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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Jury's Inn
  • National Trust
  • Swissport
  • Radisson Hotel Group
  • Intercontinental Hotel Group

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Hotel Property Project Manager
  • Event Manager
  • Graduate Manager
  • Visitor & Convention Tourism Executive
  • Wine Procurement Manager
  • Tourism Officer
  • Corporate Event Manager

Overview

Developing business leaders for the international hospitality industry.

Summary

Developing business leaders for the vibrant and evolving international hospitality sector.

The BSc Hons International Hospitality Management has 100% overall student satisfaction and is ranked third for student satisfaction in UK institutions for Tourism, Transport and Travel (NSS, 2018). We are also ranked in the top 5 UK universities for hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 (The Times/Sunday Times, 2018)

This degree is designed to meet the needs of those who want to work in hospitality management. You will develop a detailed knowledge of leadership and the associated skills necessary for management in this dynamic and exciting global industry.

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About

The BSc Hons International Hospitality Management is an internationally recognised passport to a successful management career in hospitality. The four-year degree offers key business management subjects alongside specialist hospitality, tourism and events modules. You will enhance your knowledge in the key business management areas of strategy, marketing, finance, human resource management, operations management and entrepreneurship.

This programme is characterised by a blend of theoretical and applied components including practical modules, which are delivered in the realistic work environment of the ‘Taste of Ulster’ award winning The Academy restaurant. We are 1 of only 7 UK universities that offer a world class learning environment (https://www.ulster.ac.uk/theacademy), allowing you to put your business management principles into practice.

Attendance

The programme can be completed in five to seven years, depending on level of entry. You will normally complete two modules per semester, with class contact time approximately three hours per week per module. Typically, classes are scheduled in the mornings, afternoons and some evenings, each year, therefore some flexibility may be necessary’

At the beginning of year 1 you are expected to attend a pre-induction event and one week later an induction day.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Food and Beverage Operations

Year: 1

Food and Beverage Operations introduces a wide range of commodities, processes and operations which are the foundation for food production and service in the international Hospitality and Catering Industry. The integration of theory and practical skills give students an appreciation of the knowledge and procedures that are fundamental to the efficient running of a catering operation.

The Business of Hospitality

Year: 1

This module provides students with an appreciation of the evolution, scale and significance of the hospitality industry and the contribution which it makes to the wider economy and society.

Introduction to Event Management

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module introduces students to the business of events. The nature of events are investigated together with the factors leading to successful event planning and implementation. The basic principles of event planning are introduced. The module provides a foundation for students wishing to follow a career in the events industry, to undertake placement in an event company and provides the basis for further study in event related modules.

Introduction to Tourism

Year: 1

This module is optional

This introductory module introduces students to the key concepts involved in the study of tourism, including definition, historical development, supply and demand, impacts, current and future challenges facing tourism.

Year two

Hospitality Tourism and Events Facilities Operations

Year: 2

As future managers of International Hospitality Management it is critical to have a sound knowledge of the management of facilities operations in the Hospitality Tourism and Events Sector. This module provides the student with the knowledge required in facilities operations and management of to meet the desired customer and business objectives in HTE Sector and apply these skills in other contexts.

Management in Action

Year: 2

This module examines the principals of management and applies these to the practice of organisational management. It is an introductory module, which will help the student become familiar with the nature and scope of management. It examines the development of management theories and the impact of the external and internal environments on effective and professional management. The student will explore how to manage others and how to improve productivity for future business success.

People Management

Year: 2

Managing People is an important part of all managers' jobs whether they are Line Managers or Human Resource (HR) specialists. Successful management and leadership can make a significant difference to the performance of teams and individuals and to the achievement of organisational objectives. This module is designed to provide students with an introduction to people management strategies which can help achieve high performance within the service industry.

Business Research Methods

Year: 2

The module will develop and enhance the student's ability to carry out appropriate research, process data and utilise effectively the latest ICT packages and applications relevant to their course and their chosen business field.

