International Hospitality Management BA (Hons)

Hospitality Management Degree

1. Overview

Our International Hospitality Management degree is your starting point for a career in hospitality management.

The hospitality and leisure industries generate billions of pounds worldwide each year. Hospitality management is therefore a thriving, innovative industry which plays a crucial role in the global economy and in providing employment and exciting career opportunities.

This course combines both the academic and specialist aspects of hospitality management, allowing you to study and experience its many sub-sectors.

A key feature of this accredited course is the opportunity to meet and listen to professionals in the hospitality industry. We will deliver this through study visits and guest lectures at the University. You will also be eligible for student membership of the Institute of Hospitality (IoH), providing another perfect opportunity for networking. We also believe it is important to recognise and reward our students' achievements. As a result, industry-sponsored prizes are awarded each year to the top student of each year.

2. What you will study

Year 1

Year 2

You also have the option to Study Abroad with an overseas partner university.

Year 3: In Year 3 you can choose from a number of routes:

  • Placement Route with the opportunity to work in industry;
  • Taught/Work Experience Route allows you to combine study at ABS (6 months) with a work placement in Semester 2 (6 months);
  • Study Abroad for a year.

Placement Route

Taught/Work Experience Route

Year 4

3. Entry requirements

SQA Higher: BBCC

GCE A Level: CCC

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: B2B2C1C1

IB Diploma: 26

Alternative Qualifications:  Overseas qualifications and access programmes will be considered on an individual basis. Applications are welcomed from students with alternative qualifications and relevant work experience.

Degree Link Programme: A relevant HNC from one of our partner FE Colleges may be considered for year 2 entry. A relevant HND from one of our partner FE Colleges may be considered for year 3 entry.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

English language requirements for those whose first language is not English.

4. Placements and accreditations


In year 3, there are placement opportunities available locally, nationally and internationally with a range of different employers. Getting real experience in a workplace brings your studies to life. Not only do you get to put what you have learned into practice, but you get a real feel for your specialism and a taste of what your career might be like. Suddenly finding yourself in the real world with all the pressures and stresses of a busy workplace might seem a little daunting at first. Don’t worry – it’s actually a fantastically rewarding and exciting time and you can always rely on the friendly support of our dedicated Placement team.

Examples of placement providers: Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Malmaison Hotels, Gleneagles Hotel, Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts (Canada), Waccabuc Golf and Country Club (USA) and The Broadmoor Resort, Colorado Springs (USA).

Study Abroad

In years 2 and 3, there are opportunities to study with partner overseas institutions in Europe as part of the Erasmus Programme.

Professional Accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality (IoH).

5. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:


6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year
  • £910 for a full year placement

Rest of UK Students

  • £5,000 per academic year
  • £2,500 for a full year placement

International Students

  • £10,500 per academic year
  • £1,000 for a full year placement

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £5,000 per academic year

International Students

  • £10,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students


  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students


  • £5,000 per academic year

International Students

  • £9,600 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

International Students

  • £9,350 per academic year

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

All applications should be made through UCAS. All applicants must apply online at

Once you register and create your username and password you are guided through the process of applying. After submission, log in to your UCAS Track account and you can see the progress of your application, view and respond to your offers.

8. Prospects

Our graduates are in great demand and there are fantastic opportunities for varied and challenging careers in this sector. Positions held by graduates include: international leisure centre manager

hotel manager

guest services manager

facilities manager

business centre manager

head of sales and marketing

quality advisor and sales manager - all within hospitality environments.

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BA (Hons)
Start date
September 2015
Course length
4 years
Mode of Attendance
Academic school
Aberdeen Business School
More information:
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Accredited By
Institute of Hospitality

The Complete University Guide - Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781