Global opportunities await graduates of our International Hospitality Management (IHM) degree, with recent graduates working for international hotel chains, American country clubs, and cruise ships in the Caribbean.

Study International Tourism and Hospitality Management at Aberdeen Business School - Robert Gordon University.

A key feature of our fully accredited course is the opportunity to meet and listen to professionals in the hospitality industry. We encourage you to participate in study visits and guest lectures delivered by leading industry experts. Complementing the specific hospitality focus, the course also emphasises a strong understanding of the key management disciplines throughout, ensuring you are ready to step right into management positions in your chosen field.

Strong industry links run through the entire four years allowing us to offer year-long work placements and 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, with industry-sponsored prizes awarded each year to the top student of each cohort.

Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS Code

N221

Course Dates

September
January (For international fee paying students only)

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Year 1

Provides a solid introduction to the Tourism industry with further focus on contextualised relevant management disciplines.
Semester 2 focuses on practical skills with time spent on placement within a hotel seeing different aspects of hotel management as well as food production kitchen environment.

Year 2

Continues a focus on both industry specific and general management areas including Food and Beverage Management and Hotel Operation Management, helping to develop the key skills and specialist knowledge expected of a manager within the industry.

Year 3

The key focus is on industry experience, with a choice of industry placements locally, nationally and internationally. Those students not following a formal placement route will study management disciplines in depth and have opportunities for shorter industry experience.

Year 4

Includes in-depth self-directed study and the opportunity to increase your understanding of specialist areas of Tourism Management. This year develops your strategic and critical thinking abilities and your ability to analyse and critically appraise problems.  Your Research Project applies this through researching a self-selected tourism topic.


Modules

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 and module disclaimer for more information. 

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Service Sector Management
  • Marketing
  • Tourism Hospitality Environment and Industry
    Semester 2
  • Food And Beverage Operations
  • Working In Hospitality Environments
  • Year 2 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Study abroad route
  • Study Abroad 3
  • Study Abroad 4
  • Study Abroad 1
  • Study Abroad 2
    Route B - Taught RGU Route
  • Live Hospitality
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Brand Management
  • Corporate Events Management
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Study abroad route
  • Study Abroad 6
  • Study Abroad 5
  • Study Abroad 8
  • Study Abroad 7
    Route B - Taught RGU Route
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Digital Media Platforms And Practices
  • Hotel Operation Management
  • Year 3 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Taught/Study Abroad Route
  • Ethics and the Consumer
  • Business Ideas And Opportunities
  • Tourism Destination Development
  • Events Management
    Route B - Study Abroad/Taught Route
  • Study Abroad 9
  • Study Abroad 10
  • Study Abroad 11
  • Study Abroad 8
    Route C - Placement Route
  • Placement (Hospitality and Tourism)
    Route D - Taught/Placement Route
  • Ethics and the Consumer
  • Business Ideas And Opportunities
  • Tourism Destination Development
  • Events Management
    Route E - Fully Taught Route - Continuing students
  • Tourism Destination Development
  • Ethics and the Consumer
  • Business Ideas And Opportunities
  • Events Management
    Route F - Fully Taught Route - Direct Entrants
  • Business Ideas And Opportunities
  • Events Management
  • Ethics and the Consumer
  • Tourism Destination Development
    Route G - Study Abroad/Placement
  • Study Abroad 8
  • Study Abroad 9
  • Study Abroad 10
  • Study Abroad 11
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Tourism Destination Development
  • Public Relations Strategy and Specialisms
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Taught/Study Abroad Route
  • Study Abroad 8
  • Study Abroad 9
  • Study Abroad 10
  • Study Abroad 11
    Route B - Study Abroad/Taught Route
  • Critical Approaches To Cultural Studies
  • People, Policy and Practice
  • Management Practice and Reflective Learning
  • Event Impact and Legacy
    Route C - Placement Route
  • Placement (Hospitality and Tourism)
    Route D - Taught/Placement Route
  • Workplace Experience
    Route E - Fully Taught Route - Continuing Students
  • People, Policy and Practice
  • Management Practice and Reflective Learning
  • Event Impact and Legacy
  • Critical Approaches To Cultural Studies
    Route F - Fully Taught Route - Direct Entrants
  • Critical Approaches To Cultural Studies
  • Management Practice and Reflective Learning
  • Hotel Operation Management
    Route G - Study Abroad/Placement
  • Workplace Experience
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Managing Strategy For Hospitality
  • Hospitality Contract Management
  • Research Methods
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Lifestyle Consumption and Experience Economies
  • Consumer Psychology
    Semester 2
  • Business Creativity
  • Managing Strategy For Hospitality
  • Research Project
  • Teaching is through a combination of lectures and contextualised modules; you are encouraged to discuss theory and ideas and develop your skills of analysis and interpretation.

    We engage with industry extensively through visits, guest speakers, and live client projects. Significant focus on practical industry experience in the first three years enables you to apply relevant theory.

    General management lectures may consist of over 100 students; subject specific tutorials will be around 25 students. Each subject is nominally three hours per week over a 12 week semester. You are expected to spend self-study time reading, analysing and reflecting on each subject.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 16 students per group                                  
    • Four hours per week

    Tutorials

    • Approximately 16 students per group
    • Eight hours per week

    Project Supervision

    • Approximately 6 students per group
    • One hour per week

    External visits

    • Approximately 16 students per group
    • 16 hours per week 

    Independent study summary

    In Year 4, a substantial level of effective and committed independent study is required. This involves wider reading but also critical reflection. You will be expected to spend around 20-25 hours a week conducting independent study. Much of this will be directly linked to the Research Project.

    Staff delivering this course

    The International Hospitality Management teaching team all have relevant industry teaching backgrounds, having worked in a variety of roles such as Tourism, Hotel Management, Hospitality and Events.

    Across all modules, industry experts as well as other relevant RGU lecturers will undertake teaching as appropriate. 

    Facilities

    • Food Handling and Preparation Labs
    • University Library
    • Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre 

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • Written exam
    • Written assignment
    • Two reports
    • Two practical skills assessments
    • Group critique

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic writing
    • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and statistics
    • English language
    • Information technology support

    More on Study Support

    SQA Higher: BBCC

    GCE A Level: CCC

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3H3

    IB Diploma: 26

    Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3. Find out more about Degree Link.

    Advanced Entry: All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

    International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    • Four week (unpaid) in hotel in Year 1 (compulsory)
    • 24 weeks or 48 weeks in Year 3 (optional)

    Considerable support is offered by the Placement Office at all stages including sourcing placement, application and support during placement from both placement office and academic member of staff.

    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).

    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:

    Scholarships

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,360 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    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

    • £11,400 per academic year
    • £1,000 for a full year placement

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    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

    • £11,000 per academic year
    • £1,000 for a full year placement

    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

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £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

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    September Start

    Scottish, EU and Rest of UK applicants

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online:

    Apply online via UCAS

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    January Start (for international fee paying students only)

    If you have missed the September start deadline or are required to complete an English language module you will have an opportunity to start the course in January through ICRGU.

    Find out more about undergraduate courses starting in January

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    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.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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    Read about our student placement experiences

    Lara Senhen Placement Experience (PDF 360KB)