International Hospitality Management MA / PGDip

This postgraduate course is accredited by the University of Birmingham.

Overview (NV)

MA / PGDip

Course length MA
18 months full-time / 2.5 years part-time
Course length PGDip
1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Fees (Home/EU)
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Fees (International)
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Course overview

The hospitality industry is a vast, global and dynamic industry which is constantly developing and expanding. 

This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the hospitality industry and the environment in which it operates and increase your critical awareness of current issues and new insights into this area of professional practice. Our previous graduates can be found all over the world, working in a variety of senior management positions in many different sectors of the industry. 

You will also take part in a five-day study trip to a European city destination in order to carry out research related to one or more of your course assessments. Previous study visits have taken students to Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Florence, Barcelona, Krakow and Rome. The cost of this residential visit it include in the course fees. 

There are many diverse career opportunities available to you, and a postgraduate degree from UCB will improve your chances of success and career progression.

Why should I choose this course?

  • UCB is a well-established and internationally-renowned provider of hospitality management courses.
  • Our lecturers have a wealth of industry experience to draw from and keep up-to-date on industry developments as well as academic research.
  • This degree is accredited by the University of Birmingham and has a strong industry and commercial focus.
  • You will learn how to work in a managerial position within the hospitality industry and be aware of the contemporary issues and potential areas of growth within the sector.
  • You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative hospitality and managerial approaches and appreciate the changing nature of the contemporary hospitality environment.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, seminars and fieldwork will provide opportunities for you to explore concepts relevant to your study and you will also be analysing case studies as a way to understand the link between theory and sector practice. 

You will be assessed in a variety of ways to encourage you to develop a range of skills. These include essays and reports, investigative fieldwork, case study analysis, presentations and simulation using industry-specific software.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

International Hospitality Management MA

a good honours degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent from a recognised institution

International Hospitality Management PGDip

A degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised institution or at least five years’ management experience in a relevant field with appropriate academic qualifications. 

UCB’s standard English language requirement for postgraduate study will apply (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).

Modules (NV)


Events, Hospitality and Tourism Dynamics Hospitality Operations Development Managing Across Cultures Masters Dissertation Strategic Brand Management Strategic Financial Analysis Strategic Risk Management Postgraduate Work Placement
Placements (NV)

Work placement

If you want to get your foot in the door of a hospitality organisation, then this optional three to six-month placement will give you valuable experience, enhance your CV and may help your future employment prospects. 

If you choose to do this placement, you will be supported by our highly experienced hired@UCB staff members who organise presentations and meetings with employers to help you identify the kind of placement you want. Whether your ideal work environment is overseas or somewhere in the UK, there is an extensive choice available. 

At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field.

Employability (NV)


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the international hospitality industry as well as giving you access to any career that requires a management qualification. Graduates have also gone on to start their own events, catering or hospitality businesses. 

Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career path in:

  • Hospitality and tourism planning
  • A managerial position in a hospitality organisation
  • Tourist attractions management
  • Conference and exhibition management
  • Events management
  • Travel services management 


hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. 

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, in newly refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises of specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of: 

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

Zoe Bernos

Zoe Bernos

International Hospitality Management

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Rahul Gautam

Rahul Gautam

Hospitality Management

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Orawan Schneider

Orawan Schneider

Hospitality Management

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