Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) International Hospitality Management

Do you have what it takes to be an effective and culturally sensitive manager of hotels, resorts, conference centres and cruise ships that attract visitors from all over the world? Acknowledged as one of the best UK universities for this kind of degree, with Plymouth you will develop international business and management skills to set you on course for a top position in the hospitality industry.

You will gain up-to-date knowledge and contacts through our newly launched University of Plymouth Hotel School, which has added a unique new dimension to the course and is designed to help secure you the best graduate employment opportunities. You’ll also boost your future career prospects and gain industry experience by taking the option to go on a paid work placement in your third year and receive the additional Certificate of Industrial Experience after successful completion.

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Association of British Travel Agents Partner

The University of Plymouth is one of ABTA's 12 official partners.

ABTA partners have exclusive access to industry resources and expertise, ABTA events and guest lectures as well as the opportunity to apply for ABTA's annual internship. Graduate Amy Edmunds was selected as ABTA's first intern. 

Careers with this subject

Our sophisticated and culturally-aware graduates are in huge demand in this vibrant and rapidly expanding industry. You will have a significant advantage when entering the industry because you will be prepared both to succeed and to enjoy the benefits of this fast changing and exciting sector.

You will be equipped with the appropriate knowledge and understanding to move into contract catering (including event catering), hotels, leisure (such as theatres and casinos), licensed retail (pubs and clubs), restaurants and welfare catering.

Recent graduates have gained their first time employment in junior management positions in a wide variety of organisations. Major employers such as Cunard, Hilton, Marriott and Sodexo have offered placements to students on our various hospitality management degrees which have led to future employment. Graduates have also gone on to set up their own businesses, work in consultancy, and become teachers and lecturers.

You can also further your career prospects by returning to Plymouth to complete a postgraduate qualification.

Key features

  • Gain a competitive advantage and learn to meet the changing needs of the hospitality industry in rapidly changing times, on a course accredited by the Institute of Hospitality.
  • Gain up-to-date knowledge and contacts through our newly launched the University of Plymouth Hotel School, which has added a unique new dimension to the course and is designed to help secure you the best graduate employment opportunities.
  • Learn how to make effective and culturally-sensitive decisions to meet the changing demands of society and the economy.
  • Have the option of learning and practicing a new foreign language including Spanish, French, German and Mandarin. Developing a second language is valued by hospitality organisations as it helps you understand cultural differences and prepares you for a role in front of house operations.
  • Maximise your potential by learning through case study work, consultancy projects for real companies, research on new entrepreneurial hospitality organisations, and designing effective marketing campaigns. You'll also have the opportunity to publish your findings at academic conferences and in journals.
  • Take advantage of our high-quality teaching, informed by staff research, contributes to the tourism and hospitality groups excellent rating, 23 out of 24, given by the Quality Assurance Agency.
  • Boost your future career prospects and gain industry experience by taking the option to go on a paid work placement in your third year and receive the additional Certificate of Industrial Experience after successful completion.
  • According to the UNWTO, one in eleven jobs worldwide are now in tourism and hospitality, so you will enhance your career opportunities through our focus on employability.
  • Develop your knowledge of the world's fastest growing industry on a degree designed to empower you to innovate and inspire. You'll learn how to make effective and culturally-sensitive decisions to meet the changing demands of society and the economy - whether as the manager of a hotel, a resort, a conference centre or a cruise ship.
  • Develop transferable skills in problem solving, data presentation, communication, team work, negotiation, as well as specific talents such as expertise in revenue management, use of social media, emotional intelligence and contemporary food and beverage management.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year we give you an introduction to hospitality management. You will learn how to keep an efficient front office and how to manage facilities. You start to build your customer service management skills and and your knowledge of the industry. You will learn a new language or improve on an existing one, such as Spanish, French, German or Mandarin, and you will develop an understanding of culture and society in relation to your chosen language.
  • Year 2
  • In your second year you will build on your management skills and learn about business development. You will become familiar with systems that support effective food and drink operations and facilities and further develop your language skills and learn more about cultural issues. You'll also learn research methods essential for your placement year and final project.

  • Optional placement year
  • You have the opportunity to take a paid work placement after your second year and earn yourself a Certificate of Industrial Placement. Boost your confidence and start to climb the industry ladder. Spend a year in placement honing your skills, gaining invaluable experience and making professional contacts. Major employers such as Hilton, Marriott, Jury's inn, Holiday Inn and W Hotels have previously offered placements to our students. You may choose to work in the UK or overseas.

  • Final year
  • In your final year you'll investigate what it takes to be a successful hospitality manager, expanding the knowledge and critical skills you've gained so far. You will develop expertise and confidence in managing service quality and innovation, business and finance strategy. You also have the opportunity to shape your own pathway by choosing a specific interest area you feel passionate about, which you'll investigate in depth as your honours project and you'll continue to develop your language skills.

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

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

BSc International Hospitality Managementprogramme specification 1700

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

88 - 96

A levels

88-96 points including a minimum of 2 A levels. This course considers general studies.

International Baccalaureate 

24-26 overall to include 4 at in any subject at Higher Level.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma

MMM in any subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules

If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All access courses

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.


All applicants must have GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

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 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,400 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of 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.

Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts and Humanities additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

University of Plymouth Hotel School

The University of Plymouth Hotel School is dedicated to providing you with a stimulating and engaging learning experience in co-operation with a series of industry partners.

Our network of high profile industry partnerships will open doors for you, giving you opportunities to gain commercial experience while you study. Our partners include:

  • The Fat Duck
  • Dartington 
  • Copthorne Hotel
  • China Fleet Country Club

Find out more about the Hotel School

Career Investment Programme

The Career Investment Programme is a development scheme designed to enhance your employability.  You'll undertake modules in each stage of the course:

Stage 1: includes a number of workshops and events designed to develop your skills and knowledge, with the purpose of filling gaps in your CV’s and enhancing your employability.

Stage 2: focuses on providing you with information on the placement year, equipping you with the knowledge and skills necessary for applying for placement and graduate positions

Stage 3: focuses on providing you with information on graduate options.

Optional placement year

You have the option of spending your third year in an industrial placement.

The placement year consists of an extended period of professional work experience in a relevant business organisation. It extends your commercial awareness and knowledge of the business environment, provides an opportunity for personal development, and equips you with the experience and skills necessary to gain suitable employment on graduation. We have excellent links with a large number of placement providers, and many of these have worked with our students for a number of years. 

Find out more about placement options

Exploring the Cruise Industry

BSc (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management student Molly Braham explains how undertaking an optional placement year working on-board for Carnival UK as part of the course was invaluable.

"Placement is such a fantastic opportunity for not only your personal development but it allows you to make contacts within the industry." 

What do our graduates say?

Meet your lecturers

Mandy Aggett – Programme Lead

Mandy Aggett is the Programme Lead for Undergraduate Hospitality Management courses, and the Placements Manager for The Department of Tourism and Hospitality. She is also Co-Director of the University of Plymouth Hotel School. Mandy teaches a number of modules including Facilities and Resource Management; Business Development and Revenue Management, and Managing Service Innovation.

Learn more about Mandy's research interests


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