Plymouth Business School

MSc Tourism and Hospitality Management

Are you a future tourism and hospitality industry leader? With a strong managerial focus, this programme will furnish you with a combination of tourism and hospitality theory, operational skills and practical methods of analysis. Take the opportunity to study the related areas of tourism and hospitality within a single programme to ensure you have the tools to become a confident and high executive level manager in the international tourism and hospitality sector.

Key features

  • According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization one in 11 jobs worldwide are now in tourism, so you will enhance your career opportunities through our focus on employability.
  • Join our successful graduates who hold management positions in hotels, airlines, tour operators and travel agencies, the cruise industry, government tourism ministries and universities around the world. 
  • Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of knowledge, conducting research into areas such as the social impacts of tourism, the relationship between tourism and crime, working conditions in the industry, the adoption and reporting of corporate social responsibility, tourism education, and literary and heritage tourism in Cornwall.
  • Study while you work - this course is offered part-time and is suitable for those with experience of the service sector.
  • Secure relevant work experience through short internships during your third term.
  • Gain transferable skills which allow you to work in other sectors such as investment banks and import and export businesses.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • During your year of study you will explore subjects such as e-service industries, competitive advantage for hospitality, managing people, tourism and hospitality marketing, disaster and crisis management and tourism destination planning and management. You will also learn to assess your own self-development and develop your team leadership and presentation skills. A range of assessment methods, including essays, reports, case-studies and oral presentations, will be used to measure your performance academically and in relation to experiences in the workplace. MSc candidates undertake an individual research project of five months duration and submit a dissertation. You’ll also benefit from an intensive research methods module, to help you succeed in your final research project.
    Core modules
    • HTM701 Managing People in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry

      Students will examine a range of issues pertaining to the strategic management of people in the context of tourism and travel operations and the hospitality industry. Concepts examined will include the evaluation of change management and the planning processes necessary to effect change in organisations, including SMEs.

    • HTM702 Tourism and Hospitality Marketing

      Using current literature and with reference to case studies, this module presents a comprehensive approach to marketing theory and practice within the context of the tourism and hospitality industry.

    • HTM703 Competitive Advantage for Hospitality

      Students will reflect on current thinking on industry topics that impact on the creation of competitive advantage for hospitality. This will include an examination of trends and emerging issues, service science, value chain, knowledge management, ethical practices and talent management.

    • HTM704 Tourism and Hospitality Dissertation

      This module introduces to the use of appropriate data collection and analysis methods. It also provides students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their capacity for independent study in the application of research skills to a tourism or hospitality management topic appropriate to the award.

    • HTM705 Disaster and Crisis Management in Tourism and Hospitality

      A series of crises and disasters affecting tourism, for instance the Bali bombing, the Southeast Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina has drawn attention to the vulnerability of the tourism and hospitality industry to these phenomena. While disaster and crises studies are a well-developed field of research and theory in social sciences, their principal concern is with sedentary populations and communities, rather than with temporary populations such as tourists. Moreover, tourists and the tourism industry encounter particular serious problems which have been rarely studied or theoretically conceptualized. Using current literature, and with reference to case studies, the purpose of this module is to provide students with a sound grasp of the approaches, principles and methods of current and impending, environmental, economic and political disaster and crisis management within the context of the tourism and hospitality industry.

    • HTM706 e-Service Strategies

      Students will examine a range of issues pertaining to the strategic management of electronic commerce in the context of tourism and travel operations. Concepts examined will include the evaluation of contemporary influences that impact on the strategic management of e-commerce. The module will examine and analyse the interrelationships amongst the travel and hospitality channels of distribution.

    • HTM707 Tourism Destination Planning and Management

      The module assesses tourism planning and management issues related to tourism destinations. Concepts and issues will be explored through a series of lectures and seminars presented by a variety of subject specialists.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Tourism and Hospitality Management programme specification 2413

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

Students would normally be expected to have a second class honours degree or an equivalent award in any subject. 

Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £8,000 £8,000
International £14,000 £14,400
Part time (Home/EU) £500 £450
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

For general information about our fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September, with some January starts also available. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

Graduate profiles

Vinod Alexander – MSc Tourism and Hospitality Management graduate

"Plymouth is one of the best universities for tourism and hospitality management. I can definitely vouch for that because there are excellent professors, great interactive sessions, challenging projects, and also great facilities on campus."

From the UK to India to the United Arab Emirates, Vinod has gone on to work as an assistant manager at the Atlantis, The Palm, in Dubai.

Find out more about Vinod's graduate career

Meet the tutor

As Programme Leader of MSc in Tourism and Hospitality Management, Dr Rong Huang’s research interests include international student travel, tourism marketing, and food tourism.

Rong’s pedagogic research experience centres on tourism education, international student experience, internationalisation, and new academics.

Learn more about Dr Rong Huang

People

Funding and scholarships

Master Your Future – Faculty of Business Professoriate Scholarships

The Faculty of Business Professoriate Scholarships of £1,000 are awarded to selected students undertaking postgraduate study each year.

The opportunity to apply for a professoriate scholarship is available to applicants currently in receipt of an offer for postgraduate study.

Find out more and how to apply


Postgraduate loans

You may now be eligible for a government loan of up to £10,280 towards the cost of your masters degree.

The loans will be available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan 

Join our postgraduate community

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate study in the Faculty of Business can help you realise your ambitions and develop your potential as a manager and leader of the future. Whether you come to us as a newly qualified graduate or after a successful track record in industry we provide high quality, professionally accredited postgraduate programmes, and PhD and professional doctorate supervision.

International community

Play your part in out thriving international community of 3,000 students from over 100 countries studying full and part time programmes at the University.

We'll help you at every step of your journey from applying to settling in, during and after your postgraduate studies.

International study pathways with the University of Plymouth International College

The University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) offer university foundation, first year degree and pre-masters pathways to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees within the Faculty of Business. With 96% of all students progressing on to their chosen University of Plymouth degree, the UPIC pathways are an excellent alternative entry point for international students.

Find out more about your study opportunities with UPIC

Research opportunities

PedRIO

The Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory represents a new venture, continuing our success in higher education (HE) pedagogy research.

The Institute is home to researchers whose breadth of knowledge and expertise range across all aspects of HE pedagogy.

Visit the PedRIO website