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International Hospitality and Tourism Management (Top-up) BA Honours

One of the world's fastest-growing industries, there’s never been a better time to start a career in the tourism and hospitality industry. Our hospitality course equips you with the skills needed for this exciting career
September 2020
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
Course leader
Sumeetra Ramakrishnan

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

This course is now available in Clearing.
Follow this link or call 020 8411 6565 for more info

Our course gives you the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience to succeed in this exciting and dynamic profession.

Why study international hospitality and tourism management (top-up) with us?

Our BA in International Hospitality and Tourism Management opens up career opportunities in a wide variety of industries, from hotels and accommodation to airlines and cruise ships, resorts, attractions and tour operators, and everywhere in between.

Designed to build on your foundation or HND qualification, you’ll study alongside students from around the world to develop the marketing and event management skills needed to thrive in a hospitality management career. You’ll also learn the theoretical approaches to policy and planning, and study the strategic management and decision-making processes that are at the core of the international hospitality industry.

Build your hands-on practical management skills

Based in London, you’ll be at the centre of one of the world's best tourist cities, which means you’ll have access to all the attractions, experiences, and opportunities the English capital has to offer. You’ll be part of our thriving Business School, which means you’ll get plenty of support from our international academic team who bring vast experience from all areas of the tourism and hospitality industry.

During your hospitality degree, you'll take on modules such as event management where you'll plan and execute all aspects of an event. Other modules like strategic management or tourism marketing ensure you can analyse business problems and evaluate potential solutions. All of this allows you to build a portfolio for the initial steps in your career.

Another key part of the course are visits to working hotels and event spaces such as the Marriott hotel and Barnet Copthall Stadium, home of Saracens Rugby Club, so you can experience what it's like to work in a fast-paced environment.

We’ve got cutting-edge business resources – including the Chartered Management Institute's Management Direct Resource Hub – that will help you reach the top of the tourism management career ladder.

Get the support you need to succeed

When it comes to support, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor to get the backing you need. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants who have personal experience in your subject.

This is the ideal first step towards a management career in tourism or hospitality.

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What will you study on the BA International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top-up)?

This course can be studied either full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). It consists of four distinct modules that all use an extensive range of examples and case studies to reflect the global nature of the industry. Upon graduation, you will have gained the skills and confidence to effectively solve complex problems, and communicate across the area of tourism management and the hospitality business environment.

  • Modules

    • Tourism Policy and Planning (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module examines some of the contemporary issues facing tourism through a global to local framework. It aims to provide a critical awareness and understanding of alternative policy and planning approaches and the institutions involved in formulating policy responses. Case studies are used to explore the potential and limitations of different theoretical approaches.

    • Strategic Management in a Hospitality Environment (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module builds upon your knowledge of the business of the Hospitality Industry from both theoretical and practical experiences. The aim is to familiarise yourself with research and practice in the field of Strategic Management, Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Work Psychology, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy in light of current affairs, technology, culture and globalisation to develop an ability to apply decision-making theories to hospitality operations whilst appreciating the difficulties and consequences of making changes within an organisation.

    • Events Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to develop a critical understanding of the events industry, the impacts and legacy of events and event strategy, planning and management. You will be introduced to a range of corporate, sporting and arts and cultural events and festivals, from community festivals to hallmark and mega events and different academic perspectives on their classification. You will also explore their origins, current and future trends so that you develop a depth of knowledge of the event industry and analyse the impacts, sustainability and legacy of events. Taking a case study approach, the motivations and roles of the private, public and third sectors in the development and execution of events will also be discussed and analysed. The third theme in the module, the strategy, planning and management of events will be explored in Term 2 at the end of which you will develop an event strategy and implementation plan.

    • Hospitality and Tourism Marketing (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to facilitate you in applying generic principles of marketing management to the tourism industry, with a particular focus on distinguishing characteristics of hospitality and tourism products. This module centres on three themes:

      • understanding of the process involved in systematic marketing analysis and strategic planning
      • the important role e-Marketing played in strategic planning and how it integrates with offline marketing
      • a series of critical issues in hospitality and tourism marketing.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the BA International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top-up) taught?

You will gain knowledge and understanding through tutor-led lectures and interactive seminars to convey core material and to stimulate and develop critical discussion of contemporary issues. Private study will engage you in the breadth and depth of reading required to gather the material needed for participation in the interactive sessions and the development of assignments. Group work and interactive sessions in class with develop the practice of sharing and pooling information.


Your knowledge and understanding is assessed by a variety of forms of written work designed to allow you to show your understanding of key issues, debates and controversies through well-argued and substantiated writing. Examinations will test a your knowledge of core material and ability to use material concisely to explore argumentative questions in a time constrained mode. Presentations will test a your ability to convey material and arguments clearly and concisely in class. Portfolios will show how your accumulate knowledge and understanding over a period of time.

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How can the BA Hospitality and Tourism Management (Top-up) support your career?

There is an exciting diversity of tourism careers across the private, public and voluntary sectors, with roles for graduates within the tourism sector including;

  • Business Development Officers
  • Customer Service Agents
  • Graduate Trainee Managers
  • HR Executives
  • Marketing Executives
  • Project Managers
  • Travel Consultants

International Tourism graduates have gone on to work in areas including local authorities, tourist boards, airlines, airports, travel agencies, hotels, museums, heritage centres, sports, meeting and event companies. Some of the companies our graduates have been employed by include City of London Corporation, Etihad, Eurostar, Marriott, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Thomas Cook, Travel Republic and Virgin Holidays. A number of graduates also go on to do further study for a Master’s Degree or PhD qualification.

  • Naila Malik

    Naila Malik

    International Tourism Management BA graduate

    I really enjoyed meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures. Having a diverse range of students made class debates much more interesting. My experience and degree from Middlesex helped me develop and strengthen key skills which all employers look for. I left Middlesex confident and knowing I would secure a good job.

  • Marta Chrostowska

    International Tourism Management (Spanish) BA graduate

    Erasmus was an amazing experience. As well as learning Spanish, I have learned and discovered many things about myself. I have become more independent and able to face occurring challenges. I discovered my deeper passion for travelling and started to build my website including art and travel photography ( Erasmus in Spain was a key year of my international development where I met many people from multiple countries. In addition, I had a lot of free time where I could develop my artistic skills. Once I had the pleasure of creating an outdoor painting with an inspirational and professional artist. This is my best souvenir from Erasmus.

    After graduation, I left to go to China for the Study China Programme, which is managed by another university and funded by the UK Government - applications begin every March.

    The Study China Programme attracted me with a unique opportunity to experience Chinese life, culture, language and business. I was studying at the Zhejiang University (Hangzhou) - one of the top higher education institutions in China. Whilst there, I got an insight into business, I attended many cultural activities, met lots of people, I did an intensive course of Mandarin and travelled. I visited Hangzhou, Suzhou, Beijing and Shanghai twice – I fell in love with this city.

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International Tourism Management BSc Honours

Start: September 2020

Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Code: N88I

International Tourism Management (Mandarin) BA Honours

Start: October 2021

Duration: 4 years with a year abroad, 3 years with two summer placements

Code: N8T1

International Tourism Management (Spanish) BA Honours

Start: October 2020, EU / International induction: September 2020

Duration: 4 years full-time

Code: NVR4

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