University of Hertfordshire

MSc International Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

MSc International Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management has been designed to provide you with the enhanced skills and knowledge which are necessary to support key decision-making within the international tourism, hospitality and event industries. The programme is underpinned by a strong theoretical base across a number of contexts relevant to tourism, hospitality and event management in contemporary international environments.​ A distinctive feature of this programme is that it offers you opportunities to interact with current industry practitioners and therefore enables a hands-on approach.

The programme is offered full time (1 year mode) or part time (2 year mode). A new sandwich version is also offered in full time on a 2 year mode. The sandwich programme requires you to successfully complete a minimum of 36 weeks full-time work placement. This is a very valuable experience which allows you to familiarise themselves with the day to day activities of Tourism, Hospitality and Event businesses, and to use your initiative in dealing with issues of the work environment. 

Entry Requirements

An honours degree of at least 2:2 classification or better from a UK University; or


The equivalent of the above from a recognised University overseas; or


A degree-equivalent professional qualification approved by the Programme Leader; or


A Pre-Masters Course recognised by the University;


A postgraduate qualification from a UK university or its equivalent from a recognised overseas university, or


Equivalent qualifications to be assessed by the Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor.



In addition all students for whom English is not their first language must produce evidence of their English Language proficiency. The standard required is an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each band), or an equivalent score on a test recognised by the University of Hertfordshire.


Career Prospects

We are preparing graduates for successful careers in the hospitality, recreation or tourism industries or in an associated government agency with an international, national or local focus. Graduates from the programme are employed by international hotel chains (Four Seasons Hotel, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, The Ritz Carlton, Starwood Hotel Group) in China, India Macau, Thailand and Great Britain, as well as working for independent hotels and Event Management companies in Great Britain. Other careers pursued by our Graduates include Recruitment Agents, Lecturers and entrepreneurs (travel company, import and export trading company).

What job can I get?

Graduates will be prepared to follow a career in events planning, hospitality and tourism management as well as marketing, often working for event management organisations, large travel companies, hospitality businesses and airlines. Graduates will be equipped for this type of job thanks to the analytical skills and required industry and managerial knowledge that they will have acquired through their studies with us. These will support them in the decision-making which is essential when working as managers of the tourism, hospitality and event industries.

Work placement

Full time students on the sandwich route will be expected to take a minimum of 36 weeks full time work placement.

You must pass all the modules in Semester A to proceed onto the placement. For students with visa restrictions, the placement would need to take place within the UK. You will typically need to secure a placement by the end of April in their first academic year of study, in order to process the necessary paperwork required.

The ‘Sandwich’ award requires you to successfully complete a minimum of 36 weeks full-time work placement, submit acceptable milestone reports during the placement as part of their ‘Professional Work Placement’ module, and pass the ‘Work Placement Portfolio’ module at the start of their final semester. You will need to identify and apply for their placements, and are supported in this by the UH Careers and Employment Service, and the School’s ‘Preparation for Work’ module.

Course Details

We offer a varied programme of teaching that includes facilitated seminars, practical workshops, projects for companies, web-based learning, case study analysis and traditional lectures. We also provide sessions by visiting staff, practitioners and consultants to give a varied perspective of the topics covered. You will be assessed through a variety of coursework including presentations, reports and projects. You will also be required to complete a dissertation and will be supported by a dissertation supervisor.

Work Based Learning

The MSc International Tourism, Hospitality and Events (Sandwich) programme incorporates a one-year work placement of a minimum of 36 weeks full time work experience.  Students must normally achieve a Semester A grade average of 60% to proceed onto the placement.   For students with visa restrictions, the placement would need to take place within the UK.  Students will typically need to secure a placement by the end of April in their first academic year of study, in order to process the necessary paperwork required.

The ‘Sandwich’ award requires students to successfully complete a minimum of 36 weeks full-time work placement, submit acceptable milestone reports during the placement as part of their ‘Professional Work Placement’ module, and pass the ‘Work Placement Portfolio’ module at the start of their final semester.  Students identify and apply for their placements, and are supported in this by the UH Careers and Employment Service, and the School’s ‘Preparation for Work’ module.

International business strategy
Accounting and finance in the organisation
Research methods for tourism, hospitality and event management
Contemporary themes: tourism/hospitality/event management
Marketing and technology for tourism, hospitality and events
People management for the tourism, hospitality and event industries
Crisis, risk and recovery for tourism, hospitality and events
Field research
Management research report

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