Global Hospitality Management (extended) MSc

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Explore Global Hospitality Management in the world's foremost festival city.

Based in the tourism capital of Scotland (UK), at the country's largest provider of postgraduate tourism education, this programme seeks to develop the global hospitality managers of the future. 

This programme ensures that students are exposed to the latest management practices in the sector as they become familiar with the key academic knowledge associated with global hospitality management. Students starting in September will complete their studies in 21 months; those who start in January will take 24 months to complete. (See 'How you'll be Taught, below.)

Typical entry points to this course are in January and September. Please enquire for more information. 

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Mode of Study:



2 years

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Course details

You’ll develop organisational and business management skills that are relevant to hospitality organisations. Through lectures, guest speakers and case studies, you’ll gain an advanced understanding of the issues and concepts involved in creating successful hospitality experiences.

You’ll learn broad skills, such as formulating policy and planning for the future, as well as developing your abilities in research, time management and presentation methods.

How will my degree reflect sustainability and sustainable development?

The Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) – established under the UN Global Compact – places a clear onus on Higher Education to ‘transform management education and develop the responsible decision-makers of tomorrow to advance sustainable development’. The Business School is a PRME signatory, and we seek to influence professional practice and policy nationally and internationally, helping to drive key societal, economic and environmental impacts.

Our mission is ‘to empower communities to apply business knowledge for positive societal impact’ and we work constantly to embed practical actions into our curriculum, to promote sustainability and relate these to the key ideas of sustainability, as reflected in the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes now reflect one or more of the SDG, and our research is targeted to solve real world problems, mapped against the criteria used in the Times Higher Education’s Impact Ranking. 

The most recent annual league table for Sustainability - compiled by People & Planet, the UK’s largest student campaigning network - again places Edinburgh Napier in a top 3 position among Scotland’s 19 universities. This reflects their assessment of our performance across a range of environmental and ethical considerations, which include carbon reduction and management, and education.

What is distinct about equality, diversity and inclusion?

Edinburgh Napier University is enriched by the diversity of perspectives, cultures and backgrounds brought by all within our global community. We are committed to a positive environment where diversity and inclusiveness is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability, age, ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status or whether pregnant or on maternity leave. We commit ourselves to providing a learning, working and social environment that is free from discrimination, prejudice, intimidation, stigmatisation and all forms of harassment and bullying.

The Business School's vision: 'To be the Business School for empowerment, enterprise and employability for all'.

Our mission statement: 'Empowering our communities to apply business knowledge for positive societal impact'.

Lead academics

Dr Paul Barron is Professor in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Edinburgh Napier University. Upon completing his first degree in Hotel Management, Paul embarked on a successful, 8 year, management career in the Hospitality industry. Paul commenced his academic career as a lecturer in Hospitality Management at Glasgow Caledonian University and completed his MSc in Human Resource Management. Paul then spent 11 years as Senior Lecturer The University of Queensland, Australia and was awarded his PhD in 2003. This study formed the largest examination of international students' educational experiences in Australian universities and is held as a key element of research in the field of hospitality management education. Paul joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2007 as Reader in Hospitality Management and gained his Professorship in August 2015. Paul continues to study the education experience of students studying hospitality, tourism and events at university and, more recently has undertaken funded research that examined the emerging Generation Y consumer in the UK, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. Current projects are regarding employee engagement, knowledge transfer and an analysis of career destinations and aspirations of festival and event graduates.

Dr Ahmed Hassanien's professional experience includes both practical and academic roles in the tourism industry. He has more than 22 years of teaching experience at a number of international Universities. He has reviewed many academic articles for international academic periodicals. In 2004, he won the 'Teacher of the Year' award from the University of Wolverhampton. Also, he was awarded the 'Caparo Prize' for the most outstanding piece of pedagogic research in 2006. He is currently an associate editor of the International Journal of Customer Relationship Marketing and Management and is on the editorial board of The International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals. Ahmed has published widely in international refereed conferences and periodicals. Most of his research work is done in collaboration with international colleagues and research students.

