International Tourism and Hospitality Management MSc

1. Overview

Our MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management degree develops relevant industry skills and knowledge.

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

  • MSc Phase: Dissertation or Project - Students are given the opportunity to conduct a piece of substantive, independent, research in area of their choosing within international tourism and hospitality. Students can work with live-clients on industry focused projects or present a formal dissertation.

Part Time Study (3 Years)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5 and 6

  • BSM101 - Dissertation or Project - Students are given the opportunity to conduct a piece of substantive, independent, research in area of their choosing within international tourism and hospitality. Students can work with live-clients on industry focused projects or present a formal dissertation.

All modules subject to validation. 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).

Part-time Study

Our part-time delivery mode combines aspects of online learning and on-campus delivery. You will benefit from the support of the virtual learning environment but also face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates. 

4. Entry Requirements

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject area.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case 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 6.5 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.

5. Placements and Accreditations

Placements

Placements are available for full time on campus students 

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

Scholarships

Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information:

Business Management and Accounting Scholarships

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 20% 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 2018/2019

UK/EU Students

  • £5,500 entire course:

International Students

  • £12,100 entire course

For Academic Year 2017/2018

UK/EU Students

  • £4,640 entire course: September 2017 starts
  • £5,500 entire course: January 2018 starts

International Students

  • £11,740 entire course

For Academic Year 2016/2017

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,500 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,400 entire course

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

Full-time

  • £4,500 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £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

Full-time

  • £4,000 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £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

Full-time

  • £3,400 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £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

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

 

8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online.

www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

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

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

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)

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 - Sept start - 12 months, Jan start - 14 months

Mode of Attendance

Full-time or Part Time

Academic School
School of Creative and Cultural Business
Recognised by
Institute of Hospitality
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Tourism Management Institute
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