This innovative course prepares you for management within various sectors of the worldwide tourism industry. The continued growth of this industry has brought about an increasing need for flexible and skilled managers able to operate at a global, as well as national and local level. In a rapidly changing tourism environment, you are grounded in the skills necessary for strategic analysis and the knowledge necessary for informed and flexible decision-making. The course is designed to cater for local and international professionals within the industry who wish to gain the necessary qualifications and theoretical awareness to enabling you to advance your careers or operations. It will also appeal to recent international and home graduates who wish to acquire the specialist knowledge and qualifications necessary in order to manage tourism operations. This programme has been running for the sixth year. We strived to keep up with the changes and demand of the external environment and student demand and expectations. Therefore, we have reviewed the programme recently based on a survey conducted with Staff and students (past and current) for their opinions about what changes might be made and in what direction those changes might be taken forward.
The proposed reviewed programme will again have a core set of modules, this time with all of the functional business management modules delivered in Stage 1: People Management and Development, Decision Making for Managers (Finance and Accounting) and International Tourism Marketing. In addition, a Research Method module is added to clearly contextualising research in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management. In doing so, this will enable the students to benefit from the growing research expertise of the subject group to assure a sound transition to Stage 2 where students will be required to evolve understanding into new spheres or deploy knowledge in more practical context.
It is proposed to replace the Dynamics module in Semester A with a Research Methods module, both addressing the gap left by the decision to move research methods from Business School-wide deployment to programme-centric but also, crucially, from a zero-credit module to a 15-credit module. This will reinforce the importance of research methods to students while clearly contextualising research in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management. In doing so, this will enable the students to benefit from the growing research expertise of the subject group.
At Stage 2, the core module Contemporary themes: Tourism/Hospitality/Event Management provide students with the opportunity to explore current trends and issues affecting an industry of their interest. Students are also given the flexibility to create their curriculum by choosing three out of five optional modules. The Live Projects, Project Management and Residential Field Trip modules are created to enhance practical skills at networking and applying theories to practice. The Ethical Dimensions of Tourism and Crisis and Risk Management in Events are developed to address the increasing concern for businesses in the areas of ethics and crisis management.
At Stage 3, students complete a research dissertation in the specialist area you have chosen. This provides the opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and evaluate the complex nature, structure and functional areas of the tourism, hospitality and event industries, and their global trends and implications in different geographical, economical and socio-cultural contexts. This course provides a contemporary, critical, and international programme of study which guides students through the main debates, research, and techniques of the area of study. It provides the students with qualities, skills and qualifications thereby enhancing their employment opportunities and their career advancement. The programme team is committed to a philosophy of rigour and the provision of guided choice in the programme of study. A richness of approach will emerge not just from the teaching, but also from the international student cohort.
*A supplementary fee applies to the residential field trip
We are preparing graduates for successful careers in the hospitality, recreation or tourism industries or in an associated government agency with an international, national or local focus. Graduates from the programme are employed by international hotel chains (Four Seasons Hotel, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, The Ritz Carlton, Starwood Hotel Group) in China, India Macau, Thailand and Great Britain, as well as working for independent hotels and Event Management companies in Great Britain. Other careers pursued by our Graduates include Recruitment Agents, Lecturers and entrepreneurs (travel company, import and export trading company).
Year 1 - full details
* Contemporary Themes: Tourism/Hospitality/Event Management
* Decision Making for Managers (ITH)
* Dissertation: BSITH
* International Tourism Marketing
* People Management and Development
* Research Methods for Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management
* Crisis and Risk Management in Events
* Ethical Dimensions of Tourism
* Live Project: Tourism/Hospitality/Event Management
* Project Management B
* Residential Field Trip
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