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    How you’ll be taught

    This full-time includes three taught trimesters and a trimester of industrial placement. (Between the work placement and the final taught trimester there is a trimester of vacation, which students may use to gain additional work experience, should they wish to do so.)

    September starts

    September - December / Trimester 1 - Teaching

    January - April / Trimester 2 - Teaching

    May - August / Trimester 3 - 15-week industrial placement

    September - December / Vacation - Students can find work to gain extended experience

    January - April / Trimester 4 - Teaching

    January starts

    January - April / Trimester 1 - Teaching

    May - August / Vacation - Students can find work to gain extended experience

    September - December / Trimester 2 - Teaching

    January - April / Trimester 3 - 15-week industrial placement

    May - August / Vacation - Students can find work to gain extended experience

    September - December / Trimester 4 - Teaching

    Throughout this period you will be fully supported by our experienced team of academics and support staff. You will learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, guest lectures, tutorials and independent study.

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    Throughout the course, there will be typically two assessments for each module, this will include a wide range of different types of assessment strategies including reports, essays, presentations and examinations.
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    Work placement

    In the third trimester students can undertake a 15 weeks industrial placement opportunity as part of the Professional Practice module.  Preparation for this commences in the first trimester with a series of workshops designed to ensure students secure suitable placements in the hospitality industry.


Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Business Skills for Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management ( TSM11121 )

The module covers the various issues involved in the planning, development and management of those events specifically designed for the tourism industry. Specifically, the module considers the sources of funding, budgetary and other financial issues associated with planning and managing an event for tourism; it examines the people skills, quality issues, employment contracts and other human resource development concerns that need to be taken into account by events managers and organisers within the tourism industry; it addresses logistical issues such as crowd control, venue selection, staging and lighting which must be addressed in event management for tourism; it considers the various aspects of risk management for events designed for tourism, specifically the financial, legal and ethical safeguards required.

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Contemporary Issues in Hospitality Management ( TSM11107 )

Demographic changes and trends in consumer demand and expectations. The increasing role and influence of social media. The pervasive impact of globalisation. Sectors such as couchsurfing, pop up hospitality, Air BnB, serviced apartments, Changes in operating patterns, supply chains, management contracts. The industry?s relationship with the environment and issues of sustainable development. Hospitality as an ethical practice. Emerging marketing strategies and distribution challenges. Harnessing the full potential of the information and communication technologies. The changing nature of the hospitality workforce; education and training issues.

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Developing Academic Literacies ( TSM11125 )

This module is intended for students studying on the MSc in Global Hospitality Management. It comprises an introduction to the academic expectations of both the university and the specific subject areas. You will learn about the university's systems and tools for academic guidance and support, and you will have the opportunity to practice your academic writing techniques through activities directly related to your module assessments. You will also develop the skills to help you to interpret the requirements of your module assessments, through understanding subject-specific academic terminologies. The module will mainly be taught in workshop format, with the opportunity to practice your academic writing and receive one-to-one feedback from the module tutors.

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Developing Intercultural Competence in the Workplace ( LNG11120 )

This module begins with a discussion of the cultural diversity phenomenon, a day-to-day reality that brings both challenges and opportunites to today’s workplace. Approaches adopted by practitioners to managing cultural diversity will be critically examined and compared, with a particular emphasis on intercultural team-building. The module content then focuses on intercultural competence, an element that is central to the intercultural team-building agenda. Perspectives and insights will be drawn from relevant disciplines, such as intercultural communication, cross-cultural management and education. Participants will consider ways of cultivating their own intercultural competence as well as facilitating others’ intercultural competence development especially in work-based contexts. Participants are encouraged to collaboratively create a peer-supported learning environment and reflect upon their own intercultural learning in this environment.

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Dissertation ( TBS11130 )

Research methodologies, critically reviewing literature, research design and ethics, data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed), analysis methods, research writing and dissemination. Individual research, production of a dissertation, reflection on work undertaken.

