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BSc (Hons)International Hospitality Management

University of Surrey
United Kingdom, Guildford, Surrey
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Your studies will draw on our extensive experience in teaching and research of hospitality management. The programme is based around specific industry studies, a core of business and management subjects, and hands-on experience in real hospitality organisations. It is this combination of academic theory, cutting-edge knowledge and practical experience that will give you a head start in your career.

This degree provides an excellent basis for a career managing hotels, restaurants, events companies and cruise ships, or working for consultancy companies. It can also provide a gateway into other areas such as estate management and corporate entertaining, where hospitality is an essential but non-core activity.

To ensure that the programme always reflects the current state of the hospitality industry, we make extensive use of case studies, simulations, site visits and the latest industry data. Our own Lakeside training restaurant provides you with the opportunity to learn how to run a real restaurant, and to develop the skills necessary to run a successful dining establishment.

Our programme is one of the most prestigious programmes in hospitality management and our alumni now occupy some of the most senior positions in the industry. We have graduates throughout the world who are always pleased to come back to Surrey to speak to students, to offer placement and internship opportunities, to mentor and to recruit.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)
In Year 1, you will be given an introduction to the diverse nature of the hospitality industry and the wide range of products and services that the industry encompasses. This will include an overview of the characteristics that differentiate each sector of the industry, its variety of markets, the needs of its customers and an understanding of staffing dimensions required to meet these. You will also start to learn key management concepts through modules in Marketing Principles and Financial Accounting, as well as building workplace skills through ‘Developing Professionals’.

Modules in Restaurant Management and Restaurant Operations are based in the Lakeside Restaurant, giving you an understanding of the realities of working and managing in a restaurant environment.

Compulsory modules:

Developing Professionals
Restaurant Operations
The Hospitality Business
Business Environment
Business Impacts
Restaurant Management
Marketing Principles
Introduction to Accounting

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)
In Year 2, you continue your exploration of the industry and of broader management skills, studying Operations Analysis, Services Marketing, Financial Management and Managing Organisations and Human Resources. Other key concepts are also introduced, in modules such as Professional Ethics.

Elective modules allow you to extend your knowledge in areas that you find particularly interesting. These modules include Consumer Behaviour, International Hospitality in Practice, Aspects of Food, and Issues in Event Management.

Compulsory modules:

Services Marketing
Professional Ethics
Applied Financial Management
Operations Analysis
Managing Organisation and Human Resources
Optional modules:

Aspects of Food
Economics for Leisure and Tourism
Marketing Communications
Professional Development in Practice
Business Law
Technology and Media
Consumer Behaviour
Current Issues in Hotel Development and Management
Rooms Division Management
Professional Training and placements
The Professional Training placement year is an integral part of our programmes. Our prestigious placement partner organisations provide opportunities for you to gain valuable experience in a professional working environment, increasing your confidence, skills and employability when you graduate.

Recent students have enjoyed placements at the Fairmont Group, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Le Méridien, Radisson Edwardian Hotels, The Ritz Hotel and The Savoy Hotel.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)
In Year 3, you have more choice available through your elective modules as you decide what areas of the industry you want to concentrate on. You will have compulsory modules in Sustainable Operations and Strategic Analysis of Hospitality Companies.

In addition, you can choose from modules in areas such as Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Events Management (where you plan and run an event), Innovation and New Product Development, and Intercultural Management in the Hospitality Industry, according to your interests and career plans.

Compulsory modules:

International Business Strategy
International Hospitality Operations Management
Sustainable Operations
Strategic Analysis of Hospitality Companies
Optional modules:

Hotel Revenue Management
Entrepreneurship in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
Hospitality Events Management
Innovation and New Product Development
Intercultural Management in the Hospitality Industry
Tourism and Hospitality Consultancy
Hotel Investment
Applied Research in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Innovation and Development in Restaurant Operations

Career opportunities

Our graduates have proven to be highly employable across a wide range of industries, not just within hospitality. Their specialist skills make them ideal for service sector companies’ fast-track graduate recruitment schemes. Customer-oriented skills make them attractive to any service-based industry.

Some graduates choose to go into operational management roles, running hotels and restaurants around the world. Others specialise in marketing, human resources, IT and other head-office positions in large hospitality-based corporations. Some set up their own successful hospitality businesses.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States