BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management

Edinburgh Napier University

Program Overview

Edinburgh Napier is a top 10 UK modern university for Hospitality (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)

With its rich history, abundance of attractions and world-famous festivals, the city is a centre for travellers and tourists from all over the world. Hospitality and tourism businesses flourish here, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain work experience.
You'll develop your skills in the design, delivery and management of food, beverage and accommodation to top industry standards within a global business environment.
With options of a 24-week work placement, this course will equip you with the knowledge and practical preparation you need to successfully pursue a career in international hospitality management.


EdinburghUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 14,170



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You'll study the principles of international hospitality management and apply these to practical situations in hotels and restaurants, preparing you for a career in the hospitality and tourism industries.

You'll specialise in hospitality business with the opportunity to study modules in tourism, leisure, marketing and languages. You'll learn practical skills in hotels and restaurants, as well as developing transferable skills in research, academic writing, communication and interpersonal relations, presentation and time management.

You'll also have the opportunity to learn from within the industry via a work placement or live project.You may also be able to study abroad through our international exchange links in Europe and the USA.

We offer tuition that is supported by highly experienced teaching staff and strong industry links.

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.
Dr Stephen Taylor is Programme Leader for the MSc Tourism and Hospitality Suite which covers four named MSc awards (International Tourism Destination Management; International Tourism Marketing; International Hospitality Management; International Heritage & Cultural Tourism Management). His main teaching is Natural Area Tourism which is available as a third year (Level 9) module and as a postgraduate module (Level 11). In addition, he teaches Global Service Management (Level 9) and contributes to three further modules: Leadership & Innovation (Level 10); Global Hospitality Management (Level 10); and Management of International Hospitality Organisations (Level 11). His main research interests centre around the natural environment. This includes the governance of natural areas (e.g. national parks) and the recreational use of natural areas. In respect of the latter, a specific focus is upon adventure tourism, and in particular, mountain tourism. Current research is focused upon the economic and environmental impacts of mountaineering tourism on Kyrgyzstan's 7,134 metre Peak Lenin. 


Popular modules
Year 1

Introduction to International Hospitality, Tourism and Events
Intercultural and Organisational Management
Hospitality Operations Management
Accounting for Business
One option

Year 2
The Management of Hospitality Systems
Customer Care and Service
Introduction to HRM
The Study of Food, Wine and Gastronomy
Facilities Planning for Hospitality, Tourism and Events
One option

Year 3
Hospitality Business Development
Global Service Management
Hospitality Supervision and Training Skills

A choice of:
Live Project and one option, or
Work-Based Learning (24-week work placement)

Year 4
Leadership, Innovation and Technology for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
Sustainable Development in Hospitality
Global Hospitality Management
One option

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught degrees 

  • IELTS (Academic)
  • 6.0 overall, with no component below 5.5
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test
  • 80 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Pearson’s Test of Academic English
  • 56 overall with a minimum of 51 in each component
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE))
  • 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component
  • Cambridge B2 First (formerly Cambridge English First (FCE))
  • 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English Advanced (CAE))
  • 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component
  • Trinity Integrated Skills Test (ISE)
  • ISEII, ISEIII, ISEIV with a pass in each component
  • LanguageCert English language qualification
  • B2 Communicator Test with overall 39 or above, and 25 or above in all skills

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by mainland EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2022 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. For EU students who commenced their studies prior to 1 August 2022 or hold pre or settled status in the UK, fees will remain the same as Scottish Students.

Your qualification acts as a stepping stone to graduate management training schemes with major multinational hotel groups, or can be a route into junior management positions in a range of sectors.

This course offers excellent preparation for employment in:

  • Food and beverage management
  • Accommodation services
  • Human resources management
  • Financial management
  • Sales and marketing
  • Tourism management
  • Retail management
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