Course description Highly skilled hospitality managers are in demand across the world right now. Our BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management will help you seize all the opportunities on offer in this exciting and fast-moving industry. Choose to complete your degree in three years or take a placement year in industry between your second and final years Prepare for a career at the highest levels of hospitality, a sector which offers rapid career progression Draw on our links with some of the leading names in hospitality – such as Claridge’s, Marriott and Gleneagles – for placement opportunities, practical consultancy projects and networking Boost your professional credibility on a course accredited by the Institute of Hospitality Become a member of hosco, the world’s leading hospitality careers network for students and graduates January start is available for Stage 3 entry only
What you will learn
Serving up excellence
With its powerful mix of real-world learning, industry insights, theoretical understanding, academic rigour and a truly international curriculum, our BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management gives you a competitive edge.
As the role of the hospitality manager becomes ever more complex and demanding, we cover all the crucial topics to help you hit the ground running in your career. You will gain skills in leadership, finance, IT and human resources to go with your in-depth knowledge of hospitality operations.
Our course captures the major trends which are transforming the industry today – from a greater emphasis on sustainability to technological advances, from changing customer expectations to new concepts of luxury.
Employer partnerships to inspire you
You will engage with leading employers at every stage of the BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management. Our strong industry partnerships put you in prime position to secure internship and placement opportunities during your studies and full-time jobs when you graduate.
Our networks include Marriott Hotels, Gleneagles Hotel, The Lancaster London, Red Carnation Hotels, Compass Group, Loews Hotels and Resorts in Florida, GlenArbor Country Club in New York, Jurys Inn, Zuma Restaurants and smaller businesses located in and around the Peak District.
Prominent industry figures have significant input into the course, ensuring what you learn in the classroom mirrors the world of work.
Enviable placement opportunities
Nothing adds more kudos to your CV than work-related experience with hospitality employers. Placements and summer internships offer high quality practical experience where you can advance your skills in customer handling, problem solving, team working, communication, leadership and management.
Our students have boosted their employability with the likes of Claridge’s, Skibo Castle, the Mandarin Hotel Group and Michelin-starred restaurants. Underlining the industry’s global reach, there are increasing opportunities for overseas placements too, including with Disney and Loews Hotels in America.
If you are taking the four-year course, a formal industry placement lasting nine to 12 months is compulsory between your second and final year. You normally work as a paid employee. While placements are not compulsory on the three-year course, we support you to gain invaluable experience during your summer vacation, either in paid or voluntary roles.
Build your global perspectives
We encourage you to take full advantage of our Go Places, Go Further scheme where you can spend part of your course studying abroad. Our thriving international partnerships, such as with Stenden University in the Netherlands, allow you to explore hospitality management from different cultural viewpoints. In the past, our students have been as far afield as Germany, Holland, Cyprus and South Korea.
Fieldtrips near and far
Fieldtrips are another important way of broadening your outlook. We regularly visit local hotels, restaurants, conference centres and other venues to see their behind-the-scenes operations at first hand.
A UK-based residential trip is covered by your course fees in both the first and second year of your studies. Our students have headed to London and Scotland to visit luxury hotels, spa and golf resorts. They have also attended premier events such as the Food Show in Birmingham.
Reach high professional standards
Our BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management is mapped against the latest occupational standards for the industry. It is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, which means your learning is up to date and relevant. You will have access to the Institute’s Educational Membership Scheme.
When you join us, you will also automatically become a member of hosco, with access to around 30,000 graduate roles, internships and work experience opportunities from over 1,500 employers.
Who is the course for?
The BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management equips you with a solid foundation of applied managerial skills in the context of this fast-moving industry.
You will deepen your subject knowledge through formal lectures, seminars, workshops, guided study, applied practice sessions, practical demonstrations and videos, small group exercises, and case study discussions.
Your practical professional development will take place in a variety of hospitality operations at the University and beyond. This will encompass guest service to commercial standards, technical skills development, sales skills, health and safety, food safety, business processes, financial targets and budgeting, HRM practices, staff training, and maintenance and management of hospitality facilities.
Other work-related learning experiences on the course will include guest lectures, conferences, industry days, networking events, competitions, challenges and employer-led industry projects.
The industrial placement which forms part of the four-year course is structured, relevant and designed to improve your academic performance as well as boosting your employability. Our dedicated and well connected placement team will help you find just the right position to match your career aspirations and professional interests.
You will engage with industry, the local community and teaching staff to produce valuable findings for the benefit of the sector. Examples include a consultancy project with Derby Theatre to help it extend its food and beverage offer and an initiative with Warner Hotels focused on online HR systems.
In your final year, you will plan, design, deliver and communicate a sustained independent study on a theme of your choice.
You’ll be assessed in a number of ways including:
Individual written assignments: essays and reports
Group or individual oral presentations
Industry case studies
A sustained piece of independent study
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.