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Human Resource Management For The Tourism & Hospitality Industries Postgraduate

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  • Objectives
    The aim of the MSc/PgDip in Human Resource Management for the Tourism and Hospitality Industries is both to facilitate access to specialist managerial positions, and to advance the academic standing of those wishing to pursue a career in the fields of education and training within the tourism and hospitality context. The course was developed by the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (formerly The Scottish Hotel School) in response to the growth of academic interest in tourism and hospitality related issues and the increasingly sophisticated employment needs of the tourism and hospitality industries. The course aims to reflect the highest academic standards in a rapidly developing field, and to provide an excellent student learning experience in a friendly and multicultural environment. The course seeks a balance of applications from Scotland, Europe and overseas. Students are encouraged to participate in the active scholarly life of the Department.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements A good honours degree from a UK university or equivalent is normally required. Professional experience may be taken into account.
  • Academic Title
    Human Resource Management For The Tourism & Hospitality Industries Postgraduate
  • Course description
    About the Department

    The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management is part of the Strathclyde Business School.  It has 15 academic staff.

    The Department is an international leader in hotel, hospitality and tourism education, undertaking research of international quality in its field in its field, with a high international reputation in industry circles.  The Department is a leading institution for tourism and hospitality research and home to a number of academics who are leaders in their field.

    Target market

    The course allows students already holding a qualification in tourism or hospitality management to undertake an in-depth study of human resource issues relating to the industry. It will also appeal to managers with industry experience who wish to improve their career progression prospects.

    The course builds on the generic analytical, social, technical and learning skills required to work at managerial level in this dynamic sector of the economy by helping students develop a wide competence in human resource management.

    The MSc dissertation requirement is an exciting opportunity for students to upgrade their academic skills and pursue their particular interests by undertaking a piece of work which will contribute substantially to the body of knowledge in this rapidly developing field and may be suitable for publication in academic journals.

    Course structure

    The taught part of the course consists of ten modules (six compulsory, four optional). In addition to compulsory classes, students can select options from the entire range of postgraduate tourism and hospitality classes offered by the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

    Successful completion of ten modules leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. In addition to the modules, MSc students also undertake a dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words.

    Compulsory Modules

        * Human Resource Management in Tourism and Hospitality
        * International Human Resource Management for the Tourism and Hospitality Industries
        * Education and Training in Hospitality and Tourism
        * International Tourism
        * Tourism Policy and Organisations
        * Research Methods


        * Strategic Management for the Hospitality and Tourism Industries
        * Tourism Products Marketing
        * Hospitality Finance and Control (two semesters)
        * Hotel Operational Management
        * Tourism Project Appraisal
        * Tourism in Developing Countries: Issues and Policies
        * Tourism Planning in Developing Countries

    Further Information

    Study Modes

    The course is available full-time or part-time (over two academic sessions), with exams in January and May. The dissertation should be submitted by September.


    Assessment is by a mix of written assignments (essays, reports) and formal exams (typically 40/60 split).

    Start Date and Duration

    The course starts in late September and takes nine months for the Diploma, 12 months for the MSc.

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