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International Hotel Management MA

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 1 Year

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    £7,470

  • Fees International:

    £14,000

  • Location:

    Waterside

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

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Overview


Successful hotel managers are often inspiring. They demonstrate professionalism, operational knowledge, leadership skills, strategic thinking and people management capabilities.

This course is designed to support your aspirations to be the next generation of international hotel managers, through an interactive learning experience that emphasises industry engagement.

This course has an Industry Placement Option.

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Updated 31/03/2021

Highlights


  • International study trips available.*
  • Industry placement option available.

*Future study trips are dependent on Government and local travel guides relating to Covid-19.

Course Content


  • This course considers international hotel management at both operational and strategic levels and places a strong emphasis on developing the management skills and knowledge required to run a hotel. As part of the international courses you will develop an in depth understanding of the hotel industry and its place within the service sector. You will be encouraged to develop innovative solutions to real world problems and appreciate the need for delivering service excellence and exceeding customer expectations.

    Input from representatives of the international hotel industry and opportunities to shadow members of the onsite hotel operations team will create a challenging environment in which you can analyse operational and strategic solutions to the running of the business. These Learning Partners will help you understand the nature and challenges of a real world business environment, preparing you to be an industry professional ready to tackle the world of work when you graduate.

    This programme considers international hotel management at both operational and strategic level and places a strong emphasis on developing the management skills and knowledge required to run a hotel.  As part of an international cohort, students will develop a holistic understanding of the the hotel industry and its place within the service sector as a whole. Students will be encouraged to develop innovative solutions to real world problems and appreciate the need for delivering service excellence and exceeding customer expectations internationally.

    The MA is delivered by a team of staff who demonstrate excellence in research and operational knowledge in both a UK and international context. Key subject modules are delivered within a real world environment, allowing you to contextualise your learning and observe the challenges to managing the various functions of a hotel in real time.

    Semester 1

    The first semester introduces students to the international hotel management industry, considers its link to tourism and focuses on a range of  operational and strategic issues that contribute to sustainable competitive advantage.  Students will work on a range of live operational challenges within the hotel environment and reflect on their solutions and the implications for management.

    Semester 2

    Building on the input from the first semester, students will develop their critical thinking skills and focus on several strategic considerations that impact on the success of hotel operations globally.  Key areas include strategic marketing, service excellence and cross cultural management.

    Semester 2 and 3

    An area of individual research will be developed into a clearly defined and evidenced dissertation that demonstrates critical thinking and research at postgraduate level.  Guided by a dedicated subject specialist, students will collect, analyse and interpret a range of secondary and primary data, culminating in a 15-20,000 word dissertation.

      • Module code: HRMM061
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable learners to understand business cultures around the world evaluating the impact that different cultural contexts have on individuals working in non-native cultures. Learners will reflect upon these issues to improve own professional effectiveness in management and leadership in international contexts.
      • Module code: LEIM020
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to examine the potential benefits of tourism as a preferred development tool such as increased income foreign exchange employment and economic diversification. It focuses on adopting a strategic and responsible approach that recognises the complexity of the interconnected forces at work whilst addressing the economic social and cultural challenges.
      • Module code: LEIM031
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop a critical understanding of research methods as they can be applied to analysis of the service industries and in so doing facilitate the production of an independent piece of research by the student of relevance to their curriculum.
      • Module code: LEIM036
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide a framework for service excellence and innovation in terms of enhancing the customer experience and generating lifetime value for the business. It enables students students to develop their knowledge and understanding of existing frameworks for service excellence and consider the need to adopt an external customer focused view of the organisation through innovatively and ethically adjusting what the business does internally.
      • Module code: LEIM037
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to outline and analyze the form of the international hotel industry providing students with a clear understanding of the nature and structure of hotel operations globally while developing a critical appreciation of the management challenges at both operational and strategic level.
      • Module code: LEIM040
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to analyse a range of challenges associated with managing organisations in the international hotel industry. These challenges are obfuscated by ownership traditional approaches to management and outdated strategic thinking. Such complexities require leadership and the ability to continually transform and revisit the organisational commitment to its long term strategy.
      • Module code: MKTM027
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to examine digital technologies and social media from a marketing perspective evaluating the impact they are having on the evolution of business practice. Students will investigate the role of digital tools and techniques in developing markets communicating with customers and channels.
  • You will normally need to hold a recognised 2:2 or higher UK honours degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised international institution. A wide range of degree disciplines will be considered including events, hospitality management, marketing, business, travel and tourism and entrepreneurship. Your application will also be considered if you possess a significant portfolio of work at an appropriate level or relevant professional qualifications.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK: £7,470
    • International: £14,000
    • Year 2 Placement Fee: £500 * (for placements starting in September 2022 or January 2023)

    *The placement fee amount will only be charged to you after you secure a placement and are enrolled on the work based project in year 2 of your course. You will not be charged this fee if you do not secure a work placement.

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Home/EU: £7,425
    • International: £13,750
    • Year 2 Placement Fee: £500 * (for placements starting in September 2021 or January 2022)

    *The placement fee amount will only be charged to you after you secure a placement and are enrolled on the work based project in year 2 of your course. You will not be charged this fee if you do not secure a work placement.

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

  • Our graduate discount scheme is open to graduates of the University of Northampton who enrol on a full master’s programme with us.

    Qualifying students will receive 20% discount on the full tuition fee for their Master’s course.

    *Find out if you are eligible for 20% fee discount by visiting our page.

  • The industry placement enables you to develop your skills and knowledge in a real-world work environment, whilst completing an applied research project. This will give you an advantage over the competition for jobs and scholarships after you graduate and could be a good starting point for setting up your own consultancy business.

    Your placement will need to be appropriate to your level of study and you should also be paid for this work. We will support you in finding and securing a suitable placement opportunity, however it must be noted that placements are highly competitive and there is no guarantee of a placement offer being made by an employer.

    If you are unable or unwilling to progress with an industry placement, for whatever reason, you will have the option to transfer onto our Dissertation and Research Methods module in order to gain the required credits to complete your programme of study.

  • How will I learn?

    The course emphasises a small group teaching and learning experience that combines a range of methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, practical fieldwork assessment and online learning materials. Each 20 credit module accounts for 200 hours of learning; with three hours of scheduled contact per week per module, with a strong emphasis placed on directed and self-directed independent study. All modules are taught within the academic calendar but the pattern of delivery may be flexible and will depend on the needs of the cohort.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessments include: portfolios, video journals, debates, presentations, reports, essays and case study analysis.

    What is the schedule like for this course?

    You will generally spend between nine and 12 hours a week in class. You will observe the work environment, and attending on-site visits and input from industry speakers may add to the timetabling requirements during the course of the year.  You will be encouraged to actively engage with all aspects the course.

    Are there any opportunities for work experience?

    Several of the modules have a vocational emphasis embedded within the assessment. The international hotel management and strategic marketing modules place specific emphasis on developing appropriate, timely and innovative management responses to day to day challenges.

    Are there any trips?*

    There is an international trip available to support the development of your strategic and operational knowledge of the hotel industry with overnight and site visits in recognisable hotel chains and destinations.

    *Future study trips are dependent on Government and local travel guides relating to Covid-19.

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Careers and Employability


With an emphasis on developing both operational and strategic thinking, the MA will equip you with a range of skills that will allow you to pursue a career in hotel management or a related sector.

Depending on experience we would expect graduates to enter the industry either via an accelerated management training programme within a recognised hotel chain or take up positions at management level.