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Hospitality Strategic Operations ( TSM11134 )

This module will (via a computer simulation) cover the following: • Budgeting and revenue management• Sales management (pricing and promotion)• Food and beverage management (menu engineering and procurement)• Housekeeping and maintenance management• Strategic and operational analysis and decision making • Developing and implementing competitive strategies • Critical reflection. This module will enable you to apply your knowledge and skills to professional practice and to critically evaluate both the accommodation and restaurant operational aspects of the industry, and therefore gain a competitive edge and develop your potential when seeking graduate employment. You will relate academic theory to the operational context and demonstrate this through critical evaluation in assessments. You will develop your ability to critically apply and evaluate your learning in a simulated operational context. This module helps you to develop the skills that are necessary for successful postgraduates in the 21st Century and thereafter as part of your continuing professional development.

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Managing International Hospitality Organisations ( TSM11122 )

In this module you will learn to critically understand the nature, scope and diversity of the hospitality industry, and to interpret the key components of international hospitality operations and best practice in their management. Emerging trends and developments in hospitality operations will also be examined.An introduction to the hospitality industry including its significance in the service sector, its relationship with partner industries and its economic significance. An analysis of the sectors comprising the industry. Fundamental components of, and principal systems utilised in, hospitality operations. The design, planning and management of hospitality facilities. Hospitality product design, development, delivery and performance management.

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Principles and Practice of Marketing ( MKT11108 )

The module is essential to anyone wanting to work in business and / or marketing. Throughout the module we will analyse the principles and practices of marketing with a focus on their practical application.
The module covers:
1. Marketing environment
2. Marketing Strategy and objective setting
3. Marketing communications
4. Understanding Products
5. Pricing strategies
6. Logistics and distribution
7. Services marketing
8. Sustainability
9. Planning and control.
By studying Principles and Practices of Marketing you will learn how to make marketing decisions across an organisation, and how to devise and implement a marketing plan for a product / service of your choice.

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Professional Practice ( TSM11126 )

This module is designed to help you develop necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the employment market. You will be provided with guidance on skill development, as well as how to demonstrate these skills during the application and interview process.

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Research Methods ( SOE11131 )

Research methodologies, critically reviewing literature, research design and ethics, data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed), analysis methods, research writing and dissemination.

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* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Global Hospitality Management?

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

Can I get admission in Global Hospitality Management based on my working experience in this sector?

This course has academic entry requirements which are assessed alongside relevant work experience. Full details of any relevant work experience, including references should be submitted with your application and may be considered for entry where the minimum academic entry requirements are below those required.

Usually, unrelated work experience is not considered sufficient for entry without meeting the minimum academic entry requirements. Please contact us with your specific circumstances by submitting an enquiry form above and we will be happy to discuss your options.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the Postgraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.


If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

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Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2023/24 2024/25
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £8,305 £8,720
Overseas and EU £10,260 £11,290
You study this course over two academic years, fees listed are per annum.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.

Please note:

The discount for Edinburgh Napier alumni can only be applied to year one of a full-time Postgraduate degree, any additional years are exempt from the discount.

For part time Postgraduate degrees the discount will apply to years one, two and three only and any additional years will be exempt from the discount.

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    What can you do with a degree in Global Hospitality Management?

    Studying an MSc in Global Hospitality Management equips you with a comprehensive understanding of the hospitality industry on a global scale. Graduates with this degree can pursue a variety of career paths within the hospitality and tourism sectors.

    Gaining this degree will give you discipline-specific knowledge and skills, but it is not restrictive. You will gain a range of highly desirable and transferable (meta) skills that include, but are not limited to, leadership, communication, problem-solving, and cultural understanding. Not only will you be eligible for postgraduate-level employment within the field, but you will also be eligible to apply or seek entry to doctoral-level study at Edinburgh Napier University or another higher education institution.

    What does a Hotel Manager do?

    A Hotel Manager is responsible for ensuring that guests have a positive experience during their stay while also managing and optimizing the hotel's resources. The role is multifaceted, requiring strong leadership, organisational, and interpersonal skills to successfully run a hotel and provide a positive guest experience.

    Daily tasks and responsibilities in this role may include: 

    • Hiring, training, and managing staff
    • Guest relations
    • Overseeing front desk operations
    • Overseeing back-of-house operations, including maintenance and housekeeping
    • Event planning/management
    • Marketing
    • Revenue management
    • Owner relations
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