Postgraduate Course

MSc International Hospitality Management

MSc International Hospitality Management


The details
International Hospitality Management
October 2024
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.

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. This programme combines a deeper understanding of the hospitality sector with the skills and knowledge of successful 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 with a fully commercial 4* hotel on campus.
  • Create a wide-ranging network of professional contacts to create exciting opportunities and bolster your career prospects.

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.

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.

"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 2.2 degree or international equivalent in one of the following subjects:

  • Business Management
  • Catering / culinary management
  • Destination management
  • Event production
  • Events Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Hotel Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Travel and Tourism Management

A degree in any area will be considered where applicants have at least 1 year professional or voluntary experience in Hospitality. Please include a personal statement which outlines your desire to study hospitality.

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.

Sorry, the entry requirements for the country that you have selected are not available here. Please contact our Graduate Admissions team at to request the entry requirements for this country.

English language requirements

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

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.


Components and modules explained


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
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.
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.
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 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


Accounting and Finance for Managers

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


Contemporary Issues in the International Hospitality Industry

The module will critically examine a number of contemporary issues that relate to the international hospitality industry and will utilise theory and insights from a range of academic perspectives including macro and micro economics, business studies, sociology and psychology.

View Contemporary Issues in the International Hospitality Industry on our Module Directory


International Marketing and the Customer Experience

This module aims to provide you with an advanced understanding of marketing and its application within the international hospitality industry. It focuses on the marketing of services and the nature of the distinctive and frequently individual engagement hospitality organisations have with customers. The module will also provide you with an understanding of the changing relationship and technological developments both with buyers and suppliers, as well as a realistic insight into aspects of marketing operations through their experience within the Wivenhoe House Hotel.

View International Marketing and the Customer Experience on our Module Directory


Management and Strategy

This module is designed to encourage students to reflect on a variety of issues relating to management and business strategy. It will introduce students to the basics of management such as dealing with teams, culture and organisational management structures. It will then introduce students to managing strategically, covering topics that involve the analysis of the external and internal environments of the business as well as avenues for implementation. Consequently, the module offers an insight into a range of current business issues, management dilemmas, ethical considerations, and general governance issues relating to the strategic direction of organisations. Overall, the module provides an introduction to management and strategy and a critical examination of its application in practice.

View Management and Strategy on our Module Directory


Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour

The module combines lectures with work in small groups and individual study to provide you with an understanding of both the methods of managing a multi-cultural workforce and a critical understanding of contemporary management approaches to organisational behaviour for the international hospitality industry

View Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour on our Module Directory


Food, Beverage and Accommodation Management for the International Hospitality Industry

The module will develop your understanding of the operational managerial techniques and processes in the sourcing, purchasing, production and service of food and beverage within the international hospitality industry, aided along through your experience in, within and of the Wivenhoe House Hotel. It will also develop students understanding of the accommodation sector and the operational management techniques in the running of commercial accommodation venues.

View Food, Beverage and Accommodation Management for the International Hospitality Industry on our Module Directory


Research Methods

This module introduces you to the methodology and methods of research in the field of Hospitality Management. You will be acquainted with the nature of philosophical assumptions that underpin the choice of research design. The module explores a variety of approaches to research and uses case studies applied to the international hospitality industry to illustrate the suitability of these methods. The culmination of this module is for you to deliver a justified and pragmatic research proposal which could form the basis of their dissertation research module in the following term.

View Research Methods on our Module Directory



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


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.

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee


International fee


What's next

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

2024 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday 21 September 2024 - September Open Day
  • Saturday 26 October 2024 - October Open Day


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.

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