The MSc International Hospitality Management is currently under development for the Edge Hotel School and is launching in October 2021. As this programme is currently under development, details are subject to change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
As this Masters in currently in the devleopment stage due for launch in October 2021, information regarding our module structure is subject to change.
The MSc International Hospitality Management consists of a mix of compulsory modules. As this programme is led by the Edge Hotel School and supported by Essex Business School, the majority of the modules will be delivered by the experienced and dedicated team of industry professionals within the Edge Hotel School.
The content covered as part of your Masters will include:
In a sector facing immense change to combat the challenges of a post-pandemic world, our teaching is continually evolving. To ensure your teaching reflects the needs of our sector, your core modules may be subject to change to ensure your course is as relevant and as up to date as possible.
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 planned for 2021 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.
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.
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.
This programme will include a Dissertation as part of your assessment, featuring up to 15 hours of individual tutorials with your dissertation supervisor.
£15,440EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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