Study and Research Methods

Year: 2

This module is intended to introduce and develop the study and research skills required to undertake university-level study. It will enable the student to conduct relevant research, communicate their work effectively both orally and in written form and enable the student to be competent in the use of applicable Computer Based Information Technology programmes.

Year three

Food and Beverage Operations Management

Year: 3

This module develops the students' knowledge, understanding and skills in the planning, design and analysis of culinary/hospitality operations environments in order to effectively and efficiently provide appropriate services to the consumer in a global context. The student will be responsible for the reflection and provision of feedback, on their personal performance and that of their peers in planning, execution and outcomes for practical operations.

Accounting Studies

Year: 3

This module focuses on managerial decision making for both SMEs and larger corporations in the tourism and hospitality sectors. The content includes costing, budgeting, investment appraisal and working capital management. The student will be expected to apply knowledge to the decision-making process and discuss alternatives relevant to the range of service industries studied by students within the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Contemporary Marketing Practice

Year: 3

This module introduces and explores key areas of marketing theory and their application to the contemporary business organisation. The module defines marketing and examines the development of the marketing concept, the marketing environment and key aspects of contemporary marketing theory and practice including segmentation, consumer behaviour, marketing research, the marketing mix and through assessment provides students with the opportunity to actually apply these concepts to contemporary industry situations.

Tourism Industry and Impacts

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module addresses two aspects of tourism - tourism sector essentials and the impacts that certain forms of tourism can generate for destination regions. The essential tourism sectors involve attractions, accommodation, intermediaries and transport. The module seeks to address these essentials and provide the student with an improved understanding of what the effects of tourism might be, how they can be evaluated and how they can be managed.

Corporate Events

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module introduces students to the business of corporate events. The nature of corporate events are explored together with the factors and professional skills needed for the successful event planning and implementation of a corporate event. Students create their own event. The module distinguishes corporate events from events as such and enhances understanding for students wishing to follow a career in the corporate events industry.

Year four

Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry

Year: 4

This integrative core module, which places particular emphasis on achieving a balanced understanding of strategic management theory and practice, introduces the concept of business strategy to hospitality and culinary arts management students.

Leadership and Professional Development

Year: 4

This module examines the undercurrents, the business and social trends that inform how leadership is thought about and practised. The module content will help the student to look beyond the management and organisational leadership literature to develop working assumptions on a critical approach to leadership - from exploring their own leadership competencies to getting the best from others to improve productivity and business performance.

Tourism Planning, Development and Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides students with an advanced understanding of tourism planning, development and management. It provides students in their final year of their degree with an appreciation of the difficulties associated with planning, developing and managing tourism at varying scales and for certain niche products and markets, all often in the face of externalities that the tourism industry has limited control over.

Event Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module examines the complete event management process. It examines the requirements for successful event management and integrates with other modules of study, in particular marketing, accounting and human resource management. Being involved in a live event is an integral part of this module as it provides the opportunity for students to apply theory to professional event management practice.

Performance Metrics Analysis

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module develops the students' knowledge, understanding, application and practice in relation to the core Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), ratios and consumer behaviour analytics used in the hospitality and culinary industries.

Contemporary Issues in Hospitality Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module requires students to research a contemporary issue relevant to hospitality managers from a range of perspectives, reflect on its significance and consider its implications for professional practice.

Year five

The Business Plan

Year: 5

This module is optional

In this module students are engaged in practical entrepreneurship and will develop their knowledge of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process. This will be evidenced through the development of a business plan for new venture creation, enterprise development, project management or a community based development project.

Managing Talent and Productivity

Year: 5

This module is optional

The contemporary workplace is changing and there has probably never been a more challenging time to be in Human Resources (HR) or be responsible for managing people. Human Resource teams and Line Managers have a major role to play in driving performance and achieving competitive advantage. This module provides an opportunity for students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills needed to help attract, manage and retain the best talent nationally and internationally.

Research Paper

Year: 5

This module is optional

This module will assess the student's ability to carry out appropriate academic research, process data and utilize effectively the latest IT applications to provide an independent researched piece of work relevant to their course and their chosen industry.

