BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management

Course Details

Course Title International Hospitality Management
Award Bachelor of Arts
Award Level 6
Awarding Body University of Derby
UCAS Code N226
Start Dates September 2024
Study Mode Full Time - 3 years

Course Overview

With its powerful mix of real-world learning, industry insights, theoretical understanding, academic rigour and a truly international curriculum, our BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management gives you a competitive edge.

As the role of the hospitality manager becomes ever more complex and demanding, we cover all the crucial topics to help you hit the ground running in your career. You will gain skills in leadership, finance, IT and human resources to go with your in-depth knowledge of hospitality operations.

Our course captures the major trends which are transforming the industry today – from a greater emphasis on sustainability to technological advances, from changing customer expectations to new concepts of luxury.

This course offers you:

  • the knowledge and skills you'll need for a successful career in the hospitality industry
  • the access to membership of the Educational Membership Scheme of the Institute of Hospitality, giving you great opportunities to network and make industry contacts.
  • all the extra benefits from getting recognised industry membership from the Institute of Hospitality.
  • tutors with industry experience within different areas 
  • support from your personal tutor and other staff throughout your course
  • the chance to continue studying and gain a master’s degree.

How you will learn

Teaching and learning

Our teaching methods will be varied, interactive and engaging.

You will take part in on campus lectures and live online lectures, tutorials, and academic support sessions. You will also access online learning content such as lecture notes, recordings, presentations, and handouts. You will also have access to our on-campus and electronic library.

When not attending lectures, you will also be studying independently. Independent learning plays a vital role in your studies and involves research, reading books and journals, preparing reports, presentations, and projects.


We mostly assess you through practical coursework assignments.

You will be involved in the sort of tasks you might undertake in a workplace. Sometimes these will be individual tasks and at other times, you will need to work in a group. Assignments could include essays, reports, individual and group projects, research and consultancy projects, presentations, and design of digital materials.

What you will study

Year 1

  •   4HO 544 Hospitality Societies
  •   4SZ 505 Business Environment of the Visitor Economy
  •   4SZ 506 Current Scenarios. Future Directions
  •   4SZ 507 Organisational Transformation
  •   4SZ 508 Project Design - Planning and Management
  •   4SZ 509 Service and Experience Co-creation

Year 2

  •   5HO 546 Hotel Revenue Management
  •   5HO 548 Sustainable Hospitality and Leisure Operations
  •   5SZ 510 Business Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Financial Planning
  •   5SZ 513 Healthy and Sustainable Consumption
  •   5SZ 515 Procurement and Supply in the Visitor Economy
  •   5SZ 516 Research Skills

Year 3

  •   6SZ 504 Talent Management
  •   6SZ 501 Consumer Behaviour
  •   6SZ 502 Independent Study (double module)
  •   6SZ 503 Strategic Management
  •   6TR 511 International Resort Management


The unique real-world learning we deliver means that you will be highly employable, ready to drive the future of the industry. You could progress to roles such as food and beverage or event supervisor, front office or housekeeping supervisor, assistant restaurant manager, graduate trainee hotel manager, sales executive, licensed retail manager or contract catering specialist.

You can consider progressing to postgraduate studies in related subjects, including MSc International Hospitality Management which prepares you not only for senior management but also for roles in academia.

The University of Derby works closely with local, national and international employers such as the Crieff Hydro, Gleneagles, Engineers Country Club, USA, White Manor Country Club USA, Carnegie Club (Skibo Castle), Hilton International, and Marriott.

Support is established using a university online e-recruitment portal, a method of tracking volunteering and work placements, academic engagement in conferences and generic and subject specialist skills.  There are also opportunities to participate in extra training courses run by external providers.  Both these will enhance students’ employability and link to the programme curriculum.  You will be further supported by a personal tutor via your professional and academic development modules, who ensures that timely guidance and advice is available throughout the degree programme.

Entry requirements

  • 96-112 UCAS points from A-level (up to 16 from AS-levels) or equivalent. 
  • Five GCSEs at or above C (or Grade 4), including Maths and English or the equivalent.

How to Apply

If you have questions about our courses or the application process, please complete the "Register your interest" form. A member of the admissions team will be in touch with you shortly.


Should you wish to apply, prior to completing the application form, please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references, etc.. You will also need access to your email.