Hospitality Industry
(20 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 07: COMPULSORY

Research Methods
(20 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 08: CORE

Dissertation
(40 CREDITS)

For your 8,000 word dissertation, you will manage a piece of individual research in the context of the commercial hospitality industry. You will be expected to demonstrate expertise with a range of business data, research resources and methodologies, as well as personal communication skills.

View Dissertation on our Module Directory

Placement

Elements of this programme's learning will be spent based in the fully-commercial hotel environment of Wivenhoe House hotel. Whilst this course does not feature a specific placement module or signficant length of time in an external organisation, you will gain practical hospitality management experience through exposure to this environment.

Teaching

You will learn via a combination of lectures, seminars, group and individual tasks and directed independent study. Your teaching will also be informed by operations of our 4* fully commercial hotel, so will involve some time spent in the hotel learning from industry practitioners. Our colleagues from hospitality and events organisations will also contribute to your teaching through guest lectures and practical workshops.

Dissertation

This programme will include a Dissertation as part of your assessment, featuring up to 15 hours of individual tutorials with your dissertation supervisor.

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£9,200

International fee

£16,200

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

2021 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, October 23, 2021
  • Saturday, November 13, 2021

Applying

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

Colchester Campus

Visit Colchester Campus

Home to 15,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

 

Virtual tours

If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

Exhibitions

Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.

At Essex we pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive student community. We offer a wide range of support to individuals and groups of student members who may have specific requirements, interests or responsibilities.


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