Management Accounting

Year: 5

This module is optional

This module focuses on managerial decision making for both SMEs and larger corporations in the tourism and hospitality sectors. The content includes costing, budgeting, investment appraisal and working capital management. The student will be expected to apply knowledge to the decision-making process and discuss alternatives relevant to the range of service industries studied by students within the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Contemporary Marketing Management

Year: 5

This module is optional

This module examines and expands on the principle concepts and theories of marketing and their practical application to contemporary marketing management. It is a module that builds on the Contemporary Marketing Practice module at level 5. Issues include the management of the marketing concept, marketing environments, planning, research application and techniques, segmentation, the marketing mix, e-marketing and digital marketing within specific businesses at a local, national and international level as they apply to the marketing management function.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

Offer in the range BBC - BBB

The traditional two ‘A’ levels are not normally a prerequisite for participation in this course. If you are a mature applicant who lacks formal academic qualifications, you may be admitted to the course if you can satisfy the Course Committee of your ability to complete the course satisfactorily. Exemptions may be granted from parts of the course where you already hold a higher academic or professional qualification providing evidence of relevant previous studies.

Applied General Qualifications

Overall BTEC award profile; Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).

However, for part-time entry please apply directly through the website and submit your application as part-time applications are reviewed individually and may require an interview with the course director.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile BBBCC.

However, for part-time entry please apply directly through the website and submit your application as part-time applications are reviewed individually and may require an interview with the course director.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is AAAA.

However, for part-time entry please apply directly through the website and submit your application form on-line as part-time applications are reviewed individually and may require an interview with the course director.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is BBC.

However, for part-time entry please apply directly through the website and submit your application form on-line as part-time applications are reviewed individually and may require an interview with the course director.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 25 points (12 at higher level) to minimum 26 points (13 at higher level).

However, for part-time entry please apply directly through the website and submit your application form online as part-time applications are reviewed individually and may require an interview with the course director.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile 65-70%

However, for part-time entry please apply directly through the website and submit your application form online as part-time applications are reviewed individually and may require an interview with the course director.

GCSE

To apply for the part time programme you must satisfy the general entry conditions for the University, which requires that you hold a GCSE (or equivalent) at C or above in Maths and English and that you satisfy the Course Committee that you are capable of study at Higher Education Level.

Essential Skills Level 2 Mathematics will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE Maths.

Essential Skills Level 2 Communication will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English.

Key Skills Level 3 (20 credit points for each Key Skill) wil be accepted as part of the UCAS Tariff.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

For part-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language.

It is desirable that applicants to this course have work experience and/or part-time employment in the hospitality industry.

Foundation Degree Applicants- If you have already obtained the required grade in the relevant Foundation Degree you can opt to complete bridging modules prior to progressing onto the final year of the course. Other qualifications may be considered for exemptions and/or advanced entry based on your prior certificated learning or prior experiential learning.

Teaching and learning assessment

The course has a range of many exciting teaching, learning and assessment methods that include, class visits, guest lectures, workshops on industry visits to resolve a strategic issue. There is an annual student conference for Hospitality students where professionals from the industry share their experiences. Practical modules are delivered in the realistic work environment of the 'Taste of Ulster' award winning Academy restaurant and kitchens. Further information can be accessed at: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/theacademy

Exemptions and transferability

Exemptions and Transferability

If you have already obtained the required grade in the relevant Foundation Degree you can opt to complete bridging modules prior to progressing onto the final year of the course. Other qualifications may be considered for exemptions and/or advanced entry based on your prior certificated learning or prior experiential learning.

What exemptions can I get?
Based on recent and successfully completed accredited learning, students can seek exemptions from the programme. The Course Director can advise candidates as to the eligibility of their accredited course.

