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.

This course is not available for September 2019 entry

Join the course in September 2020.

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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 tourism 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, 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.
    Core modules
    • HTM232 Food and Drink Management

      This module provides the opportunity to critically evaluate foodservice events. Established foodservice management theory is presented in a series of lectures and then reflected upon in relation to operational environments.

    • HTM234 Contemporary Business Management for Hospitality Organisations

      This module develops students¿ management skills, and explores the theories, concepts and contemporary issues, relating to the key management functions of HR, marketing, and finance, in the specific context of the hospitality industry.

    • HTM238 Tourism, Hospitality and Events Research Methods

      This module investigates the potential contributions of different disciplines and approaches that help to explain the nature of tourism, hospitality and events management. The module examines the research methods used in investigations that focus on tourism, hospitality and events management as applied academic subjects.

    • HTM249 Hospitality Business Development and Performance

      This module provides the students with knowledge and understanding of issues relating to business development, performance measurement and revenue generation in the tourism and hospitality industry.

    • HTMP202 Career Investment Programme 2

      The Career Investment Programme is a development scheme designed to enhance students' employability. The stage 2 module focuses on providing students with information on the placement year, and equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary for applying for placement and graduate positions. The module also includes a number of workshops and events designed to develop students' skills and knowledge, with the purpose of filling gaps in their CV's and enhancing their employability.

    • LCS200 Culture and Society 2

      This module examines a range of aspects which define Hispanic and Francophone worlds, focusing predominantly on the contemporary period. In addition, it develops a range of key skills which will support study at undergraduate level. For those students electing a languages Minor pathway, the module anchors linguistic competence through a deeper understanding of the cultural referents specific to these countries.

    Optional modules
    • ELC203 English for Academic Purposes

      This module develops students' level of English in order to operate effectively in an academic context at stage two.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • FREX500 French Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • FREX600 French Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • FREX700 French Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • GERX01 German 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • GERX02 German 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • MANX100 Mandarin 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • SPNX500 Spanish Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • SPNX600 Spanish Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • SPNX700 Spanish Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

  • 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.

    Core modules
    • HTMP300 Work Placement Year

      The placement year consists of an extended period of professional work experience in a relevant business organisation. It extends the student's commercial awareness and knowledge of the business environment, provides an opportunity for personal development, and equips them with the experience and skills necessary to gain suitable employment on graduation.

  • 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.

    Core modules
    • HTM314 Honours Project

      The student integrates subject specific knowledge and skills to develop a specialist area of knowledge in depth and - with supervision from a subject specialist - conducts their own research investigation and reports their findings.

    • HTM322 Managing Service Innovation

      An exploration of the many aspects that define service strategies for Hospitality Management. The module has a predominantly student centred approach to investigating and developing the issues that arise from seminar questions and enables options for individual choice and customised orientation.

    • HTMP301 Career Investment Programme 3

      The Career Investment Programme is a development scheme designed to enhance students' employability. The stage 3 module focuses on providing students with information on graduate options, including further study and graduate management schemes, and equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary for articulating and recording achievement and applying for graduate positions. The module also includes a number of workshops and events designed to develop students' skills and knowledge, with the purpose of filling gaps in their CV's and enhancing their employability.

    • LCS300 Culture and Society 3

      This module comprises a series of lectures on aspects relating to the French and Spanish speaking worlds, using sources (text, music, the media) in both the target language (for the benefit of Minor pathway students) and English. It requires independent research and analysis, with appropriate supervision.

    Optional modules
    • ELC312 English for Global Communication

      This module is designed to develop students¿ practical ability to communicate effectively in English in international situations, their understanding of intercultural communication and their ability to reflect on and develop their skills in using English.

    • ELC314 International Business Communication

      The module is designed to help students who have English as a second language to develop and refine their ability to communicate effectively in English in the global business environment encompassing different national cultures, business practices and systems. Students will engage in a range of written and oral tasks and assessments which will develop their business communication skills.

    • ELC315 Professional and Academic Communication

      This module is designed to help students to further develop and refine their ability to use English appropriately and effectively in professional and academic contexts at Year 3. They will do this by reviewing their language development by identifying an area of weakness and adopting appropriate strategies to make progress in that area; engaging in a small research project which they will present to the class; writing an essay and practising relevant professional and academic English skills in small class groups. This course requires consistent, steady work throughout the semester.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • FREX500 French Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • FREX600 French Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • FREX700 French Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • GERX01 German 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • GERX02 German 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • HTM325 Business Strategy for Tourism and Hospitality

      This module focuses on exploring and understanding a range of theoretical approaches to developing strategies for businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

    • HTM337 Entrepreneurship

      You will develop a critical understanding of the theories and concepts of entrepreneurs. You will identify entrepreneurial opportunities in hospitality and tourism, and consider the role of innovation, creative thinking techniques and service development.

    • HTM339 Leadership

      "The module allows the student to explore the role of leadership within organisations, including both the practical and theoretical aspects of leadership, and how such concepts can change over time. Through an intensive field trip activity, it enables students to further explore and reflect upon leadership theory and concepts in practice. "

    • MANX100 Mandarin 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • SPNX500 Spanish Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • SPNX600 Spanish Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • SPNX700 Spanish Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

  • 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 Management programme 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.

GCSE

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

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,000 £13,400
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
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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

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 international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

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. These logos represent our most recent or frequent placement providers.

Find out more about placement options

Hotel School

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

Find out more about the Hotel School

Tourism and hospitality students celebrate teaching stars

Each year UPSU holds the prestigious SSTAR (student staff teaching and representation) Awards. These awards recognise the many excellent university staff members and dedicated students we have here at Plymouth.

In 2018 a number of staff from within the Department of Tourism and Hospitality received nominations.

Discover what students had to say about our teaching staff

Meet your tutors - Mandy Aggett

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.

Language opportunities

Find out more about foreign language study in the BSc International Hospitality / International Tourism Management programmes.

Learn more about the Languages Café

Read more about modern languages with us

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.

Faculty of Business Potential High Achievers Scheme

We recognise that our students are the future business leaders of the world. We know that our applicants will thrive in this environment, and we want to ensure our best applicants believe in this.

We will be contacting applicants who are not only on course to achieve top marks but who have an outstanding personal statement. 

As recognition of the potential we think an applicant has we will then change their offer to unconditional. Your place at the University of Plymouth will then be confirmed and you can go ahead and make arrangements for your accommodation and move to Plymouth in September.

Find out all the details

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

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