A hospitality management degree will allow you to develop your skills in preparation for employment in one of the world’s most diverse industries. Almost everywhere we travel on holiday, or go out to eat or drink, we are relying on employees of the hospitality sector to make our experience pleasant. You will learn about the industry as a whole, as well as how all of the elements work separately.
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The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also depend on your level of study. At undergraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or a Bachelor of Science (BSc). At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Arts (MA), a Master of Science (MSc), or a Master of Research (MRes). Further study will award a research degree, such as a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete, depending on where you choose to study. A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.
Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.
Annual tuition fees for UK students are capped by the UK government. For the 2019/20 academic year, they are £9,250. This is subject to change each year, and will be updated on your institution website.
Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.
The fees displayed below are an example of typical annual tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate hospitality management degrees. Actual tuition fees can be found on the institution webpages.
Typical Annual Tuition Fees
- Undergraduate - £9,250
- Postgraduate - £6,850
An undergraduate degree in hospitality management will give you a good foundation of knowledge in the area. You might study modules on marketing and communication, hospitality operations, hotel revenue management, and guest experience. Most undergraduate degree courses will be designed to suit students who do not have vast experience in hospitality management, as well as challenging those who have previously studied or worked within the discipline. Your degree will be delivered through lectures and tutorials, as well as incorporating practical sessions and field trips. It is also common for hospitality degree courses to offer work placement modules or years. Assessment methods could include written work, presentations, group projects, and a dissertation or final research project.
When studying for a postgraduate degree, such as an MA, you will build on the knowledge gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will cover the more specialist areas of subject. Modules and specialisms could include global hospitality, hotel management, managing and leading people, strategic marketing, and cultural management. Assessment methods might include written work, group projects, presentations, and final major research project.
The entry requirements for a degree in hospitality management will depend on where you choose to study. They will also be influenced by the level of study for which you are applying. An undergraduate degree generally does not have any subject specific requirements, but this will differ, so you should make sure to check with your institution of choice. For a postgraduate degree, most universities will require that you have an undergraduate degree in hospitality management, or a closely related subject. Students who do not meet the academic entry requirements but have the equivalent work experience, are normally encouraged to apply anyway.
Typical Entry Requirements
- A Level Grades - BBB-BCC
- UCAS Points - 120-104 UCAS points
- Other Entry Requirements - prospective students with work experience are normally also considered
- Degree Requirements - 2:2 or higher
- Required/Desired Subjects - Hospitality Management, International Hospitality, Tourism, Events Management
Graduates of a hospitality management degree will find that there are a wide range of career opportunities available to them. You will have gained transferable skills that will be useful and applicable in many different industries, not limited to the hospitality and tourism industry. If you choose to work in a role directly related to your degree, jobs could include hospitality manager, hotel manager, and restaurant manager. If you choose to work in a role not directly related to your degree, jobs could include marketing executive, cruise director, or tourism manager.