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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements A good honours degree from a UK university or equivalent in a field other than hospitality is normally required. Professional experience may be taken into account.
  • Academic Title
    International Hospitality Management Postgraduate
  • Course description
    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.

    About IHM

    The MSc/PgDip in International Hospitality Management is designed to offer graduates in disciplines other than hospitality management an intensive conversion course to prepare them for a career in the hotel and hospitality industries.

    The course, located in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (formerly The Scottish Hotel School), provides graduates with the professional knowledge to facilitate their successful induction to the industry at management level. While graduates will develop general management skills, they will also acquire a knowledge and understanding of the vocational skills practised in hotel-keeping.

    Target Market

    The course attracts a wide variety of applicants - mainly new graduates from the UK and overseas, and people with experience of working in the hospitality industry, who wish to improve their career prospects. It provides a combination of generic and specialist classes designed to place graduates on a fast track towards a managerial career in hospitality.

    The course aims to reflect the highest academic standards in a rapidly-developing academic discipline, 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.

    The hospitality industry is growing rapidly on a global scale and the employment prospects for graduates are excellent. While the industry offers many interesting occupations for those with general business qualifications, there are significantly improved career prospects for those with specialised knowledge of hospitality operations. The diversity and dynamism of the industry also mean that there are exciting opportunities for innovative and ambitious young professionals to establish their own businesses and make rapid progress.

    Course Structure

    The taught part of the course consists of ten modules (four compulsory, four optional). 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 eight 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

        * Food and Beverage Management (two semesters)
        * Hospitality Finance and Control (two semesters)
        * Hotel Operational Management
        * Research Methods


        * Human Resource Management in Tourism and Hospitality
        * International Human Resource Management for the Tourism and Hospitality Industries
        * Education and Training in Hospitality and Tourism
        * Strategic Management for the Hospitality and Tourism Industries
        * International Tourism
        * Tourism Products Marketing
        * Tourism Policy and Organisations
        * 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). Exams are held in January and May. The dissertation should be submitted by September.


    Assessment is by a mix of written assignments (essays, reports) and formal examinations (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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