MSc Global Hospitality Management (with work placement)

Postgraduate, Full-time

Global Hospitality Management (with work placement) MSc

This programme ensures that students are familiar with the key academic knowledge associated with global hospitality management.


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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.)

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21-24 months

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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.

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.

Professor Paul Lynch is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and is a member and former Chair (Research) of the Council for Hospitality Management Education Executive committee. He is Visiting Professor at the University of Stenden, Netherlands (2008- ) and Hotelschool The Hague, Netherlands (2012-). In addition to experience of working for a tourism social firm offering holidays to people with special needs, Paul has senior management experience in hospital management, and also in higher education where he has worked as a Head of Department.

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.

  • calendar 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.

  • note and pen Assessments 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.
  • briefcase Work placement In the third trimester students undertake a 15 weeks industrial placement 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. New growth 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). To facilitate the exploration of these two areas, participants will engage with theories and practices in intercultural training in a peer-supported learning environment and reflect upon their own intercultural learning experience in this environment.

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Dissertation ( SOE11130 )

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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Experience Design and Management for Tourism, Hospitality and Events ( TSM11114 )

This module involves applying theoretical perspectives to develop skills and techniques in tourism, hospitality or events. The module allows students to build work-based skills in tourism, hospitality and/or event management that are underpinned with relevant theory. It facilitates a critical understanding of how the core elements of tourism, hospitality and events contribute to their effective and coherent design; and how consumer experiences can be managed.
The module opens with an introduction to key design and experience theories and concepts such as: the experience economy; service encounters; experiencescapes; the tourist gaze; co-creation; and symbolic interactionism. The application of these to tourism, hospitality and events is then considered. Concurrently, students examine key management functions and consider these in the context of specific tourism, hospitality or events in an authentic experiential setting. Particular attention is paid to manager and critical consumer perspectives in specific tourism, hospitality and event design settings.

There are two assessment components. Assessment 1 has two elements. Element 1 requires students to draw upon theories discussed in the module to respond collaboratively to an experience design brief by producing and presenting a proposed tourism, hospitality or event experience in the form of a group oral presentation. The second element of Assessment 1 requires students to write a reflective and evaluative essay.

Assessment 2 requires students to consume a selected tourism, hospitality or event experience in real time, then to critically review and evaluate the design and management of that experience in the form of either a written or online portfolio.

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Managing International Hospitality Organisations ( TSM11122 )

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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Professional Practice ( TSM11126 )

This module will cover the following:
• Applied research approaches within hospitality/tourism/event management, and assessment of scope and limitation
• Information searches (Edinburgh Napier Library)
• Inquiry based learning / critical enquiry
• Formulation of a feasible and valid work-related project design, including ethical, sampling and reliability evaluation
• Consultancy and project management skills
• Implementation planning
• Evidencing organisation impact
• Personal reflection

This module will enable you to apply your knowledge and skills to professional practice and to critically evaluate a selection of 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 workplace and demonstrate this through critical evaluation in assessments. You will develop your ability to critically evaluate your learning in a work based environment, as well as an operational aspect of the industry. 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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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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

English language requirements

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.

International students

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

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

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 2020/21 2021/22
Home/EU £7,600 tba
Overseas £8,736 tba
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

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