Wolverhampton Business School

International Tourism and Hospitality Management

MA Full-time 12 months, Part-time 2 years

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.

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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (12 months), Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton Business School

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 happens on the course?

Semester 1

7LI017 Tourism Planning & Development

7LI018 Managing Hotel and Accommodation in the Digital World 

7MG001 The Masters Research Project OR  7BU021 The Masters Professional Project (12 months in length)

Semester 2

7LI019 Contemporary and Global Issues in Tourism and Hospitality 

7BU032 Strategic Operations Management


7LI017 Tourism Planning & Development (30 credit) 

This module provides an in-depth investigation into the sustainable development of tourism. It looks at the underpinning theories, practical techniques and current issues which are of relevance to those seeking to develop tourism resources at a national, regional and sub-regional level. Students will encounter a wide range of issues related to the development of tourism in both the public and private sectors. The module also aims to provide a rigorous understanding of the implications of tourism development and to deliver a detailed critical examination and evaluation of techniques and methods available to planners and developers of tourism.

7LI018 Managing Hotel and Accommodation in the Digital World (30 credit) 

This module explores the management of hotel and accommodation business examining trends and practices in the context of developments in the digital age. It examines sector practices in the areas of technology adoption, security management, corporate social responsibility (CSR), profitability and service delivery. The module also provides students with critical understanding of the role of entrepreneurship in the development of hotel and accommodation business.


7LI019 Contemporary and Global Issues in Tourism and Hospitality ( 30 Credit)

The module will focus on the contemporary research area and global cases of Tourism and Hospitality. The module will cover a wide range of topics based on the recent research areas from Innovation, Competitiveness, Digitalisation of tourism and hospitality business to diversification, Leadership and People management and Emerging market issues.


7BU032 Strategic Operations Management ( 30 Credit)

Innovation is vitally important for modern enterprises in the development of products and

services. Advances in technologies, changing customer behaviours and globalisation are all providing opportunities for new business models. This module explores ways of managing innovation and entrepreneurship and developing and creating new ventures. The module concerned with the achievement of organisational objectives whilst making efficient use of its resources. This module will examine a wide range business operations management concepts in the production of goods or services. The module will help develop skills in identifying, formulating and solving business problems through creative and entrepreneurial processes. The ability to recognise the need for and initiate change will be developed through the use of business cases.

7MG001 The Masters Research Project OR  7BU021 The Masters Professional Project  ( 60 Credit)

Effective leaders, managers, citizens and employees need to be capable of basing their decision-making on information and knowledge derived from research. The aim of this module is to contribute to the research knowledge and skills appropriate for a taught master's programme and relevant for careers in professional or management roles. 

The participant is required to produce a dissertation, at an advanced level, based on independent research. This should demonstrate an understanding of the philosophy and core principles of research (empirical or non-empirical) and show their competence in the design, execution and reporting of a research-based dissertation.

In this way the participant’s ability is developed to carry out subsequent research, independently and to commission, manage and evaluate the research activities of others. Therefore, the knowledge and skills acquired in the module and of producing the project, will contribute to the student's effectiveness throughout her/his career

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/EU Full-time £7650 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3825 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £7800 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £7995 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3275 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3900 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3998 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13950 per year 2021-22

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/
  • Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

    You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 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.


    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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