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MScInternational Tourism and Hospitality Management

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The MSc course in International Tourism and Hospitality Management at
the University of Bedfordshire is an interdisciplinary course which
looks critically at the broad range of issues which affect
international tourism, hotel and hospitality management. These
contextual matters primarily include `Strategic Tourism and
Hospitality Management, international marketing, human resource
management, financial management for the hospitality industry, social
issues, political issues, environmental issues, global issues, and a
range of specialist areas of interest to the sector (sport, event
management, environment and hotel management). Thus, you will be
expected to be able to read about, understand, and articulate a very
wide range of academic and industry sources, case studies and

We aim to offer one of the most robust, challenging, relevant and
industry-focused hospitality programmes of its kind in the UK, and
more globally. The course is underpinned by world-leading research and
experts from several disciplinary departments within the university;
real-life industry case studies and examples; draws on an impressive
range of specialist and more generalist core and optional units;
builds on a very popular and successful portfolio of tourism Masters
awards; and equips you with the skills, knowledge and experience to
ensure you can confidently embark (and develop) a career in tourism
and/or hospitality management.

Career opportunities


In addressing employability, the programme is aimed at providing
students with cutting-edge knowledge and communication skills to
facilitate employment and subsequent career development in executive
decision-making / policy-making in international tourism.

Since tourism is conceivably the largest and most complex of
industries, the programme does not seek to provide `holistic training
for any single sector of the various tourism and hospitality
industries, but seeks to open students up to contemporary business and
non-business imperatives being experienced during the contemporary
moment of globalisation. The programme is based on the view that those
who work in international tourism and hospitality today need to be
skilled at understanding and relating to a very broad mix of other
stakeholders. For instance:

  • the travel packager needs to know how the receiving indigenous
    takes its decisions;
  • the government planner needs to determine not only who strongly
    supports tourism within the industry, but who potently resists it
  • the natural resource specialist needs to realise that some
    populations (in key target areas of international development) may
    regard nature as primarily a matter of spirituality or cosmology (or
    even of `art) than of the physical environment;
  • the financial constraints and challenges faced by the hospitality

Thus it is the aim of this programme to equip you broadly to
understand the often messy axialities (i.e. the connections and
meanings) of hospitality and tourism across the world. The programme
thereby seeks to provide opportunities for you to shape your future
careers in / across tourism on not just an `industry economics basis,
but on an `economics plus basis. Careers in international tourism are
unlikely to ever be singular, insular, and only personal-private
concerns. Such is the increasingly global and interleaved reach of



On completion of this degree, it is expected that you will be able to
pursue careers in numerous areas including:

Policy-direction in government sector tourism planning / management;
market development in corporative tourism; third sector work in local
/ regional / national / trans-national areas of public culture /
public nature / heritage which have interface with tourism; hotel and
hospitality management; tertiary sector education in hotel and
hospitality, tourism management/studies; culturally-appropriate
tourism/hospitality management; environmentally-responsible strategic
tourism/hospitality management; consultancy (research) work in
tourism/hospitality, or become entrepreneurs.

Further study:

This course is primarily aimed at people wanting to move directly
into employment, but if you find your studies particularly stimulating
and want to study further then there is always the possibility to
continue to Doctoral studies, i.e. a PhD or a DBA level.

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