Tourism and Hospitality Management MSc

Tourism and Hospitality Management Degree

1. Overview

Our International Tourism and Hospitality Management MSc develops the necessary skills and knowledge required in today's tourism and hospitality industries.

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The focus is to actively encourage students to apply management principles and concepts in the context of contemporary national and international tourism and hospitality management.

The degree has been developed with guidance from both the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) and the Institute of Hospitality along with input from local industries. A key feature of the course is interface with industry and the wider external community which have included the following recent activities:

  • Politics and tourism session with a member of the Scottish parliament
  • Behind-the-scenes tour to the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
  • Tour of the VisitScotland head offices in Edinburgh

2. What you will study

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Award: MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Dissertation In Semester 3, you will present a written research proposal for submission. This will normally form the basis for the Masters level dissertation. You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the dissertation.

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information. 

3. How you will learn

Full-time Study
In full time mode, you learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. 

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

4. Entry requirements

Applicants will require an honours degree. Those who do not possess an honours degree but have a degree or degree equivalent qualification and work experience at a suitable level within an organisation for an appropriate length of time, will be considered. Qualifications from an approved professional body will also be taken into account.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

The course is recognised by the Institute of Hospitality (formerly the Hotel and Catering International Management Association - HCIMA).

It has also achieved recognition under the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) Scheme for Courses in Higher Education. 

6. Student Funding

Merit Scholarship
Aberdeen Business School offers a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students. 

Find out more information on the Merit Scholarship.

Postgraduate Funding
Applicants (Scottish domiciled and EU) to this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL). Full-time students can apply for a PTFL up to £3400. Part-time students can apply for up to £1700. The tuition fee loan is only available to part-time students who are undertaking at least 50% of a full-time course, and therefore, complete their qualification in 2 years.

Information on funding for postgraduate students can be seen under Postgraduate Student Finance.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 15% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

  • £4,700 entire course

Rest of UK Students

  • £4,700 entire course

International Students

  • £11,500 entire course

For Academic Year 2014/2015

UK/EU Students


  • £4,500 entire course

International Students


  • £11,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,410 Stage 1
  • £3,410 Stage 2
  • £2,270 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students


  • £4,000 entire course

International Students


  • £10,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,284 Stage 1
  • £3,284 Stage 2
  • £2,192 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students


  • £3,400 entire course

International Students


  • £9,600 entire course

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • Part-time - £3,204 Stage 1
  • Part-time - £3,204 Stage 2
  • Part-time - £2,136 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students

  • Full-time - £3,400 entire course

International Students

  • Full-time - £8,650 entire course

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online.

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

Further details are also available from Course Leader:

Graeme Stephen
Aberdeen Business School
Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE

Tel: +44 (0)1224 263840

9. Prospects

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the worldwide expenditure on hospitality and tourism is set to increase over  the next 10 years and by 2021 "1 in 10 workers on the planet will be employed as a result of Travel & Tourism" according to the WTTC President and CEO, David Scowsill. Growth such as this creates many opportunities for those equipped with the skills required in this global industry and graduates from this course have gone on to careers in areas such as:

  • National or International contract catering or facilities management
  • Public sector tourism management, eg. National Tourist Boards, Regional Tourist Boards, public sector visitor attractions
  • Private sector tourism management, eg. visitor attractions and leisure organisations
  • Tourism consultancy
  • Hotel and hospitality consultancy
  • Tourism research and lecturing
  • Any customer-focused organisation - given the transferable skills and business "toolkit" taught on the course
  • National and International hotel companies

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Start date

September or January

Course length

Full-time - 45 weeks

Mode of Attendance


Academic school
Aberdeen Business School
More information:
Craig Leith Senior Lecturer
+44 (0)1224 263951
Institute of Hospitality
Recognised by
Tourism Management Institute

University pathways at ICRGU - Pre-Master's


The International College at Robert Gordon University (ICRGU) offers entry into the MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management at Robert Gordon University for International Students.

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