Wolverhampton Business School

MA International Tourism and Hospitality Management

MA Full-time 12 months

This programme offers flexibility in terms of career choice and meets industry demand because there is a wide appeal amongst employers for graduates who have wide range of knowledge and expertise in the sector. 

 

This programme offers flexibility in terms of career choice and meets industry demand because there is a wide appeal amongst employers for graduates who have wide range of knowledge and expertise in the sector. 

 

Award
MA
Start date(s)
13 January 2025,16 September 2024
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Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (12 months)
Campus location
Wolverhampton City Campus
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Why choose this course?

This programme offers flexibility in terms of career choice and meets industry demand because there is a wide appeal amongst employers for graduates who have wide range of knowledge and expertise in the sector. The MA International Tourism and Hospitality Management course will equip you with the agile, reflexive and critical thinking skills which are vital for success in modern organisations. You will be able to use prior experience and certificated learning to gain credits against the programme.    

The course is unique in bringing together the two subject areas and teaching on the course is undertaken by experienced practitioners. The teaching team have published widely in both subject areas and the Department has been recognised as a centre of excellence by the Institute of Travel and Tourism. 

The course is based around four core pillars of digital business, sustainable business, innovative business and responsible business and students will explore the functional areas of business through these themes giving them an immersive experience which will result in a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by organisations in the 21st century. For example, some modules are designed with foundation in Sustainable Tourism Development and multidisciplinary approach to the topic of sustainability. Also, others examine issues and global cases in Innovation, Competitiveness, Digitalisation of tourism and hospitality business, Diversification, Leadership and People management, and Emerging market issues. This module incorporates state of the art research for the team and leading researchers in the field of tourism and hospitality. 

The University of Wolverhampton is affiliated to Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT), Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE). 

 

 

 

What's unique about this course?

  • The course is unique in bringing together the two subject areas and teaching on the course is undertaken by experienced practitioners. 
  • This course meet the needs of those who may want to run their own business in tourism consulting, event catering, food service and travel operations entrepreneurial dimension is emphasised.  

 

What happens on the course?

This course is designed to equip professionals to undertake a range of diverse operational and strategic management roles within the hospitality and tourism sectors. Studying on this programme you will be introduced to application of management concepts relating to hospitality and event organisations, including tourism planning, destination management and hotel related operations.

You will gain knowledge in the use and management of a range of property and venue types, ranging from B&Bs to mixed development properties. You will be able to work with technology and tools associated with the management of hospitality and tourism to create exceptional consumer experiences. You’ll also be equipped with the skills to manage material, financial and human resources to ensure sustainability. You will be provided a contextual knowledge base from which you can interpret relevant concepts and theories and develop ideas not only to provide solutions to the complex challenges facing tourism and hospitality organisations but also communicate these solutions effectively to a range of audiences using a variety of medium including digital platforms.

If you are interested in owning and managing your own business and wish to acquire business skills this is the course for you! You will develop skills in enterprise, employability and entrepreneurship necessary for the creation of tourism and hospitality business in a wide range of settings.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

In the first instance, the course enables you to have a wider range of employment sector outcomes in either more traditional hospitality careers, or the tourism management area. Employability is incorporated in all the subject specific modules that seek to engage students with hospitality and tourism management discourse for future employment and continuing personal and professional development. Some aspects of the course include live project simulation in which you will engage with a real location to develop a practically feasible project.  To meet the needs of those who may want to run their own business in tourism consulting, event catering, food service and travel operations entrepreneurial dimension is emphasised.  

There is also the pathway of higher and further education teaching in terms of career path and development. Some of our master’s students are in lecturing jobs in HEIs and FEIs in the UK and overseas. Students also have the option to progress to higher degree. A master’s qualification prepares you for PhD study. Increasingly the department is attracting PhD students in the subject area.  

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This programme offers flexibility to students in terms of career choice and meets industry demand because there is a wide appeal amongst employers for students who have both event and hospitality sector knowledge and expertise. Students will be able to use prior experience and certificated learning to gain credits against the programme.  

The course is unique in bringing together the two subject areas, and teaching on the course is undertaken by experienced practitioners. The teaching team have published widely in both subject areas and the Department has been recognised as a centre of excellence by the Institute of Travel and Tourism.

  1. Critically analyse key concepts, processes and theories and their application in professional practice to provide effective solutions to operational and strategic issues in hospitality and event management.
  2. Critically evaluate social, cultural, economic and technological trends in the leisure economy to effectively design and manage sustainable products/services.
  3. Synthesise effective event and catering plans in order to deliver a competitive visitor economy product.
  4. Critically evaluate event and hospitality marketing and the role of advanced technology in managing visitor/guest experience.
  5. Critically engage with hospitality and event management discourse for future employment or continuing personal and professional development.
  6. Synthesise and analyse appropriate secondary and primary data to effectively address contemporary hospitality and event issues.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £7995 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £8395 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £8395 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £8815 per year 2024-25
Home Part-time £3998 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £4198 per year 2023-24
Home Part-time £4198 per year 2023-24
Home Part-time £4408 per year 2024-25
International Full-time £14450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £15450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £15450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £15950 per year 2024-25

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

  • A Undergraduate Honours Degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a professional qualification and/or experience considered to be equivalent to the above;
  • A reference from a tutor who has supervised the applicant’s undergraduate studies and/or employer;
  • Students may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) subject to the guidelines set out in the RPL Handbook. RPL includes accreditation of prior certificated learning and /or accreditation of prior experiential learning. 
  • Applications are also welcome from individuals who do not possess the above qualifications but who have significant management experience and are able to demonstrate previous non-certificated learning equivalent to the above.  In such cases, admission to the programme will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to continue to benefit from and achieve the award.
  • English Language requirements are normally IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each area (unless otherwise stated) or equivalent accepted qualification.
  • Please use the following link to see the range of English Language Pre-Sessional courses and related Pre-Masters courses offered by the University of Wolverhampton International Academy.
  • International Applicants

    Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.

  • For further information relating to overseas qualification please use the following link https://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/our-locations/your-country/
  • Institute of Hospitality (IoH)

    "Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality that academic, vocational and professional standards achieved are appropriate and programme content and delivery meet international Institute of Hospitality benchmark standards."

    Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

    You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £12,167 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans gov.uk.

    * Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits


    Changes for EU students:

    The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

    EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


    Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

    You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

    The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

    There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

    The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


    Self-funded:

    If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.


    Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

    Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

    We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


    Financial Hardship:

    Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


    Charitable Funding:

    You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.


    You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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