How do I apply for exemptions?
When accepted on the Course you are asked to complete an exemptions form, which is reviewed by the Course Director and exemptions are then agreed during the Induction process.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Jury's Inn
  • National Trust
  • Swissport
  • Radisson Hotel Group
  • Intercontinental Hotel Group

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Hotel Property Project Manager
  • Event Manager
  • Graduate Manager
  • Visitor & Convention Tourism Executive
  • Wine Procurement Manager
  • Tourism Officer
  • Corporate Event Manager

Career options

This qualification offers a range of management career opportunities in one of the world’s largest and fastest growing sectors. The hospitality industry is composed of a diverse range of industries and employers including hotels, restaurants, cruise liners and public sector organisations such as destination marketing organisations . The optional module selections further extend these opportunities to careers within tourism and events sectors.

You also have the opportunity to pursue avenues such as teaching, lecturing, training, research and consultancy in relation to hospitality management. Alternatively, you have the option after completion to progress on to postgraduate study on programmes such as the MSc International Event Management, MSc International Tourism Management and MSc International Hospitality Management.

Work placement / study abroad

Not Applicable for part-time students.

Professional recognition

Institute of Hospitality (IoH)

Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality that academic, vocational and professional standards achieved are appropriate and programme content and delivery meet international Institute of Hospitality benchmark standards.

Academic profile

100% of the teaching team have achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and 7 of these team members have Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Apply

How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications are generally considered up to the end of August before the start of the academic year.

It is recommended that you apply as soon as possible to allow time for your application to be processed.

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system. To apply you should register as a first time user and then choose the undergraduate taught programme option and then select the BSc Hons Interntional Hospitality Management programme.

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:
£5,470.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

There are a range of exciting prizes for the course in final year;

The Hastings Hotels Award for Excellence in Irish Hospitality - Highest Mark overall in BSc (Hons) International Hospitality Management.

Institute of Hospitality Janus Award nomination

Tourism NI Event Management Award - Highest Mark in Event Management.

Da Vinci Cup - Highest mark in Strategic Management.

Hospitality Ulster’s Rising Star Award - Highest mark in Leadership & Business Performance.

Additional mandatory costs

Students are required to purchase both front of house and back of house appropriate dress for training in the realistic work environment of the 'Taste of Ulster' award winning Academy restaurant and kitchens. The cost of this is approximately £100.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Testimonials

The International Hospitality Management course very much developed my interest in the Hospitality industry in particular hotel management. Having graduated on this course I have achieved success in the industry and have a general managers position in the Indigo Hotel of the Intercontinental Hotels Group.

Michael Musgrave – General Manager - The Indigo Hotel, Kensington London.

Studying the International Hospitality Management was one of the best decisions I have made. The course developed my knowledge and professional practical management skills for the Hospitality and Events Industry. After graduating in 2012 I decided to complete an MSc in Event Management. I am now the Events Manager in the Old Inn at Crawfordsburn and enjoying my 'dream job'.

Kerry Hamilton - Events Manager - The Crawfordsburn Inn.

As an alumnus of Ulster University it is a great pleasure to provide an employer testimonial. Since graduating I have worked for leading international hotel chains and have worked with and recruited a wide variety of staff. Having returned to work in my native Northern Ireland I am now in a position to employ placement students and graduates from Ulster University. In my view students who have studied International Hospitality Management at Ulster are among the best employees I have worked with throughout my experience of more than 25 years in the global hotel industry.

Hospitality students from Ulster are 'work ready' when they graduate and have very high levels of technical skills having acquired these in the award winning Academy Restaurant in the University. Professionalism and commitment to the highest level of customer service are the hallmarks of these highly motivated students. They typically display strong communication skills, flexibility and initiative and endeavour to develop themselves professionally at any opportunity. They also possess problem solving skills and have the ability to both work effectively in team and take on leadership roles as required.

Having studied at Ulster University I know that these skills are developed and instilled by academic staff who take a personal interest in the development of each individual student due to their professional commitment toward developing Ulster Hospitality graduates who exceed employer expectations.

Employer Testimonial from Mr Adrian McNally, General Manager, Titanic Hotel Belfast.